Plus Gallery is known as one of the true progressive contemporary exhibition spaces in Denver, maintaining the highest standards for artist representation and community interaction. Since 2001 the gallery has built a formidable reputation as a valuable resource for the art and collector community through solo exhibitions by some of Colorado's most prestigious and forward thinking artists, as well as an ongoing experimental forum for new media. The program offers an extensive selection of works by visionary national artists and often serves as an incubator for new emerging talent. Plus Gallery collaborates with partners throughout the Denver area in order to raise the vitality of the local scene, complementing the efforts put forth at the institutional level in order to construct a more creative and dynamic community.
In 2009 Plus Gallery relocated to one of downtown Denver's most unusual and dramatic structures, the "Flue" building of the Benjamin Moore Paint complex at 2501 Larimer Street at the entrance to the River North Arts District. This singular redevelopment incorporates a two-story gallery to enhance the sophistication and quality of artwork represented.
Plus Gallery is owned by and under the direction of Ivar Zeile who brings a diverse background in the creative arts to the operation. The gallery has received numerous awards and acclaim, including the "Top of the Rocky Award" from the Rocky Mountain News for best new art gallery in 2005. Plus Gallery is a member of the Denver Art Dealers Association, the River North Art District and the Lodo District. Zeile is a member of the Denver Mayor's Commission for Cultural Affairs (since 2006) and currently serves on the board of prestigious art programs including PlatteForum, the Denver Art Museum's DAM Contemporaries, and community arts incubator Redline.
Plus Gallery has developed solid relationships leading to placement of artwork in many prestigious corporate collections and sophisticated environments. Owner Ivar Zeile's widespread knowledge of the arts in Denver and the international scene enhances any dialogue relating to the enhancement or development of a valuable art collection. Artwork by Plus Gallery artists can be found in the following collections:
First Western Bank and Trust, Various Colorado and National locations
Urban Villages - SugarCube building, Denver, CO
East West Partners - Riverfront Properties, Denver, CO
Urban Market Partners, Denver, CO
Flashpoint Academy, Chicago, IL
Meza Construction, Denver, CO
Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, MO
Pura Vida Spa and Fitness Center, Denver, CO
BCN Development, New York City, NY
City and County of Denver, Denver, CO
City of Aurora, Aurora, CO
State of Colorado Probation Department, Denver, CO
Plus Gallery has maintained an Experimental and New Media Series since 2002, serving as an alternative venue for sound, film and performance artists. Past programs have feature Landing, Perry Weissman3, David Brady, Zachatronic Labs, They Will Use Your Bones for Tools, En.ve.ope, Djalma Primordial Science, Bob Bellerue with Farrell Lowe, Harry Walters Electro Pancake, Antenna 10, Jeff Jerman and Tim Barnes, Morose Ghost, Fall of Snow, Rubric, and the DU graduate students in electronic media arts. The evenings are intended to entertain and challenge the audience, often becoming the most memorable nights at the gallery.
Curatorial Projects and Publications
Plus Gallery owner Ivar Zeile has curated a variety of exhibitions at partner space Object + Thought in conjunction with gallery interns since 2006. In addition, Zeile has served as a juror for exhibitions throughout the region including at the Lab at Belmar, the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Wyoming State Museum, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and for numerous regional university programs. The gallery is active in the production of artist's books, utilizing in-house design skills and knowledge of current technology to produce high quality publications relating to the gallery and its represented artists.
Plus Gallery has exhibited at Art Miami as part of the "Slice" invitational in 2006 and 2007.