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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."



Untitled #1 by Dorothy Tanner

First Friday at Lumonics
Friday, September 5


Sandcastle (detail) by Dorothy Tanner

"DOROTHY TANNER, an artist still creating past the age of 90, is featured in Colorado Expression Magazine (April/May). She's one of the most amazing people I've ever interviewed. Catch her current show at Denver International Airport: Like her light sculptures, she's colorful and brilliant!"
Colleen Smith


Link to the whole article:


Visit us on Colorado ArtSeen


" A Light Journey" at Denver International Airport
Feb. 3, 2014 — May 3, 2014
Thank you to Tim Vacca, Exhibitions Coordinator of the Art and Culture Program at Denver International Airport for all of his assistance during the exhibit which featured the light sculptures of Dorothy Tanner and Dorothy's late husband, Mel Tanner (1925-1993).

DIA Exhibit


Interview with Dorothy Tanner
by Jan McNutt
August 7, 2014
Wordpress Blog


Arts District, Rocky Mountain PBS

"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."

Here is the YouTube clip of the segment.

To be on the list for the next open house:


photo by Jeff Nass
courtesy of EPIC Colorado Magazine, Spring 2013
story by Kelsey McMaster
other photos by Ms. McMaster




if you are planning an event like a workshop, meeting, performance, birthday party or other type of celebration.




Selected works of Dorothy Tanner
and Mel Tanner were part of the Light
Supply Exhibit at the Museum of Outdoor Arts

June 25, 2011 - February 25, 2012

more info and articles

Virtual Tour:


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."

by Amber Taufen, Denver Westword

Vertigo Art Space Exhibit: 2010

pictures and media coverage from Dorothy Tanner's exhibition at VERTIGO Art Space, September to December, 2010


Art Installations

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



Lester The Jester
(Plexiglas, Video, and LED lighting)
photo by Alecia Jensen








Alien Princess

Alien Princess




Dorothy Tanner Bio
More Selections From An Extensive Collection

Google Art Project:
Dorothy Tanner Sculpture Photo Album on Google+
Dorothy Tanner Sculpture Photo Album 2 on Google +
Dorothy Tanner Sculpture Photo Album 3 on Google +
Dorothy Tanner Sculpture Photo Album 4 on Google +
Dorothy Tanner Sculpture Photo Album 5 on Google +
Dorothy Tanner Sculpture Photo Album 6 on Google +


Tanner Studio
800 E. 73 Avenue #11
Denver, CO 80229
PH 303.568.9406


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