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About : Anna Newell Jones Denver Contemporary Photography

About Anna Newell Jones


I take pictures because I have a compulsive need to record. I look for subtlety, quiet, irony and whimsy. I photograph things that intuitively appeal to me… objects I want to look at longer, things I want to study. My photographs are a reaction to an exploratory process that investigates the interplay between colors and concepts, patterns and associations.

I am a graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado. There I studied Editorial Photography with an emphasis in Photojournalism. Recent showings include Rule Gallery, Denver, Colorado; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska; The Art House, Brooklyn, New York; Denver City and County Building, Colorado; Denver Center for Performing Arts, Colorado; and City/Space, San Francisco, California.
In the Press & Press Releases:

SafeHouse Thanks Photographer Anna Newell
March 2009

Special thanks to Anna Newell for her generous contribution of photography services to SafeHouse Denver. Her touching photographs capture the strength and resiliency of the women and children we serve and have been included in numerous SafeHouse materials, including the images you see here on our Website.

National Center for State Courts June 27, 2008
Art Exhibits in the Denver Jury Assembly Room

KUSA TV in Denver, Colorado reported on June 23, 2008 that there has been an effort in Denver to make the jury assembly room a more pleasant place for jurors. LeAnna Mosher, the jury commissioner, is aware that when jurors walk into the jury room they are typically in a bad mood and some are scared. Now, instead of drab walls in the assembly room the 300 new jurors each week are welcomed by an art exhibit. Anna Newell, the curator of the City and County Building jury room exhibition said, “We definitely try to lean toward positive art work and positive colors.” She noted that this also gives artists a “chance to connect with the public.” The comments (they are getting) are generally very positive about the new concept.

9news aired June 23, 2008
Making the jury room a bit more joyful

DENVER – It’s the kind of lottery no one wants to win. Monday, just like on most days, more than 300 people were told they had to come to the Denver courthouse for jury duty.

Those who head inside 1437 Bannock Street, go past security on the first floor and head into room 431 can hardly be blamed than feeling like nothing more than just another number.

LeAnna Mosher, the Denver jury commissioner, knows when someone comes in to her jury assembly room that someone is probably not going to be in a good mood.

“We know this isn’t where you want to be on a Monday morning,” she told the assembled group of hundreds. “I do appreciate you showing up.”

One by one she then called out number after number. There were a lot of big trials starting on this day. The courtrooms were going to need a lot of jurors.

“We have a very busy courthouse,” said Mosher.

When a person’s number is called, they have to go sit on a jury.

That’s something no one really wants to do.

“I have a doctor’s appointment at 1:30,” said Jesse Redmond, juror number 4101.

“I have to work this afternoon,” said Lizzie Terry, juror number 2515.

Take the words civic and responsibility away from the English language and you might never fill another jury assembly room ever again.

“This is about my third time and I’m wondering how the hell they get my name all the time,” said Redmond. “I’m obviously a special person because every other year they call me for jury duty. Never made it.”

“Lots of people are fearful,” said Mosher. “They don’t want to do this.”

These days, Mosher says, she hopes the prospective jurors are not only struck by her patience and understanding, but also by something they might not usually associate with jury duty.

There is a lot of colorful art on the normally very drab walls.

“We wanted to make this a space that was simply enjoyable to jurors,” said Anna Newell, the curator the City and County Building jury room exhibition.

“Those ones are sort of interesting. I don’t really know what they are,” said Terry as she looked at the art covering the wall. “It’s something to look at.”

Even though not everyone might not like it.

“Art work in a jury room. Probably wouldn’t help in the least,” said Redmond.

The idea was to help people stop thinking about their numbers. So the city brought in a curator and that is how the City and County Jury Room Exhibition was born.

“We definitely try to lean toward positive art work and positive colors,” said Newell. “Really give artists a chance to connect with the public.”

The exhibit changes each month and the city brings in each of the artists to talk about their art. However, that happens after hours on the third Wednesday of every month.

It’s impossible to tell if it’s having any impact on jury duty acceptance, but organizers say they’ve gotten a very good response.

For more information on the program you can go to

Press Release June 2008
Written by Megs Burd


For Denver photographer Anna Newell, recording moments of interest is a form of study and examination. Using a lens to explore intriguing patterns, colors, shapes and forms, Newell captures single, gentle moments that move beyond the photographic image.

“I look for subtlety and a sort of quiet,” says Newell of her compositional philosophy.

On her newest incarnation of her website,, Newell explores and exhibits her work, with new photographs added frequently.

Newell garnered a variety of photographic skills during her time at the Art Institute in Denver, studying Editorial Photography with an emphasis in Photojournalism. There she practiced mainly photojournalism and portraiture. Today, Newell finds her photographic interests leaning towards conceptual photography. “My work has moved from highly documentary black and white photography to conceptual contemporary photography. I feel my work has gotten so much more personal throughout the years,” says Newell of her photographic evolution.

Newell’s work has been displayed across the country, including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, the Art House, Decatur, Georgia, Flash Gallery in Lakewood, Colorado, City/Space in San Francisco and Denver’s own Rule Gallery. Newell has also displayed her work in the Denver City and County building, where she also serves as Co-Curator for and Moderator of the C&C Exhibition and Speaker Series.

With her website, Newell hopes to bring her work to a wider audience and give those who have appreciated her shows in the past more reason to keep watching as she investigates subtle, quiet moments in a busy, noisy world.

C&C Exhibition and Speaker Series
Press Release June 2008
Written by Megs Burd


When summoned for jury duty, we often expect a long, dull day of sitting in a white walled room. For Denver jury members, the experience is now something closer to a gallery visit with exciting local art serving a feast for the eyes.

The C&C Exhibition and Speaker Series at Denver’s City and County Building Jury Commissioner’s Room (1437 Bannock Street, Room 431) offers local artists a chance to display their two-dimensional artwork for a wide Denver audience.

While work has been displayed in the room since 2006, photographer Anna Newell energized the project in 2007, expanding the reach of the showings and starting the Speaker Series for 2008. The Jury Room was also recently called “by far one of the most interesting gallery spaces in the city” by This Week In Denver.

Currently, the walls of the room have played host to a variety of two-dimensional art ranging from paintings to artistically designed quilts, photography and even wall-relief sculptures by popular Denver artists. With the series evolving and word spreading, the jury room will continue to display an even wider selection of artists and artistic styles in the future.

In addition to giving feature space to local artists, the C&C Exhibition and Speaker Series offers Denver creators a chance to speak to the public about their creations. “It’s great to see the energy between the public and artists,” says Newell of both the speaker series and the viewing space itself. Newell also “wants the space to be catalyst and a loudspeaker for artists’ voices”. While offering the public a chance to extend their artistic viewing as well as expanding the possibilities for Denver artists, the C&C Exhibition and Speaker Series is helping put Denver on the creative map.

Jury duty in Denver will never seem drab again.

Artists interested in displaying their work they should visit: or for details.

Press Release June 2008
Written by Megs Burd


Denver group BIKE+PED hopes Denver can evolve into a city that wants to share the road with bicycles and pedestrians.

BIKE+PED, wants to create a city where vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians work together to ensure safety for everyone on city streets. When hitting the road, a little attention and courtesy can help ensure that no one actually gets hit on the road.

For BIKE+PED, building a connection between all the people on the road is a helpful tool to both eliminating dangerous hazards and reducing accidents and injuries, but also serves as a way to get more people out of their cars and onto other eco-friendly ways of moving.

As gas prices soar and health concerns grow, more and more people are either hopping onto a bike or strapping on a pair of shoes for walking as their major forms of transportation. As bikers and pedestrians become a more common phenomenon on the roads of Denver, working to ensure safety for everyone is an essential step in successful sharing of the streets.

Anna Newell, the organizer behind BIKE+PED, says she hopes that Denver can become a city where everyone works to share the roadways and she believes it is as simple as making people more aware that it is an issue.
By promoting responsible and friendly riding, driving, or walking, BIKE+PED hopes to interest all Denverites in working together to ensure safer, saner streets and an all-around smoother ride for everyone.

BIKE+PED is also online at:

The Jury Is Out by Mark Dragotta, Westword Newspaper
May 15, 2008

A new series makes jury duty slightly more bearable.

There’s nothing good about jury duty- that fact is as universal as bad mothers-in-law and annoying teenagers. You wait in line with that stupid summons, file into the room, plop in an uncomfortable chair (if you’re lucky), think about lunch and discreetly fight for the armrest until your name gets called. Missing work just isn’t worth it if you can’t even sleep late.

Enter the C&C Exhibition and Speaker Series, here to make your civic duty a little more comfortable. All month long, in the Jury Commissioner’s Room of the Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Western Exposure, a showcase of local painter Lesa Webb’s work, offers a vibrant, aesthetic exploration of Western themes, from Native American sheep-shearing to still-life corn and horse harnesses. “I just wanted to make the jury room look good, so while you’re sitting there you have a nice piece of art to admire,” explains Webb. In addition, the PhotoVoices Project visually examines real and symbolic barriers to healthy living in Park Hill, such as broken sidewalks, gang graffiti and mini-markets instead of grocery stores.

Tonight (May 21st) at 5:30 p.m., Webb and select PhotoVoices photographers will be on hand for a free artist lecture. For more information, call 720-936-1472 or visit (Editor’s Pick)
March 17th, 2008
C & C Speaker Series

Coinciding with Photography Month, contemporary artists Anna Newell and Dona Laurita will be participating in an artist talk on the topics of work and process. Both artist’s photographs are also on display in the jury room, by far one of the most interesting gallery spaces in the city.

The F-Stop’s Here by Michael Paglia, Westword Newspaper
March 13, 2008

… Central Denver also has a cluster of galleries, including Rule Gallery (227 Broadway, 303-777-9473,, which is hosting The Simple Truth with regional photo artists Rebecca Dolan, Katie Taft, Rachel Hawthorn, Ellen Yeiser and Anna Newell. At Open Press (40 West Bayaud Avenue, 303-778-1116,, there’s Contemporary Photogravures, with examples by Lynn Heitler, Mark Lunning, Mark Sink and others…

November 2007

Two new (non-photographic) series will be on display at 2006 Westword Mastermind Johnny Morehouse’s lastest project: 4X4X400. One series is called “Held Captive” and the other is called “XOXO”.

“Held Captive” is a series of five pieces that are all about how little things don’t seem like little things until they build up and turn into big things like resentment, anger and self-pity. In the work, small household items are taped to boards and are cloaked in white. The items appear to be nothing, almost invisible and blending into the background, but they are there and they are building and growing. “Held Captive” is about letting go and learning to live life without all the junk.

“XOXO” is a series about relationships… what it takes to get, be and stay in one and also what it means to end them. These are six crude yet cutesy 4X4 inch works that are only pretending to be nice and sweet.
August 6, 2007

Anna Newell has been curating art shows at the City & County Building Jury Commissioners Room since (January) giving local artists some gigantic walls to show on as well as those lucky chosen Denverite’s something to ponder while awaiting their chance to perform their civic duty.

This month there are three very different local Photographers collaborating for a group show: Aaron Jones, Brigid McAuliffe & Jose Sanguineti.

Once in the City and County Building take the elevator to the 4th floor, take a left off the elevator… then a right…
July 30, 2007

Four-Legged: Dogs I Wish Were Mine by Anna Newell, Solo Photography Exhibition at Double Daughters Salotto.

“My whole life my parents told me I was allergic to dogs. After an agonizing 15 minute allergy ‘prick’ test on my back it was revealed that I am allergic to just about everything, everything that is, except dogs & pine trees. As a tribute to this revelation I went to the Denver Dumb Friends League & photographed the dogs I would adopt if I had a sprawling backyard & enough money for dog food & vet bills. I shot the series through the dirty, smudged Plexi-glas using expired Polaroid film.”

Flash/Working with Artists
March 2007

Denver photographer Anna Newell studied at The Art Institute of Colorado, specializing in editorial photography with an emphasis in photojournalism. She has worked with Future Self, a nonprofit organization that exposes at risk kids to various arts experiences, The International Experimental Cinema Exposition, SafeHouse Denver, Platteforum, the Boulder Daily Camera, Denver School of the Arts, City/Space in San Francisco, 5280 magazine, and more. Newell will be displaying her series of Polaroid images at the “Alternatives” exhibit.

Shitty Luck (Press Release)
November 2006

What is luck anyway? It seems that anything can happen to anyone at anytime and it does not matter if you’re walking across the street or sitting at your desk or in your car picking your nose. Random stuff happens all the time. This fact was confirmed for local Architect-in-training Rachel Johnson when she was bit on the face, by a mid-size mutt named Jazzy at a party in April. Rachel had to get approximately 150 stitches in and around her mouth after the attack. She found herself thinking that if this could happen, anything could happen. She found herself searching for a way to come to terms with her feelings about the accident and about the abrupt, necessary reinvention of her identity. She wanted to do something with her scars, something to help her, her parents, her family and her supporters come to terms with what happened. She did not know what to do. She just knew she didn’t want it to be a sad “woe-is-me” thing, but a “well, this happened, it’s not going to end my life” thing.
In July, Rachel teamed up with Denver-based photographer Anna Newell. Anna Newell came up with the idea of “Shitty Luck”, a series of photographs with a light-hearted approach to random, life-changing events. The contemporary photographs classically display the idea of ‘Cause and Effect’ and include local, unlucky Denverites. Rachel Johnsons’ memoir-esque mixed-media work (paint, plastic and wax with photographic underlay) visually describe the angst, sadness, reality and acceptance of what the last six months has been like for her.
If you are lucky, come to the show and hopefully your good fortune will rub off on the unlucky in attendance and if you are the unlucky, come to the show and revel in your misfortune.

Anna Newell has been working as a Photographer in Denver since 2000; she is continually inspired by words, cities and concepts. She considers herself lucky, though doesn’t want to jinx herself by saying so. Rachel Johnson is training to be an architect at Alvarez Morris Architectual Studio and thrives while she is creating; she is typically unlucky, having caught West Nile when West Nile was going around.

Outsides of Insides

Outsides of Insides was created using expired Polaroid film. I was doing a lot of riding my bike to and from work. I became hypnotized by the blazing light that was on the buildings that I was riding past every dawn and dusk. I was curious what everyone was doing in all of these glowing buildings. What conversations were happening? What were people working on? What kind of gossip was being created at this very moment? What were these people thinking about? What color are their shirts?

Westword Newspaper
March 2006
By Amy Haimerl
Doggie Style

Everyone has a favorite dog in Anna Newell’s new photo show, FOUR-LEGGED: dogs I wish were mine, at the Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue. Newell prefers the yellow-Lab mix she would call Hunky because he looks like such a blue-collar carpenter dog. Personally, I go for Tink. He has that pit bull mix look that I just swoon over. For others, it’s the drooly-jowled boxer.

Newell photographed the adoptable dogs at the Denver Dumb Friends League’s Quebec Street shelter, using expired Polaroid film & shooting through the smudged, dirty Plexiglas windows. Stop by the show’s closing reception tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. and find your perfect mate.

5280 Magazine (Online)
February 2006
By Kat Valentine

…Over at the newly-fab Oriental, local artist Anna Newell has an opening starting at 6 p.m. for her show titled “Four Legged: Dogs I Wish Were Mine.” Sounds interesting. She cruised the Denver Dumb Friends League and shot images of the poor homeless pups through the smudged plexiglass. And she used old Polaroid film to do it, and then printed them as very large archival giclee prints. Not sure what that means exactly, but it sounds very fun and artsy to me. Of course, the Tennyson District is great for First Fridays, so bop by the opening…

Westword Newspaper
September 2005
By Adam Cayton-Holland
Seeing the year in pictures.

Photographer Anna Newell came up with the idea for Daily: A self-portrait a day for a year while teaching a group of middle-school-aged girls. “Something that continuously came up was how each girl saw themselves,” Newell says. “I was thinking about what I thought when I was that age (about myself) and how it hasn’t changed much.” Realizing she was still like those girls in some ways– uncertain one moment, courageous the next– Newell decided to delve deeper. “The idea came from a desperate desire to see who I really am.”

Three hundred and sixty-five portraits later, Newell is unveiling her journey of self-exploration tonight and Saturday at Orange Cat Studios, 2625 Larimer Street from 6 to 10 p.m. The photographs are funny and sad and everything in between, yet always unflinching. Still, having a year of her life on display has left Newell feeling vulnerable and exposed: “I want to wear a paper bag on my head to the opening,” she jokes. But the show must go on, because she feels it’s important for people to see the big picture. “It may be my face,” she says, “but it is a reflection of how people feel and are.”
What Not to Wear, The Worst Dressed Couple in America
March 18, 2005

After the success of their couples episode, TLC decided to hold an online contest, asking viewers to submit tapes and photos of couples they think could desperately use a makeover. Clinton and Stacy narrowed the field down to three deserving couples, then invited them all to New York to compete for the spending spree. Their choices were: Tammie & Kal Hudson, a pair of biker enthusiasts who looked like they stole their clothes from Daisy Duke and Spike from “Angel”; Ann & Chris Boyes, a team of store owners that claimed their unique punk rocker look actually brought in customers and Ben Kronberg & Anna Newell, two (Denver) artists whose eccentric attire looked straight out of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

Stacy & Clinton decided to test each couple by looking at the secret footage of each couple, then having them critique each other’s looks, conducting several “mirror tests,” then finally sending each couple on a mini spending spree to buy outfits for a dinner party the team was hosting. After careful deliberation, the team came to their decisions: while Ben & Anna adapted to the new rules easily, that seemed like that was actually a liability, and that they really didn’t need that much help to change their style; Ann & Chris went to the other extreme, and seemed determined to fight against every chance to keep their look, so Stacy and Clinton chose Tammie & Kal, because not only did they want to change, but they seemed to need it the most after several personal setbacks.

Off Limits, TV or Not TV?
by Adam Cayton-Holland, Westword Newspaper
March 17, 2005

Ben Kronberg knew something was up when nobody would let him go to the gym. His brother was hanging out at his apartment, as was the twin sister of his girlfriend, photographer Anna Newell, and they were adamant that he not work out. “I didn’t know what their problem was,” recalls Kronberg, a local filmmaker and standup comic. “So I assured them that I would not be long, and left. I guess that really threw a monkey wrench in everybody’s plans.”

His brother was still there when he returned, and soon after, they heard a loud knock on the door. His brother went to answer it and was jerked out into the hallway. Kronberg sat inside, alone and baffled, until a massive jumble of family and friends spilled in, followed by a full camera crew, lights blazing. “I still had no idea what was going on,” he says. “I thought it was an intervention.”

It wasn’t until Kronberg and the newly arrived Newell were seated on the couch that they learned the secret: They’d been nominated for What Not to Wear’s “Worst Dressed Couple in America.” Newell’s sister popped in a tape featuring clandestine footage of the couple shot over several weeks, as well as the show’s co-hosts and fashion experts — bossy Stacy London and giggly Clinton Kelly — talking directly to Ben and Anna. Just because you tell jokes, they informed Kronberg, doesn’t mean you have to dress like a clown.

“We were a little offended,” he says. “I would describe our styles as ‘eclectic.’ But I’ve never thought of that as a bad thing. Although I have had homeless comments made, that’s just because I don’t really care if things match, and I like to layer.”

Kronberg and Newell were whisked away to New York City, put up in a nice hotel and promptly dropped into the whirlwind of activity that is reality TV. They met the two other nominated couples, shopped till they dropped, and did their best to compete for the $5,000 new-wardrobe grand prize. But did they win, er…lose? You’ll have to tune in to the Learning Channel at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18, to find out.

“I just hope this leads to getting booked on a talk show,” concludes Kronberg.

Westword Newspaper
September 2004
By Susan Froyd

Local photographer Anna Newell blends in perfectly at Platteforum, where she just completed a year in residence at the lower downtown gallery dedicated to combining art and education for a young and often at-risk constituency. Newell’s natural, unposed images tell you right off the bat that she’s a photographer of the people, with a candid eye for bubbling humanity. That’s all made clear in her closing show at the gallery, I Am I, a collection of three-by-five foot prints overlaid with writings by her subjects and collaborators, a group of girls from the Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing Authority. “Most have never been to a gallery downtown. It’s given them an opportunity to see something outside of their world,” Newell says of her charges, who gracefully stepped up to the challenge of learning more about themselves through journal writing, picture taking and the creation of artist books. The exhibit gives a face to that self-expression. “It’s so brave of the artist to let the girls paint on her prints,” Platteforum director Judy Anderson adds. The result, Newell knows is stunning.

September 2004

Anna’s stunning 3X5 foot black and white portraits of the youth were personalized as art works using mixed media. The work captures the inner spirit and potential of each young person and is a testament to the power of art in our lives.

Platteforum (Promotional Material)
August 2004
I am I
Creative Resident Anna Newell

Anna Newell worked with a group of girls from the Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing Association, Garden Court and Heritage Estates and !BLAM. The focus of her workshops was exploring “Visual Literacy” through photography and writing. The girls learned how to photograph their community with digital cameras and created personal artist books with their images. The young artists incorporated writing onto selected photographs for the exhibition. Anna photographed each girl for a large-scale 3X4 portrait that each girl personalized as individual artworks by thinking about their identity and expressing their thoughts through writing words directly onto the stunning portraits.

Digital Landscapes (.com)
February 2004
By Scott Slack

Looking at Anna Newell’s Family Portraits series the question, “How do we see the people closest to us?” repeats over and over like a mantra in my mind. It is clear that Anna has strong opinions about her family and is not afraid to show us. Using a large amount of bleaching and overexposure in the darkroom, Anna creates a world where her family members seem to float between two realities. In Anna’s world every gesture is ripe with subtext and hidden meaning; you can almost hear the whispers of a conversation. Working within the modern digital landscape, Anna reminds me that there is a place for the messy process of old fashioned photography. It is hard to imagine this series being conceived anywhere but the darkroom. Nothing is clean here. The use of acid and bleach, broken and brittle mounting boards, duct tape and unsharpened pencils only serve to accentuate the visceral quality of her work.

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