The Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) is an inclusive and inspiring art community where members of all abilities are guided by professional artists to reach their highest potential.
Through the efforts of many artists and art supporters, the Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) was established in 1987 as a community center to support and nurture artistic expression. Modeled after the Art Students League of New York, the Denver League opened as a non-accredited fine art school with a philosophy of teaching based on a "master/apprentice" Ateliers method in a variety of media.
Major changes began in 1992, when ASLD purchased the two historic Sherman School buildings and a large lot in the West Washington Park neighborhood from the Denver Public School District. With ownership of the property, ASLD began to invest in facilities, equipment, staff and buildings on its journey to become the valuable resource that it is today. Our facility at 200 Grant Street now houses a two-level public gallery, several ceramic studios, a gas-fired kiln and enclosure, five multi-purpose studios, a printmaking studio, two sculpture studios, a large community room, two private artists' studios, and administrative offices. In 2013, ASLD opened a second gallery space, outside of our main facility, to offer exhibitions, arts programming, and artist studio space in the heart of the Arts District on Santa Fe, located in the Lincoln Park/La Alma neighborhood.
ASLD has evolved into a vital and unique resource for our region, offering an expansive range of art classes in a wide variety of genre and media that include conceptual, abstract, modernism, and classical approaches. Currently, ASLD engages 800 adults and children a month with over 100 paid professional artists and art educators. We offer opportunities to exhibit and sell art and most importantly, we are a supportive creative community.
"Because Of ASLD donors, students like me have more opportunities than ever before. You help us grow talented artists right here, in our community of Colorado!
- ASLD Scholarship recipient
"Visual art stimulates mental challenges, connection, compassion and hope. These are the things I need most in my life currently."
- ASLD Scholarship Recipient
"I truly enjoy teaching a diverse student population here at ASLD. Where else do I get to teach and not have to worry about paperwork, paperwork, paperwork?"
- Elayne Moseley, ASLD Faculty
"As a teacher, this place gives me all the freedom to do anything. They trust me. I have the freedom to create, experiment and propose new curriculum every time."
- Adriana Rondón-Rivero, ASLD Faculty
"Our partnership with ASLD is invaluable. Our business appreciates being involved with their events and there's the added benefit of having students visit us to buy their supplies for classes."
- Lin Takeuchi, Marketing & Development Director, Meininger Art Supply
"My family and I lived in a refugee camp for 4 years. I would draw when I could find paper. It gave me purpose. ASLD gives me purpose."
- ASLD Youth Scholarship Recipient
"Some may think art is a luxury. I think of creative activities as building-blocks in my child's development."
- Parent of Youth Scholarship Applicant