American Art Awards Names Best Gallery In Colorado, 2023: Mirada Fine Art

Thom Bierdz
5 min readApr 2, 2023

The American Art Awards has announced its selection of the 20 Best Galleries in USA for the year 2023, with Mirada Fine Art receiving the award for the best gallery in Colorado. The board bases decisions on years established, industry reputation, online interest, location, size, aesthetics, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists and references, among other criteria.

AMERICAN ART AWARDS: “Each year we pick a variety of galleries in appearance and genres, and this year is no exception. In our Top 20 for 2023, we chose the largest gallery in the Southwest and the largest exhibition space in Florida and the largest in Austin, Texas. An Atlanta organization specializing in black art won in Georgia, a bold Vegas pop hotspot won in Nevada, and museums were chosen for Kentucky and South Dakota. We also selected one of New York’s only non-profit galleries, downtown Indianapolis’ premier event venue space and an enormous Kansas institution which is fulltime home to 35 artists. We decided on several galleries owned by notable painters, some women-run, and some specializing in Western impressionism, others in abstract, others in realism. Most our Top 20 represent contemporary paintings, sculpture, digital art and photography — but we do have businesses exhibiting old master works from Europe, Asia and the Americas.”

AMERICAN ART AWARDS: “Both the booming Denver gallery, Mirada Fine Art, and owner/curator Steve Sonnen continue to be prominently featured in national and international art publications as well as appearing on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists. Lively spirited art, insightful exhibits, a Colorado vortex.”

Owner Steve Sonnen: “A large part of the Mirada experience is the warm, inviting ambiance.”

Steve Sonnen continues to be acknowledged with awards for this fine art institution: Denver A-List, 2016, 2017, 2018… Top Denver Gallery, TheCultureTrip… on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists… featured in national and international publications, like ‘American Art Collector’ and ‘Luxe’ Magazine.

“Our collectors have a discerning eye,” says owner Steve Sonnen, “and ultimately our goal is to bring some of the very best contemporary artwork to Colorado, in warm, inviting environments.”

Sonnen has been able to curate an amazing collection of paintings and sculpture, and pulled in award-winning artists such as Andrew Baird, Lyudmila Agrich, Bruce Marion, Mark Yale Harris, and an impressive list of artists from around the globe. Mirada’s staff strives to provide the best customer service possible, and continuously brings new artists and artwork into the gallery, so visitors are always sure to find new treasures during each visit.

http://www.miradafineart.com/

1331 15th Street / Denver, CO 80202 / 303.697.9006

‘Denver’s Best Art Gallery’ — -Denver A-List, 2016, 2017 & 2018

‘Top 25 Art Galleries in the United States’ — -also a previous winner in American Art Awards.

Mirada’s gallery manager, Jan Thompson: “Although I think some of our long-term clients were disappointed that we were moving out of our historic Trading Post, I think they’ll be ‘converts’ when they see the artwork in this new, even more fabulous location.”

American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2023 are:

BEST IN ARIZONA: Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art

BEST IN CALIFORNIA: Sparks Gallery

BEST IN COLORADO: Mirada Fine Art

BEST IN FLORIDA: MAC Art Galleries

BEST IN GEORGIA: Black Art In America (BAIA)

BEST IN INDIANA: Gallery Forty-Two

BEST IN KANSAS: CityArts

BEST IN KENTUCKY: KMAC Museum

BEST IN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

BEST IN MAINE: Clarke Gallery

BEST IN MONTANA: Cawdrey Gallery

BEST IN NEBRASKA: Kiechel Fine Art

BEST IN NEVADA: Elena Bulatova Fine Art

BEST IN NEW MEXICO: Thornwood Gallery

BEST IN NEW YORK: Gallery 23 NY

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Art Museum

BEST IN TEXAS: AO5 GALLERY

BEST IN VERMONT: Helmholz Fine Art

BEST IN WYOMING: Gallery Wild

American Art Awards https://www.americanartawards.com/ annually awards 20 museums and/or galleries, and with their critique later in the year, awards nearly 500 deserving contemporary artists from 60+ countries: painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists.

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Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.