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. 





An Enduring Wilderness
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
DAC’s Annual 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.


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Writer, Naturalist, Filmmaker…and the man behind George Hayduke of “The Monkey Wrench Gang”
Doug Peacock presents “Wilderness Under Siege”
November 6,  6:30 – 8:30pm in the DAC Theater
$10 general. Tickets available at DAC, Maria’s Bookshop and Backcountry Experience

Exhibit Sponsors


Dr. Mark & Lori Walters




// UPCOMING in 2014 //



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





// UPCOMING in 2015 //



Relevance of  Pattern: The Quilt in Southwestern Colorado
January 9–31

The exhibit will reference historical as well as contemporary works of this traditional art and offer accompanying workshops. A collaboration with La Plata Quilters, Animas Museum, and Montezuma County Quilters,



Sweethearts of the Arts
February 7–14 

DAC’s annual fundraising soiree celebrating the local artists making a difference in our community.



"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.              


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Juanita Ainsley Group Exhibit/ 22nd Annual Creativity Festivity
“PURPLE CATS AND GREEN SKIES: The Influence of Children’s Art on the 20th Century Art World”
March 27 – May 2

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. A  Judith Reynolds lecture is planned.

This year Creativity Festivity will share this theme and the exhibit will integrate the work of local child artists.