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About the artist​

Carlene Frances holds a BFA in painting and drawing from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving to Colorado in 1974, where she currently resides. Her medium is oils and uses as many as 20-30 layers of thin transparent glazes creating depth and luminosity in her paintings.


She is inspired by aesthetes of Asian design elements and her work is rooted in eastern philosophy. The journey of finding peace and calm is expressed through her creative practice, where she applies the Buddhist principal of Shunyata–dwelling in emptiness to her canvases, by eliminating the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.


She has been exhibiting professionally since 1997, and her work has been featured in major national and international exhibitions.

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Selected Solo, Invitational and Juried Exhibitions
2023 Lone Tree Arts Center, Curated The Commissioners Choice Exhibit, Women Artists & Poets: A Collaboration, Lone Tree, Co 

2022 Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Arapahoe Community College, this is Colorado, Littleton, CO   

2021  Lone Tree Arts Center, 2021 Commissioner's Choice Exhibit, Into The Rearview Mirror: A Look Back At 2020, Lone Tree, CO

2020  Space Gallery, A Move Towards, Order, Simplicity, Balance, Solo Exhibit, Denver, CO

2020  R Gallery, Meaning in Abstraction, Group Exhibit, Boulder, CO

2019  Arvada Center for the Art and Humanities, Colorado Abstract + 10; A Survey A History, Invitational Exhibit, Arvada, CO

2019  Valdosta State University, Valdosta National 2019, Juried Exhibit, Dedo Maranville Fine Art Gallery, Valdosta, Georgia 

2019  ART 2, Two Person Exhibit, Junction Place, Boulder, CO

2019  Denver Place, The Quest for Serenity, Solo Exhibit, Denver, CO

2018  Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 46th International Art Show, Juried Exhibit, Brownsville, TX

2018  K Contemporary Gallery, Seijaku, Solo Exhibit, Denver, CO

2017  Globe Fine Art, Solo Exhibit, Translucency, Santa Fe, NM

2017  Civic Gallery at Azamino, The 25th International Exhibit

2017  Invitational Group Exhibit, Yokohama, Japan

2017  Space Gallery, White, Invitational Group Exhibit, Denver, CO

2017  Art Movement Colorado, InvitationalGroup Exhibit Grand Opening, Boulder, CO

2016  Center for the Visual Arts,CO Women in Abstraction, Invitational Exhibit, Denver, CO

2016  Nagasaki Art Museum, International Exhibit, Nagasaki, Japan 

2016  Park View Gallery, LELA International Exhibit, Los Angles, CA

2016  Rogue West Gallery, Power of Spirit, Steamboat Springs, CO

2016  Space Gallery, Expanding the Dialogue...., Denver, CO

2016  Highland Gallery, Retina, Boulder, CO

2015  Nagasaki Art Museum, International Exhibit, Nagasaki, Japan

2015  The Painting Center, Writing on the Wall, New York City, NY

2015  Riverside Museum of Art, California Dreaming, Riverside CA

2015  Space Gallery, Nature's Line, Denver, CO

2015  40 West Gallery, Black, White & Metal, Lakewood, CO

2014  Ice Cube Gallery, Ice Breaker 5, Juried Exhibit Denver, CO

2014  Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, 31st Annual All Colorado, Juried Exhibit, Greenwood Village, CO

2014  Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, California Dreaming, Frosinone, Italy

2014  Oceanside Museum of Art, California Dreaming, Oceanside, CA

2014  Space Gallery, Fusion V, Invitational Exhibit, Denver, CO

2014  Space Gallery, Surface, Invitational Exhibit, Denver, CO

2013  Space Gallery, 30 x 2, Denver, CO

2013  Republic Plaza, Total Abstraction, Denver, CO

2013  Space Gallery, Mind Over Matter, Denver, CO

2013  Arvada Center for the Arts, Art of the State, Juried Exhibit, Arvada, CO

2012  Space Gallery,The Other Primary Colors; White Black Grey, Denver, CO

2012  Cultural Arts Council Fine Arts Gallery, Abstract Expressions, Invitational Group Exhibit, Estes Park, CO

2011  Lowery Gallery, Poetic Synthesis, Invitational Exhibit, Community College of Aurora, CO

2011  Chelsea Art Museum, 1st International Juried Peace Art NYC Exhibition, International Juried Exhibit, NYC, NY

2011   St. Julian Hotel Gallery, Enso, Solo Exhibit, Boulder, CO

2010  Spark Gallery, Biennial Juired Exhibit, Big Themes/Small Work, Denver, CO

2010  Denver Modernism Show, Juried Exhibit, Denver, CO

2010  Museum of Modern Art, International Juried Exhibit, A Book About Death, Wales, UK.

2010  National Museum of Brazil/Museu Brasilerio da Escultura, International Invitational Exhibit, A Book About Death, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2009  The Dairy Center for the Arts

2009  Juried Exhibit, Enso The Circle, Boulder, CO

2008  Curtis Art & Humanities Center, Juried Exhibit, 25th (2008) , 20th (2003), 17th (2000), 16th (1999) Annual All Colorado Art Show, Greenwood Village, CO

2007  Denver Public Library, Santa Fe Art District Exhibit, Denver, CO

2004  Susan K. Arndt Gallery, Mountain Valley Women Artists

2004  Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO

2004  The Lincoln Center, NCAA13th National Art Exhibition, Fort Collins, CO

2004  Evergreen Arts Center, Contemporary Art Exhibit, Evergreen, CO

2002  Museum of Contemporary Art, Regional Juried Exhibit, Rocky Mountain Biennial, Fort Collins, CO

2000  Canyon Road Contemporary of Art, National Invitational, Juried Exhibit, Santa Fe, NM


1998  BFA, Painting and Drawing, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO

1972  Kendal College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

1970  Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI

Current Representation

  • Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Museum and Corporate Collections


2016  Envision Healthcare, Denver, CO

2014  Willow Creek Dental, Lone Tree, CO

2012  Dean Evans & Associates, Greenwood Village, CO

2010  Flux Museum, Fort Worth, TX

2010  Museum of Modern Art, (MOMA), Wales, UK

2010  National Museum of Brazil/Museu Brasilerio da Escultura                     (MUBE), Sao Paulo, Brazil

2009  Marriott International Inc., Renaissance Hotel, Charleston, SC

2009  Kentler International Drawing Space, Permanent Collection, Brooklyn, NY

2008  AMS Health Inc., Denver, CO.

2008  DCG Law Firm, Broomfield, CO

2007  Towne & Country Real Estate Company, Denver, CO

2007  Law Firm of Castle, Meinhold & Stawjarski LLC, Denver, CO

2000  Law Firm of Huttner & Huttner, Denver, CO

1998  Summit Financial, Englewood, CO

1998  Mississippi Dental, Aurora, CO

1998  Stephens Financial, Denver, CO

Awards and Recognition

2018  Published article, ArtBeat Magazine, Carlene Frances; Non-Referentially Speaking, April issue

2018  Recognition by Westword,Soloe exhibit Seijaku, denver, CO

2013  Recognition by Westword’s Best of Denver, “Best Group Show”, The Other Primary Colors; White Black Grey, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2013  Published Review in Westword by Michael Paglia, Mind Over Matter Exhibit, Space Gallery, Denver CO

2013  Recognition by Westword’s Best of Denver 2013, “Best Big Show Colorado Art”, Art of the State, Arvada Center For The Arts, Arvada, CO

2013  Arvada Center For The Arts Exhibit Catalog, Art Of The State, Arvada, CO

2013  Published Review in Westword by Michael Paglia, Art of the State, Arvada Center For The Arts, Arvada CO

2012  Space Gallery Exhibit Catalog, The Other Primary Colors; White Black Grey, Denver, CO

2012  Published Review in Westword by Michael Paglia, The Other Primary Colors; White Black Grey, Denver, CO

2011  Space Gallery Exhibit Catalog, Fusion IV, Denver, CO

2011  Published, Tao Te Ching, by RZ Foster, Painting on Book Cover

2010  Flux Museum Exhibit Catalog, FluxFace in Space, Fort Worth, TX

2008  Home & Gardens TV, 22 Paintings featured and filmed in Denver, Designed by architect Suzette Evans for HGTV series, “My Amazing Renovation”

2007  Orbitz Design Published, Corporate Calendar, Denver, CO

2007  Published Article, Art of the Four Corners Magazine, Fall Issue, Full page article on Fusion Exhibit, page 68

2007  Published Book, Fusion: Painting and Poetry

2006  Curators Choice Award, Art for Aids Exhibit, Denver, CO

2004  First Place Award, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Evergreen Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO

2002  Award of Merit, 3rd Annual Artful Women Exhibit, Fremont Center for the Arts, Canon City, CO

2000  Award of Excellence, National Invitational, Canyon Road Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1997-2001  RMCAD Published Mural, Integration of Space, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design College Catalog, Denver, CO

K Contemporary Gallery
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