What is a DADA member?
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The Denver Art Dealers Association (DADA) was founded in 1984 and
re-established in 2001. This partnership of art dealers and fine art
galleries provides a unified voice on issues of mutual concern; to advance
standards of excellence, raise awareness and stimulate growth in the visual
arts throughout the front-range.
Members are selected for their individual contributions to the cultural life
of greater Denver and adhere to ethical and lawful business practices.
Supported by their expertise and knowledge, they offer works of high
aesthetic quality both privately and through professional exhibitions.
Through its Code
of Ethics, the Denver Art Dealers Association assures that each of its
member galleries understands its legal obligations, deals fairly and
honestly with artists and the public, and maintains a professional and
supportive atmosphere among the members. The Code reflects our commitment as
an organization to honesty and integrity in all of our business practices.
What does DADA do?
DADA members participate in numerous national and international activities
including partnerships with museums, art centers, scholars and artists. As a
public service - through individual and collective actions, they advise
other arts organizations, assist in fund-raising for non-profit causes,
provide curatorial direction, produce educational programs, advocate for
community agencies and assist individuals on matters concerning the visual
Along with providing exhibits and collections at no cost to the viewing
public, members of the Denver Art Dealers Association offer a multitude of
Maintain participation with museums, artists, collectors, art centers and
Through individual and collective actions, advise other arts
organizations, assist in fund-raising for
non-profit causes, provide curatorial direction, advocate for community
agencies, and assist
individuals on matters concerning the visual arts
Educational programming in collection management in how to build and
maintain a collection
Advocacy and promotion of Denver as an international epicenter for arts
DADA Charitable Donations Guidelines
DADA adheres to a strict set of guidelines regarding charitable donations.
While each DADA member may participate with various charities of its
choosing on an individual basis, DADA itself follows a set of criteria that
protects the organization from ethical dilemmas that confront our industry.
The Charity &
Donations Committee serves to screen donation requests from various
organizations that request art, time, space, funds, and contributions in
other forms from DADA. In carrying out this function, our committee focuses
on developing relationships with select charities that will enhance DADAs
goals to: "raise awareness and stimulate growth in the visual arts
throughout the front-range."
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Must be engaged in the profession of selling fine art as the primary focus
of the business.
Must demonstrate expertise in ones field as acknowledged by peers. (Peers
members of DADA, other known art dealers, museum professionals, known
Must demonstrate efforts to educate and raise the level of awareness of
visual art in the
community. (Examples: Being published, public speaking, membership in
other art organizations,
relationships with museums and /or curators of private collections,
membership and involvement in
museum support groups, presenting exhibitions, events, panel discussions,
and other ongoing
contributions to the visual art community.)
Must meet quality standards of the industry.
Membership will be limited to Denver Metropolitan area galleries,
consultants, industry partners.
Galleries/ Consultants/ Industry Partners:
At least three years in business. Subject to executive
committee approval, a membership vote and
a required one year probationary period, members may have less than three
years in business, if
combined experience in other galleries or art fields is deemed sufficient
to waive the three year
Galleries must be exhibit galleries with formal exhibit schedules, with
regular hours of operation.
Galleries must not charge artists to exhibit work.
Consultants/ Industry Partners category includes art consultants, private
dealers & industry
partners such as architects & designers.
Member Galleries/Consultants: $600 annually
Dues payable in two installments: March and September
To apply for membership:
Interested parties should return
application to: DADA
The Membership Committee will review materials and will follow up with a
site visit. If satisfied that the applicant meets all requirements, the
committee will nominate the applicant for membership. At the following monthly meeting the
application will be discussed and put to a vote for approval. Nominees will
be notified of the results within 48 hours.
New members are then entitled to attend all monthly meetings and vote on
matters before the association with one vote per dues payment.
New members are also
entitled to be on the DADA web site (updated monthly) and in the DADA
Gallery Guide (published twice annually). The Guide format includes a
full page per member, gallery location map, and select advertisers. DADA
committees are: Gallery Guide, Marketing, Membership, Website, Events and