Best of Boulder 2013: Visual Arts and Museums

Randee Toler of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Photo by Susan France

Art Gallery

1750 13th St., 303-443-2122

Second Place: Dairy Center for the Arts
Third Place: Boulder Arts & Crafts Cooperative
Fourth Place: Art & Soul
Fifth Place: Rembrandt Yard

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art brings
a slice of big-city art culture to small-town Boulder, offering a wide
variety of thought-provoking and clever exhibits that satisfy both the
curious and the knowledgeable patron. The museum brings artists from
around the world to Boulder and also showcases the talents of locals.
BMoCA doesn’t just put art on a pedestal; it invites the community to
participate as well. Patrons could make tea from herbs growing in the
gallery as part of a 2012 exhibit, and community members donated more
than two dozen items for an exhibit called The Museum of Broken Relationships. Admission is free on Saturdays during the Farmers’ Market.


1750 13th St., 303-443-2122

Second Place: The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Third Place: Boulder History Museum
Fourth Place: National Center for Atmospheric Research
Fifth Place: WOW! Children’s Museum

is a magnificent, bubbling cauldron of change, innovation and new
blood. Old ideas get reinterpreted, recycled and re-envisioned; new
artists come up with styles and work that change the never-ending
conversation of what art should and can be. This is all a way of saying
art didn’t end with the impressionists, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is
dedicated to showcasing a slice of the art of the present and the
living, breathing artists that make it. By offering exhibits that
intrigue, challenge and educate, the museum has made itself a gem of
learning and creativity in downtown Boulder.