Colorado might not have the same reputation for art as New York City does, but that doesn't dissuade home-grown artists from sticking around.
The second biennial exhibit "Bright Young Things" opens with a free reception at GOCA121 on Friday. It features performance, ceramics, photography, installation, painting and new media by eight Front Range artists, including local artist Caitlin Goebel.
"It fulfills our mission of supporting artists creating new work and introducing audiences to work they've never seen," says Daisy McGowan, director of GOCA 121, "all while demonstrating Colorado artists in a spectacular way. This is the future of contemporary art in Colorado."
Details: Works by Tobias Fike, Megan Gafford, Caitlin Goebel, Matthew Harris, Dmitri Obergfell, George P. Perez, Daisy Patton and Kristin Stransky, opening reception 5-9 p.m. Friday, runs through Aug. 2, GOCA121, 121 S. Tejon St., free; 255-3504, uccs.edu/~goca
For the first "Bright Young Things" show, McGowan looked at recent bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts graduates along the Front Range corridor. For the current exhibit, she moved away from an academic focus and concentrated on emerging artists.
"They tend to be younger," she says. "Every artist is under 40. They might have gallery representation. Some of them are still in school, but they're doing innovative work."
A couple of trends became apparent to McGowan during the selection process: artists leaning toward working with the figure and the natural world - bringing science and art together.
"I hope people are surprised and excited by the work that's coming out of Colorado and the Front Range and from younger artists," she says. "They're investing in Colorado by staying here in large part. They're organizing and they're pushing each other. I hope that comes through the show."