Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art opened to the public in 2003 at 1311 Pearl Street. Chambers Family Fund is providing funding for the construction of a new building that will house Kirkland Museum near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver's Golden Triangle Museum District. The new museum will offer visitors an enhanced experience while staying true to the salon style and intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland is known. As of May 2, 2016, the museum is temporarily closed to visitors to relocate to its new building at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street. Groundbreaking was held at the new museum location in September, 2015, and the new museum will be completed in fall 2017.
Vance Kirkland’s Art School and Studio building (built 1910–1911), which is preserved as part of the larger Kirkland Museum, is the oldest commercial art building in Denver and the second oldest in Colorado. The three room Arts & Crafts structure will be relocated as part of the new modern museum building on Bannock Street.
Kirkland Museum has three primary collections. The international decorative art collection includes notable examples from every major design period from Arts & Crafts to Postmodern. The Colorado and regional art collection includes about 6,000 works by more than 600 Colorado artists. The museum also features a retrospective of Colorado’s distinguished painter, Vance Kirkland (1904–1981). Kirkland’s paintings and drawings form the basis of the collection and the international decorative art collection has been called one of the most important displays in North America.
Long a supporter of arts and culture in Colorado, Chambers Family Fund believes Kirkland Museum and other arts and culture organizations are important in creating and sustaining a vibrant and livable community. Not only do these organizations strengthen the fabric of our societies by inspiring a civic pride, but they also educate and engage in-state and out-of-state visitors.
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