Denver Art Museum Company History Timeline

1893 A small group of Denver professional artists found the Denver Artists' Club.
1915 The museum begins collecting Asian art with a donation of Chinese and Japanese art objects from a single passionate collector.
1922 The Chapell House is the first permanent home of the Denver Art Museum.
1925 The DAM becomes the first major art museum in the United States to collect American Indian art as art rather than artifacts.
1927 The textile art department begins.
1932 The museum receives a bequest of 100,000 from Denver schoolteacher Helen Dill, which allows the purchase of works by Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir, Winslow Homer, and others.
Leather, ermine, glass beads, and paint 38 x 58 x 65 1 2 in. sleeves extended . Denver Art Museum Native Arts acquisition fund, 1940.26.
1944 Otto Karl Bach joined the museum as director.
1949 The Denver Art Museum building on Acoma Street opened in 1949.
The museum built a new wing in 1954 to display these works.
1961 The museum receives the Samuel H. Kress collection of 37 Renaissance paintings and sculptures dating from the mid-1300s to the mid-1600s after Otto Bach proposed Denver as a candidate for part of the Kress Foundation's vast collection.
Department acquisition funds, 1965.196.
1968 The DAM establishes the New World department, which oversees the pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collections.
In 1971 the museum opened the North Building by Gio Ponti in collaboration with James Sudler Associates of Denver.
1977 The Cile Bach Award is created to recognize DAM volunteers.
The first awards were given in 1978 to Harry Eaton, Betty Girsh, and Ethel Griffith.
1978 The modern and contemporary art department is established.
1980 The museum holds its first Collectors' Choice, the museum's black-tie fundraising gala.
1984 One of the museum's most popular objects, the lifelike sculpture Linda, comes into the modern and contemporary art collection.
1988 Denver metro voters approve the creation of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District SCFD , establishing an ongoing source of tax-based funding for arts and culture organizations, including the DAM.
1989 The museum holds the first Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration featuring Native art, drumming, dance, food, and more.
1991 The conservation department is established with the primary responsibility to care for the museum s collection in accordance with our mission to preserve works of art for future generations.
1995 The architecture, design, and graphics department opens its first permanent galleries.
Linda Keller and Linda during the Sweet 16 Party for the lifelike sculpture at the museum in 1998.
After soaring to stardom in 1999 with the evocative zigzagging form of his Jewish Museum in Berlin, he has suffered humiliation in his role as master planner at ground zero, not so much for his design as his consistent refusal to stand up for it.
2001 The Frederick Jan Mayer Center for pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art is established through an endowment gift from Frederick and Jan Mayer.
2002 The museum hosts its first D a del Ni o Day of the Child , joining in the international celebration of children.
The 146,000-square-foot Hamilton Building opened to the public October 7, 2006.
2007 The museum holds its first Untitled Final Friday, our late-night program in collaboration with Denver's creative community.
2008 The photography department is established.
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2011 The DAM develops a campus-wide exhibition focused on one major theme.
2012 The museum was the only venue in the world for Becoming Van Gogh, an examination of the artist's evolution through more than 70 paintings and drawings.
The building opened in April 2014, bringing more than 100 museum employees to the museum campus, including administrative staff, curators, and educators that formerly were in office space five blocks away at 14th Street and Tremont.
2014 Frederic C. Hamilton bequeaths 22 impressionist masterworks to the museum, the largest gift to the museum.
2015 The Free for Kids program begins, granting youth 18 and younger free general admission each day.
In 2017, the department is renamed textile art and fashion.
2018 On January 10, the museum officially broke ground for the North Building renovation project.
2018 The DAM has a stellar lineup for this year including Rembrandt Painter as Printmaker opens in September and Dior From Paris to the World opens in November .
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