Mirada Fine Art Named Best In Denver, Best In Colorado, 2021 / American Art Awards

Thom Bierdz
4 min readAug 9, 2021


For 13 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.

Only one per state per year is selected.


American Art Awards: “Mirada Fine Art regularly features some of the finest contemporary art in the nation in pertinent and insightful exhibits. A large part of the Mirada experience is the warm, inviting ambience of their gallery. For 12 years Mirada was located in an historic log building in the foothills just west of Denver. In 2021, though, Mirada has this month expanded to a building twice as large but equally historic. Their ‘new’ building was built in 1878 and was originally a saloon and dance hall. This location is in the LoDo (lower downtown) section of Denver, which is Denver’s oldest neighborhood. Mirada’s new space is a spectacular environment to immerse oneself in their remarkable contemporary collection from artists across North America.

“Owner 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.

“American Art Awards selects Mirada Fine Art as the Best Art Gallery in Colorado, 2021 — and one of our Top 25, 2021.”

“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.


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.”

www.AmericanArtAwards.com annually awards 25 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300 artists (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.