2018 - 1970 Exhibits

2018 - 1970 Exhibits

Full Circle: Works by Terry Maker

Exhibit Dates: June 29 - August 19, 2018

Preserving Memory and Place

Exhibit Dates: May 26, 2017 - February 18, 2018

Mile High National Pastel Exhibition

Exhibit Dates: March 9 - September 20, 2017

Pastel Society of Colorado presents its 13th annual Mile High National Pastel Exhibition with over 100 artists from across the United States and abroad that submitted 332 paintings to the competition.

The Best Roads Lead Uphill: A Decade of Paintings by rita derjue

Exhibit Dates: September 23, 2016 - February 26, 2017

Fifty Two by Shohini Ghosh

Exhibition Dates: June 24 - September 19, 2016

2016 - 52 by Shohini Ghosh

The Littleton Story in 125 Objects

Exhibit Dates: October 10, 2015 - June 19, 2016

Highlights of the Fine Arts Board Collection

Exhibit Dates: June 26, 2015 - 23 August 23, 2015

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray

Exhibit Dates: June 20, 2014 – August 17, 2014

Courtesy of Gallery Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions

Littleton Goes to War: 1941-1945

Exhibit Dates: April 5, 2014 – August 16, 2015

Being There: Ralph Nagel

Exhibit Dates: September 20, 2013 - October 27, 2013

A Quilter's Craft: Marie Agnes Conway Retrospective

Exhibit Dates: July 11, 2013 – March 16, 2014

Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America

Exhibit Dates: March 8, 2013 - April 28, 2013

"Ramp it Up" celebrates the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of American Indian skate culture. Skateboarding combines demanding physical exertion with design, graphic art, filmmaking, and music to produce a unique and dynamic culture. The exhibition features rare and archival photographs and film of Native skaters as well as skatedecks from Native companies and contemporary artists.

Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Mapuche: The People of the Land

Exhibit Dates: June 28, 2012 – January 13, 2013

Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography

Exhibit Dates: December 8, 2011 – February 26, 2012

Created by National Geographic and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, In Focus reveals that it is possible to portray the essence of people and places in two dimensions.

For well over 100 years, the name National Geographic has been synonymous with compelling photography. In Focus brings together a rare collection of expressive portraits and scenes from around the world and here at home. This collection of outstanding images, shot from the early 20th century to the late 1990s, not only parallels the Society’s interest in the ethnographic study of “exotic” lands, but also reveals the magazine’s idealized view of domestic life in the United States during the Great Depression and World War II.

From Steve McCurry’s haunting image of the green-eyed Afghan girl to lesser known scenes of tribal leaders, fishermen, and American workers, In Focus takes viewers around the globe and through the heights and depths of human emotion.

Forged & Fabricated: The Art of Bill Weaver

Exhibit Dates: 1 July – 21 Aug 2011

Pivotal Points: The Exploration and Mapping of the Trans-Mississippi West

Exhibit Dates: 30 Sept 2010 – 16 Oct 2011

Two Potters Revisited: Macy Dorf, Larry Paul Wright, & Frank Gray

Exhibit Dates: 1 July – 22 Aug 2010

Wonders of the Weavers: 19th Century Rio Grande Weavings from the Collection of the Albuquerque Museum

Exhibit Dates: 25 Mar – 27 June 2010

The Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact

Exhibit Dates: 18 Nov 2009 – 24 Jan 2010

A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact introduces modern audiences to an object that is already universally familiar in imagery, yet relatively unknown as a physical artifact. This exhibition, showcasing approximately 100 swords, cutting tools and sword elements, is drawn from the rich collections of the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Mass., the only museum in the northeast United States dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of arms and armor.

The story of the sword around the globe is one of diversity reflecting local cultural tradition. The exhibition emphasizes the multiple facets inherent in the sword as an artifact. In these deadly works of art, elegance grapples with brutality, esthetics with functionality and reality with myth.

The showing is part of a national tour developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Mo." Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, with items from Higgins Armory Museum

Step on It: Braided Rugs Then and Now

Exhibit Dates: 29 May – 5 July 2009

From LHM & private lenders. Some loans from Rocky Mountain Rug Braiders Guild

Difficult Times, Difficult Choices: Why Museums Collect After Tragedies

Exhibit Dates: 20 Apr – 20 Sept 2009

Columbine shooting collection

Ceramica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayolica Ceramics

Exhibit Dates: 15 Nov 2005 – 15 Feb 2006

Cowboys & Their Gear

Exhibit Dates: 24 Nov 2008 – 15 Feb 2009

The very word “cowboy” conjures up romantic notions of rugged individualists, men who loved the outdoors, loved being “their own man,” and who adhered to the “Code of the West,” an unwritten creed understood by all cowboys. According to author Ramon Adams in The Cowman and His Code of Ethics, “Back in the days when the cowman with his herds made a new frontier, there was no law on the range. Lack of written law made it necessary for him to frame some of his own, thus developing a rule of behavior which became known as the ‘Code of the West.’ These homespun laws, being merely a gentlemen’s agreement to certain rules of conduct for survival, were never written into statutes, but were respected everywhere on the range.

These rules reflected the love of the land; respect for all people, especially women and children; loyalty and helping those in need. The exhibit runs through Sunday, February 15. The exhibition, mostly from the museum’s collection augmented by local collectors, depicts clothing, tools and equipment used by American cowboys, including saddles made by Colorado saddle makers Robert T. Frazier of Pueblo, Denver saddle maker H. H. Heiser, and a Slim Fallis saddle made in Elizabeth.

Presidential Hopefuls

Exhibit Dates: 6 Aug 2008 – Nov 2009

Exhibit from Blair-Murrah

Life is a Leaky Boat: The Whimsical Sculpture of Don Mitchell

Exhibit Dates: May – July 2008

Visit the sculpture world of Don Mitchell at the museum and be introduced to his many whimsical works of art that appeal to both young and old and leave them smiling . Arne Hansen, noted art historian and museum curator, said of Mitchell’s work, “Don Mitchell, a nationally collected Colorado sculptor is an interesting study in contrasts . His somewhat surreal, colorful sculptures are reminiscent, but not derivative of the works of Miro, Calder, and Dubuffet . But the humor and odd juxtapositions of elements in Mitchell’s work makes it child-like and extremely sophisticated . This mixture of qualities attracts both very young viewers and major collectors of American art.

To date, Mitchell has sold more than 1,200 sculptures . Mitchell is known for his monumental works that grace parks, cities, and universities throughout the country including Gallup Park in Littleton; and Thornton, Lakewood, and Breckenridge in Colorado.

In 1991, Mitchell introduced his small sculptures at a museum store in Houston, Texas and now more than 30 major museum stores across the country, including the Smithsonian Institution, carry these pieces.

In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits

Exhibit Dates: 5 Apr – 1 June 2008

Courtesy SITES - Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

The Art of Westward Exploration

Exhibit Dates: 3/23/2007 - 8/27/2007

Rose in the Wilderness

Exhibit Dates: 2 Oct 2007 – 5 Mar 2008

Quilts from LHM collection

Paper Cuts: The Art of Contemporary Paper

Exhibit Dates: 22 May – 20 June 2007

"Paper Cuts” is an unusual exploration into the nature of paper, a material that we often take for granted. Paper is transient and enduring, delicate and strong. It can act as a filter or as a barrier. There is virtually no limit to what paper can do and how it can be manipulated.

The exhibit is a brilliant illustration of the resurgent popularity of papermaking and paper-based art over the past 20 years. Artists use paper in innovative and exciting ways to create everything from utilitarian objects to fine-art sculptures.

Paper Cuts consists of 40 objects made with paper by approximately 25 American artists. who employ a wide range of techniques and styles, including mixed-media assemblages, three-dimensional collages, and papier-mache. Many of the artists explore paper’s ability to be transformed from the flat to the voluminous, as well as the range of texture and organic nature of paper.

Courtesy ExhibitsUSA

The Saga of the American West in Prints

Exhibit Dates: 22 Mar – 27 Aug 2007

Art of the Stamp

Exhibit Dates: 18 Oct 2006 – 7 Jan 2007

Few works of art enjoy as vast an audience as American stamps. At their most basic, stamps are simple proofs of postage, but with the addition of graphic designs that honor national heroes and commemorate historical events, they become something much greater: compelling works of art that serve, in the words of W.B. Yeats, as “the silent ambassadors on national taste.

Recently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, The Art of the Stamp comprises 100 small works of original art created by 52 top professional illustrators and designers working in the United States. These miniature masterpieces, whose design spans the 1960s to the present, reflect the evolutionary process of American stamps as new subjects and designs are explored.

The subject matter depicted in The Art of the Stamp runs the gamut of American history and culture, arts and entertainment, and science and nature—from birds to Broadway musicals, movie stars to the military, flowers to transportation. The exhibition also affords a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of how stamp designs are developed, from pencil sketches to final artwork. Preliminary sketches and behind-the-scenes material for other stamps show the complexity of the process.

One of the most famous stamps in recent memory is the “Elvis Presley,” the most popular stamp of all time with record sales of 500 million. The Art of the Stamp features the original art for this now-iconic stamp along with four preliminary concept portraits. Also presented are two original Norman Rockwell pieces commissioned by the United States Postal Service (USPS), one of the few times these two works have been publicly displayed.

This collection from the USPS achieves what President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who helped design several stamps, saw as the chief aim of stamp art: It “dispels boredom, enlarges our vision, broadens our knowledge, makes us better citizens, and in innumerable ways enriches our lives."

Courtesy SITES - Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Sneak Peek: The Curtis Collection

Exhibit Dates: 1 June – 17 July 2006

The Grogan Collection: Contemporary Native American Art

Exhibit Dates: 18 May – 11 Sept 2006

Asian Games: The Art of Contest

Exhibit Dates: 25 Mar – 30 Apr 2006

Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens

Exhibit Dates: 9 Sept – 30 Oct 2005

An Endless Enthusiasm: rita derjue Retrospective

Exhibit Dates: 4/14/2005 - 7/17/2005

derjue’s work of 55 years in drawings, canvases and watercolors in the new enlarged gallery. rita derjue is a well known painter, educated at RISD and Cornell, as well as in Munich and Mexico. Her spontaneous brushwork, intense color, and variety of subject matter come to life in this large exhibit.

The Furniture Collection

Exhibit Dates: 5 Feb – 22 Aug 2005

The Littleton Collection Artwork

Exhibit Dates: 5 Feb – Apr 2005

Selling It: the elegant art of advertising on tin

Exhibit Dates: 11/19/1988 - Spring 1989

Art for Healing Hearts

Exhibit Dates: Sept 1-Nov 1, 2002

Paintings (mostly watercolors) by Colorado artists for sale with entire proceeds given to NYC’s Twin Towers Orphans Fund

The Message of Maps

Exhibit Dates: May 2001–Sept 2002

Scott Engel Photographs: A Littleton Portrait

Exhibit Dates: Sept 2000-Oct 2000

Encuentro: Todo Ceramica

Exhibit Dates: Feb 2000-Apr 2000

Gallery Exhibit of international ceramic artists, all of whom attended classes at a Cuban university,

Ralph Moody's Littleton

Exhibit Dates: 11 Dec 1998-Dec 1999

A Look Back - The Littleton Fine Arts Collection, 1964-1998

Exhibit Dates: Sept 1998-Dec 1999

Household Elegancies

Exhibit Dates: May 1998-Sept 2001

Fine parlor items from LHM collection

Toys: A Kaleidoscope of Change

Exhibit Dates: Apr 1997-Feb 1999

Working the Wool: The George Kelly Collection of Navajo Rugs

Exhibit Dates: Apr 1997 - Aug 1998

The Way of the Anvil: Francis Whitaker

Exhibit Dates: Apr 1996 - Sept 1996

Littleton: The Homefront During WWII

Exhibit Dates: Mar 1995-Sept 1997

Gifts of the Decades

Exhibit Dates: 1992

Collections of museum LHM

World War II: The Artists View

Exhibit Dates: 1992

A Littleton Portrait: Photos by Scott Engel

Exhibit Dates: 1991

Black and white photos of Littleton

Appeal of the Wheel Bicycles From the Beginning Bicycles

Exhibit Dates: 1989

Bravery in Bronze: Sculptures of Dave McGary

Exhibit Dates: 1/23/1988 - 5/1988

Idle Hands: Victorian Parlor Pastimes

Exhibit Dates: Dec 1981 - Jan 1982

The Wonder of Wood American furniture

Exhibit Dates: 4/15/1984 - Oct 1984

After Barbed Wire

Exhibit Dates: 1/16/1983 - 3/13/1983

Cowboy photos by Kurt Markus

Littleton in Stitches

Exhibit Dates: 11/12/1982 - 12/30/1982

Applique by Arlette Gosieski

Littleton's 10

Exhibit Dates: Jun - Jul 1981

Textiles Twice Around

Exhibit Dates: Apr - June 1981

Artists on the Western Frontier

Exhibit Dates: March 1981

Courtesy Humphrey Traveling Exhibition Service

Works by American Artists

Exhibit Dates: Dec 1980 - Feb 1981

Getting There/Getting Away Transportation in Littleton 1860-2000

Exhibit Dates: May - Oct 1980

Objects of Life - Arapahoe/Cheyenne

Exhibit Dates: May - Apr 1980

A Welder, Some Wood, Some Whimsey

Exhibit Dates: Feb - Apr 1980

Varian Ashbaugh, Littleton Sculptor

The Machines our Grandfathers Dreamed Of

Exhibit Dates: Aug 1977 - Feb 1978


They Called it Jazz - A Return to Normalcy!

Exhibit Dates: Nov 1978 - May 1979

Jazz Age, post WWI: The things, the times, the music of the 1920s

The Restoration of a House: Steps involved in selecting & restoring a farmhouse for the museum's living history farm

Exhibit Dates: June 1979 - Feb 1980


Exhibit Dates: Mar 1978 - June 1978

The Men Who Volunteered

Exhibit Dates: Mar 1978 - June 1978

A Museum Collects

Exhibit Dates: Aug 1978 - Oct 1978

Collections by category

Rose in the Wilderness

Exhibit Dates: Feb 1977 - Jul 1977

Quilts from LHM Collection

Faces and Places: A Half Century of Littleton Images

Exhibit Dates: Dec-77

Photos of Littleton's people

Farming in Littleton

Exhibit Dates: July 1976 - Apr 1979

Ride On Bicycles

Exhibit Dates: 1977

Suiting Everyone

Exhibit Dates: 7/28/1976 - 9/26/1976

The Seat of American Invention

Exhibit Dates: Nov 1976 - Jan 1977

Littleton's Growing Pains

Exhibit Dates: 1975


Exhibit Dates: 12/1/1974-1/17/1975

Christmas gift suggestions from 1920-1929

The Needlework Exhibit Needlework

Exhibit Dates: 1973

The Sculpture Show

Exhibit Dates: 1973

Littleton's Lifestyle

Exhibit Dates: 4/30/1972 - 1975

Included a false front on museum building.

American Painting 1900-1950

Exhibit Dates: Apr-72

IBM touring exhibit

Littleton's Growth, then, now & tomorrow

Exhibit Dates: 4/18/1971

Richard S. Little: Founder of Littleton Colorado, 1862

Exhibit Dates: 8/8/1970

Armistice Day 1918

Exhibit Dates: 11/6/1970

Military posters & artifacts from WWI

The Presidents

Exhibit Dates: 10/18/1970 - 10/31/1970

Docs, letters & prints relating to each US President from George Washington to Richard Nixon