Now open - July 31
Located in the Ocean Gallery (at the end of the Coral Reef in Globeology)
Come see the Mile High Wildlife Photo Club’s winning entries
that celebrate water in its many mediums. From frozen, diamond-like
glacier blocks washed ashore a black volcanic beach to stunning sunset colors
illuminating a mirrored lake surface, these exquisite photographs capture the
beauty and versatility of water and its life-giving properties.
Now open - May 31
Located in Nurturing Nature
returned from its show at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris, France as part of the international exhibit entitled “Grey
Matter- material, architecture and reuse,” the Design-Build exhibit has come to
the Liniger Building at CU South Denver. Colorado Building Workshop founder,
Rick Sommerfeld, has built 9 community projects in Colorado and, in
collaboration with DesignBuildBLUFF, 5 charitable homes in Southern Utah.
work with Colorado Building Workshop and DesignBuildBLUFF has been featured in
numerous publications including the New York Times, Architectural Record, Mark
Magazine, and Colorado Architect. His projects have also been covered in two recent
books, “Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing
World” and “Architectural Follies.”
the last 5 years, under Rick’s direction, Colorado Building Workshop has
exhibited work at the AIA National Convention, Denver International Airport,
16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver, and the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts
Center. His work has received over a dozen local and national awards including
the 2015 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award, 2014 ACSA Design Build Award, two
AIA Colorado Young Architect’s Award for project of the year, a Western
Mountain Region AIA Honor Award and a Gold Hard Hat Award for Outstanding Small
pedagogical vision for the Design Build program is heavily focused on
integrated project delivery. This requires students to work closely with
engineers and consultants at the earliest stages of design, testing their ideas
against contextual and programmatic constraints. He believes this enhances the
practical application of architectural theory and promotes a blend of hands-on
skills, authentic learning, and material exploration to construct buildings for
communities in need.
see the Design-Build exhibit—it is sure to inspire the next generation of
architects, engineers, and humanitarians alike.
Located in the Theater Lobby
The artwork displayed on The Theater Lobby Wall is created
with metals that have been colored and aged by an accelerated patination
process formulated by artists Keith and Nancy Chew. This dynamic and artistically prolific couple
are also noted for innovative interior design and the creation of award-winning
functional art. During the past 30
years, the pair have produced over 2,000 residential and commercial
installations including uniquely designed furniture, lighting, faux painting
and, in recent years, two dimensional art.
Keith creates his own formulations and patination procedures
on bronze, steel, titanium, and primarily, copper. Embracing nature, he cuts and layers shapes
of metal to form a landscape base.
Wildlife and groundcovers are drawn and pressed onto the metal using an
ancient artistic technique called ‘repousse.’
Many works are highlighted by Nancy’s painting with acrylic and
sculptural resins to embellish trees, flowers, and wild animals.
All frames are individually handmade of wood and metal to
compliment each artwork piece. Finally,
all metal surfaces are coated with lacquer, making them durable, color fixed,
and possible to clean with a soft damp cloth.
Lars Metal Art is also renowned for producing astonishingly
beautiful doors, fireplaces, range hoods, back splashes, ceilings, wall
surfaces, and furniture, primarily in patinated copper. Additionally, Keith participates in fine art
shows and has work featured in galleries across Colorado and Michigan.
Each enchanting Lars Metal Art piece is original
or commissioned to meet client specifications of size, color, and
composition. The metal art displayed at
The Wildlife Experience may be purchased at the Front Desk and taken home
the same day of purchase. Also, Lars
Metal Art will specially package and ship (shipping charges apply) worldwide.
Now open –
The Summers family has been photographing birds
and animals in the world’s wild places since the 70s. Rita and Charlie
Summers went to Antarctica for the first time in 2006 and fell in love with the
icy areas south of the 50th parallel. They have returned four
times since then and were joined in the Falkland Islands in 2009 by their son,
Chuck, who is also developing a passion for wildlife photography. Charlie
Summers was named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year—the highest honor given
in the wildlife photography field. Rita is one of the women photographers
represented in Mother Earth, a collection of works of women writers and
photographers. The Summers’ have had photos in most nature magazines and
calendars published in the U.S. Their photographs will let you experience
the excitement of being surrounded by some of nature’s most endearing
8 to July 31
Wild Things – Wild Places features the work of
nature photographers from the Mile High Wildlife Photography Club
(MHWPC). The favorite photographic subject for members of MHWPC is, of
course, wildlife. The search for images of both common and exotic species
takes members to many beautiful, wild, and stunning places both close to home
and far away. Chosen through competition, these images present some of
the club member’s favorites and are the club’s 15th exhibition at
The Wildlife Experience museum.
Based in Parker, Colorado, MHWPC was founded in 1976 to
provide members the opportunity to learn about wildlife and scenic
photography. It is the only photo club to win the Nature’s Best
Photography, Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition in the
Camera Club category twice, having won in 2007 and 2010.
MHWPC meets in The Wildlife Experience theater on the second
Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information about the club’s
presenters, competitions and outings, visit their website at www.mhwpc.org.
Now open - October 15Located in Nurturing Nature
Contraband (noun) 1.
Goods that are prohibited by law from being imported or exported.
Poach (verb) 1.
Steal, rob, plunder, hunt or fish illegally
Extinct (adj) 1. No
longer in existence
2. (in biology) an animal or plant
species having no living representative
The materials you see
in this exhibit were confiscated by the United Stated government. They were seized while being illegally
exported or imported into the country. Globally, hundreds of millions of plants and animals are traded
illegally every year. The trade is
diverse, ranging from live animals and ornamental plants to a vast array of
wildlife products and derivatives, such as fish and other food products, exotic
leather goods, musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines, which
can be found in markets around the globe.
Estimated value of
illegal global wildlife trade per year: $8,000,000,000 – $10,000,000,000.
The United States
Fish and Wildlife Service is the government agency responsible for enforcing
the law regarding illegal trafficking of wildlife and maintains a 22,000 square
foot national repository in Denver, CO for confiscated materials.
Items at the
repository are stored in a secure environment, and disposed of in accordance
with the law. Many are donated to
educational facilities, non-profit organizations and conservation agencies to
educate the public about endangered species and other wildlife. Other items are used in scientific research
to help identify and protect wildlife.
Museums hold many
materials both cultural and biological which would be considered illegal to
move outside of their institutions under current U.S. law. Through a permit process defined by the U.S.
government, museums are able to loan materials to other institutions as well as
acquire new material.
Museums go to great
length to ensure that materials they might receive do not include threatened
species, have been collected ethically and contain verifiable documentation of
Located in Habitat Hallway
“With over six billion people living on the planet our impact on
the environment has caused significant challenges throughout the world. We are
now experiencing unprecedented declines in biodiversity, global climate change,
and widespread depletion of our natural resources. As these changes begin to
unravel complex ecosystems, the very fabric of life and our ability to survive
on the planet will be in jeopardy.
Throughout my career I have been working on a photographic
project, titled Managing Eden. Through this project I have photographed
hunting, wildlife reintroduction projects, habitat manipulation, contraceptive
testing to manage wildlife populations, river restoration, the development of
devices designed to deter or attract predators, raptor banding, genetic
testing, and the creation of biological collections.
These photographs are an exploration of our precarious
relationship to nature, our stewardship of wildness, and the ways in which we
intervene-believing that we can control and manage wildness, even bring it back
to life-in spite of our devastating impact on the environment.” - Joann Brennan