AIGA Colorado, Design Council of the Denver Art Museum and Denver Arts & Venues

Present Chaircuterie on November 13

From the creators of Bordo Bello and Design After Dark,

a celebration of original chair designs

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On Thursday, November 13, 2014, AIGA Colorado, Design Council of the Denver Art Museum and Denver Arts & Venues will present Chaircuterie. The festive evening will showcase 100 original works of chair-art. Chaircuterie is held in conjunction with the exhibition AIGA CO25: Impacting Colorado through 25 Years of Design, a retrospective of AIGA Colorado’s social impact within the state.


Inspiring this first-ever event is the fact that founding members of AIGA were required to bring their own chairs to the organization’s inaugural meeting 100 years ago. Concurrently, 2014 is AIGA Colorado’s 25th anniversary. As these milestones converge, Chaircuterie promises a night of artful celebration at Denver’s McNichols Civic Center Building with 100 exceptional artists and designers—local and national—bringing their signature creative flair to 25 full-size chairs, 50 miniature chairs and 25 chair-inspired two-dimensional works of art. All works will be available for auction throughout the evening.

“It is an honor and pleasure to partner with AIGA Colorado to present Chaircuterie and support AIGA Colorado’s mentorship and scholarship opportunities,” says Darrin Alfred, Associate Curator of Architecture, Design and Graphics at the Denver Art Museum. “AIGA and Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, with the support of Denver Arts & Venues, have created a spectacular evening for longtime friends and new guests alike to celebrate this momentous occasion in AIGA’s history.”

Chaircuterie attendees will enjoy specialty cocktails by Suerte Tequila and craft beer from Odell Brewing Company, complemented by culinary stations, music and entertainment throughout the evening. The new American dance company Wonderbound will also perform during the evening. Participating artists and designers include: Sean Adams, Fin Art, Gensler, Mike Giant, Chris Huth, Jen Lewin, MATTER, Jaime Molina, Deepti Nair & Harikrishnan Panicker, Woody Pirtle, Melanie Pruitt, Jason Thielke, Joe Triscari, WORKSHOP8, and Mario Zoots, among many other artists and designers.


“This event demonstrates AIGA’s and Design Council’s longstanding commitment to Colorado’s creative community,” notes Elysia Syriac, President Emeritus of AIGA Colorado and National Board member of AIGA. “By merging our audiences, we bring together a wide range of artists, designers and art enthusiasts to help celebrate the importance of design in Colorado.

“The Denver Art Museum is the steward of the AIGA Design Archives, a collection of award-winning communication design since 1980. We are proud to support the Museum’s programming and this remarkable resource located in our own community.”


DATE: Thursday, November 13, 2014

TIME: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

PLACE:            McNichols Civic Center Building

144 West Colfax Avenue (at Bannock)

Denver CO 80205

PRICE: $50 general; $40 AIGA and Design Council Members; Prices will increase by $20 at the door.

MORE INFO: 720.913.0044 or


This program is supported by Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Partner Program at the McNichols Civic Center Building and supports AIGA Colorado’s mentorship programming and the Denver Art Museum’s Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics, steward of the AIGA Design Archives.


About AIGA Colorado, Design Council of the Denver Art Museum and Denver Arts & Venues

AIGA Colorado, founded in 1989, is the professional association for design dedicated to developing Colorado’s creative community. Uniting more than 550 industry professionals, educators and students, this energized group supports programming to inspire, educate, mentor and connect. AIGA Colorado is also an active chapter of the national, nonprofit AIGA, an institution committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural

About Design Council of the Denver Art Museum

Since its founding in 1990, Design Council has been an enthusiastic partner in enriching the Denver Art Museum’s department of architecture, design, and graphics. Design Council is one of the DAM’s support groups and is an alliance of over 150 design professionals, patrons, and others whose mission is to enhance the awareness and appreciation of design by making it accessible to a wider audience. Through a broad range of programs and events, including lectures and panel discussions, studio visits, architectural tours, and special previews of exhibitions such as Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag and Design Lab: Three Studios, Design Council provides unique opportunities to engage leading professionals in various design disciplines.


The Denver Art Museum Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics has earned an international reputation as a leader in collecting and presenting the finest and most representative examples of architecture, design, and graphics. Beginning these efforts in 1990, Denver remains one of only a few American museums with a commitment to building comprehensive holdings that exemplify major developments in international design of the past 100 years. Numbering more than 15,000 works, the architecture, design and graphics collection encompasses a broad range of design practices, including architecture, decorative design, graphic design, industrial design, and functional craft. In 2007, the department became the steward of the AIGA Design Archives, a significant gift representing the most comprehensive holding of American communication design from 1980 to the present in the world.


Denver Arts & Venues seeks to enhance Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. The agency operates some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art program, Create Denver economic development initiative, Youth One Book, One Denver literacy program, and entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival.