Michael Gadlin + Colfax Community Network

In Residence: November 9 – December 18, 2009
Exhibition: opens December 17, continues through January 8, 2010
Learning Lab for Youth: Colfax Community Network

Michael Gadlin is a painter whose mission is to help students express themselves through the creative process of art. Coming from a mixed background and growing up bi-racial, he had a need to search for meaning in his life, and used his raw artistic spirit and intrigue to find and express who he is. As an artist he likes to be challenged on a continual basis, and hopes that his work grabs people intimately, thoughtfully, and emotionally. His goal: to inspire through the process of making art.

Michael Gadlin has worked with youth in the arts for nearly 15 years at P.S. 1 Charter School, Columbine Elementary, and most recently the Art Students League of Denver. He studied at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design in New York and moved west to study at the Art Students League of Denver where he currently resides. Michael has had countless solo exhibits around Colorado ranging from the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Rocky Mountain Biennial to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival here in Denver. He has been featured in Local and National media such as Forbes Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens and the Westword. Michael’s passion however lies in his collaboration with youth. He is currently part of a community project in which he mentors a young autistic artist. Michael will be working with youth from Colfax Community Network for this series of Learning labs.