PhotoVox: September 2021 – Gallery Talk with Doug Kacena



SPEAKER | Doug Kacena

WHEN | Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 6:30 – 8 pm (MST)

WHERE | Online (via Zoom – link provided in registration email)

COST | Free for CPAC members*; $10 for non-members

*The member discount is now applied at checkout

ABOUT | For September’s PhotoVox hear from gallerist Doug Kacena, owner of K Contemporary, discuss the best ways to approach a gallery, how curators find artists for exhibitions, and building genuine relationships within the Denver art community. Samantha Johnston, CPAC Executive Director and Curator, will be moderating this dialogue. 


Doug Kacena (b 1975. Denver, CO) In his decades-spanning career, Doug Kacena has excelled as a celebrated abstract artist whose work has been the subject of a PBS Special, a textile designer of handmade Tibetan and Nepalese rugs, a highly-regarded gallery owner, an art therapist, a provocative curator, a podcast host, a collector and a passionate advocate for other artists. He has also designed two official patches for NASA and SpaceX for launches to the International Space Station (ISS).

Much like the art he creates, his other endeavors in the art world aim to deconstruct ideas in order to stir up dialogue. Pop-up contemporary art exhibitions staged inside a historic Governor’s Mansionmobile billboard trucks adorned with fine art driving around the city in a pandemic, a nude internationally renowned performance artist digitally projected onto buildings throughout the city including the centrally-located D&F clock tower in downtown Denver and the iconic City and County building —  these are the milieu Doug fosters in order to provoke conversation, and in turn, a deeper understanding of the art.

His curatorial approach is to disrupt and confront, offering viewers a new way to experience art and encouraging artists to think beyond the gallery. For those artists, Doug is a visionary champion, ready to make things happen that even the creators had not considered possible. His tireless promotion of the artists he represents leads to millions of dollars in sales, ceaseless media coverage, and numerous awards and recognitions.

Whether Doug is fulfilling the role of curator or gallerist, of artist or advocate, he does so with the intention of forming connections where they did not previously exist.


PhotoVox is a monthly program offered by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center to help you strengthen your artistic voice with the support of other photographers and artists in the Denver Metro community. Meetings are held monthly at either CPAC’s downtown gallery or virtually on Zoom, and feature discussions led by local arts and community leaders. Three sessions per year are dedicated to portfolio sharing.