Denver Milk Market & Dairy Block are hosting a month long art installation with Athena Project: Women In Their Infinite Forms.
Eleven local female artists were commissioned to design & share their interpretation of the theme using women mannequins as the base of the artwork. The mannequins will be on display inside of Denver Milk Market and throughout Dairy Block establishments from March 1st – March 31st.
On March 20th, an Art Strut will take over the [heated] Dairy Block Alley from 4-6PM, to showcase the finished pieces, tell their stories and celebrate women. View event details HERE.
Athena Project is a Colorado non-profit that empowers women through the arts and creates a world with gender equality where women’s voices are amplified. See below line up of talented artists participating in this female art installation.
At an early age, Adri Norris knew that she wanted to be an artist. Norris was raised to see herself as someone who could help people and improve lives. It was only in the last few years that she figured out how she would do that. The Women Behaving Badly series was born out of a desire to educate people about women from the past. Their stories have been lost over time and this loss is a disservice to the women and girls living now, and to society as a whole. They remind us that women are not the idle half of society, but have been active in building the world we live in from the very beginning.
Afro Triangle Designs, LLC | Instagram
Autumn T. Thomas
Autumn T. Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in wood sculpture. Her work challenges the boundaries of visual literacy by transforming wood into soft, twisting forms, mimicking the endurance required to thrive amidst the oppression and marginalization of women of color. Autumn received her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 2017 and her BFA in Visual Communication from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. She currently lives and works in Denver.
Autumn T. Thomas Fine Art | Instagram
Deborah Jang is a visual artist and poet whose creative work is rooted in her perspective as a woman of color (API) and who writes with compassion for a world in crisis. Her debut poetry collection, “Float True,” was published in March 2020 by Shanti Arts LLC. Her sculptural work can be found in collections regionally and nationally.
Jana Hope was born and raised in Colorado by a single mother and along side her older sister. Jana spent her childhood driven by curiosity and creativity, and guided by women. After graduating with Art Honors is high school, and studying fine art at Metro State, Jana embarked on a path in the arts through collaborative projects and studio art.
In 2017, Jana expanded her artistic reach with creating murals, teaching art and preforming live painting at events while showing her artwork throughout Colorado in solo and group shows. Jana has won live painting competitions in both 2019, and pre-COVID 2020, making her known for her vibrant and expressive speed painting as well as her metaphoric studio paintings. Building on her solo mural success, Jana co-founded the DJC Mural crew in early 2020 with two fellow female artists. In the face of a pandemic, her painting sisterhood has created mural work across Denver including RiNo Arts District, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Town Center of Aurora.
Karlee Mariel is a contemporary artist. She creates large scale murals and has worked for over 20 years in oil painting and ceramic sculpture. She is driven by discovery and the joy of creating art, and is interested in bringing communities and youth together to contribute to public murals for positive social change.
Lindsey Gutman’s main focus for the past 17 years has been a stay at home mom. Wife, field-trip chaperone, classroom volunteer, carpooler…you know the drill. But, what has always defined Lindsey is her passion for all art forms. Currently, Lindsey is finding the balance between family time and her love to create. Any time spent in the studio is exciting and makes her feel alive.
Lindsey graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her work has spanned from graphic design for motor oil labels to primitive paintings for children book illustrations. She was selected to show work in Society of Illustrator’s Museum in New York City.
Surprise! Delight! inspire! These are the objectives of Denver artist, Mel Aman. Through sculpture and interactive installations, she sticks to the very strict guidelines of making messes, doing inventions and learning to fly. Keep an eye out for her large-scale installation “Love Songs,” slated to open at The Commons on Champa Fall 2021.
Michelle Lamb is a Colorado assemblage artist specializing in intriguing and thought provoking sculptural narratives using found objects she highly manipulates so they appear integral to one another. She received her BFA from CSU and is a member of CORE New Art Space and represented by The Art Spirit Gallery in Idaho. Her award winning work has been displayed at Republic Plaza and various venues, is in the collection of Kaiser Permanente, and has a public art commissioned by City of Littleton and RTD. She teaches both private lessons and group workshops.
Samantha “Doom” Donen
Samantha “Doom” Donen is an Industrial Designer from Denver, Colorado. Donen was dubbed “Doom” for being an empowering female lead on bass in the Denver music scene; Westword Cover 2010. Donen graduated from MSU Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design. Her professional career includes being the master artist of mannequins for Nike, NBA, Old Navy, Target, and Michael Korr at NOA Brands, the Industrial Soft Goods Designer at IFuzion, LLC, the Lighting Designer at the Gothic Theatre, Vilar Center for Performing Arts, Olympics, and Touring Productions, and the Public Events Coordinator at Soco Nightlife.
In her spare time, Donen volunteers as a design mentor to students at Gold Crown Foundations and a Soft Goods Designer at Make4Covid.co.
iFuzion LLC | Instagram
Tatiana Jordan is an analog photography and mixed media artist from Parker, CO. She studied Photography at CU Denver and found her love for historic photographic processes on a summer abroad trip to Florence, Italy. Her works are based on concepts of the family and the struggles of women’s and parental identity by combining fabrics, thread, text and early photographic processes. She finds catharsis in the authenticity where the items touch and leave their marks when exposed to sunlight.