History Colorado's Art and Design collection contains over 70,000 artifacts. Artifacts in the collection include paintings, furniture, sculpture, architectural elements and finishes, fixtures, decorative arts and crafts, product packaging, dioramas, and posters. In general, the collection can be divided into three major areas: fine arts, decorative arts, and applied arts.
The fine arts collection documents Colorado's artistic community with works by prominent Colorado artists, as well as work by individuals pursuing art as students, professionals, or hobbyists. The core of the fine arts collection is art produced in the 1930s and 1940s as part of the New Deal: paintings, printing plates, prints, and dioramas, all made to preserve and visually convey Colorado history.
Decorative arts holdings in the collection are primarily from Colorado homes and show the evolution over time of style and taste in Colorado and the nation. These artifacts also speak of everyday household activities from 1860 to the present.
The applied arts collection provides materials evidence of industrial production in Colorado, reflects the daily life of Colorado's diverse population, and covers major movements and issues of the 20th century.
High-quality photographic prints of artifacts in the History Colorado collection are available for personal or commercial use. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Images: (Top) 2009.26.1 Lithograph, National Stock Growers Convention, Denver, 1898. This lithograph was the first advertisement for the first National Cattleman's Association meeting, the forerunner of the National Western Stock Show.
(Bottom) 92.308.33 Woodcut print, American Fur Traders: The Trapper; The Trading Post, Graphic Art Series (Colorful Periods of Colorado History), 3 color block (black, yellow, and blue/grey) by Gordon Wilson, Sam Scott, and Harold Keeler, National Art Administration Project, 1935-1943.
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