|Abecedarian Gallery opened in November 2007 under the direction of artist and curator Alicia Bailey. Although started primarily as an exhibition venue for book and printmaking arts, Bailey has broadened her intent and is now exhibiting work by individual and collaborative teams of artists who work across a variety of media.
After a few months in a rented space (a space that had previously been used by Laura Russell of 23 Sandy Gallery before she moved to Portland) Abecedarian moved to larger quarters at the north end of the 910 Arts Complex. The 910 Building is a mixed use facility on the site of the old SevenUp Bottling plant. It is a LEED (green) design building in the heart of Denver’s energetic Art District on Santa Fe.
The district is one of two Colorado districts that has received Creative District status from the state of Colorado. The district is home to the Museo de Las Americas, Metro State’s Center for Visual Art, Su Teatro, Battery 621, Art Students League of Denver alongside galleries, arts related non-profit organizations, individual artist studios, collective exhibition and work spaces.
Described as a small, meticulously curated gallery, Abecedarian is an intimate and engaging space with three exhibition areas: The main exhibition space features group exhibitions with occasional solo or two-person exhibits. Exhibitions are curated by gallery staff or guest curators, or juried by professionals in the field. Each January the gallery features the work of two emerging artists in the Denver area.
In addition to featuring small group or solo exhibition, the Reading Room always has a fine selection of artists’ books by nationally recognized artists in the field on display, as well as exhibition catalogs and trade publications either for sale or perusal in the gallery.
There is a small shop area, dubbed Prudent Picks, that features items in inventory that are priced $150 or less, allowing just about anyone to start or continue collecting. Much of the Prudent Pick inventory can also be purchased online.
Beginning in 2009 Abecedarian started publishing exhibition catalogs, all of which are available here, as either PDF/ebook downloads or as print on demand catalogs.