Community Art Program

Community Art Program

For over 50 years the NCAR Community Art Program has presented art exhibitions by a range of regional artists at the NCAR Mesa Laboratory in Boulder, CO. Each year, hundreds of artists from the Rocky Mountain region, and beyond, participate in the jury process from which artists are selected for individual and group exhibitions. The exhibit space is in the expansive cafeteria within the laboratory building and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Community Art Program Information for Artists

March 4, 2018 to April 28, 2018

Large Format Fine Art Prints from Paper Collage by Kimberly McClintock March 4, 2018 to April 28, 2018

Each of Kimberly McClintock’s prints begins as a tiny 2 to 4 inch square collage, assembled from original children’s book illustrations, postcards, maps, advertisements, found paper artifacts and other documents. Once finished, the collage is scanned at high resolution, color corrected, and archivally printed at twenty to thirty times its original size. A poet for over thirty years, Ms. McClintock considers her visual art a translation into the visual domain, using the same principles of contrast, association, and juxtaposition that are at work in poetry. Kimberly McClintock grew up in southern New Jersey. For the last twenty years, she has made her home in Colorado’s Front Range.

Photography by Vandy Vandervort March 4, 2018 to April 28, 2018

“Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations (homage to Gene R.)” is a collection of international travel portraits taken by photographer Vandy Vandervort. Vandy reaches beyond the static in her photographic endeavors, exploring filter apps to enhance her images. Her work is inspired by her travels across all 7 continents. Vandy is a Colorado native and a retired fine arts teacher.

December 31, 2017 to March 2, 2018

Original Abstract Oil and Mixed Media Paintings by Kathy M. Friesz December 31, 2017 to March 2, 2018

A Colorado native, Kathy M. Friesz currently resides in Denver. Kathy’s formal education at The Colorado Institute of Art, where she studied graphic design and interior design, allowed her to pursue a career as the owner and primary designer of her own firm for over 20 years. Her professional interior design experience has significantly influenced her sensibilities in achieving strong paintings.

Works of Mixed Media, Digital, Ink and Paint by Mark Ludy December 31, 2017 to March 2, 2018

Mark Ludy is inspired to tell stories through his art and illustrations, evoking thought, emotion and humor, lifting the chins and ultimately the hearts of his audience.


October 30, 2017 to December 29, 2017

Oil, Acrylic, Pastel and Watercolor Paintings by Gary Molzan October 30, 2017 to December 29, 2017

Gary Molzan’s love of the West brought him to Boulder, Colorado, in 1981. Inspired by the magnificent scenery and close proximity to the mountains. He draws much of the vision for his paintings from hiking in the surrounding foothills and high country. Gary has a fascination for detail like the patterns in an old tree or the sparkle of granite and water. These details in his art touch the viewer and create a connection to nature and an awareness of the natural world that we are all a part of. He works in a variety of mediums to capture the details, mood and emotions of a scene including oil, acrylic, soft pastels, and water colors.

Aluminum Sculptures by Mark Zirinsky October 30, 2017 to December 29, 2017

Mark Zirinsky creates stunning aluminum sculptures from his Denver, Colorado studio. He individually designs and crafts each piece from salvaged aircraft aluminum using a combination of gem carving, machining and hand techniques. Surfaces are engraved with many lines to produce fascinating surface iridescence and reflective effects. His work appears deceptively simple, yet somehow familiar. Counter-intuitively, the beauty of Mark’s work is best revealed under low lighting.

September 1, 2017 to October 27, 2017

Front Range Contemporary Quilters September 1, 2017 to October 27, 2017

Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ) is dedicated to expanding the boundaries and expressions of the art quilt well beyond traditional quilting roots. Together they exchange ideas, methods, techniques and skills, but they especially strive to inspire and support one another to extend their horizons in transforming fabric and fibers into exquisite art that touches both the artists and those who view their work.

Diversity is their latest exhibit, featuring 51 works by 33 different artists, inspired by Maya Angelou’s vision: “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

June 5, 2017 to July 29, 2017

Enhanced Photography by Marc Bernardi June 5, 2017 to July 29, 2017

Marc Bernardi was born with a camera in each hand and a curious mind. This led him on a lifetime of adventure and every imaginable type of photography. His current passion is creating rich abstract images from quite ordinary photos. He transforms them into magical, colorful delights that draw the viewer in for a closer look, full of questions, and absolutely fascinated. Enjoy!

Illustration, Design, Art & Photography by Michael Hamers June 5 to July 29, 2017

Mike Hamers has had many incarnations as an artist and illustrator over his 40-year career: technical and science illustrator, printmaking student, designer, airbrush watercolorist, and fine art photographer. The theme of his exhibit, “More Art Than Science”, includes examples of all aspects of his richly varied career.

April 3, 2017 to June 2, 2017

Colorado Mosaic Artists: Fire, Water, Air and Earth

The ancients believed the world was composed of basic elements: Fire, Water, Air and Earth. The Colorado Mosaic Artists will interpret how any or all of these elements affect the weather at their exhibit at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. In the largest exhibit by a single group, NCAR will host 21 Colorado Mosaic Artists including local and nationally recognized mosaicists. In addition, these artists will showcase their signature styles in this show covering both galleries at NCAR’s architecturally renowned facility.

February 5, 2017 to March 31, 2017

Oil Paintings by Ninel Senatorova February 5, 2017 to March 31, 2017

Ninel Senatorova’s artistic dream is a dynamic fusion of cultures, experience and the wisdom of all human history, bound together by her concept that world perception is of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Ninel‘s work beautifully conveys three of her artistic principles: that art is a strong bond between previous centuries and the new century; that both experience and a newness of feeling are prerequisites for artistic work.


Nature Photography by Matt Angiono February 5, 2017 to March 31, 2017

Boulder, Colorado, native Matt Angiono is an award-winning landscape and nature photographer with a true passion for finding that "Epic Light" created by the perfect combination of natural elements. Powered by his eye for detail, his unique artistic vision has led him to create hundreds of breathtaking images of Colorado and the surrounding Southwest.

Clay Sculptures by Bobbie Benson February 5, 2017 to March 31, 2017

Bobbie Benson has created 12 Climate Heroes out of clay. They are men and women from around the world who have made important contributions to figure out solutions to climate change. Her goal was to make them whimsical and yet allow the heroes to speak their truth about activism and Climate Change. Bobbie believes that perhaps through artistic creativity, more minds can be persuaded to become environmental activists.


December 5, 2016 to February 3, 2017

Acrylic and Mixed Media Paintings by Joan Jordan December 5, 2016 to February 3, 2017

Joan Jordan creates intuitive acrylic and mixed media paintings inspired by nature. Joan’s paintings capture impressions of the seasons – summer abundance, fall harvesting, winter dormancy, and the rebirth of spring. Her colorful artwork captures a sense of the place and the emotion or feeling of being in the landscape.

December 5, 2016 to January 28, 2017

Oil Paintings by Olga Karpeisky December 5, 2016 to January 28, 2017

“Everyone can understand beauty. It descends on us in different ways. But there is something that appeals to everybody – it is the life given to us. It could be bright and full of joy, or could feel abandoned and lonesome. Sometimes in the sequence of fast racing events we notice the divine moment of spiritual peace and harmony and we want to prolong it. To find inspiration in things of everyday life that appeal to the senses, to capture the stillness of the moment and then to describe it as a beautiful theme to a viewer – that’s my goal. I try to achieve this through rhythmic, dynamic and balanced composition, wrapped into the movement of light through the volume of space. “ – Olga Karpeisky 2016


October 3, 2016 to December 2, 2016

Mixed Media Art by Nathan Abels and Arapahoe Community College October 3, 2016 to December 2, 2016

Nathan Abels is an artist living and working in Evergreen, Colorado. His works typically take the form of paintings and drawings with an emphasis on landscape, atmosphere, and reduction. Nathan is represented by Rule Gallery in Denver, Colorado, and Marfa, TX.

For this exhibit, students from Arapahoe Community College created ink drawings based on short poems which were then laser cut and accompanied by ceramic models of the same subject. The whole piece involved ceramics students, drawing students and the help of many others at the college. This project is part of our ongoing partnership with our neighbors the Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton and artist Ann Cunningham. 

Tactile Art by Ann Cunningham October 3, 2016 to December 2, 2016

Ann Cunningham started stone carving when she was 15 years old, but it wasn’t until ten years later that she found slate. She chose slate as the foundation for most of her work because its fine structure holds delicate detail which gives her a broad palette for visual and tactile expression. Slate can be finished so smoothly it is sometimes described as “soft” and lends itself to tactile experience without risk of damage. The pieces she creates in slate should be experienced through both sight and touch; one must touch it to truly see it.


August 1, 2016 to September 29, 2016

Julie Leidel has been painting for more than 25 years, but it was only when she discovered the Arts & Crafts Movement (1880-1920) that she truly found her artistic voice. The Arts & Crafts style has been a muse on her shoulder for over a decade, and her love story with this period-style artwork started with a home renovation in 2005. She fell in love with the architecture -- the furniture, pottery, and lighting that, when brought together, make a house a home.

Photographic Prints by Norman Koren August 1, 2016 to September 29, 2016

In 2003 photographer Norman Koren wrote a program to answer questions about lens sharpness and camera quality and launched a software company that keeps him busy to this day. He photographs when he can, focusing on intricate, often overlooked details of nature, particularly the abstract designs formed by lichens on rocks, which evoke realms beyond their subject matter—mysterious planets, magical eggs, and sacred mountains to mention a few. He finds it gratifying that he can use the technology he helps to advance in his “day job” to enhance his artistic creations.



May 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016

Photography by Robert Castellino May 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016

Robert Castellino is passionate about teaching photography and project-based publishing. He has a unique ability to mold ideas, words and images into powerfully impassioned stories. Bob enjoys engaging students in exploring their passion for making photographs and gently challenging them to improve their skills through a participative and interactive approach.