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shows + events

shows and events

BYOB Buddy Show
Kanon Collective, January 2018

Zip37 Invitational Buddy Show
Zip37, January 2018

Holiday Show
Zip37, December 2017

Church of Cannabis
Opening Reception, Guest Artist, April 2017

Colludium Inlustro
Solo Show, Kanon Collective, October 2017
"This show will feature a new series of my video game pieces, made with transparent pixels made of resin that are lit up from inside. I have been a fan of classic arcade and video games for a long time and being able to recreate these characters using light shows them as we remember them -- lit up and colorful. Many of these characters have become iconic and I believe that is partially due to their simplicity. The limits of the technology required some serious creativity and I love that people are learning to appreciate 8-bit images."

Group Holiday Show
Zip 37, November-December 2016

BYOB Buddy Show
Kanon Collective, November 2016

LIT BITS
Solo Show, Kanon Collective, October 2016
This show features more pieces from my series on classic video game characters, only these pieces are illuminated. This work revolves around the simplicity of early video games and how their iconography has stayed with us over the decades. I truly believe that limitations inspire great art and that the classic video games from the 80s are a perfect example of this. The limited technology required the creation of characters using square pixels and a limited number of colors. Instead of relying on technology, the creators had to rely on their imagination. These characters ended up being incredibly memorable and they remain a permanent part of our visual lexicon. Who hasn't looked at a pie with one slice gone and thought of PacMan?

Geeky Tendencies
Solo Show, Zip37, July 2016

Kanon 10th Anniversary Invitational Show
December, 2015, Kanon Collective

Group Holiday Show
Zip 37, November 2015

Shebang
Solo show, Zip37, May 2015

The Persistence of 8-bit Memory: New Works by Kym Bloom
Solo Show, Kanon Collective, May 2015
My video games series examines the beauty and simplicity of 8-bit imagery from classic video games, as recreated with candy. This series expands on that in a more surreal manner, allowing the pixels to escape their bounds and float off into space. The 8-bit technology meant that the characters were more basic, but limitations often make people more creative and I believe that's why these characters have become so iconic.

Not As It Seems
Group show with Dane Colfax Stephenson and Sharon Meriash
Valkerie Gallery, March 2015

Artopia
Featured Artist, Vinyl, February 2015
Annual Westword Event, Denver

Grey Matter
Kanon Group Show, January 2015

Arvada Center Pop Show
Invited Artist, January 2015

Best of Santa Fe
Juried Show, November 2014, Niza Knoll Gallery
Won Best Mixed Media

Organized Chaos
Kanon Group Show, November 2014

Pixelated
Solo Show, Kanon Collective, September 2014

Artaments Show
Zip37, December 2013

8-Bit
Solo Show, Kanon Collective, September 2013
"Sometime limitations produce the best ideas. I love the video games from the eighties because the limitations of the technology meant that people weren't able to fashion characters in full 3-D with every color of the rainbow -- they were limited to 8-bit graphics and still managed to create some of the best-loved and most memorable characters that defined my generation. There's a certain innocence to these characters in their simplicity, and re-creating them in candy only magnifies that. And it happily combines two of my favorite childhood loves."

Red Handed Show
Juried Show, Tenn St. Coffee and Books, June-July 2013

"Across the Spectrum" featuring new works by Kym Bloom and Erin Fickert-Rowland
Dual show, Zip37, June 2013

Invited Guest Artist
Juried series by Eric Matelski, Dazzle, April 2013

Invitational Holiday Show
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, December 2012

Solo Show
The Shoppe, November 2012

The Plastic Experience
Juried Show featuring Kidrobot figures, NEXT Gallery, October 2012

99 Pieces of Art
Invitational show, Benefit for VSA Gallery, September 2012

Denver Modernism Show
Juried by SHAG, August 2012

Art Guitar Silent Auction
August 10-12 Copper Mountain, proceeds benefit MusicCares

Red Handed Show
Tenn St. Coffee and Books, juried by Elisa Cohen and Judy Gardner, July 2012

Art You Can Laugh At
Invitational show, MacSpa, July 2012, Eric Matelski

The Mask Project
Charity event for the Denver Hospice (visit site, Cherry Creek Mall, May 2010

The Square Footage Show
Invitational Show, Plastic Chapel, March 2012

Food Swings
The Shoppe, March 2012

The WOW Show
Core New Art Space, Juried Show, March 2012

Kanon Members Spring Show
Kanon, March, 2012

Best of Santa Fe 2011
Juried Show, 910 Events Center, February/March 2012

Artopia
Featured Artist, Vinyl, February 2012
Annual Westword Event, Denver

Shenanigans
Zip 37 Gallery, Jan 20 - Feb 4, 2012

Zip37 Members & Friends Show
Zi37, January 2012

Shenanigans
Solo Show, Kanon Collective, October 2011
This show is a continued exploration of using candy to create art. Candy holds memories from childhood -- color, smell, texture and taste -- that evoke feelings of being carefree and uninhibited. I'm fascinated with the dichotomy of using those kind of feelings to create something so structured and pixelated as video game imagery. There's a beauty to the perfect arrangement and a nostalgia to the edgy and "blocky" feel to it all -- "This is what they looked like when I was a kid." Because computers are continually striving to perfectly reproduce reality, it's almost refreshing to go back and live in the world where computers and the real world had very little in common... a fantasy land of Space Invaders and lollipops.

6th Semi-Annual Juried Exhibition
Boxcar Gallery, Juried Show, September 2011

Denver County Fair
July 2011, Exhibitor and Art Show participant

Art Inspires
Charity event at Space Gallery, March 2011

Dine & Dart
Charity event, January 2011

Square Footage 3
Group show at Plastic Chapel, December 2010

Intifada
Group show at Artwork Network, December 2010

Art District Best of 2010
910 Arts, Juried Show, December 2010
Received the 2010 Brandon Borchert Pop Art Award for 2010

Bibelot
Kanon Collective, curator, December 2010
A holiday show featuring small works of art by several local artists.

Sweet Squared
Solo show at Kanon Collective, October 2010

ATC Show
Artist Trading Card show at Core, September 2010

Warholove
Niza Knoll Gallery, Juried by Dana Cain, August 2010

Denver Modernism Show
Juried by Leanne Haase Goebel, August 2010
Received an Honorable Mention

Locally Grown
Juried by Ken Hamel, Curated by Mark Penner Howell, July 2010

VSA 99 Pieces of Art
Charity event by local artists for VSA, May 2010

The Mask Project
Charity event for the Denver Hospice, Cherry Creek Mall, May 2010

Art District Best of 2009
910 Arts, December 2009 Juried by Gwen Chanzit (Curator, Denver Art Museum) and Michael Chavez (Curator, Foothills Art Center)

Bordo Bello 2009
Charity event at Andenken Gallery, for VSA, December 2009

Denver Modernism Show
Juried by Shag, curated by Laurie Lynnxe Murphy, August 2009

Denver Modernism Show
Juried and curated by Laurie Lynnxe Murphy, August 2008

The Mask Project
Charity event for the Denver Hospice, Cherry Creek Mall, May 2008

Art for Aids
EXDO Exhibition Center, June 2008
Benefit for the Colorado Aids Project

Artopia
Featured Artist, Vinyl, February 2008
Annual Westword Event, Denver

Bibelot
Kanon Collective, curator, December 2007
A holiday show featuring small works of art by several local artists.

4x4x4 Show
Orange Cat Studios, November-December 2007

Mosiac
Kanon Collective, October 2007

VSA 100 Pieces of Art on the Wall
Very Special Arts of Colorado Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, May 2007
Several Denver artists create artwork for this event to help raise money for the gallery and their programs.

Bibelot
Kanon Collective, curator, December 2006
A holiday show featuring small works of art by several local artists.

Halloween Show
St. Marks Coffee House and The Thin Man, October 2006

Dazzle Artist Series, First Monday Art Talk
August 2006, featured artist

CowParade Denver
The Sunny Side of Vance Cowkland, Summer 2006In May, 2006 I was selected as one of the artists to paint a cow for the CowParade event in Denver. I designed my cow as a tribute to Vance Kirkland, one of Denver's most famous artists. Here is a photo of the finished cow that spent three months living, ironically, in front of John Elway's steak restaurant in Cherry Creek.

VSA 100 Pieces of Art on the Wall
May 2006 Very Special Arts of Colorado Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
Several Denver artists create artwork for this event to help raise money for the gallery and their programs.

Art For Life
Abend Gallery, Denver, May 2006 This is an annual show Abend Gallery does to raise money for Project Angel Heart.

Parallel Lines
Two-person show at Kanon with David Menard, April 2006

Retablo Show
St. Marks Coffee House and The Thin Man, October 2005

Faculty Art Show
University of Colorado at Denver, featuring the Fine Arts Faculty, September 2004