Current Exhibitions - Fall 2019

The Cube

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302
Hours: M-F: 10:00am - 5:00pm during the fall and spring semesters or call 303-245-4637 for appointment

Cathy Ellis

Fine Evident

August 19 - September 29, 2019

Meet the Artist Reception: September 6th from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Naropa University Art Galleries are honored to present Cathy Ellis's painting exhibition: Fine Evident in The Cube Gallery at the Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.  The exhibit Fine Evident is relevant to present day discussions on the environment and climate. Her paintings are large in scale and combine realism with abstraction by way of loose, color saturated brushwork. The images are composites of moments that represent outer and inner personal experience related to a particular place or time. Cathy writes, “I’m interested in how paint coalesces to express moments when everyday life is suspended and bits of transcendence leak through unexpectedly. This can be as simple as a snow day or as disruptive as a great loss. My current body of work uses the California coast where I live as a starting point. It's a place of utopian beauty and optimism, made unpredictable by natural disaster and climate change.” 

Cathy Ellis is an artist who lives and works just north of Los Angeles in a studio adjacent to Cal State Channel Islands where she also teaches painting and foundations.  She has created site-specific pieces for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara and the Glass Box Gallery, UCSB. She has exhibited nationally at venues including Liquid Spaces/Sherwood Gallery, San Francisco, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles, 186 Carpenter, Providence, RI,  San Diego Art Institute, Torrance Art Museum, Minan Gallery, and Elephant Art Space Los Angeles.   Awards and recognition include the Felix Hendrickson Scholarship in Painting, the Levitan Arts Fellowship, the Howard Fenton Award for Painting, the 2014 Teaching Fellowship in the College of Creative Studies, UCSB, and a nomination for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s SECA Award. Cathy has attended artist residencies with fellowship funding at the Vermont Studio Center and the Anderson Ranch Art Center’s Advanced Painting Mentorship Workshop with Enrique Martinez Celaya.  Additional information and images are available at and on instagram @cathyellisprojects.


Open Studios

The 25th Annual Boulder Open Studios Tour Preview Exhibit

October 5 - October 20, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

Preview Exhibit Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

Naropa University is honored and excited to host/sponsor the 2019 Preview Exhibit for the 25th Annual Boulder Open Studios TourOpen Studios continues to be an important art organization that promotes Boulder County artists and creates community support for the arts. In 1995, Gary Zeff founded the Open Studio Fall Artist Tour. What began as a relatively small tour now consists of 125 artists opening their personal studios over the first two weekends of October.  As Boulder has developed into an artists’ haven, inevitably the city has become saturated with art-focused nonprofits that serve artists and art appreciators. In fact, the cultural health of the city is strong: Boulder is today home to more than 130 registered nonprofit cultural organizations, and creative professionals living and working in Boulder make up nearly nine percent of the population.

Meg Brown Payson

October 25 - December 14, 2019
Meet the Artist Reception: October 25th from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Meg Brown Payson earned her BFA from the College of Fine Art at Boston University followed by an MFA from Vermont College. She was an Associate Professor of Drawing and Foundation at the Maine College of Art until she left teaching in 2011. Her work has been exhibited widely in New England, including at the Portland Museum of Art, the deCordova Museum, and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. It is included in collections at the Portland Museum of Art, the deCordova Museum, Neiman-Marcus, Duke Energy, Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, and more. Payson has been awarded residencies at the La Napoule Foundation in France, Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado and the Vermont Studio Center. Devoted to time outside, Payson has traveled widely throughout the wild places of the American Southwest and the North Woods of Maine and Quebec. Payson lives and works in coastal Maine.


Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302
Hours: M-F: 10:00am - 5:00pm during the fall and spring semesters or call 303-245-4637 for appointment

Phil Bender


August 19 - September 29, 2019
Meet the Artist Reception: September 6th from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Walking through Phil Bender's studio can be challenging as you weave through foot-wide walkways surrounded by boxes of present-day artifacts. It is there he creates his unusual brand of artwork, arranging the ordinary into simple repeating patterns, which causes the viewer to examine the everyday in an uncommon light. The exhibition "Quilts" conveys his genius in creating repetitive images into art. Phil spends his time searching estate sales, flea markets, thrift stores, junk shops, alley ways, the highways and byways finding every day and unusual items.  Along the way - these items become a work of art.  

Phil has a list of remarkable accomplishments but first and foremost is making Pirate Contemporary Art ( an alternative space) a principal mover in Denver’s art world spending 35 years on Navajo Street as pioneers of the Navajo Street Art District.  Pirate is now located in Lakewood because of rent increases in Denver. He has work in many important collections, including the Denver Art Museum and the Colorado Convention Center.  The Denver Art Museum in 1996 gave Phil for a solo exhibition in the Ponti Building where he covered a 20ft plus wall with several  hubcap pieces and mudflap pieces.  In 2011, Phil was given the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Please stop by and see his creative collection of "quilts" in the Nalanda Gallery.

Charmain Schuh, Curator


Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302
Hours: M-F: 10:00am - 5:00pm during the fall and spring semesters or call 303-245-4637 for appointment

Remi Crist

Bhutan: The Land & The Light 

August 19 - September 20, 2019
Meet the Artist Reception: September 6th from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

In this beautiful and expressive photography exhibition by Remi Crist, you have the opportunity to engage with the colors, culture, and beauty of Bhutan. Remi, an undergraduate Naropa senior recently returned to the Rocky Mountains after living in the Kingdom of Bhutan nestled in the Himalayas for her semester studying abroad. Join Remi to experience the beauty and culture of Bhutan, The Land of the Thunder Dragon through photographic imagery.

Artist Statement
I view the Kingdom of Bhutan as a land rich in culture, beauty, curiosity, and compassion.  Bhutan: The Land and The Light displays a collection of photographs representing some of the moments in which I felt connected to or inspired by the people, architecture, or natural landscape during my semester abroad in Bhutan.  The term “light” within this collection refers to what cannot be physically seen simply by looking at these images.  The giggle of the little girl after her grandmother kissed her cheek, the smell of the vegetable market on a hot day, the kindness in the young monastic student’s eyes, and feeling the same breeze that fluttered nearby prayer flags wash over my skin all encompass this element of light. Finding the light and remembering that it exists within so many moments of everyday life helped me to understand that regardless of differences, we must glow together.  Amidst the land and the light of the Kingdom of Bhutan, I invite you in.

The Lincoln Gallery

Arapahoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302 
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. year-round.

Upcoming - Robert Spellman and Joan Anderson - Dates to be Announced