Happy New Year!

Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.

-Goran Persson

Dear Friends,

Wow, what a whirlwind 2016 was. I could never have predicted in January that the year would unfold in quite the way that it did. If you are connected to me on Facebook, you know that I am not one to keep quiet about politics. As disheartened as I am by the results of our recent election, I feel incredibly grateful to be part of a passionate, progressive, and highly engaged arts community that is more galvanized than ever right now. This brings me hope for the future every day.

One of my proudest accomplishments of 2016 is that I have co-founded a new Denver-based non-profit called Tilt West, along with two fantastic women/partners-in-crime, Whitney Carter and Sarah Wambold. Whitney is the former Director of David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, and currently works from Denver as the Director of Programming and Development for ArtCubed Los Angeles. Sarah Wambold is Director of Digital Media at the Clyfford Still Museum. Tilt West is our effort to foster more critical dialogue and intellectual exchange within the arts and culture community in Colorado. We launched our programming this fall with two round table discussion events, one on Regionalism and Identity, prompted by Cortney Lane Stell, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Black Cube; and a second on Rejection and Denial, prompted by Bobby LeFebre, Spoken-Word Artist, Actor, and Social Worker. Our round tables are modeled after a structure developed by Critical Practices, Inc., a New York-based organization that has been hosting similar conversations for several years.

So far, the response to our first two events has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are excited for the year ahead. In 2017, we will host several more round tables and launch an online publishing platform with critical reviews and commissioned literary and graphic projects. Please check out our website at http://www.tiltwest.org/ for more information, or shoot me a message if you’d like to know more.

2016 was also a busy year for me in the studio, with two artist residencies and three solo exhibitions.White Walls, my show at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver this fall was particularly well-received, resulting in a number of write-ups:

Sarah McKenzie, Art Ltd. Magazine
Sarah McKenzie: The Space Between, Modern in Denver Magazine
Review: White Walls is an Art Show About Art Shows, Westword

After the flurry of professional activity this fall and the intensity of the election, I am holing up a bit in the studio this winter and appreciating the relative peace and quiet. As always, if you find yourself out in the Denver/Boulder area, please look me up.

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous New Year,

Sarah

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