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Doug Kacena is changing the way art galleries operate in Denver :

by Ray Mark Rinaldi | The Denver Post, February 14, 2022


https://www.denverpost.com/2022/02/14/doug-kacena-k-contemporary-denver/

Doug Kacena is changing the way art galleries operate in Denver So, naturally, we had some questions for the owner of K Contemporary K Contemporary is Denver’s most exciting commercial art gallery right now. In just five fast years, owner Doug Kacena — obviously, that’s where the “K” comes from — has assembled a roster of the city’s most adventurous art-makers and produced a slew of memorable, and completely free, exhibitions. As K’s reputation has grown, so have the artists it represents, among them Denver-connected stars such Suchitra Mattai, Daisy Patton, Jonathan Saiz, Andrew Jensdotter and Melissa Furness.

Pride of Place: Latest Art of the State Showcases Strength of Colorado Artists

by Michael Paglia | Westword, January 20, 2022


https://www.westword.com/arts/art-of-the-state-arvada-colorado-artists-13270481?_ga=2.217563743.854618151.1645938934-1307151364.1645844256

The Arvada Center of the Arts and Humanities has championed the efforts of Colorado artists almost exclusively under the leadership of Collin Parson, the center's curator and director of galleries.

This year's jury comprised Parson; Louise Martorano, the executive director of RedLine Contemporary Art Center; and Ellamaria Ray, a professor in Africana Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The three were given the daunting task of evaluating over 2,000 images. The trio should be awarded a medal for endurance. Out of that huge batch of possibilities, the jurors chose 149 works, making an enormous show that covers all 10,000 square feet of exhibition space at the center.

Placed in the center is Yoshitomo Saito's gigantic welded bronze sculpture ….Around it is a marvelous selection of abstract or semi-abstracted paintings, notably those by Melissa Furness, Irene Delka McCray, Lola Montejo and Wendi Harford.

For the love of art : Artsy envisions a future where everyone is moved by art every day. To get there, we’re expanding the art market to support more artists and art around the world. As the leading marketplace to discover, buy, and sell fine art, Artsy believes that the process of buying art should be as brilliant as art itself. That’s why we’re dedicated to making a joyful, welcoming experience that connects collectors with the artists and artworks they love.

Since its inception, K Contemporary has made a name for itself by recontextualizing and informing the dialogue about how we experience art. This artist-centric gallery has a focus on contemporary and conceptual art, as informed by historical context, while providing its patrons with engaging exhibitions, pop-ups, art interventions and art fairs. Through these immersive and experiential displays, K Contemporary acts as a catalyst for engaging discussion about the role of contemporary art in society.

Selected additional press 2017 to now:

 

• Shoutout Colorado Interview : https://shoutoutcolorado.com/meet-melissa-furness-visual-artist-and-associate-professor/

 

• Colorado Creatives Interview: Melissa Furness, Westword : https://www.westword.com/arts/colorado-creative-melissa-furness-travels-through-art-history-and-the-physical-world-11642300

 

• Voyage Denver Interview : Meet Melissa Furness : http://voyagedenver.com/interview/meet-melissa-furness-k-contemporary-art-denver-gallery-represents-work-lodo-1412-wazee-st/

 

• New American Paintings, West, Issue #132 : https://www.newamericanpaintings.com/artists/melissa-furness-0

 

• Melissa Furness and Rian Kerrane: histordomest-icity, DARIA : Denver Art Review Inquiry & Analysis :https://www.dariamag.com/home/histordomest-icity

 

• ARNAUTS [Naut Art as Usual] :https://www.artnauts.org/index

 

• K Contemporary brings new stamina to Denver's struggling commercial art scene, The Denver Post : https://www.denverpost.com/2018/12/19/k-contemporary-brings-new-stamina-to-denvers-struggling-commercial-art-scene/

 

• The male-female divide even in art, The New Indian Express :http://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2017/mar/22/the-male-female-divide-even-in-art-1584104.html

 

• A.I.R. artists at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India, Two Coats of Paint :http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com/2017/03/a-kochi-muzris-biennale-a-i-r-collaboration.html

 

• From Babe Walls to Detour, Colorado's biggest and boldest art moments of 2020, The Denver Post :https://theknow.denverpost.com/2020/12/27/fine-arts-coronavirus/250979/

 

• Colorado Artists’ Work to Be Displayed at Korea’s DMZ Museum, 5280 Denver's Mile High Magazine :https://www.5280.com/2018/06/colorado-artists-work-to-be-displayed-at-koreas-dmz-museum/

 

• K Contemporary and Leon Shows Recast the Narrative of Art History, Westword :https://www.westword.com/arts/kaitlyn-tucek-and-melissa-furness-recast-art-history-at-leon-gallery-k-contemporary-11492422

 

• Strokes of genius: A ground report from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Hindustan Times :http://www.hindustantimes.com/art-and-culture/strokes-of-genius-a-ground-report-from-the-kochi-muziris-biennale/story-32eAeyvFy5cODQz1yoAtTO.html

 

• Melissa Furness and Ashley Eliza Williams at K Contemporary, OnDenver :https://ondenver.com/melissa-furness-and-ashley-eliza-williams-at-k-contemporary/

 

• Klassik Magazine International Interview :http://www.klassikmagazine.com/melissa-furness/

 

• Review: CVA’s Pink Progression Is a Must-See Show, Westword :https://www.westword.com/arts/pink-progression-at-metro-states-center-for-visual-art-talented-artists-deliver-a-message-10377157

 

• Pink Progression uses social momentum for artistic exploration, Arvada Press :https://arvadapress.com/stories/pink-progression-uses-social-momentum-for-artistic-exploration,314247