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Long Profile of the Clyfford Still Museum



The Clyfford Still Museum officially opened in 2011. The Museum is dedicated to exhibiting and conserving the artwork of the 20th century Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still.


According to the Museum's website: "Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904-1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II."

"After the artist's death in 1980, the Clyfford Still Estate was sealed off from public and scholarly view. Still's will stipulated that his estate be given in its entirety to an American city willing to establish a permanent museum dedicated solely to his work, ensuring its survival for exhibition and study. In August 2004, the City of Denver, under the leadership of then Mayor John W. Hickenlooper, was selected by Still's wife, Patricia Still, to receive the substantial Still collection."

"In 2005, Patricia Still also bequeathed to the city her own estate, which included select paintings by her husband as well as his complete archives. The Still Museum collection, which represents nearly 94 percent of the artist's lifetime output, includes approximately 2,400 works created between 1920 and 1980."

"The two-story, 28,500-square-foot building was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture specifically to display Still's work. The museum broke ground in December 2009 and was completed in November of 2011."


The Museum's mission according to their website: "The Mission of the Clyfford Still Museum is to advance the understanding and appreciation of Clyfford Still's art and legacy through the presentation, research, interpretation, preservation, and stewardship of its unique collections."


The Clyfford Still Museum is located on the corner of 13th Avenue and Bannock Street, at 1250 Bannock Street, Denver.

It is conveniently located and easily accessible by metro, bus and taxi.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is undertaken by experts such as scientists and art conservators who research and analyze the artworks by using high-tech scientific equipment. After assessing the condition of the work, the conservator then decides a course of action to take in order to repair, restore and conserve the artworks.

The Denver Post goes into detail about how Clyfford Still's paintings were prepared by the Denver Art Museum's painting conservator for the 2011 opening of the Museum.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

According to the Museum's website: "Very few paintings entered the art market and subsequently the museum will house over 94% of the artist’s total output. The Clyfford Still Estate contains approximately 825 paintings and 1575 works on paper including:

  • 100 paintings dating from 1920 - 1943: Still's student years, Depression-era works, Surrealist-inspired works, and first forays into abstraction.
  • 350 paintings dating from 1944 - 1960: Still's "breakthrough period" and the years of "high" Abstract Expressionism. Many canvases span over ten-by-fourteen feet.
  • 375 paintings dating from 1961 - 1979: later works, most of which have never been exhibited.
  • 1575 works on paper spanning all aspects of Still's career in such media as pastel, crayon, charcoal, gouache, tempera, graphite, and pen and ink. Few of these have ever been exhibited.
  • In addition to the artworks, the museum is also home to the artist’s archives of letters, sketchbooks, manuscripts, photo albums and personal effects, most of which has never been seen by the public."

Noteworthy Facts:

The Clyfford Still Museum provides a variety of educational activities such as courses, lectures, films, and tours to inform the public about the life and work of Still.

Employment Information:

The Clyfford Still Museum posts volunteer and jobs on its website when such positions become available.

How to Apply for a Job:

Be sure to check the Museum's website for job listings.

Museum's Contact Info:

Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204, Tel 720-354-4880.


Clyfford Still Museum website

Museum Hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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