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Inflatable art piece by artist Nicole Banowitz


Ten students had the incredible opportunity to join Nicole Banowetz in creating a large-scale inflatable artwork, featured at this year’s Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The summer camp included a visit to the Denver Art Museum to view her current exhibition and provided valuable insight for students to gain inspiration. Students collaborated on ideas for the design of their sculpture and then learned how to cut, sew, measure, build and display the inflatable artwork. This camp offered a unique opportunity for young artists to learn the skills needed to build large scale installations, while collaborating with one another and a professional artist.


Nicole Banowetz is a Denver sculptor who makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms. Her artwork addresses vulnerability and struggle. She empowers objects through embellishment, building up protective layers, which with time become destructive. Her forms move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease.

Nicole Banowetz works professionally as an artist in sculpture, design, installation, and education. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a BFA in sculpture. She has also lived and worked internationally creating and showing work in India, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Taiwan, and England.

See many of her inflatable sculptures throughout the Arts Festival.