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. 




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November 21–December 24

Join DAC for holiday shopping as the Barbara Conrad Gallery is transformed into a Northern European holiday market ambiance takes over the Barbara Conrad gallery featuring over 60 artists for holiday gift giving. Scones and coffee will be offered on Saturdays.

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!

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








// UPCOMING in 2015 //



“Connected by a Thread”
Quilts and Quilters from the Four Corners
January 9–31
Opening Reception: Friday, January 9 from 5-7 p.m.

“Connected by a Thread” is an exhibition  about quilts and quilters. Some of the vintage quilts on exhibit are over a hundred years old, on loan from local collectors, and come with remarkable stories about their makers. Many are anonymous, made of flour sacks and old shirting but made with love and an incredible design sense, having strong colors and dynamic patterns.

The contemporary pieces chosen for the exhibit are from quilt and textile artists of the Four Corners area. They echo the sense of personal style and storytelling with fabric and color. This exhibit is a collaboration with Dolores Mountain Quilt Guild, Cortez Quilting Company and borrowing from the collections of Connie Nordstrom and Patty Joy.

“Transitions: The American Quilt from 1776 to the Present”
Presentation by Connie Nordstrom
Saturday, January 24, 12 – 2pm

Repeat Pattern Design – for quilters and surface designers with Leesa Zarinelli Gawlik
$40 DAC members / $50 general
January 16, 1-5 p.m.
This class is for anyone interested in learning how to construct repeat patterns from a single design. Using simple techniques, participants will create a print block and then be guided through a series of exercises to create intricate, repeat patterns on paper. Finish with a collection of your own designs that can be applied to your particular medium.




Sweethearts of the Arts
February 7–14 

DAC’s annual fundraising soiree honoring those who have devoted their lives to the arts and the Durango community.  SOTA 2015 celebrates Judy and Don Hayes and Debra Parmenter and Terry Bacon.



"Missing Vivienne" by Peggy Karauser, Best of Show 2014

“Missing Vivienne” by Peggy Karauser, Best of Show 2014

39th Annual Juried Exhibition
February 20 – March 21

An annual juried exhibition open to new work in all mediums except film exhibiting creativity and diversity. Artists also have the opportunity to exhibit the non-accepted work in the Salon des Refuses installed at Steamworks Brewing  Company Inc.              

Click here to download the 39th Annual Juried Exhibition Prospectus/Application

Juror will be Elizabeth Stannard

Elizabeth Stannard has been working as a professional artist for 21 years.  For most of those years she has painted in oil, but in recent years has evolved to incorporate other media.  She is most recognized for her nontraditional portraits and her attentiveness to using a grid. Stannard grew up in southern California, received her BA in Art at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and has lived in Farmington, NM, since 1984.  She managed exhibits at the Teasyatwho Gallery in Aztec, NM, for four years (early 2000’s).  From late 2007 through 2012, she put together six formal art exhibits a year at Andrea Kristina’s Bookstore and Kafe in Farmington.  She is very active in the art community in Farmington and instrumental in bringing four art walks a year, since 2007, to the downtown area.  Her most recent endeavor to bring art to the public is a three week exhibit for Four Corners artists titled, People’s Choice.  The exhibit was inspired by ARTPRIZE, an international show which takes place in Grand Rapids, MI in the fall.  The Third Annual People’s Choice will take place in Downtown Farmington in the spring of 2015.

Stannard has exhibited in regional and national juried shows including the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair in Albuquerque, the San Bernadino National Juried Exhibition in Riverside, California, and the Faces of Women Annual Juried Show in Las Vegas, NM.  She has had solo exhibits at the Teasyatwho Gallery in Aztec, NM, the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, NM, the Farmington Civic Center, and the Henderson Fine Arts Center at San Juan College in Farmington.  She has also been featured in numerous group shows in the Four Corners. 


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The Influence of Children’s Art on the 20th Century Art World”
March 27 – May 2
A group show with Juanita Ainsley, Melanie Yazzie, Natalia Goldberg  & Rodney Hatfield

Juanita Ainsley artist/curator will be joined by artists Melanie Yazzie, Natalia Goldberg  and Rodney Hatfield. Each one of these artists employs a free and childlike quality in their work along with a sense of sophisticated naiveté and disregard of old expectations that visual art be representational and realistic. 

Exhibit events:

  • Judith Reynolds presents the lecture Innocent Wisdom; The Influence of Children’s Art on 20th Century Artists on Thursday, April 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. The lecture is free to the public.
  • Natalie Goldberg will attend the opening reception on March 27 to introduce herself and sell her book Living Color: Painting, Writing and the Bones of Seeing.

The 21st Annual Creativity Festivity 2015: Everyday Magic
April 10-May 2

Click here for full event description