About Foothills Art Center

We are proud to be Golden’s artistic, community hub—a place where everyone can come together to share, learn, and grow through creative expression. We create stronger community through art.

Our Story

The Foothills Art Center was established in 1968 when a group of local artists originally known as the Michonia Watercolor Society bought the First Presbyterian Church building to have a permanent location for their work. Since that time, Foothills Art Center has grown and evolved to offer a broad range of exhibits, events, and programming for artists and community members. In order to meet the needs of our community into the future, we will be expanding into the historic Astor House in downtown Golden in 2023.

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Staff Members

Board Members

Melanie Smith


Head of Product Operations, Patron Technology

Lisa Eldred

Vice President

Director of Exhibitions & Learning Engagement; Head Curator of Art
Denver Botanic Gardens

Chris Herald



Nathan Boyless


President of Metcalf Archaeology

Rick Souders

Past President

Souders Studios

Jamie Sheridan

Registered Patent Attorney

Robert Dolian

Betsy A. Thorpe

Toni Lefton

Executive Director, University Honors and Scholars Programs
Assistant Provost for the Student Signature Experience
Colorado School of Mines

Cecile Kerr

Director of Individual Giving & Strategic Support at Colorado Symphony

Cindy Nasky

Director of Preservation Programs at the Colorado Historical Foundation

Karma Giulianelli

Partner at Bartlit Beck law firm

Join Our Team

Do you want to champion art for all, amplify artists, provoke thinking and dialogue, and build community through art? If so, we would love to have you on our team of volunteers and staff.

Press Room

For press inquiries, please contact Anna Schoen at anna@foothillsartcenter.org