2020 Colorado At Night

Colorado At Night

Exhibit 1: The Landscapes of a Rocky Mountain Night 

Opening Date - Thursday May 14, 2020 *6:00 pm

Exhibit 2- Fear and Mysticism in Colorado's Darkness

Opening Date - Thursday October 15, 2020 * 6:00 pm


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During the great intellectual revolution of the Axial Age, early cultures transitioned from localized concerns and worldview to thinking about the cosmos, questioning how the universe worked and how humans fit into the grand scheme. 


The cultural transformation shaped subsequent civilization profoundly. Surely, the night sky – humbling as the view was inspiring, was a major catalyst for such thinking. It is difficult in this day to imagine what the sky, at the very center of human civilization, might have looked in the nighttime darkness of a world without electric lights. We have ‘progressed’ so far now that some scholars believe 80 percent of the children born in this country today will never experience a sky dark enough to reveal the Milky Way.* While there are valid reasons to install artificial lights in some places, we do not stop to ask if they are needed in every space. We have grown so accustomed to the ease of lighting our nights, we do not even notice how bright our skies have become. 


The UCCS Heller Center for Arts & Humanities invites Colorado-based photographers to participate in two separate exhibitions to explore the social, cultural, and physical terrain of darkness. We ask photographers throughout Colorado to document the state’s illuminated night – urban and rural, natural and constructed – to seek out for the rest of us those remote places where one might go to capture the primal night landscape by the light of the stars and moon.


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***All Submissions, for one or both exhibitions must be received by: ***

Digital Submission: April 3, 2020

Framed Photographs Postmarked - April 13, 2020

Physical Drop off - April 18, 2020 from 9am-3:30pm


Submission Guidelines:

1. All photographs must be taken in Colorado. Preference will be given to Colorado residents. 

2. Entries are $5 per photograph. Photographers may enter three selections per topic – total of six images. Funds will support this event and arts programs at the Heller Center.

3. All entries must include the photographers name, mailing address, phone number, email address, artist statement/bio, time/date/place photograph taken, size of photograph,  title of photograph and type of camera used.

4. All images must be photographed between one hour AFTER sunset and one hour BEFORE sunrise. Please use this website to determine times: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/

5. Drone photography welcome. 

6. Both color and black/white photography permitted. 

7. No date restriction on the year of the photographs. 

8. Acceptable Digital Alterations
All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appears.  Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified.  Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions; and use of HDRI (high dynamic range imaging), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range.  Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion, or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects.

10. Framing and size requirements: All frames should be plain, black, and no larger than 12 inches x 18 inches. 

11. Depending on the number of entrants, not all photographs may be selected for the main exhibit. Those works not chosen will be displayed in various locations throughout the university. 

12. Please send framed photographs to - postmarked no later than April 13th, 2020: 

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway

C/O - Heller Center for Arts & Humanities

Chad Kushner - ACAD 108

Colorado Springs, CO, 80919

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is not responsible for any works damaged during shipping.

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Events are free and open to the public

Refreshments will be served.

UCCS Heller Center for Arts & Humanities

1250 N. Campus Heights Drive

Colorado Springs, CO  80918

½ Off N. Nevada Ave, parking lot across from Trader Joe’s, access road in back of the lot 



Questions?  Chad Kushner: 719-255-3007 / ckushner@uccs.edu