MCA Denver's 25th Anniversary


This year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is celebrating 25 years of sparking connections and curiosity through contemporary art and culture.

We owe our very existence to Sue Cannon, Marina Graves, Mark Sink, Dale Chisman, Lawrence Argent, and a few other enterprising Denverites who co-founded the city’s first contemporary art museum in 1996 with the mission to celebrate the art of our time in the heart of Denver.

The vision that drives us, 25 years on, is that we continually test the possibilities of what a 21st century museum can be. We strive to be both a singular site and a series of networks to provide one-of-a-kind experiences for the community of visitors, partners, and supporters we serve.

Over the years, we haven’t just produced original exhibitions at the forefront of the field of contemporary art, but annually, we’ve also produced nearly a hundred public events, including lectures, performances, and workshops that attract a youthful, engaged audience.

We owe so much to the city of Denver, which has embraced our antics and encouraged us to be our authentic, risk-taking selves. We have felt this city’s love every step of the way and are only able to celebrate this extraordinary milestone because of how Denver has embraced and supported us year after year.


We talked to human 25-year-olds about what it feels like to have a quarter of a century under their belts. We learned that being 25 is a complex time filled with uncertainty, excitement, confusion, and hope. It means noticing changes within yourself and unearthing who you are. Being 25 means having so much growth to look back on and just as much to look forward to in the years to come. In many ways, we as a museum feel the same.