Current & Upcoming Exhibits


Art Gallery Exhibits Schedule

Bringing people together to explore and engage in arts and culture through diverse in-house exhibitions. 

The Barbara Conrad Art Gallery at DAC is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 





EXHIBIT 970: Generations
Through September 13

‘Exhibit 970’ brings together some of the finest photographers of our SW Colorado community to showcase the diversity, history and modern technologies of the fine art photographic print.  Designed and curated by Joaquin Salazar, local Landscape Photographer and respected print maker, the intent of ‘Generations’ is to highlight the work of 9 artists whose experience and creative voices represent a wide range of the medium of fine art photography.  The collective body of experience represented in the artists of ‘Generations’ spans over 40 years of history in the field, as well as a representative range of what photographers have done and continue to do in a medium that has made the transition of all of our technologies – analog, or film to digital.

This exhibit will be a stunning display of photography, of artistic vision and creative collaboration, and of the immense depth of knowledge and diversity in our collective community of photographers: Howard Rachlin, Kathy Myrick, Paul Pennington, Alex Pullen, Ron Ritz M.D., Joaquin Salazar, Tim Hamza, Branson Reynolds and special guest Bret Edge of Moab, Utah.


Photographer Joaquin Salazar will offer a presentation on Thursday, August 28, 2014, beginning at 6:30pm in the Barbara Conrad Gallery.

Photographer Alex Pullen will present ‘Portraiting Kashmir’ – “Finding Vibrance Amidst War and Oppression,” on Thursday, September 4, 2014, beginning at 6:30pm in the DAC Theater. 

CLICK HERE for the full exhibit description.


Exhibit Sponsor


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2WISE Collage

“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.

Exhibit Sponsor





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“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.

This year we will collaborate with the Water Information Program, Great Old Broads for Wilderness,  Conservation Colorado, Durango Nature Studies, the San Juan Mountain Association and the San Juan Citizen’s Alliance. The exhibit is being sponsored by Backcountry Experience and Water Information Program.

Click here to download a prospectus and application.


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

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

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

$10; tickets available at DAC and Maria’s Bookshop

A Photographic Excursion into Canyon de Chelly with Joaquin Salazar
November 8 – 10 (Meet at noon Nov. 8 at the Sacred Canyon Lodge in Chinle, AZ)


November 28 – December 24
Opening reception: Friday, November 28 from 5-7 p.m.

Join us for our annual festive celebration of the holidays! The Barbara Conrad Gallery will be filled with artwork from over 60 regional artists for holiday gift giving.