Your Guide to the Art Scene in Grand Junction

Grand Junction is known as an outdoor mecca, however, its thriving art scene is also a popular attraction. The area hosts a variety of galleries and do-it-yourself studios where you can make your own work of art.  Much of the art is on display in Grand Junction’s charming downtown which is lined with over 100 high-end sculptures complemented by outdoor cafes, trendy boutiques, and shady trees. In 2018, two of its signature cultural attractions—the famed Art on the Corner program and the renovated Historic Avalon Theatre—helped the town earn the coveted designation as a Certified Colorado Creative District.

Ready to experience Grand Junction’s art scene for yourself? Here are the best ways to explore its galleries, outdoor sculptures, and do-it-yourself studios.

Exploring Grand Junction’s Art Galleries

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Grand Junction has a wide array of art galleries that exhibit a diversity of styles highlighting the artist's expression. As you explore, you experience many different mediums including paintings, sculptures, photographs, pottery, and murals. A great way to spend an afternoon is strolling around downtown Grand Junction, admiring the art with a coffee or hot cocoa in hand while stopping at the numerous art galleries along the way.

Recommended stops include James Howard Fine Art, Red Lion Arts Gallery, The Main Street Gallery, Uncanny Valley Art Gallery, and Working Artists Studio and Gallery. Other noteworthy galleries are scattered throughout the Grand Valley, such as the cooperative Rose Hue Gallery in Fruita and The Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade.

Art on the Corner

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It all began with the sculptor, Dave Davis, and other local artists who created Art on the Corner, placing 32 sculptures along Main Street. This avant-garde outdoor art exhibition, the first of its kind in Colorado, continues today, with more than 100 sculptures, murals, and other works gracing walls, alleys, street corners, and wide sidewalks around downtown. The displays feature a permanent collection—including a larger-than-life buffalo made of gleaming metallic silver—plus a temporary collection that changes annually.

Head downtown and wander along the streets of Main and Colorado to discover the eclectic works that are part of this outdoor collection. Dip into alleys to peek at colorful murals of Pueblo dancers, or admire dramatic sculptures like the giant bike you can pose on. 

A Pair of Amazing Art Centers

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In addition to public art and galleries, Grand Junction boasts a couple of superb art museums. The Western Colorado Center for the Arts, often called The Art Center, is dedicated to enhancing the region’s quality of life by displaying more than 25 rotating art exhibitions, housing a permanent art collection, and offering a wide range of educational programs for adults and children. The Colorado Mesa University Art Gallery, known as 437CO, sits on the northern edge of Downtown Grand Junction and features regular exhibitions by guest artists as well as students attending the university’s fine arts program.

Do-It-Yourself Art Opportunities

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Are you inspired to take the step from admiring art to creating your own? Grand Junction has plenty of options to get you started, no matter which medium you fancy. The Western Colorado Center for the Arts offers adult classes all year in ceramics, painting, drawing, and sculpting. The Palette, meanwhile, is a downtown painting studio that encourages guests to uncork their inner artist with a handful of friends, a glass of wine, and plenty of paint—all supplies, including canvas, are provided. At Angelo’s Pottery Studio, up-and-coming artists can try their hand at throwing their own clay, decorating pottery, or taking an acrylic painting class. Fat Cat Pottery in downtown Grand Junction offers a wet clay studio and pottery painting. Funky Junk, a do-it-yourself studio, offers both open and private studio time, craft projects for kids, and art parties - think Pinterest projects. An activity that also makes "scents" is the Candle Kitchen which provides over 120 fragrances that you can mix and match to customize your own unique candle. Whether you take a drawing class, decorating a ceramic vase, or splashing paint on a canvas, you’ll find a do-it-yourself studio in Grand Junction where you can create a one of a kind piece of art that brings back lovely memories of your trip.

Looking for more ways to enjoy the Grand Junction area? Check out itineraries starting on page 16 of the Grand Junction Visitor Guide