Art Students League of Denver
The Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) provides an inclusive art community where professional artists guide individuals of all abilities to reach their highest potential. Whether you’re looking to add some creativity to your everyday life or want to make a living as an artist, the Art Students League of Denver has something for you.
Every student has the opportunity to study with regionally and nationally recognized working artists in a wide selection of media.
There is no set curriculum, so you are free to explore what interests you! Our courses, workshops and summer camps provide hands-on experiences for all ages and ability levels. In all studio classes, instructors individualize learning in a style that fits their personal philosophy and integrates demonstrations, study of master artists and group critiques.
Community engagement with diverse communities is central to the Art Students League’s mission and realized through partnerships with performing arts groups, public schools, museums and other art centers.
Visiting Artist Series
ASLD’s Visiting Artist Series (VAS) brings notable artists to Denver from across the world. These artists complement existing ongoing courses and workshops, diversify our programming to include new artistic perspectives and media, and broaden teaching practices to enrich and enliven our faculty.
BIPOC Artist Residency
The BIPOC Artist-in-Residence (BIPOC AiR) program is a new facet of the Visiting Artist Series, born of the recognition that ASLD can take an active role in fostering equity and supporting diversity in the arts community. Through this program, ASLD hosts a Visiting Artist who identifies as Black, Indigenous, and/or person of color for a 6-9 month long residency. The residency offers the artist access to dedicated studio space at ASLD; the opportunity to lead workshops, lectures, and community engagement programs; and culminates with a solo exhibition of work created throughout the residency. Each residency is tailored to the artist’s expertise and discipline. Selected artists are representative of the racial diversity within Denver and lead workshops specific to the themes and issues important to BIPOC communities.
While the BIPOC AiR program prioritizes BIPOC artists, the program is not exclusionary, and the artist will be selected through an open application process. While demographic information is requested as part of the application, applicants will also be asked questions regarding their interest and alignment with Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (JEDIA).
Applications are reviewed first by a panel comprising members of the greater Denver arts and cultural community, who select a short list of finalists. This list is then reviewed by ASLD artist faculty, staff and board members to select a candidate who will bring new methods and skills to complement the existing ASLD faculty and media available. Criteria for selection include media, willingness to work with a broad range of audiences, willingness to participate with ASLD partners, availability to have an open studio practice during the residency, artist location (preference to those outside the Denver area), and a commitment to JEDIA initiatives through their artistic practice and/or experience working with diverse communities.
As part of the evaluation process, ASLD reviews the application and committee process, adjusting based on feedback as needed and adopting new practices recommended in the arts field to ensure equity and accessibility.
They do not currently have accommodations for duos/groups/families.
ASLD provides a private studio space onsite at ASLD as well as necessary supplies and equipment. The studio is 800 square feet in a historic building in West Wash Park in Denver. Studio can be equipped to accommodate a variety of media.