Annual Members’ Environmental Exhibit

October 27 – November 18, 2017









October 27–November 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 24 from 10am-2pm

Friday, October 27 at 5-7pm

Environmental discussion panel
Saturday, October 28 at 5-6:30pm

Organized with Great Old Broads for Wilderness and the San Juan Citizens Alliance, this year’s panel discussion will address the swirling debate around public land ownership and usage, and the challenges of balancing use with preservation.  Free and open to the public.

October 27-28, 7:30pm
This World Made Itself and Myth and Infrastructure
by guest artist Miwa Matreyek
$10 Students
$12 DAC Members
$17 General

Details below.


The Annual Members’ Environmental Exhibit is a non-juried, salon-style exhibit that provides DAC members with an opportunity to show one work of art that honors the natural grandeur of the landscape. Artwork to be exhibited will include all mediums, addressing both the beauty and frailty of the environment as well as work that delves into environmental concerns. This year, for the first time ever, DAC is equipped to accept video/multi-media works to broaden the mediums shown. Unlike most invitational shows, the Members’ Environmental Exhibit is free to enter and offers cash awards for Best in Show, 2nd and 3rd place.

Additionally, DAC maintains a longstanding partnership with the Durango Chamber of Commerce, whose board members selects one artwork from the exhibit for reproduction of a poster as a commemorative gift sent to their own 807 member businesses. The Members’ Environmental Exhibit is, in every way, a celebration of our local artists, our landscape and our community.


DAC is proud to engage a broad, diverse artist community. We strive to provide artists space for expression, creation and promotion, and as we continue to grow our artist community we hope you join us!

In addition to general member benefits, artists also receive:

  • Reduced entry fees to juried exhibits
  • Reduced commission fees (to DAC) on art sales that occur within the Barbara Conrad Gallery or Art Library
  • FREE entry into the annual Members’ Exhibit, which features cash awards
  • No submission fees on exhibit proposals for the Barbara Conrad and Entrada/Arriba Galleries
  • Listing in Member Artist Directory
  • Monthly email notification of local, regional and national artist opportunities


Artwork by Chris Howe, 2016 Annual Members’ Exhibit Best in Show

Barbara Conrad Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

Entry to Durango Arts Center galleries is always free.  The galleries are closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays.

MIWA MATREYEK: This World Made Itself





October 27-28, 7:30pm
This World Made Itself and Myth and Infrastructure
by guest artist Miwa Matreyek
$10 Students
$12 DAC Members
$17 General

DAC is continually seeking to amplify creative opportunities for our community through innovative programming that is at once inspiring and entirely unique. This World Made Itself  by Miwa Matreyek is a multimedia live performance combining projected animation and the artist’s own shadow silhouette, creating a phenomenal theatrical spectacle. The piece is a visually and musically rich journey through the history of the earth, from the universe’s epic beginnings to the complex world of humanity. Notable past performance sites of This World Made Itself  include the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Lincoln Center (New York, NY), Exploratorium (San Francisco, CA), Walker Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), Institute for Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), and the Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT) among several others.

Myth and Infrastructure is a live performance with projected animation. The artist’s shadow is constantly present in this piece from beginning to end – sometimes in semi close-up and sometimes as a full figure – as the world around her shifts and transforms. Her shadow becomes an integral part of her own fantastical animation worlds, as she traverses oceanscapes, cityscapes, and domestic spaces to conjure dreamlike scenes with light and shadow.


Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer and performer based in Los Angeles, CA. She has been an internationally touring independent artist since 2010. Miwa creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the cross section of cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical. Her work exists in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between man and nature.

DAC is grateful for the generous support of our exhibit sponsors who enable culturally innovative programs to exist in our community.  The Annual Members’ Exhibit is sponsored by Animas Environmental Services, Friends of the Gallery, Mary Lyn and Richard Ballantine, Don and Judy Hayes, Russell EngineeringOxford Asset Management and New Face Productions.