Since opening in 2017, K Contemporary has cultivated an environment in the historic LoDo district of Denver where artists find inspiration to be even more creative and art connoisseurs learn something new and find their next obsession. Founded by artist, curator, collector, and gallerist Doug Kacena, the gallery explores meaningful topics through engaging exhibitions, pop-up events, and art fairs. Through these immersive and expansive displays, K Contemporary acts as a catalyst to recontextualize how people talk about and experience art.
Although rotating gallery exhibits are an important part of K Contemporary’s presence, the most impactful displays come in the form of unexpected art interventions Kacena organizes for the artists he represents. In the years since opening the gallery, Kacena has opened doors for fringe artists to land exhibitions at major institutions like the Denver Art Museum and internationally-recognized events like the Sharjah Biennial in UAE. More frequently, K Contemporary seeks out unusual locations and situations for art shows, like the Colorado Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion in Denver.
K Contemporary’s reputation has often been tied to Kacena’s own standing in the Denver art community. At 23 years old, he opened his first art gallery in Capitol Hill called Gallery 13. He then served as the director at Evergreen Fine Art for five years, exclusively representing the estate of Thomas Hart Benton west of the Mississippi. But contemporary art was always where Kacena found the most passion, leading him to open his second gallery in 2017. He has spent his career advocating for and supporting mostly Colorado-based artists, including the operation of shared artist studios, in a city that is desperately short on those kinds of spaces. When he opened K Contemporary, Kacena’s first priority was to work with artists he represented in order to develop their ideas and produce artwork with depth and contextual significance.
Now, more than ever, K Contemporary is an artist-centric gallery. With a mission to establish working relationships with artists, create a platform for Colorado-based artists to have national and international influence, and bring incredibly engaging work from international artists to Denver, K Contemporary aims to revolutionize the role of a contemporary gallery. K Contemporary is a member of Denver Art Dealers Association (DADA) and is a partner in the 1412 Gallery Collective, located at 1412 Wazee Street.
1412 WAZEE STREET
DENVER, COLORADO 80202
TUES - SAT, 12 PM - 6 PM or by appointment
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The 1412 gallery collective consists of business partners K Contemporary, Abend Gallery and Gallery 1261. We are art industry veterans, with over 60 years of combined experience. This partnership allows our clients to discover and source a wide range of styles and aesthetics all under one roof. We provide collection advisory, delivery, installation and white glove service. Between the 3 galleries, we represent over 200 internationally, nationally and locally acclaimed artists, whose works have been acquired by prominent public and private collections around the world.
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We are not currently accepting new artists to our gallery roster but are always interested in familiarizing ourselves with new work. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your artist CV and a link to your artist website / social media. Please note that, because of the high volume of inquiries, we are not able to respond to every submission and may not be able to respond to or return submissions sent in the mail. No walk-in submissions will be accepted.