Vance Kirkland is undoubtedly the dean of Colorado artists. The late University of Denver professor and artist underwent a stylistic transformation over the course of his long career. Beginning with watercolors of Western landscapes in the 1920s to psychedelic interpretations of nebulae and other interstellar areas that only existed in Kirkland's mind in the 1940s and 1950s. Then from the 1960s until his death in 1981 came his best known works: “dot” paintings with perfectly round globules of oil paints in geometric patterns. The museum also houses one of the most extensive collections of decorative art in the U.S. and has a large gallery dedicated to Colorado artists other than Kirkland. Expect to spend about 90 minutes here. Note: The museum will be moving to 1225 Bannock St. in 2017.