Honoring Our Members
On Friday, October 30, 2020 at 5:30pm in the alleyway on the east side of D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204, the Women’s Caucus for Art Colorado Chapter (WCACO) surprised long-time Denver artist Jean B. Smith with a mural painted on the alley wall honoring her years of service to the Denver area art community.
The Women’s Caucus for Art Colorado Chapter is proud to honor Jean B. Smith with this mural in gratitude for her consistent, unwavering contribution of energy, time, and talents to the co-operative art gallery scene in Denver and the WCACO.
Since 1986, Jean has been a full-time artist in Denver, working primarily as a ceramic sculptor using distinctive styles that convey her energy, charm, and spunk. She is a founding member of the Women’s Caucus for Art Colorado Chapter and has been a constant guiding presence since its inception in Denver in 1990.
Her history in the Denver art scene includes many years with Core New Art Space, co-founding the Ice Cube Gallery, 18 years with Zip 37 Gallery—which included activism in the Navajo Arts District—and countless exhibitions in other venues. Most recently, she is a founding member of D’art Gallery which opened in 2019.
You can find out more about Jean Smith's work here:
All Together Now
This was our first paid mural project. We used this project to solidify our team, as a method of paying our muralists, and to start to build our portfolio. Located within the Colorado Mills shopping mall, we were able to paint during Covid, wearing masks during the reopening of the mall. We completed this mural in five days and were able to engage with mall strollers, shoppers, and kids. This was a great first paid project to explore masking off areas, stencil work on the hearts, and spray paint techniques.
All Together Now can be viewed anytime the mall is open along with two other public murals commissioned by the mall and administered by the 40 West Arts District.
Designs & Inspiration
Celebrating Colorado Women Artists
GENERAL MURAL PROPOSAL
We are a collaborative group of local women artists with deep ties and longevity in the arts community in the Denver-metro area. Many of us have been active in the arts in Colorado for thirty years or more.
Our purpose for creating murals is based on our own collective stories of being overlooked, forgotten, and underestimated. It is out of our realization that women in fact are every bit as significant and capable that we join together to elevate other women artists.
Our interest and focus is to create public art and murals that highlight the contributions of local Colorado women and of Colorado women of color, including Senga Nengudi, Elisabeth Spaulding, Betty Woodman, Jean B. Smith, and Eppie Archuleta.