Housed in a 1911 Arts and Crafts brick art school/studio, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is the oldest commercial art building in Denver. Opened to the public in 2003, the museum shows a retrospective of Colorado's distinguished painter, Vance Kirkland, who painted and taught there. Kirkland’s paintings and drawings form the basis of the collection. The international decorative art collection is recognized as one of the most important displays in North America. There are more than 3,500 objects on view from Arts and Crafts to Art Deco and Modern, most from 1880 to 1980.
Long a supporter of arts and culture in Colorado, Chambers Family Fund believes Kirkland Museum and other arts and culture organizations are instrumental 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 entertain in-state and out-of-state visitors. To that end, Chambers Family Fund provides ongoing general support to this one-of-a-kind museum and its mission to increase public appreciation and awareness of its remarkable collections. With the leadership of Hugh Grant and our support solidifying its financial foundation, the museum has evolved into one of the country’s most comprehensive sources for appreciating the growth of the Modern Movement in America. The Kirkland showcases, at any one time, nearly 200 Colorado artists represented by more than 700 works from a total collection of over 500 Colorado artists, over 200 of whom are women.
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