Ouray County Arts Association


Supporting Artists
and Students in Ouray County

The judges have  made their choices; please see the “Winner’s List”  tab directly above in the header section of our webpage.  Show hours, entrants, sponsors and more are in the Show Program below, click on the downloadable link.   The Community Center is at 320 6th Ave., above the fire department.

Show Program: 2018 Show Program 


Call for Entries to the 58th Artists’ Alpine Holiday juried art show. We are open for registration from April 9th with a deadline at midnight on June 25th.  Please make sure to read the instructions prior to uploading your entry images.

Awards totaling $3900, a People’s Choice Award, plus  purchase awards by Citizens State Bank, Alpine Bank and the Mildred M. Baker Memorial awards.  

Our judges this year:

Mike Simpson-All categories other than photography. http://mikesimpsonart.com/

Photography Judge:  Greg Owens http://www.owensimagery.com/

We will be needing volunteers to sit the show and assist in greeting visitors and helping to make sales.  Please sign up at the following link: Volunteer Spot for OCAA

Artists’ Alpine Holiday each year bringing over 400 works of art, including sculpture and photography. There is also a special category for students. The show is generally attended by close to 2,000 visitors from foreign countries and more than 30 states. Approximately 10% or more of the art is sold during the show’s run each year. Proceeds from percentage of sales, as well as monies received from entry fees, memberships, and cash donations, are used to support ongoing shows, including the awarding of prizes and payment of the show’s judge. All of those involved in the planning and operation of shows are volunteers – including the officers and committee chairpersons.

Ouray county is a fantastic vacation destination.  We have 14,000′ peaks, historic mining sites, jeep tours, amazing fishing, hot springs, music, art and much more. Ouray Lodging

The Association encourages student artists and offers scholarships to deserving seniors in Ouray and Ridgway schools.

The Ouray County Arts Association was initiated in 1960 as the brainchild of Joyce Jorgensen, former owner and Editor of the Ouray County Plaindealer. Joyce, being an artist herself, thought there should be a local show for local artists. Others agreed. The Artists’ Alpine Holiday began that year, and the rest is history.

The Association has presented a judged art show, the Artists’ Alpine Holiday, each year since that time. The show is open to any artist’s work, and over the years it has attracted artists from many states, but most of those contributing are from Colorado and surrounding states. It is one of the oldest juried art shows in Colorado and runs for nine days each August.




Supporting artists and students in Ouray County for 58 years