Galleries of Contemporary Art

Carlan Tapp, China Express: Powder River Basin WY to Cherry Point WA: Mining - Transporting - Exporting to China (detail), photograph, 2012


April 1–May 21, 2016

GOCA Downtown

Michael Bernhardt, Amelia Carley, William Carson, and Carlan Tapp.


Events are free, but space is limited—register to secure your spot.

About Pollinate 2016 | Pollinate is a biennial arts festival that convenes arts organizations in Southern Colorado to explore one compelling topic through exhibitions, events, and experiences. The 2016 topic is energy. Pollinate features a one-week festival of events, April 1 - 9, 2016.

About the Artists

Michael Bernhardt is a self-styled artist, designer and inventor making work across a range of media. Having spent his early years as an amateur actor and theatrical technician, he graduated with his BFA in Pottery and Art Education from Colorado State University in 1999 and earned his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2009. Bernhardt has shown nationally and internationally, including Xiao Shan Xiao in KaiFeng, Henan, China in 2010 and solo shows in Denver through 2012. His work was published in the October 2009 edition of New American Paintings and in Propeller Magazine with the collaboration Barchael.Bernhardt currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Studio Foundations in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Amelia Carley was born in Colorado Springs and raised just south of Denver, Colorado. Carley graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder receiving a BFA in Painting and Drawing along with BAs in Psychology and Italian.

In the summer of 2009 Carley assisted 16 weeks of workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village and has since take several workshops at the Ranch. Carley worked for several years at both Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Denver Art Museum. Carley has participated in various artist-in-residence programs including Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and the Contemporary Artist Center at Woodside in Troy, NY. She regularly exhibits locally and nationally most recently at Vertigo Art Space (Denver, CO), DATELINE (Denver, CO), SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, CO), and elsewhere. Most recently Carley has relocated to Atlanta, GA to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing at the Ernest G. Welsh School of Art and Design at Georgia State University. Carley currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

William T. Carson | I am an artist, designer, and photographer currently based out of Austin, Texas. I draw inspiration from the history, people, and landscape of the American West.
My love for land and the West stems from my childhood. I grew up in two rural places: a cattle ranch in Montana and a small island in Washington's Salish Sea. I often found that the best form of entertainment in these places came in the form of being outside and making art. Living and learning to make art in these places allowed me to develop a connection to the landscape and the people who call it home. Taking time to look, observe, and create, helps me to understand a place.

Carlan Tapp is a documentary photographer and lifelong educator, descendant of the Wicocomico Tribe, Taptico family, who studied photography at Art Center College of Design. After graduation, he worked with the National Park Service using photography to document socially caused changes in the natural environment. In the 1970's, Carlan had the privilege of assisting the late Ansel Adams for three years and was inspired by Ansel's love of the natural landscape. His series of fine art photographs devoted to Mt. Rainier are now in permanent collections in China, Australia, Seattle and Mt. Rainier National Park. In 2005, Carlan established a Federal (501c3) non-profit foundation, Naamehnay Project - Question of Power. The foundation creates human stories of individuals, families and communities - stories of unheard voices affected by the extraction, production, consumption and waste materials of coal in the creation of electricity for America.