Viral Influence Art in the Time of Coronavirus

May 20 - August 22, 2021

In the midst of Colorado's stay-at-home order in early March 2020, local artists did what they do best: they continued to create. Some responded directly to the pandemic through the use of the new, changing imagery of society--face masks, sourdough bread, and quiet scenes at home. Others lost access to studio space and supplies, forcing them to get creative with kitchen-table studios and household materials. The artworks from this time capture the impacts of the pandemic on individuals and communities, portraying isolation, adaptation, despair, connection, distance, and closures.

Recognizing this outpouring of creativity from artists across Colorado, the Arvada Center asked for submissions of artwork created during the state’s response to the pandemic. Open from March - October 2020, the call garnered over 1,000 submissions of work from across the state. This exhibition showcases 259 works by 168 artists, offering a comprehensive overview with works of all mediums, subject matters, and processes.

Access an Audio Tour of this exhibition to hear directly from the artists!

Viral Influence Audio Tour - Salon Installation Audio Tour


Viral Influence Artists

Viral Influence

Janelle Anderson  -  Brenda Biondo  -  Carol Bivins

John Boak  -  Mark Bueno  -  Evan Colbert

Robin Cole  -  Will Day  -  Irene Delka McCray

Rebecca DiDomenico  -  Lisa DiMichele + Katie Caron

Chapin Dimond  -  Nanette Fazio  -  Sharon Feder

Kendra Fleischman  -  Kelly Frimel  -  Jane Gaona

Kelsey McDonald Gibson  -  Joyce Gold  -  Susan Goldstein

Jacquetta Green  -  Tina Hagerling  -  Nancy Johnson

Brenda Jones  -  Jeffrey Keith  -  Jim Leggitt

Veronica Love  -  Kenneth Macy  -  Maureen May

Janice McDonald  -  Scout Patterson  -  Mark Penner-Howell

Julie Puma  -  Roger Reutimann  -  Maureen Ruddy Burkhart

Conn Ryder  -  Eleanor Sabin  -  Tom Sarmo

Kevin Sloan  -  Xiaoxiao Strong  -  Talia Swartz Parsell

Sandy Toland + Nikki Evans  -  Robin Whatley  -  Meghan Wilbar

Viral Influence Salon Installation 

Patricia Aaron  -  Sylvie Abecassis  -  Zoa Ace

Josh Aiman  -  Roy Anneberg  -  Tina Bailey

Alicia Bailey  -  Jane Banzhaf  -  Christi Beckmann

Kaylee Bender  -  Clarice Benz  -  Brendt Berger

PJ Bergin  -  Jessica Bernstein-Schiano  -  Penney Bidwell

Stephanie Block  -  Jennie Boucneau  -  Karen Breunig

Jovan Brock  -  Teresa Brooks  -  Richard Buchanan

Elizabeth Buhr  -  Lisa Calzavara  -  Judy Campbell

John Carlson  -  Sandra Jean Ceas  -  Taiko Chandler

Tif Choate  -  Anne Clark  -  Joyce Coco

Susan Cooper  -  Brian D'Agosta  -  Sandra Dalton

Adrienne DeLoe  -  Leah Dennison  -  Elizabeth Earhart

Patricia J Finley  -  David Fodel  -  Jan Fordyce

Kay Galvan  -  Judy Gardner  -  Andrea Gordon

Linda Graham  -  Grace Gutierrez  -  Mandy Hansen

Jodie Herrera  -  Austin Howlett  -  Sara Howsam

Ryan Hughes  -  Julie Jablonski  -  Nolan Johnson

Emma Johnstone  -  Ashton Lacy Jones  -  Mike Keene

Anthony Knight  -  Mickey LaFave  -  Leona Lazar

Julie Leidel  -  Gayla Lemke  -  Becky Lenhart

Daniel Levinson  -  Patricia Barry Levy  -  Bonny Lhotka

Amy Lorenz  -  Greg Matheny  -  Chuck McCoy

Molly McCrosson  -  El Meek  -  Tom Megalis

Stan Meyer  -  Keri Mills - Ellen Moershel

Michael Morris  -  Grace Morris - Pat Morrow

Isabel Munson  -  Joe Murray - Gregory Nelson

Christine Nguyen  -  Jonathan Nicklow - Lynette O'Kane

Marty Odermann  -  Cipriano Ortega - Tony Ortega

 Christine Parker  -  Adam Peery - Erik Pendergraft

Mariana Pereira Vieira  -  Karen Poulson  -  Benjamin Powell

Connie Quigg  -  Helen Ragheb  -  Roger Rapp

Louis Recchia  -  Gary Reed  -  Lydia Riegle

Stacey Roberts  -  Kim Roberts  -  Sara Rockinger

Mike Roderique  -  Pam Rogers  -  Deb Rosenbaum

Claudia Roulier  -  Susan Samol  -  Brian Sartor

Justin Schaffer  -  Becky Enabnit Silver

Sue Simon  -  Paul Sisson  -  Kate Sladen

Katharine Smith-Warren  -  Hannah Sutton Stoll - Maddie Sturm

Virginia Unseld  -  Clark Valentine  -  Cory Van Zytveld

Travis Vermilye  -  Rob Watt  -  Anduriel Widmark

DL Winn  -  Loretta Young-Gautier

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