The idea to open a museum sparked and by 2003 the doors to Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art were open. Before the museum opened, Grant laid out plans for an addition to the building that doubled its size to make space for all the remarkable art you will find inside.
You will discover energetic and thought provoking paintings of Vance Kirkland. His imaginative mind mastered everything from realism, surrealism and abstract expressionism. Also remembered for his unique way of using watercolor paintings, Vance Kirkland’s style is said to be exceptional and unusual from art critics. His paintings were inspired by everything from everyday events, his sense of humor to serious world issues. Regardless, they always have an edge.
There is also an International Decorative Arts Collection highlighting art movements from art nouveau, arts and crafts and art deco. “There is no hope for the satisfied curator,” Grant says. You will see this is true as you study the more than 4,000 pieces displayed from 39 countries. Everything from furniture, phones, metalware and ceramics can be enjoyed.
The third collection represents well over 100 Colorado artists. Often times people associate Colorado with a Western style art but the museum proves the Centennial State also has a strong presence in modern art.
The museum gains popularity each year. In its opening year 1,400 people explored the collection. In 2011 nearly 14,000 people came through the doors. It is hard to take everything in on one tour. Lucky for us the museum offers several tours in architecture, furniture and design because there is too much to share!
For more information on tours and the museum please visit http://www.kirklandmuseum.org/