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Plus Gallery is thrilled to announce that the Biennial of the Americas has selected Melissa Furness as one of two artists to represent Denver next year for a cultural exchange in Mexico City as part of the 2015 “NOW” program, concluding in an exhibition of her work during the summer during the Biennial’s planned public festivities. The exchange program continues the tradition started during the 2013 Biennial of offering an overseas residency opportunity for a Colorado based artist, only this time the residency duration is much longer (10 weeks) and the competition amongst artists for selection was suitably amped up, involving in-depth interviews with the six nominated artists who ultimately made the shortlist. Also new this coming year is the selection of two artists from Mexico City who will be spending time in our community, a true exchange that should further enhance the infrastructure of the greater bienniel program.

Furness is an outstanding choice to represent Denver, her practice has been charged with associations related to travel and overseas experiences that collide in an exciting mixture involving visually dense paintings swirling in a wide-ranging assortment of other diverse mediums that are rare in Denver’s contemporary environment but fairly widespread in the context of a more international contemporary dialogue. Furness’ two previous solo exhibitions at Plus Gallery have certainly been impressive affairs, and we are delighted that her exposure is now opening up on a wider basis through both the Mizel Museum’s “Place Matters” exhibition currently on view at the Buell Theatre in downtown Denver and now as part of the upcoming Biennial of the Americas.

Furness selection by the Biennial program is a tremendous honor, and one that resonates ever more deeply for Plus Gallery as she becomes the second artist from our prestigious program to be selected to represent Denver in an international capacity, following Xi Zhang’s journey to Buenos Aires for the URRA residency as part of the inaugural program in 2013.


Both Colorado Public Radio and the Denver Post made mention of the Biennial’s latest selections last week, and we are sure that more news will follow next year.