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Caped Crusaders &

Everyday Heroes

Discover the superpower of heroism
February 10 - May 28, 2017

Curator's Statement

Barriendo - Duke Beardsly

Exhibition Overview

Heroes and heroines captivate us. Whether in television, movies, comics, books or real life, we are fascinated by their actions, motivations, and stories. They inspire and give us hope!


Caped Crusaders & Everyday Heroes takes you on a hero’s journey through works by more than 15 national and international artists. You’ll discover famous comic book, TV/movie, cultural and mythological heroes and heroines from around the world, as well as learn about men and women who became community heroes because of their work or actions.

As you experience the world of heroes and uncover facts about how they came to be, you’ll find inspiration to invent your own legendary champion. Several hands-on activities help nurture creative thinking and provide plenty of fun.

Superman - Jason Ratliff

Get ready to let your imagination take you to new heights!


Educational & art programs


Hands-on activities in the exhibition are created with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts in mind.


Planned activities include:

  • Experiencing a superpower (via green screen)
  • Learning about cultural and mythological heroes
  • Designing superhero costumes
  • Creating superhero masks
  • Developing your own legendary hero comic strip

Exhibition Artworks

Artworks featured include paintings, digital photography, sculptures and mixed media by Duke Beardsley of Denver; Clémentine of Sydney, Australia; Andreas Englund of Stockholm, Sweden; Thomas E. Franklin of Montclair, New Jersey; Geoffrey Gersten of Scottsdale; Greg Gossel of Minneapolis; Graham Kirk of New Plymouth, New Zealand; Josh Ln of Kansas City; Danny Neumann of Phoenix; Mark Newport of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Jason Ratliff of Indianapolis; Lizabeth Eva Rossof of San Francisco; Keyvan Shovir of San Francisco; Ryan Huna Smith of Tucson; Dan Sun of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and Vigraha Sacred Art on loan from Vigraha Gallery in Prescott, Arizona.

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