Due to the crazy bomb cyclone that hit our city, the Denver Art Museum closed
We are rescheduling the event for April 17. Current ticket holders will have first dibs for the new date and we will reopen registration if any tickets remain. Stay tuned!

Tickets are free, but you must RSVP! New ticketing link coming soon!


Animals in Art, Science & Activism

Join TEDxMileHigh Adventures and CultureHaus to explore how the relationship between humans and animals intersects in art and science.

As long as humans and other animals have coexisted our relationship has been complex, intertwined, and ever-evolving. Join Dr. John Lukavic, curator of the Denver Art Museum’s Stampede: Animals in Art exhibition, and Dr. Sarah Bexell, Director of Humane Education, Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver, as we explore interspecies connections through the lenses of art and science. You will have the chance to explore themes of personal connection with animals, how animal materials have been used in the creation of cultural art, the impact of the entangled human-other animal relationship on our ecosystem, and the power humankind has to create positive impact through responsible choices.


Sarah M. Bexell has worked in wildlife conservation, humane education and sustainable development for over 25 years. She holds a B.A. in biology and environmental studies, M.A. in biological anthropology, M.Ed. in secondary science education and a PhD in early childhood education with a cognate in science education. Currently she is Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work as well as Director of Humane Education for the University of Denver’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection. At the University of Denver she teaches courses and internships in Sustainable Development and Global Practice and Humane Education. She is also a Faculty Member with the Institute for Humane Education-Valparaiso University and Senior Advisor at China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

John P. Lukavic, Ph.D. is the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and serves as department head where he conducts and presents scholarly research, develops exhibitions, collects Native arts, and disseminates knowledge of DAM’s American Indian, African, and Oceanic collections. Dr. Lukavic is also responsible for DAM’s collaboration with Native American communities and the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Specializing in contemporary art by American Indian artists as well as historical American Indian arts from the Plains region, he has organized the recent exhibitions: Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer (2018), Stampede: Animals in Art (2017), and Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980 (2015), among many others. In 2018 he was selected for the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University’s NextGen program for emerging top talent in the museum field. Within our community, Dr. Lukavic serves as a Board member for the Denver Indian Center, Inc.

CultureHaus, the Denver Art Museum’s young philanthropist group, inspires and cultivates the next generation of arts patrons. CultureHaus leverages its partnership with DAM to cultivate art awareness. At educational and social events held throughout the year, CultureHaus members and guests can enjoy unique insights about art, private exhibition viewings, and the opportunity to connect with other art enthusiasts.

Stampede: Animals in Art  See how animals have captivated artists throughout history in the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art. This cross-departmental exhibition brings together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures. Stampede creates an opportunity for visitors to discover and consider the role animals play through themes such as personal connections with animals, how animal materials have been used in art, how animals are used to tell stories or represent political ideas, and how artists use animals in imaginative ways.


Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Parkeway
Denver, CO 80204

Date, Time + Schedule

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Session #1 5:30 – 6:30pm

Session #2 6:45 – 7:45pm

Swing by Cap City Tavern between 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for a pre or post-Adventure drink on us. Tickets are free, and the event is capped at 60 guests. We look forward to seeing you!


Reach out to our Creative Director, Cate Croft at [email protected]