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

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

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.


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.

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.


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

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.


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. 

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

Sewing Thread Art by Jeff Richards May 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016

Strange Attractors—According to artist Jeff Richards, in the study of Chaos Theory it has been found that any chaotic system has within it a tendency to work its way toward order, beginning in a specific domain and then spreading throughout the system. Early computer modeling showed these domains to be rare and elusive, thus they were termed 'strange attractors'. Jeff Richards’ art work, in a peculiar way, is his own way of searching for these strange attractors, these domains of order within chaos wherein the seeds of order and beauty lie. Often distant as a faint echo, or lost in cold and claustrophobic darkness, the strange attractors yet call.

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.

April 3, 2016 to May 28, 2016

Glass Mosaics by Delcia Litt April 3, 2016 to May 28, 2016

Delcia Litt calls her fine art mosaics an adventure in color and glass. She takes her contemporary style to a new dimension not typically traveled to by other mosaic artists. Each piece is one of a kind. She is passionate about utilizing many design elements to provide extraordinary affects in her glowing panels. She delights in the visually engaging elements of glass and stone. Delcia Litt has been creating works for Mountain Top Stained Glass since 1985.

Stone Mosaics by Susan A. Judy April 3, 2016 to May 28, 2016

As a stone mosaicist with a background in geology, Susan Judy shares her love of stone in a multifaceted medium. By inlaying semi-precious gems, crystals, fossils, and quarried stone into abstract and geologic images she draws attention to the extraordinary treasures that take form within the Earth.


Acrylic Painting by Lori Mattina April 3, 2016 to May 28, 2016

Lori Mattina expresses her passion for life by experimenting with acrylics and mixed media. Musicality is the undercurrent in her work, and vibrant color the driving force. Using her subconscious as a guide, Mattina freely embraces the chaos and unpredictability of dripping, squirting, and slathering colorful paint on canvas, layer upon layer, until a narrative unfolds. Stories of wonder, beauty, and gratitude emerge - inspired by nature, travels, dreams, and a fearless imagination.


February 1, 2016 to April 1, 2016

Pastel Paintings by Diane Wood February 1, 2016 to April 1, 2016

Diane Wood’s journey into the art world began in 1999 when she moved to Colorado. Diane works in three mediums: oil, pastels, and acrylics. While she admits that she has developed a particular love for pastels because they lend themselves to such vibrant colors, she says the most important thing is to enjoy creating art.


Plein Air Pastel Painting by Sandra Haberkorn February 1, 2016 to April 1, 2016

With plein air pastel painting, Sandra Haberkorn has discovered a medium through which to share the captivating beauty of the world around her.  From sweeping landscapes to intricate details, she is continually inspired by the beauty of nature. 


November 30, 2015 to January 30, 2016

Oil Paintings by Theresa Beckemeyer November 30, 2015 to January 30, 2016

Color and the sense of movement are the main principles that attract Theresa Beckemeyer to a painting. She strives to convey the motion, mood and beauty in everyday life by the joining of colors and contrasts. Beckemeyer believes that every painting develops its own unique form. Her challenge is to correctly “read” what the developing painting demands. She uses a limited palette to keep the colors in check…so a harmony is developed. She uses paintbrushes, palette knives and her fingers in order to keep the paint strokes interesting.

Photography by Glenn Randall November 30, 2015 to January 30, 2016

Glenn Randall’s artistic philosophy can be summed up in eight words: master the craft and the art will follow. A great landscape photograph has to begin with an emotional reaction to the scene, but it cannot end there. Photography today is highly technical as well as emotional. You can have the most profound experience imaginable, but if you haven't mastered the craft of photography, the images you produce will fail. Capturing what you saw is easy: just put the camera to your eye and push the button. Capturing what you felt is harder, and capturing what you felt in such a clear and compelling way that you can spray some ink on a piece of paper and make your viewer feel the same emotions you felt when you captured the image ‒ that is when landscape photography can truly become an art.

August 20, 2015 to November 28, 2015

Pastel Paintings by Xenia J. Sease August 20, 2015 to November 28, 2015

“Art is a vehicle to inspire emotion and awe, to make one feel more alive and celebrate one’s humanity.  To capture and share the beauty that abounds and to elicit an emotional response within another soul are what sustain me as an artist.” - Xenia Sease.

As a contemporary realist painter, Xenia is inspired by strong contrasts found in the interplay of light and shadow, vivid colors and dramatic shapes as well as in the juxtaposition of natural and human elements.  She finds inspiration in a broad range of subjects, from a single flower to a vast landscape, each providing a sense of pleasure, excitement, peace or wonder. Using pastel painting as her primary art form and painting both in the studio and “en plein air,” Xenia captures the inherent beauty of her subject and gives it life on a two dimensional surface.