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Jeff Starr

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New Jersey

Birth year

Lives in

Works in
Hudson, NY


Representing galleries
Denver, CO, Robischon Gallery

figurative, surrealism, sculpture, landscape, installation, pop


EXHIBITIONS highlights


"Mohawk-Hudson Regional" , Albany Museum, Stephen Westfall, juror. Nancy Touhey Award.

"Odds and Ends, take one", Valley Variety, Hudson, NY. group exhibition co-organized with Susan Meyer. Essay by Cydney Payton.


"Smile", Robischon Gallery, Denver, Co., (solo)


"Smithville", Naropa, Boulder Co., (solo)


“Art Aqua 2010”, (Robischon Gallery), Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

“Invincible Cohort”, Plus Gallery, Denver CO, Co-curated with Susan Meyer, exhibition essay by Simon Zalkind, catalogue


“Delirium,” Illiterate Gallery, Denver, CO, Curator: Mark Sink

"Colorado Art Open 2009", Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

Curators: Christoph Heinrich, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum and Michael Chavez, Curator, Foothills Art Center


“The Wrath of Grapes,” Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver (solo)

Curator: Cydney Payton, Director/Curator Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver                          


“Red Dot Art Fair,” (Rule Gallery) South Park Hotel, 122East 28th Street, New York, New York

“The New Horrors of War,” Singer Art Gallery, Denver, CO

Curator:  Simon Zalkind, Director, Singer Gallery (catalogue)

“Colorado Art Show,” Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, Littleton, CO

Juror: Dean Sobel, Director, Clifford Still Museum, 1st Prize Award:  $500.


“Decades of Influence: Colorado 1985 – Present, “ Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, CO, Curator:  Cydney Payton, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver (catalogue)                               


“Biennial Blow Out:  Beyond Comfort!  Beyond Representation!” Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, CO, Kenny Schachter, Juror


“A Way of Life,” Rule Gallery, Denver, CO (solo)

 “Scene Colorado / Sin Colorado”, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (1 work)

“Collector’s Gala Exhibition,” CU Art Museum                   


Colorado Biennial, “10+10,” Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, CO

Curator: Cydney Payton


“The Human Factor,” Metro Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO

“Juried Exhibition,” Studio Aiello, Denver, CO


“Deep Storage,” Artyard Contemporary Sculpture Gallery, Denver, CO                              


“Real to Surreal,” Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, CO, Group Exhibit (6 works)

“Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artist,” La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (1 work)


“Love Agenda,” Rule Modern, Denver, CO (5 works)


“Celebration,” Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, CO (1 work)

 “The Surreal West,” Arvada Art Center, Arvada, CO (6 works)                                


“Happy Family,” Rule Modern, Denver, CO, Solo Exhibit (6 works)

“Elemental,” Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO (4 works)

Curator: Coral Kellor


“Modern Realism,” Carol Siple Gallery, Denver, CO, Group Exhibit (3 works)


“First Sightings: Recent Modern and Contemporary Acquisitions,” Denver Art Museum (May-Nov)

Colorado State Fair Art Show, Pueblo, CO, First Place ($500)


“Arcadia,” Payton-Rule Gallery, Denver, CO, Group Exhibit (9 works)


Payton-Rule Gallery, Denver, CO, Exhibit with Scott Chamberlain


“Fat Free Surrealism,” Michael Leonard and Associates Gallery, New York, NY (5 works)

Curator: Red Grooms

 “Colorado 1990,” Denver Art Museum, CO (2 works, catalogue illustration)

Jurors: Marcia Tucker, Deborah Butterfield and Peter Plagens


Michael Leonard and Associates, New York, NY, Solo Exhibit (10 works)

Makes print with Shark Studio, Boulder, CO

“Selections from the Permanent Collection,” Denver Art Museum, CO (1 work)

Group Exhibit, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA  (2 works)

“Colorado State of the Art,” Juried Exhibition of Colorado Artists, Touring Exhibition


Jurors: Bruce Guenther, Richard Koshalek and Lucy Lippard


“Jeff Starr Paintings:  1983 to 1988,” Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO (20 works)

“Recipients of the Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship,” Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO  (4 works)


“Arts 87,” Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, Boulder, CO, Juried ($300 award, 2 works)

“Recharge,” Emerging Regional Artist Competition, First Place ($500, 5 works)

“ART-USA,” Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO ($5K award)

Juror: Annette Dimeo Carlozzi, Director, Aspen Art Museum

“Colorado Annual,” Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, Boulder, CO, Juried (1 work)

“New American Talent 1987,” Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

Juror: New Rifkin, Touring Citation   


Two man show with Reed Weimer, News Gallery, Denver, CO, (8 works)

“ART-USA,” Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO

($3K award, catalogue illustration, 2 works)

Juror: Richard Teitz, Director, Denver Art Museum                       

“Selections from the Permanent Collection,” Front Range Gallery, Denver Art Museum, CO (1 wk)


“Colorado Collects,” Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, (1 work)


“Colorado Annual,” Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, Boulder, CO, Juried (1 work)

Represented by P.P.O.W., New York, NY.


“New Image Show,” Sebastian-Moore, Denver, CO, (3 works)


“The Dog and Pony Show,” Sebastian-Moore, Denver, CO,  (2 works)


UMC Gallery, Boulder, CO, (6 works)


“The Colorado Annual,” Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, (5 works)



“Wright Gymnasium Project,” Gunnison, CO, Bas Relief Tile Public Art Commission ($44K) w/ Matt O’Neill


Coors Field, Denver, CO,  “The West, The Worker, The Battlefield,” Public Art Commission, 8’ x 100’ mural/centerfield wall ($97K) w/Matt O’Neill



“Co Visions” Project Grant, Colorado Council on the Arts, ($4000)


Colorado Federation of the Arts Fellowship ($1K)


Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Grant ($4.5K)


National Endowment for the ArtsVisual Artist Fellowship Grant ($5K)


Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, Commission on Cultural Affairs, Denver, CO ($1.5K)


Kyle MacMillan, Quirky “Invincible Cohort” exhibit’s unexpected mix creates cool, The Denver Post, June 18, 2010, photos.

Susan Froyd, “Forward Thinking”, Westword, May 27-June 2, 2010.

Eric Isaac and Michael Keen, “Ivar Zeile, Susan Meyer and Jeff Starr”, The Untitled Art Show, May 19, 2010, photo,

Paglia Michael, “Best of Denver 2006:  Best Museum Exhibit, 2005 Biennial Blowout, Museum of Contemporary.

Art/Denver,” Westword, March 23–29, 2006.

Paglia Michael, “Best of Denver 2006:  Best Gallery Show – Group, Summer Group Exhibition, Rule Gallery,” Westword, March 23–29, 2006.

Voelz Chandler Mary, “Top of the Rocky 2005-2006: People; Sculptor: Jeff Starr,” Rocky Mountain News, November 4, 2005.

Marglin Elizabeth, “Part urban cowboy, part suburban angst,” Daily Camera, July 17, 2005, illus.

Paglia Michael, “Third Time Around The 2005 Biennial at the MCA is an absolute must,” Westword, July 14-20, 2005.

Mary Voelz Chandler, “A wide view of the West at MCA,” Rocky Mountain News, July 8, 2005, illus.

Paglia, Michael, “Rare Sighting Jeff Starr at RULE Gallery,” Westword, December 16, 2004.

Voelz Chandler, Mary, “Starr Shines in Survey,” Rocky Mountain News, December 17, 2004.

MacMillan, Kyle, “Don’t kitsch yourself – Starr is a force”,” Denver Post, December 31, 2004.

MacMillan, Kyle, “Exhibit Shines Spotlight on Contemporary Art,” Denver Post, June 5, 2003.

Paglia, Michael, “Risk Management,” Westword, June 12, 2003.

“Red Grooms, The Graphic Work,” “Fat Free” Surrealism Exhibit poster, p. 252, 2001.

Paglia, Michael, “Love Agenda,” Westword, January 2000.

Kitchel, Karen, “Love Agenda,” New Art Examiner, May 1998.

Miller, Joe, “Report from Colorado,” Art in America, May 1998.

O’Shea, Jamie, Juxtapoz, Fall 1997.

Paglia, Michael, “Mile-High Offense,” Westword, November 1996.

Voelz Chandler, Mary, “Touch of Fantasy Spices Modern Realism,” Rocky Mountain News, June 9, 1995.

Hill, Hart, “Science Fare,” Westword, November 1994.

Rosen, Steven, “Be Cautious of Preternatural Worlds,” Denver Post, February 1993.

Rosen, Steven, “Surreal Art Forms Reach out to Viewer,” Denver Post, June 9, 1992.

Paglia, Michael, “Starr Shines at Arcadia,” ICON, June 1992.

Zalkind, Simon, “Jeff Starr’s World Revealed,” ICON, May 1991.

Rosen, Steven, “Art Show a Sight for Bored Eyes,” Denver Post, April 26, 1990.

New Yorker, March 6, 1989, p. 14.

Zalkind, Simon, “A Sense of Place,” ICON, January 1989, p. 3.

Howard, Betsey, “Rising Starr Shines Bright,” Denver Magazine, April 1988, pp. 64-65.

Clegg, Nancy, “Colorado Letter,” Artspace, Winter 1986-87, p. 48.

Clurman, Irene, “Three Art Shows Add to Summer Sizzle,” Rocky Mountain News, July 22, 1983.


Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

Recent Exhibits

Jeff Starr participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2015 Panorama
No.6 Depot Gallery
Mar, 2014 What If...
Galerie Neurotitan
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