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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“Connected by a Thread”
Quilts and Quilters from the Four Corners
January 9–31

“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,
12-2 p.m.



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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.  This year’s exhibit will feature Judy’s mixed-media, photographs by Debra, and published works and recent poems by Terry.


(right) Judy Hayes // (left) Debra Parmenter

(left) Judy Hayes // (right) Debra Parmenter


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39th Annual Juried Exhibition
February 20 – March 21
Opening reception: Friday, February 20 from 5-7 p.m.

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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“Road Trip” by Juanita Ainsley


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.
  • Working In Full Color – Exploring Monotypes with visiting artist Melanie Yazzie on April 25-26 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $225 DAC members / $250 general. Click here for more information. 


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

Click here for full event description


a Group Exhibit Curated by Joan Russell
May 8–June 20
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8 from 5–7 p.m.

Studio artist Joan Russell will curate an exhibition of work by the upcoming generation of visual artists, who will continue to stimulate and contribute to the cultural vitality of the community.  The Durango Arts Center will provide one of these artists with the opportunity for an arts residency at Willowtail Springs, in Mancos, Colorado. Joan Russell will host a curators lecture.



June 26–August 1
Opening Reception: Friday, June 26, 5-7 p.m.

Photographic exhibition curated by local photographer Joaquin Salazar


Annual Members Exhibit
August 7–September 19
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4 from 5-7 p.m.

An annual collaboration with several environmental organizations. We hope all artists will find this an ever broadening opportunity to create artwork, to be inspired by the beauty and wild which surrounds us here in the West. We wish to engage the public, to educate and expand our consciousness in regards to protecting and preserving the environment. We hope artists will find this an opportunity to explore relationships, create awareness, revitalize a sense of place, connect to that sensitivity of wonder or source of inspiration.  


Cowboy Gathering/Western Group Exhibit
September 25 – October 24
Opening Reception: Friday, September 25 from 5-7 p.m.

An annual group exhibition of Western Americana artists, in collaboration with the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Theater presentations, music, lectures and films will be scheduled.



Michael Brieger exhibitsSlavery Days”
October 30–November 21
Opening Reception: Friday, October 30 from 5–7 p.m.

A solo exhibition of artist Michael Brieger’s new work. Peculiar institutional paintings and other media.


Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market
November 21–December 24
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21 from 5–7 p.m.

Join DAC for holiday shopping as the Barbara Conrad Gallery is transformed into a Northern European holiday market featuring over 65 artists for holiday gift giving.