History of Art in CB








The History of Art in Crested Butte                                                                                            

A Project to Uncover, Discover & Archive the History of Art in Crested Butte.


Do you have a piece of art or story you would like to see included in our exhibition or timeline? Download a mail in submission form here.


Gratitude to the community for embracing and recognizing the importance of the History of Art project!                                                                                            

We are pleased to announce that in September 2017, the Crested Butte Creative District awarded the project a grant to support our research and create a preview exhibition. This preview exhibition Screen Shot 2017-10-02 at 4.39.35 PMwill share exciting highlights from the upcoming, large exhibition in 2018 and provide an opportunity for you to learn how you can contribute to the history project.

We are thankful to a handful of private donors who share our excitement and vision on this project. If you would like to join them in supporting our efforts, we have made a limited number of framed original prints by Thomas Moran from the “Picturesque America” publication for $1,000.

About the Project

Research and curatorial efforts are directed by Nicholas Reti, local Art-chaeologist and owner of Oh Be Joyful Gallery. Nicholas has compiled months of research and purchased a small number of historical prints and photographs to build the foundation for the project.

Local artist, Peggy Morgan Stenmark has also volunteered hours researching historical newspapers from Gothic, Crested Butte and Irwin to inform a vision of working artists in the late 1800s. She is compiling newspaper stories about live-theater, music, and culture of the early mining communities. This research has taken place in the Western State Colorado University Savage Library archives.

Another local creative, Ivy Walker, is employed as a project manager to organize the collection of information, coordinate meetings, conduct research, and project direction. She helped to draft the successful grant to the creative district in the fall of 2017.

To introduce our project and look for ways to partner in the upcoming years to secure artworks and both showcase and archive the research, we have met with the following organizations:

    • The Crested Butte Center for the Arts
    • Steve Glazer Community Exhibition Committee
    • Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum
    • Western State Colorado University Savage Library Staff and Professors
    • Denver Public Library USGS Research Librarian


Special thanks to our financial contributions with which this project would not be possible:

The Kull Family, Austin, TX

Crested Butte Creative District Community Grant Fall 2017

Oh Be Joyful Gallery and Nicholas Reti

Crested Butte Gallery

409 Third Street Crested Butte, CO 81224

PO Box 453 Crested Butte, CO 81224

(970) 349-5936