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The work of Martha Daniels has been included in more than 200 art exhibitions since 1967. Her work is included in private, Martha Daniels in Grotto Installation at Denver Art Museummuseum, and corporate collections. She has executed public art projects and private commissions. Her work is considered by critics, collectors, and others to be significant in American ceramics today. She has also worked in bronze, concrete, and painted large murals in various media.

Selected Commissions, Acquisitions:

Dr. Edmund Ayuob, Palm Springs CA

Gwen and Richard Chanzit, Denver CO

Brian Heston, Palm Springs CA, Chicago IL

Donald Jack, La Quinta, CA;  Anchorage AK

Ms Robin Lippman, San Diego CA

Ms. Leslie Deane Roth, Indian Wells, CA







Planned one-person exhibition, Urban Mud Gallery, Denver CO



“Spring Plant Form” acquired by Denver Art Museum, Collection Contemporary Art.


“Materia Matrix l”  installed at Leith Ventures, Denver CO.


40th Anniversary Show, Pirate Gallery, Denver CO.


40th Anniversary Show, Spark Gallery, Denver CO




“Building, Nature, Art: Architecture of Jim Olson.”

Work included in Kirkland Museum section.


Opening, new Kirkland Museum, Denver CO.


2017 Vortex. Organized by Desert Hot Springs CA Art Foundation
Materia Matrix IV.  Commission, Gwen and Richard Chanzit.
Showing Off: New Acquisitions. Denver Art Museum.
Who’s Who in American Art.
Spring Plant Form. Ceramic sculpture acquired by Denver Art Museum for Permanent Collection, Contemporary Art.
Private Commissions, Collections: Dr. Edmund Ayoub, Palm Springs CA; Ms Robin Lipman, (Board, San Diego Art Museum and others); Kirk Brown, Jill Wiltse (Design on Screen); Kirkland Museum; Ms Leslie Deane Roth, Indian Wells CA, and others.
World Interiors News, London. Materia Matrix (large gold ceramic cube screen) accepted for annual products competition. Juried by Sir Terence Conran.
2013, 2010
Ventura Gallery, Palm Springs CA. One-person shows.
Invitational Logan Lecture. The Material Imagination.
Denver Art Museum.  (DVD of same produced by DAM.)
Earth and Fire. Ceramics Exhibition. Denver Art Museum.
Ceramics Annual of America Juried Show. San Francisco CA.
American Craft Council Annual Juried Exhibition. Ft. Mason Center, San Francisco CA.
Who's Who in American Art 20th Anniversary Edition (2005 to present). (Bio previously included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Women, and Who's Who in the World from 2004.)
Continental Divide. Major Ceramists of the Rocky Mountain Region.Sponsored by NCECA. Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO. Hardcover catalog of exhibition also published by NCECA. Blurb.com, Printer.
Colorado Abstract Art: Painting and Sculpture: First major published survey of contemporary and modern abstract painting and sculpture in Colorado. Chandler, Grant, Paglia, Authors. Fresco Fine Arts, Publisher, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM.
Colorado Abstract Art. Exhibition of living artists published in Colorado Abstract Art book. Most complete exhibition of living Colorado abstract artists ever mounted. Center for Visual Arts, Denver, CO.
Abstract Art. Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver CO.
Driven to Abstraction. Kirkland Museum, Denver, CO.
Three on Fire: Daniels, Reitz, Tischler. Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO.
American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, CA. Acquisition of Red Nike III and Tula Tower by David Armstrong, Director.
2008 - 2004
Group, Solo Exhibitions. Robert Nichols Contemporary Clay. Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM.
Best Solo Ceramics Show. Best of Westword, Denver, CO. (Numerous other Best of Westword awards from 1998 through 2008.)
Masters in Clay: Daniels, Hansen, Soldner, and others. Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO. (Best of Westword award.)
Denver Modernism Show.
Colorado Aids Project. CAP 20th Anniversary Art Auction. (A participant every year since first auction.)
An Artist Shaped by Clay. In-depth article on Martha Daniels' ceramics. Rocky Mountain News, Mary Chandler, Art Critic. August 20, 2007.
Decade of Influence. Significant Denver Art of the Eighties. Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. Catalog published by Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. Peyton, Paglia, Authors.
Sixty Years of Colorado Modernism. Kirkland Museum, Denver, CO.
Golden Age. Solo Exhibition. William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO. (Best of Westword award.)
Playboy Art Collection. Acquisition. Chicago, IL.
Colorado Business Commission on the Arts. Commission: six sculptures.
Rocky Mountain News. Top of the Rockies Award: Best Ceramist in Region.
Martha Daniels: Ceramic Sculpture. Solo exhibition. Robert Nichols Contemporary Clay, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM.
Modern Clay in Denver. (Twelve Ceramic Artists of the Postwar period). Work published in book. Elizabeth Schlosser, Author. Gallup House and Ocean View Books, Denver, CO., Publishers.
Colorado Clay. Exhibition in conjunction with publication of Colorado Clay by Elizabeth Schlosser. Kirkland Museum, Denver, CO.
Best of Westword award for Colorado Dept. of Transportation Ceramic Mural. ("Best Highway Beautification Project.")
Tabletops. Solo exhibition, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO.
Juried Commission, Colorado Department of Transportation. 112-foot-long ceramic mural titled "Currents and Eddies," on Washington St. bridge abutment at I-25 East intersection.
Scene Colorado. Selections from the permanent collection, Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO. Also invited to lecture by museum at exhibition.
The Vessel: Voyage and Contain. Group exhibition and catalogue. William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO. (Best of Westword award.) Group and solo exhibitions at Havu Gallery, 1999 through 2006.
2003 - 2004
International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy. International ceramics website internet exhibition, and CDROM published.
Reinventing Pleasure: Contemporary Ceramics. Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO.
2003, 2004
National Invitational Ceramics Exhibition, Denver International Airport.
Ceramic Monthly Magazine. "Martha Daniels," Feature article, April.
Veterans of Clay. Invitational exhibition, Lakewood Cultural Center. (Best of Westword award.)
Daniels, Metier, Woodman. Group exhibition. William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO.Award: Best Denver Gallery Exhibition 2001, Michael Paglia, Westword Art Critic.
Colorado Council on the Arts. Artist Fellowship recipient and Virtual Gallery Exhibition.
GROTTO. Solo Exhibition. The Denver Art Museum. 25 major ceramic sculptures in an environment designed and executed by the artist.(Westword Best of Denver award for Best Ceramics Exhibition.) Catalog essaywritten by Dr. Donald Kuspit, published by Denver Art Museum.
XXV. Twenty-Five Years of Colorado Master Craftsmen. Invitational exhibition. Arvada Center for the Arts. Arvada, CO.
NCECA Regional Exhibition. Glazed Visions. William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO. (Part of Denver NCECA exhibitions program organized by Rodger Lang.)
KBDI Channel 12 Denver. GROTTO, solo Denver Art Museum exhibition, video produced by Joshua Hassel. Televised on KBDI, duration of exhibition.
Grant and award of one-person exhibition, in Close Range Gallery. The Denver Art Museum.
Egypt of the Mind. Invitational Exhibition curated by Jane Fudge. The Denver Art Museum.
Colorado Clay. Exhibition juried by Paul Soldner. Award for Innovative Ceramics. The Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO.
1998 - 1996
Composing A Life. Artists' and Writers' Books by Fellows of the Rocky Mountain Womens Institute. Toured two years: Denver Art Museum, One West Contemporary Art Center, University of Northern Colorado, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, University of Colorado Boulder, and other venues.
Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. Inaugural exhibition, first location at 1999 Broadway, Denver, CO.
Denver Art Museum, Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art. Acquisition of ceramic sculpture, "Three Gold and Green Towers."
French Embassy, Tokyo, Japan, Invitational Exhibition.
U.S. Department of Interior. Commission.
Kaiser Permanente. Juried Commision. Ceramic art installation at Highline Canal Facility, Aurora, CO.
Rocky Mountain Women's Institute. Fellowship award. (Grant and studio for one year.)
Taco Bell Corporate Art Collection. Purchase of "Gold Tower."
Michel Roux, CEO, Absolut Vodka. Purchase for personal collection.
Modern Architecture Preservation League. Commission to produce first annual award.
1990 - 1989
Mino Art Exhibition. Juried exhibition. Mino, Japan, and art installation at Akechi Railroad Statiion, Akechi, Japan.
Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities. Artist in Residence Award. and grant for public art project, Trinidad, Colorado. (Most important residence award given by CCAH for 1989, 4 months duration, to create murals in windows of vacant buildings throughout downtown historic district, teach crafts workshops to children, promote local art, and participate in other activities to promote Trinidad.)
1989 - 1988
Cafe Noir, International European Coffee Cup Exhibition. Originated in Brussels, Belgium. Toured Europe for two years.
CODEX. Juried artists' book competition organized by Reed Weimer and Chandler Romeo. Exhibition, Te Art Department, Denver, CO. Placement in library, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum; and Franklin Furnace.
The Dimensions of Surface. Invitational exhibition with Clark Richert and Dale Chisman. Emmanuel Gallery, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver, CO. Cited as one of best exhibitions of 1986 by Irene Clurman, Art Critic, The Rocky Mountain News.
Explorations: New Work. Solo exhibition at Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO..
1981 - 1978
Solo and group exhibitions. Sebastian-Moore Gallery, Denver, CO. Gallery received many awards as best gallery of contemporary art in Denver. Continued art sales with ICON Group (Sebastian-Moore) until 1985.
Rencontre Art Textile. Invitational exhibition organized by Michel Thomas, Editor of "Dri a Dri." Cannes, France.
Fifth Colorado Annual. Invitational exhibition. The Denver Art Museum.
Wash Art '78. International Art Dealer's Association Annual Exhibition, Washington, D.C. Exhibited by Jacques Kaplan.
Third Colorado Annual. Juried Exhibition. Denver Art Museum.
1972 - 1970
Boulder Designer-Craftsman Shows. Exhibitions juried by prominent designers and craftsmen, Jack Lenor Larsen and Paulus Berensohn.
1968 - 1971
Sunsign Gallery, Boulder, CO. Group and solo shows. First gallery in Colorado to exhibit work of Betty Woodman and other regional prominent artists and craftsmen.
First Unitarian Church. Boulder, CO. First art exhibition in Colorado. Work by Betty Woodman also exhibited here.
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