Best Gallery Or Museum In Colorado: Clyfford Still Museum / 2020 American Art Awards

Thom Bierdz
4 min readJul 19, 2020

For 12 years, American Art Awards has decided the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America. Among the criteria: years in business, industry reputation, online activity, location, size, exhibits, educational programs, represented artists and references from artists, clients and visitors. Each year only one gallery or museum per state in 25 states is selected.

American Art Awards: “The striking two-story, 28,500 sq ft Denver museum has nine galleries exhibiting the powerful abstract expressionism of Clyfford Still — who was one of the most important painters of the 20th century. This premier facility also offers historic photos, archives, outdoor terraces, conservation areas, art creation studio, shopping, exciting programs and timely interactive events. American Art Awards selects Clyfford Still Museum as our Best Gallery or Museum in Colorado, 2020, and one of our Top 25 American Galleries and Museums for 2020.”



The Clyfford Still Museum offers nine galleries of Still’s art with exhibitions rotating several times each year; historic photos, objects and letters from the Clyfford Still Archives; interactive features; a pair of tranquil outdoor terraces; views into storage and conservation areas; a hands-on art creation studio; shopping; and programs and events.

Home to the world’s most intact public collection of any major artist, the Museum opened in 2011 adjacent to the Denver Art Museum in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District. The building was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture specifically to display Clyfford Still’s work.

The Museum allows visitors the unique experience to understand the legacy of Clyfford Still, an artist whose life has been shrouded in mystery and the bulk of whose work has been hidden from public view for decades. Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. He had a unique artistic vision and was unwilling to compromise it for money or recognition. As he evolved as an artist, Still’s works transitioned from outdoor scenes, people, and machinery to more abstract shapes, colors, and lines to express an idea or feeling. He painted on huge canvases to invite viewers to experience and be absorbed by them. Still did not name his works because he wanted people to make their own interpretations.

After the artist’s death in 1980, the Clyfford Still Estate was sealed off from public and scholarly view. Still thought the best way to experience his art was by seeing it all in one place and his will stipulated that his estate be given in its entirety to an American city willing to establish a permanent museum dedicated solely to his work, ensuring its survival for exhibition and study.

In August 2004, the City of Denver, under the leadership of then Mayor John W. Hickenlooper, was selected by Still’s wife, Patricia Still, to receive the substantial Still collection. In 2005, Patricia Still also bequeathed to the city her own estate, which included select paintings by her husband as well as his complete archives. The Clyfford Still Museum collection, which represents 95 percent of the artist’s lifetime output, includes approximately 3,125 works created between 1920 and 1980.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Please contact the museum for the latest info.


Web Site:

Address: 1250 Bannock Street / Denver, CO 80204

Phone: 720–354–4880

Museum photos by James Dewhirst, Trevr Merchant, Rebecca Stumpf… annually awards 25 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).




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.