Today we will all be going on a deep dive into art in Boulder and our opening section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Boulder art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
We have written quite a few other posts on Midwestern cities that you can check out if interested.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Boulder
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Boulder you can head to:
- Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art at 1750 13th St
- CU Art Museum at 1085 18th St
- 15th Street Gallery at 1708 15th St
- Madelife Gallery at 3550 Frontier Ave
- Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery at 1301 Spruce St
- SmithKlein Art Gallery at 1116 Pearl St
- Seidel City Contemporary Art Gallery at 205 Longhorn Rd
- Boulder Creative Collective at 2500 47th St
- Naropa University Galleries at 6287 Arapahoe Ave
- R Gallery at 2027 Broadway
Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art is open from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday and holds their Nights at the Museum events 3 times each year which are a can’t miss. You can also find teen arts internship programs as well as Art Stop which is a hands-on art making program and they even have Art Stop on the Go which is an outreach program that provides local after-school art education for kids age 5-12.
CU Art Museum is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday and has a collection of 9,500 objects that gets bigger every month plus they also offer a wide variety of educational programs.
There is a production studio and workshop space for artists to work at Madelife Gallery and every year they also host a Community Hang Out event where artists in your area can showcase their works.
The art residency program at Boulder Creative Collective is a place where local artists can learn current fine art business skills and show their art to a wide audience while auctions are also hosted by them. The Creative Collective is generally open from 10am to 3pm Tuesday through Friday and noon to 3pm on Saturday.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These art stores are good places to buy new supplies or materials:
- CU Book Store at 1669 Euclid Ave
- Two Hands Paperie at 803 Pearl St
- Guiry’s at 2404 Pearl St
- Michaels at 1830 30th St
For over 120 years people in Boulder have been buying art supplies at Guiry’s and you may even want to check out their free in-store design consultations services.
Michaels also does framing in addition to selling art supplies.
Shows & Events
The best art shows and events in your area are:
- Boulder Art Week
- Nights at the Museum
- East End Artwalk
- Nobo Art District First Friday Art Walk
- Hang Out
Boulder Art Week is a local annual art event held each Spring that showcases everything from murals and installations to music, dance, and much more.
At the East End Artwalk you can stroll around the East End to check out participating businesses and see more public art along East Pearl St around Labor Day weekend.
Every first Friday of the month in the arts district along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36 you will find the Nobo First Friday Artwalk.
Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art has that Nights at the Museum event 3 times each year we mentioned before.
Madelife Gallery holds their yearly Hang Out event as well.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Art dealers and appraisers near you are places to find new unique pieces or learn the value of something you already own:
- Mary Williams Fine Arts at 5311 Western Ave
- Art of Estates at 1630 30th St #A522
- Art + Soul Gallery at 1505 Pearl St
Mary Williams Fine Arts provides art collecting services, in-home consultations, and installation as well as offering fine custom framing.
Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery, SmithKlein Art Gallery, Seidel City Contemporary Art Gallery, and R Gallery from our main list also sell art while Boulder Creative Collective also sells art and hosts auctions.
When the weather is nice walk around outside and see unique art in your area on one of these tours:
- A Public Art Walking Tour at Pearl St
- Nobo Art District First Friday Artwalk at 1510 Zamia Ave #102
- East End Artwalk at 1942 Broadway #301
Sculptures & Statues
Another fun thing to do on a sunny day would be to check out some of these statues and sculptures:
- Constellations at 1468-1498 Pearl St
- Standing Proud at 1498 Spruce St
- Hearts On Swing Statue at 1297-1201 Pearl St
- Statue Monarch Of The Plains at 1110-1136 Pearl St
Constellations was created by Rebecca Di Domenico and sits on the Pearl St Mall after being put up in 2017.
Standing Proud is a very unique piece created by Chuck Weaver.
Hearts On Swing Statue was created by George Lundeen and was dedicated back in 1990.
Monarch of the Plains can be found on the campus of Colorado University and was created by Stephen C. LeBlanc in 1995.
Boulder Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults some of the best Boulder art schools can be found at:
- Tinker Art Studio at 693B S Broadway
- Boulder School of Fine Art at 2810 Wilderness Pl
- Jordan Wolfson Arts at 4919 Broadway
- Color Me Mine at 1938 Pearl St #100
Tinker Art Studio is a dynamic art studio providing art classes for all ages that also offers a home school program for kids and twice a year they have a scholarship program for children and teens.
The Boulder School of Fine Art offers a complete program of classical art education and their classes run on Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays making them a great option for anyone that is trying to find weekend art classes near you.
Art classes for teens and adults from beginner to intermediate can be taken at Jordan Wolfson Arts.
Color Me Mine provides art classes for all ages and will host private parties.
Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art and CU Art Museum from our main list offer local art classes as well.
Studios For Rent Near You
If you would like to rent out your own art studio in your area try:
You can also rent an art studio at the Madelife Gallery.
When you need to find Boulder art framing head to:
- Frame Shop of Boulder at 2759 Iris Ave
- Silverleaf Framing at 5510 Pioneer Rd
- Mercury Framing at 4692 Broadway
- Rosario Custom Framing at 2901 55th St
- Boulder Fastframe at 2327 30th St
Rosario Custom Framing offers canvas stretching, anti-theft, and traditional installations as well as frame repairing.
Boulder Fastframe provides hanging expertise and will do design consultations.
Some other places we have mentioned throughout the post like 15th Street Gallery, Mary Williams Fine Arts, and Michaels also have local framing services.
In the past we have also written guides about:
- Denver’s Top Art Schools & Museums
- Colorado Springs’ Top Art Schools & Museums
- Vail, Aspen & Breckenridge’s Top Art Schools & Museums
- Kansas City’s Top Art Schools & Museums
Have Fun Enjoying The Boulder Art Scene
At the moment that is all we have to share with you. When trying to cover the full art scene near you we listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area that you may want to check out.
Those who are still reading this probably love the local art as much as we do. If so go ahead and use the comments to share your own tips or to let us know if you think we got anything wrong.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best Boulder art galleries, museums, supply stores, or doing whatever else you plan to do with the info.