Dorothy Tanner’s site-specific art installation:
McNichols Civic Center Building
Lumonics Mind Spa
Jan 13 – June 16, 2018

Exhibition Viewing Times
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Access to art exhibitions may be restricted
due to private events.
Please call 720-865-5570 ahead for
availability or to make an appointment.
More information at the McNichols Building website.

Upcoming Events on the Lumonics website

Yess + Love = Bliss by Dorothy Tanner (2017)
photo by Marc Billard (Lumonics)
thanks to the McNichols Building for the video

Dorothy Tanner Wikipedia Page


02/23/2018 · 6:00PM

McNichols Project: The Best of Denver

Join us Feb. 23, 6-9 p.m. for the McNichols Project, featuring the best of Denver’s art scene. As always, the quirky and unexpected will engage visitors with the art and artists including the group of artists represented by William Havu Gallery and curated by Westword’s art critic Michael Paglia. On the third floor, we will celebrate the Month of Printmaking with works featuring Denver’s best printmakers and educators with a printing demonstration. Dorothy Tanner and team from Lumonics gallery featuring the Mind Spa will stretch the body, mind and spirit in an immersive installation curated with light, music and video.

Come and enjoy some samplings of Denver’s best artists in one of Denver’s best venues!

Cash bar, light refreshments.

$10 tickets at the door. Or RSVP now for FREE admission!



 Lumonics E-book is now complete.
Lumonics: The Light Art of Dorothy & Mel Tanner 
$10.48 including tax

A chronicle of the Tanners’ art journey
and the evolution of their art form, Lumonics,
narrative by Dorothy Tanner


Dorothy Tanner, being photographed by Paul Miller in the
Black Box Gallery at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
for 5280 Magazine


Film & Forum with Dorothy Tanner
Museum of Outdoor Arts
Presented Saturday, February 25, 2017

Film & Forum Video, recorded and edited by Travis Powell
Part 1: Introduction by Cynthia Madden Leitner, MOA Executive
Director & President, 
and Todd Siler, artist and art historian
Part 2: Documentary produced by Cynthia Madden Leitner,
Film by Heather Longway Photography

Part 3: Interview with Dorothy Tanner



City of Denver Channel 8’s Bobby LeFebre interviewing Dorothy Tanner
for ArtScene at Lumonics. Thanks to producer Carol Caster (left).

May 30, 2017

Denver ArtScene features a gallery of light and sound, Lumonics, and the
amazing 94-year-old artist Dorothy Tanner. With Host Bobby LeFebre. Denver 8
is the award-winning municipal access television station for the City and County
of Denver, Colorado.


Alien Princess by Dorothy Tanner
Photo by Hu Wanhang when visiting from China
“Light has the power to create, define, and solidify; or
leave in shadow that which we believe to be real.”
“The major challenge for me in art is to keep under control the
tyranny of a logical mind. The spirit that moves me is capricious, unruly
and  irreverent. Most of my work grows out of intuitive impulse — the
rest  gets underway by just playing.”

Dorothy Tanner



Dorothy Tanner poses with her Lumonics sculpture “Logo.”
photo by Candace Hill

100 Colorado Creatives 3.0: Dorothy Tanner

Bronx-born nonagenarian Dorothy Tanner and her late husband,
Mel Tanner, began building Plexiglas light sculptures in the hip ’60s,
but the two were always more than sculptors. Rather, their life’s work
was a spiritually driven multimedia gestalt of music, motion and
mind-blowing visuals they dubbed Lumonics. Since Mel’s death in 1993,
Dorothy has continued to carry the Lumonics torch, relocating her studio
to Denver in 2008. As a preview to the first comprehensive retrospective of their
work, opening on January 13 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, we invited Dorothy
Tanner to enlighten our readers with her answers to the 100CC questionnaire.


Video of Dorothy Tanner Installation in the Black Box Gallery at MOA
Video by Marc Billard
Music by Tanner/Billard



Arts District, Rocky Mountain PBS 

The “Arts District” (Rocky Mountain PBS) episode about Dorothy Tanner has been
selected for airing on national PBS stations. It most recently aired on Los Angeles Public

“Light and sound artist Dorothy Tanner creates breathtaking sculptures using light,
and she also uses sound to create a mesmerizing, multi-sensory experience. Dorothy
takes us into her Denver studio and gallery — Lumonics.”


photo collage courtesy of Jeanne Connelly, Denver Westword

Artist House Tour: Dorothy Tanner Illuminates Westminster Home
With Transcendent Artwork

Indie design blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people
put their houses together. In this series, she shares some of her favorite
homes, taking us inside unique private spaces in Denver and beyond.
Dorothy Tanner harnesses light and sound to transport her audience into
another realm of reality. Her transcendent artwork and sound create a
surreal perspective that glows at her studio/event center, Lumonics Light
& Sound Gallery. But her 2,800 square-foot home is also full of light and
love, and that’s where we caught up with Tanner to talk about her art.


Colorado Public Radio
Staying Vital As Time Marches On: Art Can Hold The Key
Ryan Warner’s Interview with Dorothy Tanner

“Light artist Dorothy Tanner, 92, speaks with 5-year-old Kaya Naslund
about one of the “creature-like” sculptures featured in her current exhibition,
‘Creatures From Left Field,’ at the Lakewood Cultural Center.”
(photo by Corey H. Jones/CPR News)


“Sculptor Dorothy Tanner’s work is best seen in the dark. That’s because the
92-year-old works with light, using materials like plexiglass to bend and blend
vibrant rays of color. She’s been making art for more than 60 years.”

 Colorado Exhibits

 Then and Now Retrospective 
Museum of Outdoor Arts, 2017


Reinventing the Image
Museum of Outdoor Arts, 2016


The Scarlet in Central City


Creatures From Left Field by Dorothy Tanner
Lakewood Cultural Center, 2015


A Light Journey at Denver International Airport,
Feb. 2014 – May, 2014 DIA Exhibit


  Light Supply Exhibit
Museum of Outdoor Arts


 The Light Fantastic by Dorothy Tanner
VERTIGO Art Space Exhibit


Dorothy Tanner & Mel Tanner Exhibit
Union Station Fund-Raiser for The Welcome Arch


Dorothy Tanner collaborated with David Taylor, artistic director
and founder of the Zikr Dance Ensemble, to create light sculptures for the
world premiere of The Lady of the Lake, performed in the summer of 2015.


Additional Art Installations



Denver Arts Week:
Dorothy Tanner’s light sculptures make Lumonics glow

This is one in a series of posts in honor of Denver Arts Week
that salute some of our favorite people and places on the arts scene.”

Amber Taufen, Denver Westword