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 Upcoming & Current Exhibitions


Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302
Gallery Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Small Places to Pray: Silence, Surfaces,

and Clay Reliquaries

by Michael A. Franklin 

October 13 - December 17, 2017
Opening Reception: October 13, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
White Cube Gallery /6287 Arapahoe, Boulder/Gallery Hours: M-F  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
M Franklin exhibition 

Michael A. Franklin, chair of the Naropa University graduate art therapy program, has practiced and taught in various academic and clinical settings since 1981. The exhibition Small Places to Pray: Silence, Surfaces, and Clay Reliquaries focuses on a series of intimate clay shrine-like formations while the photographs displayed convey an austere minimalism of beckoning surfaces.  The author of numerous articles, he is an international lecturer and founder of the Naropa Community Art Studio in 2001, a project dedicated to researching service as a spiritual practice, training socially engaged artists, and serving marginalized community members through the studio-arts. Michael’s research focuses on integrating art-based research methods with contemplative practices. He is the author of: Art as Contemplative Practice: Expressive Pathways to the SELF published by SUNY Press. 



Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302
Gallery Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Balancing Fragile Things

by David Alcantar

October 13 - December 17, 2017
Opening Reception: October 13, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
D Alcantar Exhibition 

David Alcantar is an American artist currently residing and working in San Antonio, Texas.  Born in the border town of Laredo, Texas, David moved to San Antonio at age 5.   Alcantar’s formal art instruction began at San Antonio College, which emphasized self-discipline and conceptualization. Balancing Fragile Things simplifies the complexity of negotiating, contextualizing through illustration the abstract notions of its tendencies to make them easier to follow and understand, for the purpose of empowering the viewer. The works address the narrative impact resulting from everyday choices that are made, the contexts in which negotiations take place and the power structures involved, and the reality of multiple interests influencing the decisions or negotiations at hand. 



Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302
Gallery Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.




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

by Kia Neill

September 8 - October 27, 2017
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Kia Neill is a multidiscipline artist working in mixed media drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Neill has lived and worked in a number of cities throughout the U.S. as a professional artist doing public and private commissions, exhibitions, lectures, juroring and teaching college and continuing education for 15 years.

Her work often reflects upon natural landscape, but as she sees the correlation in pattern and form between nature and human anatomy – the work begins to metamorphosis into a new image that combines both structures.  The fluid forms represent the artist’s energetic emotions while the mechanical skeletal structures represent a concrete base that is transfixed in its own identity.



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.


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
website: www.alinagallo.com/iskandar