Current Exhibitions


Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302
Gallery Hours: M-F 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 303-245-4637

Bombers, Books, and Bugs:

New and Old Work from Robert Spellman

Spellman Invite Image
White Cube/Nalanda/Lounge Gallery
January 16 - March 2, 2018
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Celebrate the intricate works of Robert Spellman at Naropa University at the Nalanda Campus from January 16 - March 2, 2018. Robert Spellman is a painter, educator, empiricist, designer, illustrator, and sexagenarian living in Boulder, Colorado, USA. His varied body of work includes paintings in acrylic and watercolor, drawings and other works on paper, musical compositions, and extensive, generally undocumented performance pieces.  Presently, Robert is the Chair of the Visual Arts at Naropa University. He teaches both visual arts and religious studies classes. He is an ardent proponent of artistic practice as a powerful means of awakening, an aspect of Buddha nature itself. 

Beetle .  Boulder Creek

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact
Charmain Schuh at or 303-245-4637at least two weeks prior to the event.  For more info visit:


Paramita Campus // 3285 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301
Gallery Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Residual Natures

Richard Van Pelt 
Norman Gagne

Invitation Card
Paramita Gallery
January 14 – March 1, 2018


Join us in welcoming photographers Richard Van Pelt and Norman Gagne to Naropa University Art Galleries. Their perfect-as-can-be landscapes fit well together, the product of their friendship and their shared passion to capture life in print.

The exhibit shows two areas they have long known in their respective homes of Boulder, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Richard's photographs show a wetland habitat of repurposed gravel pits, known as Sawhill Ponds. Norman has been photographing the Rio Grande Bosque, a cottonwood forest that has flourished for centuries but in recent times has been radically transformed by humans.

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I Sit Alone by Jane Gagne
     I sit alone in our living room. Richard’s black-and-white photograph invites my eye.  I alternate between my close-range and my distance glasses, between standing inches or feet away.
     The detail in the photograph is captivating: look here, in the closest foreground: a dry leaf in the grass catches the sun.  Small stones—one particularly bright—sit on a boulder surrounded by thick dried grass, trees and brush beyond.  Now look further in: first, grass, individual strands visible, then a row of brush, barely taller than the grass, the top of the brush shining in the sun.  And finally, look at the center of the trees and brush: a small inviting meadow, the grass lit by the sun. Above it all, the sky is mostly clear, except for contrails below thin wispy clouds that are lined up as arrowhead after arrowhead.
      Richard and Norm connected at their 50th high school reunion several years ago.  They have become good friends.  They are each fine photographers. Richard’s photo is in the Sawhill conservancy near Boulder.  The house where he and his partner live looks out to the Sawhill fields and hills.  Richard has spent the equivalent of weeks, even months, walking through the fields, observing and capturing images of the fine details.  The walls of their house hold Richard’s compelling landscape photographs: come, come into this world.
      And that is what Norm strives for, a photograph that portrays reality that evokes the same feelings that the reality evokes.  He wants the viewer to want to walk into the photograph.
      Now I am in the sunroom, looking at one of Norm’s prints: in shades of black and white, an old cottonwood rises in the Bosque along the Rio Grande, its grand trunk grown to three smaller trunks, each a tree in itself.  Branches—one as thick as a trunk—taper to a lacework of smaller and smaller branches, finally to the twigs, all against a cloudless sky.  A few leaves hang on the tree; it is the middle of Winter.  At the base of the tree, and behind it, V’s of 4 jetty-jacks for floods before the upriver dams were built.  The ground is covered with leaves and small broken branches and is undisturbed by humans.  I have the urge to put my hand on the tree, feel its rough bark beneath my palm. 
     There is a trend among local photographers—maybe a wider trend?—to manipulate the image to something that it isn’t.  A mid-air hummingbird is green and red beyond reality, garish even, when the hummingbird as it is, is lovely enough.  Norm’s and Richard’s photos seek to capture the subject to its finest actual detail.
       Richard, a chemist, had training as a machinist, a training that he uses still in fashioning solutions to mechanical problems and to making things.  He was in combat in Vietnam, and suffers to this day because of it—how could one not?  He is likeable, with interesting views on the world.  He puts on no other face. Photography is his great passion, as it is with Norm.
      A man generous with his time and vast knowledge, Richard is Norm’s mentor.  Richard has taught Norm much, as has Norm himself.  Norm has been interested in photography for decades.  Now, in his retirement, he spends hours, days, weeks, to get the perfect print, the kind of photo that makes you want to touch the bark.
      Richard and Norm were accepted for this show together at Naropa University, in Boulder. Their perfect-as-can-be landscapes fit well together, the product of their friendship and their shared passion to capture life in print.


2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302 
Gallery Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  

June 1 - December 31, 2017

The gathering of all remarkable people, thoughts, feelings and energy in one place—thus Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's vision and leadership became Naropa University. The Beginnings of Naropa exhibition presents the program and event flyers of the beginnings. One can imagine being surrounded in the atmosphere of a contemplative campus—an open-hearted, friendly, meditative and exciting environment—a nest-womb of students interacting through Buddhism, religious studies, psychology, writing, music, theatre and dance. The posters list an incomparable assembly of intellectuals, poets, authors, artists and musicians. Take a moment to discover the history of Naropa through the events and programs of the 1970’s—1990’s. Listen to their words on the audio recordings—and live in the moment of the realization of Naropa.

The Naropa University Archives document the memory of Naropa University since it was founded in 1974. The collections include a wide variety of materials relating to the University, including official records created in the University's daily operations, organizational records, course syllabi, video photographs, publications, and audio recordings.

The audio library developed under the auspices of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg preserves and provides access to over 5000 hours of recordings made at Naropa University.  It contains readings, lectures and performances conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U.S. literary avant-garde including  Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Ram Dass, Gary Snyder, John Cage, Herbert Guenther, Joan Halifax and Gregory Bateson.

The collection grows every year, as new conferences, the Summer Writing Program, and visiting faculty workshops and lectures are recorded and added to the collections. The entire collection has now been converted from analog to digital and the Library and Archives is working diligently to make these items available to the public. To access what is currently indexed and available please go to our Naropa University Archive site recordings page.

Upcoming...Spring/Fall 2018

White Cube Gallery

  • A Shadow is Never Created in Darkness - Installation by Libby Barbee & Chinn Wang: March 9 - April 20, 2018

  • #Allegorithms - Installation & Performance by Visual Arts Alumni Noah Phillips - April 23-April 28, 2018

  • Graduation Exhibition - Jordan Scott - May 1- May 13, 2018

  • New Paintings by Sue Hammond West: August 24-October 12, 2018

  • Field & Ground by Sandy & Terry Lane & Jennifer Pettus: October 19 - December 14, 2018

Nalanda Gallery

  • Last in the Woods/Broken Trellis by Terri Bell & Alexis Clements: March 9 – April 20, 2018  

  • Naropa Student Exhibition -Remi Crist, Audrey Parker, Therese Regonini,  Veronica  Wittrup - April 25 - May 13, 2018

  • Variations & Declinations by Marianic & Jean Pierre Parra: October 19-December 14, 2018

Paramita Gallery

  • Revealing Gravity by Jennifer Ivanovic: March 9 - April 20, 2018 

  • Art Therapy Container Exhibition  - April 23 - April 27, 2018

  • 2nd Year Art therapy Annual Exhibition - May 2 - July 31, 2018

  • Penelope Sharp: September 13 - October 31, 2018


The Naropa University Art Galleries apologizes for not presenting Alina Gallo this year.  Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control - we will not be able to have her work at Nalanda Campus. We are working on finding another date for her work.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.  
by Alina Gallo
October 16 - 20, 2017