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The Vail Art Scene 

Vail’s artistic soul is on full display through the summer with globally recognized art on display throughout town and at dozens of public art galleries.  Art enthusiasts and wide-eyed wanderers are rewarded with an enriching art experience.

Art in Public Places
Art in Public Places of Vail has assembled a collection of art in public places including over 60 works of art with 35 created by Colorado artists. The Town’s art collection ranges from paintings, sculptures, murals, and playground components to site-integrated art.
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Murals Created for Vail
Art in Public Places (AIPP) is pleased to announce the completion of new murals by artists Olive Moya and the collective duo Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina. Since 2019, Colorado artists have been invited by AIPP to enliven and enhance Vail’s public spaces.  Olive Moya combines a wheat pasting application with her signature vibrant palette in the large interior mural now on view at the Vail Village Transportation Center. The installation combines glimpses of Vail’s past complemented with her contemporary style as it moves down the stairs and out to the main entrance of Vail Village.

In June Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina returned to Vail to transform five large cylindrical vents west of Dobson Ice Arena.  In their 2019 Lionshead mural, Valley Threnody, two faces are surrounded by a vibrant palette of abstraction, connecting them by the layers of this colorful quilt. The figures, whose identity is left open for interpretation, may represent family members, friends, ancestors, or even strangers. Regardless of their relationship, the artists convey we are all connected by the commonality of humankind in their mural. Inspired by the positive reactions while creating this mural, the artists presented a similar concept for the five vents creating a sense of family.

Wednesday Art Walks
Tag along for a free, one-hour public art tour of Vail on the first and third Wednesday of the month January 15–April 15. Meet at 3:30pm at the Vail Village Welcome Center on the top level of the Vail Village parking structure and wind your way through the Village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail mountain, the master planning of the Village, and the importance of site-specific art. 

Vail Fine Arts Festival June 2022
Art on the Rockies presents Vail Fine Arts Festival in Lionshead. The festival showcases 90 fine artists from around the country. This premier destination arts festival is known for the quality of art and first-class treatment of both artists and guests. Find that perfect piece to take home!

Art Galleries
Vail is home to dozens of unique galleries throughout the Villages of Vail and Lionshead. Whether you have a full day or just an afternoon, there’s so much to take in as you wander through and support these incredibly talented artists.