Habitat, opening on January 22, 2011, brings a group of significant, emerging contemporary artists to Golden, Colorado. The artist’s task – to explore the relationship between manmade and natural worlds. Foothills Art Center, Golden’s center for art and culture, has collaborated with Denver’s David B. Smith Gallery, which held terrific exhibitions of Josh Keys (included in Habitat) and AJ Fosick in the last year, to present Habitat. The show runs through March 13, 2011 and is highlighted by a number of terrific programs and artist-in-residence that allow for direct interaction with the artists.

Habitat Artists: Ricky Allman, Chris Ballantyne, Molly Dilworth, Christina Empedocles, Gregory Euclide, Evan Hecox, Tat Ito, Paul Jacobsen, Josh Keyes and Jean-Pierre Roy.

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January 22 – March 13
Opening Reception, Friday, January 21, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Foothills Art Center, in conjunction with David B. Smith Gallery of Denver, presents HABITAT—an exhibition exploring the relationship between our natural and manmade worlds.  This exhibition will present compelling works by 10 significant, emerging contemporary artists from across the United States, as well as offer exclusive opportunities to interact with New York City-based artists Molly Dilworth and Paul Jacobsen.

GOLDEN, CO, August 16, 2010—Curators Michael Chavez and David B. Smith assemble a dynamic roster of artists that engage viewers with powerful interpretations of how technology, development and consumerism have created an advanced human occupation of the earth’s once rudimentary habitat. Through installation, drawing, painting and found object sculpture, this exhibition thoughtfully examines the sophistication that has become the modern world and its undeniable effect upon our planet’s natural state, despite our continued longing for a connection with nature.

HABITAT will offer exciting opportunities for visitors to interact with artists engaged in their creative process.  During Molly Dilworth’s three-day residency in the gallery, visitors will have several opportunities to interact and observe her progress as she creates a site-specific painting on the ceiling of Foothills Art Center’s front gallery beginning on Saturday, January 22.  Dilworth is most recognized for recently completing a monumental public commission in New York City, where she painted five city blocks through Times Square with her environmentally-based piece, Cool Water, Hot Island.  She has been described as a “modern Michelangelo” for her large scale roof and ceiling artwork. Her site-specific work for HABITAT, titled Field Test, will investigate the geology of Golden, Colorado to understand the connection between minerals, engineering and future global technologies.

This exhibition also highlights the noted talent of Paul Jacobsen, who will present a members-only lecture on Thursday, January 27.  Jacobsen’s work examines the paradox between the romanticism of nature and the subservience of civilization.  His exquisite oil painting to be on display, Untitled (Village), portrays a crowded setting with multiple cultural symbols of human settlement in an otherwise picturesque field of green.

HABITAT is a unique and significant opportunity to view enthralling works by gifted artists who are being recognized by institutions such as the Walker Art Center, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.  Exhibiting artists from across the United States include: Ricky Allman, Kansas City, MO; Chris Ballantyne, Brooklyn, NY; Molly Dilworth, Brooklyn, NY; Christina Empedocles, San Francisco, CA; Gregory Euclide, Minneapolis, MN; Evan Hecox, Denver, CO; Tat Ito, Queens, NY; Paul Jacobsen, Brooklyn, NY; Josh Keyes, Portland, OR; Jean-Pierre Roy, New York, NY

Opening Reception
Friday, January 21, 6:30–8:30pm

Gallery Talk with Molly Dilworth
Saturday, January 22, 2pm

In the Gallery with Molly Dilworth
Visit with artist Molly Dilworth while she creates a site-specific painting in our front gallery during regular hours, January 22–24

Gallery Talk with Paul Jacobsen
Thursday, January 27, 6:30 pm
MEMBERS ONLY EVENT.  Space is limited!
RSVP to: michael@foothillsartcenter.org by Monday, January 24

SCFD Family Free Day
Saturday, February 26, 11am–2 pm
Kids create their own unique habitats

About Foothills Art Center
Foothills Art Center has served as the center for art exhibitions, education and culture for the greater Golden community for over 40 years. Housed in two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, FAC is known for showcasing diverse exhibitions in a unique setting. Our mission is engaging the mind and inspiring the spirit—offering the world of art through exhibition and education. Open Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday 1–5 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Free for members and students.

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