Naropa University Galleries

The Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art.

Deeply linked with Naropa University’s mission, the visual arts galleries nurture and cultivate contemplative insight to reflect the interplay of discipline and delight. We are home to five art galleries throughout the campuses that present contemporary and traditional media by students and faculty, regional, national and international artists. In addition, each spring and fall semester the Naropa University Galleries feature artwork by graduating students from the Visual Arts and Transpersonal Contemplative Art–Based Counseling programs.

What's Up at the Naropa University Art Galleries

OurGlass: BA/Graduation Student Exhibit - From May 1–11, 2024

The Cube Gallery/Nalanda Campus

Featuring the work of C, Lauren Bucklin, Livi Craner, Elijan Delaney, Audrey Houghton, Juan Pablo Fernendez Garcia, Gi Mercado, Natalie Ramos, & Zeke Silver

Reception: May 10, 2024 6:00–8:00 PM

art poster for Echoes of Knowing exhibit

The 2nd Year Transpersonal Art Therapy MA Cohort Presents "Echoes of Knowing - Unfolding Wisdom through Visual Dialogue"

Featuring artwork by: Kaila Aguerre, Allison Bruner, Ruthie Cartwright, Byanca Cervantes, Jade Chand, Jess Golembiewski, Kate Homel, Sara Leovic, Kelsey Middleton, Devon Ridge, Julia Spenadel, Jacqueline Wright

Nalanda Campus 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80301
Opening: Friday, May 3, 2024, 6:00–9:00 PM

Past Exhibits

Interiors by Jordan Wolfson at The Lincoln Gallery, Arapahoe Campus

About Painting Interiors

In some ways, the interiors have simply been a way for me to try to paint space.  The furniture has been with me for decades – knowing their true role is to support the space, to frame it, and help provide me with a way to meet and receive the space.

What does it mean to meet and receive space?  These paintings are an ongoing attempt to ask that question. The paintings are not considered answers, just honest attempts at asking. This desire to meet space drives my engagement and the marking.  Sometimes the question is framed more representationally, with the familiarity of recognizable architecture and tonality. Sometimes the question is simpler, and pushes directly into sheer marking.

“I am seeing.  I am seeing.  I am seeing.”  “Space.  Space.  Space.”  Mark.  Mark.  Mark.

Space is subtle form.  As I become intimate with space, it draws in, invites me to recognize non-form, that is, awareness itself.  These paintings are an exploration of the relationship between perception, marking, and Consciousness.

Jordan Wolfson, 2024

Jordan Wolfson was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated with an MFA from Yale School of Art in 1991.  “I fell in love with painting as a young man when I realized that painting isn’t about making a picture; painting is about exploring life…”

In his recurring explorations of form, space, and light, Wolfson has been investigating the relationships between perception, mark, and awareness. This has led to his experience of painting as a life-practice and a means for fundamental understanding.

Exhibiting both nationally and internationally, Wolfson’s work is represented in permanent collections worldwide, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the James T. Dyke Collection and the Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art. Wolfson has received numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant and a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; he was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and the Ballinglen Art Foundation in Ireland. He currently lives in Longmont, Colorado.

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 The Thin Veil by Dona Laurita at Cube & Nalanda Gallery - Nalanda Campus

In The Thin Veil, Colorado-based photographic artist Dona Laurita presents a series of ethereal images in a multi-media presentation that explores “the thin veil” between life and death and the emotions that often follow a shattering event.

Using unique substrates, Dona’s images weave together text, lighting, and moving visuals to create an unforgettable experience. Viewers are invited to experience the depths of grief with several components along with hints and glimpses of the promises that spring brings to us—death to rebirth.

Dona turned to her art to bring her love, pain, grief, memories, struggles, and questions to life in this creative visualization. Accordingly, a very personal tragedy, the death of her beloved daughter, Julietta at the young age of 19, serves as the foundation for the exhibit yet also the stepping stone to connect with life-shattering events of all kinds. The exhibit’s abstract nature particularly speaks to everyone in this universal process of death, dying, and rebirth.

One of the major components of this visual art show is the thin veils comprised of silk with haunting and beautiful designs; some black and white; others delicately infused with color. Like a veil between life and death, the silk offers a translucent, ethereal quality—we see them but their full meaning is just beyond our grasp. They are abstract and vague based on Dona’s experiences and applicable to most of us. Some of the silk panels are nestled in wood frames. Others are placed in the front with some in the back. The frames also hold an additional notable component: Plexi with holes that all are lit with individual light sources in each piece. These signify portals and views into the unknown. 

Like windows, the portals also represent a significant dynamic of grief for many of us. “Sometimes that’s all I could do, look out windows.  I was in such shock. Hours, days, weeks, months, and now years, have passed. Windows—a portal, a place to view shadows, light, movement, stillness, a place to explore this thin veil between life and death. My new work expresses what looking out windows, seeing, not seeing, feeling, not feeling the hole or holes that exist when someone so important, integral, someone so loved is no longer here.”

Several other exhibit pieces continue this life-altering theme. For instance, often in tragedies, we feel shattered to our core. Dona exemplifies this through the Shattered Sky component. The triangles symbolize pieces of clouds falling from the sky, shattering our present reality, a reality that changes forever when calamity hits. Yet, at some time, we often eventually start picking up those shattered pieces that have fallen. The “Shattered Sky” pieces are part of a collaborative project completed in 2018 when Dona and her daughter worked closely with well-known artist, Bumbakini.  And, “Death’s Door” an actual moving door moves us into the transition from this life to the next, this reality to another one.  

For further audience engagement, Dona adds a special component: a typewriter. Inspired by a previous installation at her studio at Eldorado Springs Art Center (ESAC) in “Box Truck Altar” on All Souls Day, then and now she invites us to write messages to the other side, beyond the thin veil. What does our heart yearn to share with those dear ones who have gone before us?With this exhibit, Dona invites each of us to engage with the full emotions that accompany death and other life-shattering experiences.  

Audrey Houghton art at the Nalanda Gallery

I No Longer Wish to be Tamed by the World by Audrey Houghton at the Student Lounge - Nalanda Campus

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80301​

The Cube Gallery

An intimate gallery showing contemporary local, national and international artists. Hours: M–F 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

The Nalanda Gallery

Professional guest artists and Senior Graduation BA exhibition. Hours: M–F 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

Lounge Gallery

An innovative community space operated by Naropa students with mentoring by the gallery manager to create experiential exhibits while learning curatorial, design, and installation skills. Hours: M–F 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

Arapahoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302​

The Lincoln Gallery

Displays local and regional artists. Located in the Lincoln Building. Hours: M–F 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m; open year-round.

Our Audience

The School of the Arts is committed to engaging a diverse audience and community building, including:

  • Current students, alumnx, and community members of Naropa University

  • The Boulder and Denver are higher education community

  • The Boulder, Foothills, and Denver metro area community

  • National and international visitors

Application Process

Please email to a proposal (1–2 pages), recent bio, 10+ digital images and CV.  Proposals accepted year round.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.