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"Light has the power to create, define, and solidify; or leave in shadow that which we believe to be real."

"The major challenge for me in art is to keep under control the tyranny of a logical mind. The spirit that moves me is capricious, unruly and irreverent. Most of my work grows out of intuitive impulse — the rest gets underway by just playing."



Arts District, Rocky Mountain PBS

The "Arts District" (Rocky Mountain PBS) episode about Dorothy Tanner has been selected to be available to national PBS stations for airing. It most recently aired on Milwaukee Public TV's "The Arts Page."

"Light and sound artist Dorothy Tanner creates breathtaking sculptures using light, and she also uses sound to create a mesmerizing, multi-sensory experience. Dorothy takes us into her Denver studio and gallery — Lumonics."



Interview with Dorothy Tanner
Colleen Smith, Colorado Expression Magazine

Sandcastle (detail) by Dorothy Tanner

Artistic Director of the Zikr Dance Ensemble, David Taylor's "The Lady of the Lake", a stunning new work combining ancient Celtic Arthurian legends and Christian mysticism, has been created in collaboration with the breathtaking acrylic and plexiglass illuminated artwork of acclaimed artist Dorothy Tanner.
Zikr Dance Ensemble
performed June 6, 7, 12, 2015


Staying Vital As Time Marches On: Art Can Hold The Key

Interview with Dorothy Tanner

Light artist Dorothy Tanner, 92, speaks with 5-year-old Kaya Naslund about one of the "creature-like" sculptures featured in her current exhibition, "Creatures From Left Field," at the Lakewood Cultural Center. (photo by Corey H. Jones/CPR News)

Sculptor Dorothy Tanner's work is best seen in the dark. That's because the 92-year-old works with light, using materials like plexiglass to bend and blend vibrant rays of color. Now 92, she's been making art for more than 60 years.



"Creatures From Left Field" by Dorothy Tanner
Lakewood Cultural Center
June 6-June 30, 2015

" A Light Journey" at Denver International Airport
Feb. 3, 2014 — May 3, 2014

DIA Exhibit


"Light Supply" Exhibit at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
more info and articles
Virtual Tour

"The Light Fantastic" by Dorothy Tanner
VERTIGO Art Space Exhibit

Dorothy Tanner & Mel Tanner Exhibit
Union Station Fund-Raiser for The Welcome Arch



Denver Arts Week:
Dorothy Tanner's light sculptures make Lumonics glow

"This is one in a series of posts in honor of Denver Arts Week that salute some of our favorite people and places on the arts scene."
Amber Taufen, Denver Westword





Addiional Art Installations

Lumonics Light & Sign Gallery, Denver
Edgezones Art Center, Miami
Modernism Show, Denver, 2009
Residential Installation, Arvada, CO



For information about Mel Tanner (1925-1993)
To attend or plan an event:




Tanner Studio/Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery
800 E. 73 Avenue #11
Denver, CO 80229
PH 303.568.9406

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