Renovation set to begin on Denver Art Museum’s North Building

The Denver Art Museum is preparing to conserve one it’s greatest works of art – the North Building. On November 19, the North Building will close so art can be removed and construction on the renovation plan can begin on November 20.

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Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building. Courtesy of Fentress Architects

With the North Building closure, the Hamilton Building will be open seven days a week for the first time ever to provide visitors more opportunities to experience the museum.

The $150 million renovation project will expand and update the North Building and will include a 50,000-square-foot, two-story Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center complete with conservation lab and programming and event space. Also included in the plans is a seventh-floor terrace in the North Building with outdoor access for visitors, expanded gallery space for the museum’s design and Western American art collections, new youth and education facilities and updated disabled-access and other building operating systems.

Scott Reiman has been a longtime member of the Denver Art Museum community. He has served as a museum trustee and has made the Free for Kids program possible, offering youth visitors under 18, free general admission to the museum. The Reiman Bridge that connects the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building and North Building is named after him.

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Quarterly Forum appoints new CEO

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Ashley Buderus has been named CEO of the Quarterly Forum.

Ashley Buderus, a former director with the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, has been names CEO of Quarterly Forum.

The Quarterly Forum is a nonprofit organization that strives to connect, educate and inspire Colorado’s emerging business leaders.

Buderus has deep experience in non-profit organizations throughout Colorado in addition to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The Forum too supports various organizations and in particular, Colorado’s youth through its scholarship programs, including the Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship, funded by Scott Reiman, a forum member. The scholarship provides funds for financial support to an exceptional University of Denver student.

Read more about the Forum and its new CEO in the Denver Business Journal.

DDFL raises $400k for its furry friends

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Photo courtesy of Denver Dumb Friends League.

Several two-legged friends helped raise more than $400,000 to help their four-legged friends through the Denver Dumb Friends League “Have a Heart for Homeless Pets Telethon” on 9NEWS last month.

Supported by Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation, DDFL is the largest animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region. The organization provides shelter, care and training programs for homeless animals.

Last year, the Dumb Friends League saved more than 19,000 homeless pets through specialized medical care, foster care and behavior training. Funds raised from this year’s event will help the DDFL provide care to all animals who walk, pounce or gallop through its doors.

Donations can still be made online or by calling 303-751-5772.

Scott Reiman and Bellco sponsor Free for Kids at Denver Art Museum

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Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. Denver muralists Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios work to complete a mural in downtown Denver to celebrate Free for Kids.

Denver Art Museum trustee and Reiman Foundation President Scott Reiman is dedicated to providing all kids access to a world of art, history and culture.

Last May, Reiman, along with the Denver Art Museum, unveiled the Free for Kids program, providing free general admission to the museum for youth visitors under 18 until 2010.

Today, Bellco Credit Union is joining Reiman in his effort.

In a new, two-year collaboration with the museum, Bellco’s presenting sponsorship will support engagement opportunities, enhanced learning, educational resources and materials for youth visitors in addition to funding for outreach to underserved communities.

In addition to free general admission for youth visitors, the program also offers free general admission for school tours and other youth groups. In its first year, Free for Kids has seen an increase in school visits by more than 50 percent.

To celebrate the program and its new partnership, Denver muralists Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina are creating an outdoor wall mural, funded in part by Bellco, just outside the 1515 Restaurant downtown. The mural is set to be completed soon. 

On November 22, 2016, local families grabbed their paint and paint brushes along with Barrios and Molina and Bellco and museum executives to create their own mural designs. 

Read here to learn more about the Denver Art Museum’s Free for Kids program and its new sponsor. 

Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building Turns 10

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The Denver Art Museum Hamilton Building celebrates 10 years.

It’s been 10 years since the Hamilton Building was unveiled at the Denver Art Museum.The Hamilton Building was Daniel Libeskind’s first project completed in North America. The design is said to resemble the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and geometric rock formations discovered in the foothills near Denver.

Since 2006, there have been 128 exhibitions on view in the Hamilton Building including: Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, Becoming Van Gogh, and Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective.

Scott Reiman has been a longtime and valued member of the Denver Art Museum.  Reiman, along with the Reiman Foundation have made it possible for all kids across Colorado to have access to art through the Free For Kids program.  He is also the namesake for The Reiman Bridge that connects the Hamilton Building and North Building.

DU receives rave reviews

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DU receives high marks from Princeton Review.

The University of Denver received high marks from the Princeton Review’s Annual College Rankings Guide.

The university was ranked in four categories by the college admission services company:

  • 8th for “Most Popular Study Abroad Program”
  • 18th for “Best College Library”
  • 19th for “Impact Schools” which recognizes community service programs.

DU also took 18th in “College City Gets High Marks,” due to its proximity to downtown. Students surveyed enjoy how close it is, but like how DU still feels like a campus.

The rankings are based on surveys completed by 143,000 students from 381 schools. The Princeton Review has published these rankings since 1992.

As an alumnus, Scott Reiman, namesake of the Reiman School of Finance at DU, remains an active member of the university community and supports the academic success for all Colorado students.