Press Release

History Colorado Opens Mezzanine Gallery Dedicated to the Photography of John Fielder

First Exhibition focuses on the Importance and Beauty of the Colorado River and its Tributaries

DENVER — January 16, 2024 — On January 25, 2024, the History Colorado Center is opening Flow: On the River with John Fielder, an exhibition focusing on the many uses and importance of the Colorado River. Flow: On the River with John Fielder, is the first in a five-year run of rotating exhibitions in the new John Fielder Mezzanine Gallery which will be dedicated to the stunning photography and conservation work of John Fielder, who devoted his life to documenting and protecting the natural beauties of the Centennial State.

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Using photos from John Fielder’s Colorado Collection, the John Fielder Mezzanine Gallery will explore how the premier landscape photographer of the Centennial State went beyond making “pretty pictures” and became a driving force in environmental advocacy and conservation of what he felt was the most beautiful place on Earth: Colorado.

Flow is a remarkable chance to see the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado River system through John’s eyes,” said Jason Hanson, chief creative officer and director of interpretation and research at History Colorado. “In these photos, some so big it will feel like you could step right into them, John invites us to join him inside majestic canyons and atop the most awe-inspiring vistas along the Yampa, Gunnison, and Dolores Rivers as they flow toward their confluence with the Colorado.”

In addition to a number of iconic large-format Fielder prints, Flow: On the River with John Fielder features quotes from the landscape photographer gathered carefully from his publications and interviews over the years.

“Anyone who spoke with John recognized his commitment to protecting the natural resources that make Colorado such a special place to call home. It only makes sense that we let his words of wisdom guide us as we welcome the John Fielder Mezzanine Gallery to the History Colorado Center,” Hanson said.

In addition to the John Fielder Mezzanine Gallery, visitors can still travel with Fielder across glacial cirques and over 13,000-foot passes where the high alpine lakes reflect riotous wildflowers and spectacular sunrises, in REVEALED: John Fielder’s Favorite Place before it closes February 11, 2024. 

In REVEALED: John Fielder’s Favorite Place visitors encounter stunning scenery through Fielder's iconic large-format prints, and are taken behind the lens to explore his personal reflection as they travel to see the place the photographer felt was the most sublime in all of Colorado.

Flow: On the River with John Fielder opens to the public on January 25, 2024, at the History Colorado Center in the John Fielder Mezzanine Gallery. Access to the John Fielder Mezzanine Gallery is included with general admission to the History Colorado Center, which is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and provides free admission to kids 18 and under.

About History Colorado
History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000 students and 500,000 people in Colorado each year. It is a 144-year-old institution that operates eleven museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation which provides technical assistance, educational opportunities, and other access to archaeology and historic preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is one of the nation’s largest state funded preservation programs of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state. Additionally, the offices of the State Archaeologist and the State Historic Preservation Officer are part of History Colorado. 

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving and sharing the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, collecting, outreach to Colorado communities, the History Colorado Center and Stephen H. Hart Research Center in Denver, and 10 other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information. #HistoryColorado