Current & Upcoming Exhibits


Bringing people together to explore and engage in arts and culture through diverse in-house exhibitions.  Open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 






“Different Eyes”
September 19 – October 18
Opening reception: Friday, September 19 from 5-7 p.m.

Long-time Durango residents Susan and Jeff Wise are joining with Open Shutter Gallery owner and photographer Margy Dudley to present their first joint exhibit. While Susan’s richly colored paintings are primarily abstract, they contain visual references to familiar objects, scenes and souls. They are a catalyst and stimulant for the imagination. Jeff’s sculptures show a jeweler’s attention to grace, form and elegant construction. They frequently incorporate aspects of balance and motion which gives them a sense of metamorphosis. They also have a ceremonial and mystic aspect which suggests they have a forgotten unknown purpose. Dudley’s experience as curator of regional and international photography exhibits in her gallery as well as her varied travels, gives her a diverse perspective from which to photograph Jeff’s landscaping sculpture, bringing a unique viewpoint to the work.

This exhibit will feature a workshop on September 27. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

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Used To Be A Lake copy

“Used To Be A Lake” by Rebecca Koeppen

Annual Members Exhibit: “An Enduring Wilderness”
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
An annual non-juried DAC members exhibition
October 24 – November 15
Opening reception: Friday, October 24 from 5-7 p.m

This is an opportunity for our member artists to create work which illuminates the splendor and the grandeur, the fragility, the vulnerability, the overwhelming magnificence of the natural world, and to explore the relationship between oneself and the real and the mystical landscapes of nature. It is an opportunity to be inspired, to reflect, to thoughtfully respond to one’s environment, one’s personal geography.

As a community it is an opportunity for us to re-awaken and re-address the important issue of the essential necessity of conservation, protection, preservation and stewardship of species and lands. There is the utmost need to have this discussion in order to implement necessary conservation protections, to conserve wilderness and protect the Earth’s biodiversity.

This year we will collaborate with the Water Information Program, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, The Exit Gallery at Fort Lewis College and Maria’s Bookshop. The exhibit is being sponsored by Backcountry Experience and Water Information Program.

Click here to download the prospectus and application.


Plein Air Workshop with Sharon Abshagen
October 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

End of La Plata Canyon
$25 (limited to 10 students)
Register Here

Lecture by Doug Peacock, “Wilderness Under Siege”
November 6,  6:30 – 8:30pm in the DAC Theater

$10 general. Tickets available at DAC and Maria’s Bookshop

Call DAC (970-259-2606) for more information

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November 21–December 24
Opening reception: Friday, November 21 from 5-7 p.m. 

Regional and local artists have created original and unique offerings including ceramics, jewelry, metal, textiles, glass, wood, notecards, ornaments, calendars, photography, painting, and drawing, to name just a few of the enticing arts you will see at this year’s market.

This year, support the arts by shopping for your holiday gifts at the Durango Arts Center’s Winter Solstice Market. Come by and browse through this inspiring collection for those special one of a kind gifts on your holiday shopping list! 

More Information:

Call for Entries
Artist Agreement Form
Artist Entry Form
Artist Inventory Form

This Durango Arts Center tradition is sponsored by the First National Bank of Durango