COLLECTIVE SML | k is an artist-run project space located just south of Santa Fe Art District of Denver, Colorado. We are open to any creative suggestions to make Denver a more exciting and supportive art community. One of the collective's critical missions is promoting Asian and Asian-American art and narratives through cross-cultural exchange and research


CAARP (Contemporary Asian Art Residency Project) is an artist residency and exchange and one of the anchoring programs of the Collective SML | k. CAARP is a partnership of three organizations- Collective SML | k, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, and Asian Art Coordinating Council. These organizations collaborate to support visual practices that address underrepresented issues, narratives, and techniques and bring forward current and relevant art from Asian and Asian American communities. Since 2017, Collective SML | k hosted following creative residents and guests through CAARP.

      2017- Taketo Kobayashi, Sangmin Jade Lee

      2018- Odessa, Liu Yang

      2019- Zheng Wong, Jongku Kim, Kylin Lee, Oksang Lim, Tenzing Rigdol

      2020- Joowon Song, Jiyon Kim

Exchange: 2019 - Jane Burke and Kealey Boyd (S Korea), sponsored by R3028 arts for society & ARKO


To apply? To Sponsor a resident artist from Asia? Please visit Collective SML | k - CARRP website for more information. 

DUMPLING DIASPORA is the inaugural Asian American cultural project at Collective SML | k. It is a research-based, community-centered workshop that culminates in an art exhibition and artist's book. Under the guidance of Sammy Lee, a recent University of Colorado Denver graduate and a local illustrator Madalyn Drewno spearheaded research and interviews on the dumplings in Asian America from the lens of Asian Diaspora. Drewno illustrated series of dumplings and formally presented at the Collective SML | k space in 2019. Drewno's research and presentation will be becoming an artist's book in 2021. 


counterART is the curatorial project on South Korean pro-democracy movement and protests art by Collective SML | k. It took place at the RedLine Contemporary Art Center from October 4 - December 15, 2019. Sammy Lee and Yang Wang co-curated the exhibit, and it was made possible by the generous sponsors listed below.



Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea, Korea Arts Management Service, Fund for Korean Art Abroad, Olson-Vander Heyden Foundation, David & Laura Merage Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bonfils Stanton Foundation, SCFD, Denver Arts & Venues, Colorado Creative Industries, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver, Imagine 2020 Fund, Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission. 

Participating artists: 

CHOI Byungsoo, KIM Jongku, KIM Sundoo, LEE Jonggu, LEE Yunyop, LIM Oksang, Ma C, MUN Seungyeong, NOH Suntag, OAK Jungho, PARK Younggyun, SONG Joowon, Yangachi, YOO Yeonbok, Lares Feliciano, Dinh Q. Lê, Andres Michelena, Tenzin Rigdol, Goran Vejvoda, WONG Zheng, Yuri Zupancic

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