ARTIST STATEMENT

At different times in my art career, I have created installations and small earthworks as an integral part of my art. Through my wanderings around Colorado and the West I’ve found the landscape to be filled with vernacular earthworks — earthworks not made by artists nor possessing the intent of being fine art, but of necessity.
These earthworks serve the purpose to fence in livestock, gather and hold water, lay roads, create demarcation of ownership. The traces of human intervention are evident everywhere. Patterns, laid out by surveyors in varying geometric shapes, have greatly influenced our view of the Western landscape.
My recent work explores vernacular earthworks and methods of demarcation from the quilt-like grid of the Public Land Survey System to the flowing vara strips or lineas laid out by Spanish settlers in Colorado and Northern New Mexico. They have provided me the opportunity to make works of art that celebrate, question, and meditate on the confounding and emotional issues of how humans occupy and alter the landscape.

ABOUT CHANDLER ROMEO

Chandler Romeo received a B.F.A. from Colorado State University with a concentration in Ceramics. Since that time, Ms. Romeo has lived and worked in the Denver area.
She has received project grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Montana Arts Council, and in turn is the Co-Chair of RiNo Arts District Board and has served on many panels and committees including Denver’s Commission on Cultural Affairs, Public Art Subcommittee and many public art and grant selection panels.
Ms. Romeo has created permanent and temporary installations (including public art) in a diverse array of media including steel, concrete, ceramics, wood, textiles, found objects, earthworks, and drawing.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries, art centers and museums throughout the region and is represented in public and private collections throughout the United States. She is currently represented by 203 Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico.

EXHIBITIONS and EXPERIENCE

One/Two Person Exhibitions

  • Hassel-Haeseler Galleries, Denver, CO
  • Museum of Outdoor Art, Englewood, CO
  • Myren Gallery, Dairy Art Center, Boulder, CO
  • News Gallery, Denver, CO
  • Pirate, a Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO
  • Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO
  • The Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO
  • Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, CO

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Art Students League, Denver, CO
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
  • Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, CO
  • Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO
  • Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
  • Museum of Contemporary Art-Denver, CO
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO
  • Gallery Nord, San Antonio, TX
  • Nicolaysen Museum, Casper, WY

Awards

  • Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Denver, CO
  • AFKey Award, Alliance for Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, CO

Professional Experience

  • Commissioner, Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs
  • Denver International Airport Art Committee member and liaison to Commission on Cultural Affairs
  • Mayor’s Task Force on Creative Spaces member, Denver, CO
  • Mayor’s Transition Team member, Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA), CO
  • Co-Chair, River North Arts District, Denver, CO
  • Colorado Council on the Arts panelist, grants to Artists and Schools
  • Public Art Selection Panel Member, State of Colorado Judicial Center Project, CO Creative Industries Office of Economic Development
  • DOCA Public Art Selection Panel Member: Denver Biennial of the Americas Temporary Sculpture Project; Denver Art Museum Liebeskind Wing; Schlessman Branch Library; Rude Recreation Center; Speer Blvd. Bridge; Green Valley Library & Elementary School
  • DOCA Public Art Committee Member (thru 2007)
  • Panelist, Sculpture Fellowships, State of Arizona Arts Council & South Carolina Arts Council
  • Resident, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
  • Resident, Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY