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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
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. 

Michael Franklin Gallery Image

Michael Franklin Gallery ImageMichael Franklin Gallery Image



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

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. 

David Alcantar Gallery Image 



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


By: Lauren Burgos, Remi Crist & Joshua Stewart 

October 13 - November 3, 2017

Elements of the Undefined Gallery Poster

Come view the exhibition in the Lounge Gallery! We have our extraordinary student artists: Lauren Burgos, Remi Crist, Joshua Stewart showcasing their creative work which explores the journey of self-expression in an undefined and free state of mind. Exhibit runs from October 13 – November 3, 2017.

Lauren Burgos/Intuitive Symbolization Series :  Modern-Day Surrealist, Lauren Burgos, better known by her artist name, “MADSOULAUR”, began investigating her relationship to visual expression from an early age. She spent many years embodying performance art through dance, before uncovering her ever-unfolding passion for creating tangible works. Lauren has experimented with a variety of mediums over the past three years including acrylic painting, graphite drawing, and paper collage. Each piece contains an intimate exploration of her psyche.  She combines contrasting elements that wouldn’t typically ‘make sense’ from a surface leveled perception, is a recurring theme intentionally integrated into each piece. 

Remi Crist/Undefined Spaces Series:  As a Colorado native, Remi continues to live in her home state while she finishes her degree in Visual Arts at Naropa University. Surrounded by creativity since a young age she finds familiarity and a deep love for the world of arts. Exploring the concept of juxtaposition to the fragile human emotion, Remi creates a body of work that explores Undefined Spaces. She takes a journey with color and human expression using watercolor and paper as her tool, a medium which has no boundaries and an element of unpredictability. Remi captures an effortless world that had no clarity or definition using contrast of color and negative space. Her work allows you to step into a space of unknown and find your own story.

Joshua Stewart/Tapping into Collective Consciousness Series:  As a musician and a painter, Joshua uses many mediums to express his passion for art. Using his musical process, he incorporates a somatic experience with each creation he makes. He layers each piece with texture which carries an intriguing quality of depth leaving you with a desire to reach out and experience its surface. Conscious of the environment, Joshua focuses on using local recycled materials from various locations; this brings further character to his work. Tapping into Collective Consciousness captures a quality of fluid expression while taking you into a realm of untapped creative energy.



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


by Charli Ornett

October 30 - December 17, 2017
Opening Reception: November 10 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 Charli Ornett Exhibition Poster

Charli Ornett has been interested in how words and pictures go together since she was a kid and drew all the characters and landscapes of the novels she wanted to write before ever putting a word to the page. For obvious reasons this English major gravitated to the making of images more than works of literature.  In her day job she still puts stories and images together working on the art side of magazine publishing. The rest of the time she reads poetry and tries to paint how that makes her feel.

Going is Knowing  is part of Charli's ongoing series “The Universe Could Hum,” which she has been working on since 2014. It’s inspired by the poetry of Theodore Roethke. Roethke’s writing is both deeply grounded in nature and soaring to the ecstatic and sublime, all the while seeking to make sense of where he is in life. The overall feeling she gets from his poetry, of being in both the earthy world and the transcendent world, moves through her while she paints.

Charli's medium is encaustic: beeswax, Damar resin and pigment heated to 180º. Working with this molten mixture, Charli builds up layers and textures then scrape the cooled paint back to reveal the hidden history of process, place and form. The result of this layering draws the gaze deep into the painting, allowing it to become a window to an inner landscape. Charli explains, I’m fascinated with the tension between the definite and the amorphous, that place where a hard edge or line meets the soft and yielding. In both art and life I think this border between land and sky, sleeping and waking, curiosity and certainty, is where we are most alive and can see most clearly.

Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented. Pigments may be added to the medium, or purchased colored with traditional artist pigments. The medium is melted and applied with a brush or any tool the artist wishes to create from. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer. 



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.

 COMING SOON...Spring/fall 2018

White Cube Gallery

  • Works by Robert Spellman:  January 16 - March 2, 2018

  • Urban Dialogue - Works and Installation by Laura Barbee & Chinn Wang: March 9 - April 20, 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  

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

Paramita Gallery

  • Residual Natures by Richard VanPelt & Norman Gagne: January 16 - March 9, 2018

  • Revealing Gravity by Jennifer Ivanic: March 9 - April 20, 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
website: www.alinagallo.com/iskandar