Sierra Montoya Barela is an artist from Denver, Colorado. Barela earned a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015 and was an Artist-In-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center and the Horned Dorset Colony later that year. Recently, her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions at David B. Smith Gallery, the Museo de las Americas, Yes Ma’am Projects and as part of the Octopus Initiative at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.
Barela’s practice includes painting, sculpture and printmaking in an exploration of the figure as unidentified subjects and the spaces they live in. At times, the works are diagrammatic and instructional in nature. Many combine references to both digital tools and traditional, perceptual painting.
Curatorial Statement by Daisy McGowan, Director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art
Great Expectations is the fourth in a series of biannual survey exhibitions featuring emergent career artists living and working in a specific geographic area of Colorado. Over a two year period, I was privileged to conduct numerous studio visits connecting with artists working up and down the I-25 Front Range corridor in Colorado. The eleven invited artists are exploring and innovating through their respective practices, pushing the contemporary art field as a result. While by no means exhaustive, Great Expectations highlights artists working and living in the most populated areas of the state which have undergone dramatic growth and change in the past two years.
The 2020 edition of Great Expectations features new work in a range of media, including painting, sculptural installation, monumental fiber art, video and new media including Virtual Reality technologies at our downtown Colorado Springs gallery site.
This exhibition aims to introduce our audiences to some of the brightest artists working along the Front Range corridor today, from whom we can surely expect great things.
Sierra Montoya Barela, Breakfast, acrylic on canvas, 2019. 48"x36".