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​Art program honors Craig alumna’s legacy

March 20, 2015

Julie Seiden always had an artistic streak. She studied fashion design in college and worked for a Cherry Creek designer.

“She was very artistic, perfectly put together,” recollects Art Seiden.

“She was sophisticated and polished.”

Following her devastating horse jumping accident in 2006, Julie Seiden’s interests

turned from design and sketching to painting. Denver artist Kit Mahoney helped Julie Seiden learn to paint using a hand brace and the limited movement she had in her right hand.

“Julie loved art, and couldn’t wait to see Kit and work on creating something beautiful,” says Art Seiden. “Painting gave her an artistic outlet that she couldn’t otherwise have because of her injury.”

Many of her watercolors graced the cover of the PUSH dinner invitations over the years, and many of her paintings hang in Craig Hospital.

In his late wife’s memory, Art Seiden, and many of his friends, made substantial gifts to the Redefining ROI Capital Campaign to name the Craig Hospital art collection in her honor. He also serves on the committee charged with commissioning and coordinating artwork for the Craig Hospital expansion and revitalization project.

In August, he joined Mahoney and art consultant Martha Weidmann from NINE dot ARTS to hang the first art piece in the lobby of new addition—a mountain lake scene painted by Julie Seiden.

I love art, and I love Craig. This is really a culmination of the two, and it’s so incredible to see Julie’s legacy continue in the new Craig.

Art Seiden