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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. 




artwork © barbara tobin klema may 2013

2013 Best of Show: “Mother and Child” by Barbara Klema

38th Annual Juried Exhibition
July 11 – August 9
Opening reception: Friday, July 11 from 5-7 p.m.

A call for entries is open to all artists working in any traditional or contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional media except film. Artists can enter up to three entries.

Calendar for artwork submission is as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 9 artwork juried & Notification of non-accepted work
  • Thursday, July 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. pick up non-accepted artwork or please confirm your wish to participate in the “Salon de Refuses”
  • Friday, July 11, 5-7 p.m. gallery opening and artist reception
  • Monday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. pick up artwork 


An annual juried exhibition with the Salon des Refuses installed at Steamworks Brewing Inc. Juror will be Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico. CLICK HERE to download the Annual Juried Exhibit Application.

“SALON DES REFUSES” at Steamworks Brewing Company

In addition to monetary sponsorship of the Annual Juried Exhibition, Steamworks Brewing Company Inc. hosts a “Salon des Refuses” for those works that will not be exhibited in the Barbara Conrad Gallery. 

More about exhibit juror

Lisa Tamiris Becker has been active as a curator and arts administrator for over 18 years and has curated and organized over 50 major exhibitions with a primary focus on hybrid interpretations of modern and contemporary art. She serves as the Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, NM, where she has curated and organized major recent exhibitions such as
From Raymond Jonson to Kiki Smith: The UNM Art Museum at Fifty Years; Melanie Yazzie: Geographies of Memory; and The Blinding Light of History: Genia Chef, Ilya Kabakov, and Oleg Vassiliev. Ms. Becker previously served as Director of the CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder from 2002 – 2013, where she led the development and grand-opening in 2010 of a new 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art museum facility. A selection of the many exhibitions that Ms. Becker curated for the CU Art Museum include: David Maisel/Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime (which will travel to the UNM Art Museum for exhibition in 2014); Techno/Sublime; Peter Wegner: Wall-To-Wall-To-Wall; Liliana Porter: Fox in the Mirror; and Enrique Martinez Celaya: Poetry in Process. Her exhibitions have been reviewed or featured in Art in America, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The BBC, amongst other publications.


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EXHIBIT 970: Generations
August 15-September 13
Opening reception: Friday, August 15 from 5-7 p.m. live music by solo jazz guitarist J.R. Cook

‘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.

These artists include many staples of the community who, in dedicating themselves to their craft, have pushed the boundaries of what could be done and explored what a moving image means to the viewer.  In so doing, they have been critical to paving the way for some of the younger artists who join them to share their visions of the photographic print of today.  In preparation for this exhibit, and in testament to the power of collective artistic energies, the artists have begun to explore the knowledge held in one another’s expertise to produce the best representations of their images that today’s print abilities offer.

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.

Community is one of the essential ingredients that people think about when grasping the wonder of the southwest, both in its present state and its rich history. Our Red Rock Country is unparalleled landscape in the United States, bringing people together from all over the world.  An integral part of the geologic, natural and historic wonder of our region is the interdependence of its communities amidst such wide diversity in landscapes.  When we had the opportunity to bring Red Rock Country to Exhibit 970 with the work of Bret Edge, sharing our collective landscape and communities, we were honored to do so.

There are two educational presentations scheduled with this exhibition. Photographer Joaquin Salazar will offer a presentation on Thursday, August 28, 2014, beginning at 6:30pm,  and photographer Alex Pullen will present ‘Portraiting Kashmir’ – “Finding Vibrance Amidst War and Oppression”, on Thursday, September 4, 2014, beginning at 6:30pm. Both offerings will take place in the DAC Barbara Conrad Gallery.

The exhibit will offer two educational presentations in the Barbara Conrad Gallery


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2WISE Collage

“Blue Beams” / “Solar Enigma” / “Moss Rocker” / “Genesis Theory”

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

Longtime Durango residents Susan & Jeff Wise have been artists their whole lives and are enthusiastico mucho about their first show together. 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 sculpture’s 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’re having a forgotten or unknown purpose.

CLICK HERE for more information on Susan and Jeff’s “Wise Workshop” on September 27.


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.

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)

Plein Air Workshop with Sonja Johnson
Date and location TBA, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
$25 (limited to 10 students)

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.