SEPT. 22-OCT. 3, 2023
10-day festival in RiNo Art District will host paint battle, street fair, and more activations alongside new murals painted by global and local roster of muralists
RiNo Art District, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to fostering a welcoming, creative community where a diversity of artists, residents and businesses thrive, and DENVER WALLS, a new international mural festival part of the globally renowned WORLD WIDE WALLS (FKA POW! WOW!), have announced the schedule for the inaugural festival featuring more than a dozen street art-centric events hosted throughout the District, with featured artists James Bullough, Kimchi Juice, and George F. Baker III announced as the first headliners for the mural festival.
Known for his distinct combination of delicately handled realistic portraiture with harsh graphic distortion and abstraction, Bullough’s artwork is found globally in places like Berlin, London and Los Angeles. Bullough is also the co-host of VantagePoint Radio, the world’s largest street art podcast. As part of DENVER WALLS, VantagePoint Radio will curate a gallery show featuring artwork from some of the most well-known graffiti and street artists in the world.
Julia Chon (aka Kimchi Juice) is a Korean-American artist creating vibrant artwork that features prominent Korean aesthetics and often portrays images of strong, powerful Asian women. In addition to mural commissions in cities stretching from L.A. to D.C., Chon’s artwork can be found in major institutions and art collections, including the Korean Cultural Center and the Smithsonian's permanent collection.
Nebraska-born, Detroit-grown, and Atlanta-raised, George F. Baker III (aka GFB3) is a multidisciplinary creator who’s collaborated with brands like Adidas and Patagonia to create art that engages the inner- child inside all of us, often featuring bright, inviting colors, messages of kindness, and diverse representation.
“We are thrilled to begin unveiling the artists we will be showcasing, along with the exciting events happening throughout the Art District during DENVER WALLS,” said Ally Grimm (aka A.L. Grime), a local Denver-based artist spearheading the festival. “We've curated an incredible range of programming and activities to immerse you in the culture and community of street art and allow you to explore its intersection with emerging technologies. Be sure to follow @denverwallsfestival on social. We’ll be unveiling the remaining local, national and international muralists over the next few weeks—but mark your calendars in the meantime!”
Kicking off Sept. 22 and running through Oct. 3, DENVER WALLS will showcase world-class global and local muralists alongside a slate of robust event programming celebrating all forms of street art, including a “secret” paint battle at Yardbird, DENVER WALLS Street Fair, artist panels and workshops, pop-up gallery shows, and more. A list of event programming is available on the DENVER WALLS website.
DENVER WALLS is presented by RiNo Art District and sponsored by FoundryLine, Barcelona Wine Bar, Westfield, COZ, Hines, AEG, Colorado State University, Canvas Credit Union, The Source Hotel, GreenSpaces, Sunstate Rentals, Monster Energy, Denver Graffiti Tours, TOPO Designs, NightQuill and Fully Liberated Youth. Denver will be the 25th city to host a WORLD WIDE WALLS event, joining international cities like Honolulu, Seoul and Tokyo.
“Denver's inclusion in the WORLD WIDE WALLS series speaks volumes about our city's growing prominence in the artistic landscape,” said Charity Von Guinness, executive director of RiNo Art District, which is also a creative partner for the event. “Working with the DENVER WALLS team to bring this world-renowned event series to RiNo has been a fantastic experience that we hope will further showcase the Art District as a diverse and thriving creative hub where artists, residents, and businesses flourish together.”