Colorado Creative Industries’ program of art exhibitions at the Colorado State Capitol brings rotating art exhibitions to the State Capitol to celebrate Colorado’s creative economy and share it with Coloradans and visitors. Exhibitions tie in with events happening throughout the arts community and showcase artists and cultural organizations from throughout the state.

 Plein Air exhibition


November 2015 – January 2016


Every year, over 200 artists are invited to paint “en plein air” (a French term meaning “in the open air”) in the largest urban plein air event in the country, the Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival. Following the festival, artists are invited to submit their plein air works to a juried competition judged by Rose Fredrick, writer and curator of the Coors Western Art Exhibit; and Kimberly Moore, the Director of Colorado LUXE Interiors + Design. The accepted artists’ works are on display on the 7th floor of the Denver Public Library between November and the beginning of January.

 This exhibition, located in the State Capitol Complex,  highlights works from award-winning Colorado artists from the Colorado Plein Air Juried Exhibitions over the years, including the Best of Show winners from the past three - Mikael Olson, Kevin Weckbach, and Jim Beckner. It also includes works from the 2014 1st Place winner, Stephanie Hartshorn, and 3rd Place winner, Virginia Unseld. Although, they all have different styles, each artist reminds us of the very first festival hosted by the Golden Triangle Museum district eight years ago with their cityscapes, construction, and other city living scenes.

The exhibition includes artworks by the following artists:


Jim Beckner

Stephanie Hartshorn

Mikael Olson

Robert Spooner

Virginia Unseld.

Kevin Weckbach