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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 Collective SML | k and RedLine Contemporary Art Center.  Also, CAARP collaborates with many local art non-profit organizations and institutions to support visual practices that address underrepresented issues and bring forward current and relevant art from Asian and Asian American communities. Since 2017, Collective SML | k hosted the following creative residents 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

      2021- Scott Tsuchitani

      2022- Joo WooMaría José Argenzio (sponsoring Banana Craze exhibit at CVA)

      2023- Jongku Kim, Kawao Tomoko (sponsoring Her Brush symposium at DAM), Jaye Rhee (sponsoring NMK-DAM project)

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 soon. 

Dumpling Diaspora


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 produced and co-curated with Yang Wang 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

To view additional photos of counterART, please click here. If you want to purchase a catalog, please contact  

Counter Art

inVISIBLE | hyperVISIBLE is a public humanities project on Asian America. The project consists of an art exhibition, artist talks, public lectures, and community-building workshops. inVISIBLE | hyperVISIBLE will run from September 10 to October 10, 2021 at RedLine Contemporary Art Center.

The theme inVISIBLE | hyperVISIBLE captures the struggles of Asians and Asian Americans to survive and thrive in the face of strong anti-Asian sentiment. Asians and Asian Americans are alternately made invisible and hypervisible through stereotypes such as “model minorities,” “honorary whites,”“perpetual foreigners,” and “enemy aliens.” Yet, Asian America is remarkably complex due to cultural diversity, various migration routes, and different socioeconomic circumstances.  inVISIBLE | hyperVISIBLE will showcase Asian and Asian American artists, scholars, performers, and community organizers from different ethnic, gender, and geographic backgrounds.

Art Exhibit, Public Lecture & Workshop on Asian America. The exhibit was produced by Sammy Lee and co-curated with Boram Jeong, Boyung Lee, and Chad Shomura

Participating artists: 

Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Yikui (Coy) Gu, Sammy Seung-min Lee, Renluka Maharaj, Suchitra Mattai, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, Tsogo Mijid, Yong Soon Min, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Scott Tsuchitani (visiting artist), Joo Yeon Woo

To view additional photos, please click here. Below photo by Scott Tsuchitani

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