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

sue hammond west

Form & Formlessness  

sabbatical paintings 

August 27 – October 5, 2018

Join Naropa University in celebrating Sue Hammond West’s sabbatical exhibition Form & Formlessness at the Nalanda Campus. 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, Co.  The exquisite painting show covers her journey and art exploration from Fall 2017-Spring 2018.   

Sue Hammond West, MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is a painter, mentor and art educator. She combines art making with the energy of Buddhism, transcendental meditation, yoga philosophy and Non-Dualism. Sue has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Harshaw Creek, Arizona; Steamboat Springs Mixed Media Painting School; and Lill Street Studios in Chicago. Currently Sue is professor of Visual Arts and Dean of Arts and Education at Naropa University. Her current painting practice is infused with the teachings of Enrique Martinez Celaya, who she has studied with for 8 years. Sue is in search of what it means to be conscious and how to infuse art with a transforming presence.

Sue Hammond West’s newest show Form & Formlessness illuminates a sense of mystery and intrigue using abstract line, shape, and color. Using the words, ‘elegance’ and ‘radiance’ as her inspiration for this exhibit, she works to capture the journey of her own personal exploration with oil on large canvas. Her choice in color pallet varies in dark tones, setting a haunting atmosphere. The emphasis of individual shapes and lines within each painting allows the audience to ponder connections, as unexpected thoughts may arise from the abstraction. These patterns of design create an atmosphere of “energy”, a sense of radiating excitement that is not only bold, but also vibrant. Sue Hammond West explains, "These paintings arise from encountering abstract and figurative reality as various frequencies". As she views everything as vibrational, she feels that this energy is continuously shifting in and out, becoming something invisible that cannot be depicted. This cohesive body of work envelopes us with a thoughtful chaos and leaves with awe of something much larger than ourselves.

Her exhibitions include Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Boulder Public Library; Leady Art Center, Kansas City; Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago; and University of Notre Dame Isis Gallery. Sue’s first book She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with poetry by Michelle Naka Pierce is a text/image collaboration; other publications include Inquiring Mind, Shambhala Times, Not Enough Night, Sous Rature, Foursquare, and Mandorla. She has received awards from the NEA, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sophia Pilmenstein, VA major

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:



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

Stephen Parlato

Strong Women in Bloom

September 5 - December 15, 2018

Naropa University presents Stephen Parlato’s new work Strong Women in Bloom in the Lincoln Gallery on the Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe, Boulder CO.

Stephen Parlato is an Artist and Educator whose unique and fascinating collage-illustrated books have earned him a devoted following around the world.  His books have been carried in many Art museum shops including both The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Walters Art Museum and The Baltimore Museum of Art.  His book, ‘The World That Loved Books’ is a PBS-recommended Reading and Language Arts Book on their PBS Teachers Resource site.  Twice his illustrated books, ‘The World That Loved Books’ (revised edition 2008) and ‘Dragons Love’ (2009) have been chosen as finalists for Best Illustrated Book of The Year by Foreword Magazine (the leading publication representing the independent publishing world). His third book ’Dragons Love Art’ will be published by Simply Read Books on February 5, 2019.

Stephen says of his new collage works: "My intention in this series is to use forms from nature, the garden and the field, to create metaphorical tribute portraits to the WOMEN - ECO - WARRIORS - who are rising to the occasion, at this crucial period of retrograde political leadership to confront those in power and demand change. I view these personages as spiritual guides powerfully strong in their resolve while reminding us of the greatly vulnerable position we find ourselves, our planet and our Democracy in with a transforming presence." 


Upcoming...Fall 2018/Spring 2019

The Cube Gallery

Field/Ground by Sandy & Terry Lane & Jennifer Pettus

October 19 - December 14, 2018

Field/Ground explores identity through memory and sense of place defined as existing “somewherebetween the inside and outside views...” (Lucy Lippard, Lure of the Local). The experience of identity andsense of place manifests through combinations of personal and collective memory and the ability tonavigate the two. Personal memory describes the emotional process of retaining events while cultivatingidentity. Collective memory is created and shared by a group forming collective identity. The juxtaposition ofpersonal and collective memories offers multiple layered meaning that changes from moment to moment,creating a fluid landscape. 

Sandy Lane, Terry Lane and Jennifer Pettus are interested in exploring collective imagination bringing ideas and people together.Not only do they bring together their work in this collaboration but they are interested in potentially joining othercommunities using this framework. Mixed-media imagery reflects both intimate and distant views of their personal memoryand identity lived in this contemporary, nomadic state. The imagery suspends horizontally within a floating grid, which reflectsonto resin pools contained in maple boxes. The containers placed on the floor mirror the hovering gridformation. A distance between the two structures simulates fleeting and distorted memories. Theinstallation also emulates landscape, which appears in many forms throughout their individual art making.


Nalanda Gallery

100 Paintings for 100 Years by Trine Bumiller

October 19 - December 14, 2018

These 100 paintings came out of a residency at Rocky Mountain National Park in the summer of 2014. Ostensibly they honor the centennial year of the park, yet they also express the immersive quality of the experience and the park itself. They also invoke memory as attached to a place, that the land is deeply ingrained in our DNA; it resides in our subconscious, and is a part of us as much as we are a part of it.

They reflect the landscape of the park in its many permutations: plant life, geology and bodies of water in abstract images from different perspectives, creating a deconstructed landscape portrait of a significant place.  

Paramita Gallery

To be determined