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

November 5, 2018 to January 4, 2019

Cut Paper Wildlife Sculptures by Tiffany Miller Russell November 5, 2018 to January 4, 2019

Tiffany Miller Russell’s paper sculptures create inviting glimpses of familiar worlds that display a heightened sense of reality. Peering into a shadowbox holds its own kind of magic, encouraging memories of similar moments in our lives when we have been overwhelmed with curiosity and wonder. These works are created from specialty art papers, which are cut flat and then shaped by hand, with an intent to create sculpture that resembles painting. Tiffany finds inspiration in nature and the diversity of life, especially the animal kingdom. Her work explores the interconnected relationship of animals to the larger world, from the daily ecosystem the creatures encounter, to their use as cultural and artistic icons. Tiffany’s paper sculptures have won her numerous national awards, including from the Artists’ Magazineand the Society of Animal Artists. Two of her works are included in the permanent Contemporary Art collection of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

Watercolor Paintings by Nancy Sullo November 5, 2018 to January 4, 2019

Nancy Sullo has a particular passion for painting people in watercolor. She aims for fresh and lively portrayals of her subjects, making use of lighting, color, and atmosphere to achieve this. Her subjects come from photos she’s taken, both recently and well in the past. All are a part of her life in some way. The subjects include old and young, family and friends, strangers who cross her path and people she’s met in Central America and Mexico. This exhibit, “Life Studies,” is a celebration of the many aspects of humanity seen through Nancy’s lens and interpreted through her brush.

September 2, 2018 to November 3, 2018

Oil Paintings by Nickie Barbee September 2, 2018 to November 3, 2018

Nickie Barbee’s works in oil are representational, with the goal of capturing and conveying the essence of the inspiration with the viewer.

Prints on Metal by Jim Miller September 2, 2018 to November 3, 2018

Jim Miller is a passionate astro-photographer, specializing in taking original long exposure images of deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebula, and star clusters. The process includes imaging through telescopes and monochromatic CCD cameras specially designed for astronomy. The majority of photos are taken from his home in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado. The total exposure time varies from 10 hours up to 30 hours depending on the brightness of the subject and filters used.


July 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Paintings by Vivienne Douglas July 01, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Artists are story tellers and Vivienne Douglas paints stories of people, with blanks left open for the viewers to fill in for themselves. She is most drawn to stories of women and their roles in life, whether they come from across the street or halfway around the world. Her stories can come from the day’s headlines with scenes of immigration or refugees, and portray everyday life in a harsh and difficult environment. Other works can depict tender and sweet moments, a woman who escapes the drudgery of laundry by composing a poem or melody in her head, or a mother at day’s end with her child in her arms. She invites you to weave your own feelings into these works, and relate them to your own journey through life. She hopes you will infuse your personal experience into her art, whether it is drawn from a memory, a hope or even regret, from the warmth of love or the bitterness of a lesson learned. This is what her art is about, to make you feel.

Nature Photography by Kirk Fry July 01, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Kirk Fry, an award-winning nature photographer, has made a name for himself with his diverse and memorable images, ranging from grand landscapes to the tiniest of snowflakes. With a background as a PhD scientist, he has always had a passion for details. He has taken this passion into the art of photography and has not looked back. With a love for combining creative and technical aspects within nature photography, he strives to capture both common and rarely viewed scenes and subjects, presenting them in a truly indelible fashion. Recent trips to Iceland and Utah have provided ample opportunities for stunning imagery. Closer to home, various gardens and the beautiful hills and fields of Colorado furnish multiple options for close-up photography of flowers, ice and tiny water droplets -- all of which have been showcased in recent exhibits and juried shows. He hopes that the viewers feel the same connection to his work and awe of nature that he does. 

April 30, 2018 to June 29, 2018

Mixed Media Drawing and Watercolor by Ileana Barbu April 30, 2018 to June 29, 2018

Ileana Barbu’s formations as a sculptor infused her artistic view with the fascination of three-dimensionality and the constant impulse of understanding forms in all angles. Drawing is an obsession for her – line and form in all their aspects have been a constant in her artwork. Her body of work can be viewed as a conglomerate of different directions, but she always returns back to line or linear compositions. Even when she “paints,” what really matters to her is the underlying structure. The paintings are, in fact, colored drawings. Ileana is fascinated with the human figure in all its aspects: physical, spiritual, natural, social and historical-temporal. Lately, she has been drawn to the images of trees – but also through the prism of human expression. Each “tree” is in fact another facet of herself.

Mixed Media Painting by Frederick Pichon April 30, 2018 to June 29, 2018

Frederick Pichon’s paintings reflect his personal interests in design, architecture, science and history. He is grounded in the pictorial tradition of Western art and perspective, but this body of work is contemporary. As a skilled draftsman, he loves precise drawing, but tries to be open to other stylistic expressions, so his work may straddle abstraction and representation, and incorporate materials, collages, computer images and more. His images express a position on man in the universe, both humanistic and technical to reflect on our condition. A good piece is a meditative work that opens on a different level of reality.

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

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.

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.

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

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.