Peek Behind the Curtains: The Arts in Denver
Ever wonder how an exhibit is designed and curated at a museum? Or what the financial impact the arts community has in Denver? Or what exactly is an arts district and how do they work? The answers to these questions and more will be shared as we explore the art world in Denver with local experts from SCFD (Scientific Cultural and Facilities District), NINE Dot Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the RiNo Art District, The Dikeou Collection and the Children’s Museum.
Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with light bites and appetizers and then the panel discussion will start at 6:30 p.m.
As the CEO and Co-Founder of NINE dot ARTS, Martha oversees business planning, company finances, marketing and sales, team development, and she graduated from Colorado State University with a dual major – Communications and Fine Arts – to launch her journey. With her two diplomas in hand, she started her career with Walker Fine Art gallery in Denver, then moved on to the most prestigious art consulting firm (at the time) in the region, McGrath and Braun, from which NINE dot ARTS was born. Martha supports the art community by: currently serving on the Board of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and serving as Executive Director for Union Hall.
Dr. Jennifer R. Henneman
Associate Curator at the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum, received her doctoral degree in 19th century British and American Art and Visual Culture at the University of Washington in 2016. Her interdisciplinary transatlantic research, which has taken her from the wilds of the American West to the cosmopolitan streets of London and New York, reflects her own upbringing on a farm and cattle ranch in Montana and her interest in the dominant cultural and artistic spheres of the late Victorian era.
Tracy Weil is co-founder and president of RiNo Art District and planted his roots in this growing community nearly 20 years ago. A lifelong painter, Weil's work is distinctive for its bold use of color and expressive, playful nature.
Known for his savvy in building community through the arts, Weil has fostered vibrant art districts throughout Colorado, including Lakewood and Aurora. A natural collaborator, Weil brings people and art together — with the tenacity of an advocate, the ease of a leader, and the heart of an artist.
Hayley Richardson has 20 years experience working in the arts and has been Director of The Dikeou Collection in Denver since 2016. From managing artist studios and curating exhibitions, to organizing various cultural programs and writing in-depth arts related articles for publication, Hayley has been involved in many facets of the art world. She received her MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Denver and BA (cum laude) in Art History from the University of New Mexico. Though she has a wide range of interests and appreciation for all art, her academic work has primarily focused on American counterculture movements and Pre-Columbian art and architecture of Mexico and Central America.
Gretchen became Chief Operating Officer in July 2010 after serving as the Vice President of Development and Communications. A member of the staff since 1998, she oversees education, guest services, fundraising and marketing. Most recently Gretchen played a significant role in the Children’s Museum’s capital campaign, leading her team in raising $16.3M for expansion and developing the organization’s master plan. Before joining the Museum, she worked for the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. Gretchen is a graduate of Leadership Denver and has served on the board of Girls on the Run, LODO and the Young Philanthropists Foundation.
A native of Colorado, Deborah Jordy has played a prominent role in the arts and cultural scene for the past 30 years. Ms. Jordy joined the SCFD in December 2016. She is the former Executive Director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, the Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and was Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum. She is the trustee of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts.