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DENVER, CO — July 25, 2013 — Denver International Airport (DIA) is hosting a temporary art exhibition throughout August to celebrate the third USA Pro Challenge race in Colorado, which will take place August 1925. DIA, VISIT DENVER and race organizers have joined together once again to bring airport visitors a bicyclethemed art exhibition. A group of up-and-coming local artists, enlisted by Ivar Zeile of the Plus Gallery, created works of art using bicycles as their canvasses. The art exhibit will be displayed on top of baggage carousels, located on the east and west sides of the Jeppesen Terminal (Level 5).

Artists featured in the exhibit include Eric Ringsby, Thomas Scharfenberg, Kristin Stransky Mallinger and Audrey Seiler, Cultivator/New Belgium, Tobias Fike, Dmitrius Obergfell, Tank Studios, Stacey and Winston Schultz, and Pure Brand Communications. Each bicycle represents one of the cities the USA Pro Challenge will visit during the seven day tour: Aspen/Snowmass, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek, Vail, Loveland, Fort Collins and Denver. At the end of the exhibit, the bicycles will be auctioned to benefit local charities.

“Denver International Airport is proud to support Colorado artists and the USA Pro Challenge,” said Manager of Aviation Kim Day. “The airport is a gateway for more than 53 million passengers each year and is home to one of the most robust art programs of any airport in the country so collaborating with the local art community and race organizers is a journey we are exhilarated to participate in again.”

About DIA’s Art and Culture Program

DIA’s Art and Culture Program administers the City and County of Denver’s “one percent for art” requirement for public facilities and features nearly 30 site-specific works including sculptures, murals and other installations. The pieces are displayed in outdoor landscapes, inside Jeppesen Terminal and on airport concourses, as well as in the train tunnels and on the train itself. In addition to its permanent art collection, DIA curates temporary exhibitions, collaborating with museums, cultural institutions and arts organizations to present the highest quality two- and three-dimensional work. More information can be found online at www.flydenver.com/art.

About the USA Pro Challenge

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 19-25, 2013 and travel through eight host cities from Aspen to Denver. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. After attracting more than 1 million spectators in 2012, making it one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2013. Featuring a challenging, 600-mile course, the third annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery. More information can be found online at www.USAProChallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.

About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating more than 100 years of promoting The Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $3.6 billion in annual spending in 2012, while supporting nearly 50,000 jobs. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER, on Twitter @iknowdenver and the VISIT DENVER Facebook page, or by phone at 800 2 DENVER.

About Plus Gallery

Plus Gallery is hone to one of Denver’s most reputable programs for contemporary art exhibitions and artist representation. Operating independently since 2001, the gallery’s artists have receive major acclaim on local and national levels. Plus Gallery is celebrating their 10-year anniversary this summer. Ivar Zeile, owner and operator of Plus and curator of DIA’s bike art exhibit, has been a member of the Mayor’s Commission for Cultural Affairs since 2006. More information can be found online at www.plusgallery.com.

Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport.

Caption: Denver International Airport (DIA) is hosting a temporary bicycle art exhibition throughout August to celebrate the third USA Pro Challenge race in Colorado. This bicycle was designed by Kristen Stransky Mallinger and Audry Seiler to represent the Steamboat Springs stage of the USA Pro Challenge.


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