The Gallery is located in the Historic District of Telluride on Colorado Avenue.
The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art was founded in 1985. At the time, the gallery was the only space in Telluride dedicated to exhibiting the work of established local and regional artists. In 2017, Ashley Hayward and Michael Goldberg acquired the gallery and expanded its direction to include both post-war modern and contemporary art by leading artists of national reputation with a special focus on art from Southern California or art informed by an LA perspective. Partner and curator Ashley Hayward, the daughter of abstract minimalist James Hayward, came of age in the heady emerging art scene of Los Angeles and its Cool School artists.
Committed to presenting both local and national artists, whether in early or established careers, the gallery is always searching for those rare creatives known as “artist’s artists.” These individuals often inspire other artists with their eccentric brilliance or unique, path-breaking style that is ahead of the times. Some of these figures may already be recognized, but others might be unsung talents, perhaps mostly known to other artists but still underexposed in the larger art world.
The Gallery has consistently demonstrated a pioneering interest in showing progressive, innovative creatives who may work in diverse mediums but exhibit a singular perspective or distinctive, defining style. Many of the artists that the gallery represents have been role models for generations of younger artists, including Edward Moses, Tony Berlant, and Maya Lin.
Fine artists and avant-garde studio jewelers exhibited or represented by the gallery work in a wide range of disciplines, from painting, film, sculpture, and ceramics to photography, metalsmithing, encaustic, goldsmithing, and mixed media. While informed by the quality of the work shown, the gallery’s reputation is also based on its welcoming, accessible vibe. The knowledgeable staff is focused on helping visitors identify their special interests as well as engaging them with interpretative tools that encourage personal art exploration and discovery.
The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art continues to break new ground by honoring its educational mission to transcend barriers to the appreciation of art. It is our commitment to be a strong supporter of the local arts community and to strive to make significant contributions to encourage art and artist dialogue through our unique gallery programs and offerings.
Our personal art advisory services help new collectors navigate the complexities of the art world in pursuit of finding special pieces that inspire them. We also work with more experienced collectors to help them conceptualize their vision and present appropriate works. Services include art research, installation supervision, digital archiving, professional oversight, and appraisals.
Our associates can provide suggestions on framing your artwork. By arrangement, your art can be delivered to our affiliated frame shop, Telluride Gallery Framing, and our expert designers will help you select an appropriate frame and/or safely pack your artwork for shipment worldwide.
Every art medium has special handling requirements. Our associates are available for handling recommendations based on the piece you have. The gallery’s fine-art handlers are available for on-site installation appointments. Our associates are also available to advise on suitable locations for the work.