Collaborating Artists Announced for Meow Wolf’s Dark Palace


The event will feature a talented group of installation artists and performance groups including the smashing musical lineup.

With one month until the second Dark Palace, Meow Wolf, the Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment company, has announced that a diverse group of 10 installation artists and 4 performance groups will bring their creative vision to the event. In addition, Meow Wolf is looking forward to supporting the greater Denver art’s community by contributing funds from ticket sales to Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA), an organization dedicated to strengthening the community through the arts. 

Guests can look forward to compelling art installations from Nicole Banowetz, Katie Caron, Jacob Fischer, Marina Fini, Shayna Cohn, Chelsey Crandall, Audio Pixel and Lumonics. These artists will take over rooms, chill zones, and hidden nooks inside of the National Western Complex. Zac Layman & John Medina will return to design the mindblowing Refractor stage. This stage blew my mind when I was there this past November! There will also be performance activations throughout the Complex on all three nights of the event. These performances are being created in collaboration with close to thirty multi-talented, unconventional, Denver-based performers. These collaborators include The GirlsTM of Denver KiKi Sessions, Theatre Artibus, Rainbow Militia, and Circo De Nada. The visual, tactile art and interactive, the live performances will provide an even deeper experience for party-goers as the Dark Palace universe extends into the night. 

“We have invited a handful of our favorite national and Denver-based artists to the table to create a unique environment for Dark Palace,” said Han Santana-Sayles, Meow Wolf’s Director of Artist Collaboration. “The work is interactive, visually stunning, and emotionally compelling. Our collaborators worked hard with us to help bring a hidden narrative to life that we’re inviting Dark Palace-goers to explore. I’m especially thrilled to be working with Denver legends, Lumonics Light & Sounds Gallery. The creations of trail-blazing Lumonics founders Dorothy Tanner and Mel Tanner (1925-1993) are among the first and longest-running light art studios in the US. They’ve been doing this since 1967.” 

Another key local collaborator Meow Wolf has partnered with is Awaken the Night to provide Funktion One sound systems for the three nights. “People love and recognize Funktion One as the best PA for electronic music. We heard people calling for this type of sound for the next Dark Palace and Awaken the Night is the best sound provider in Denver,” said Max Beck-Keller. This will hopefully help the situation that occurred in November when the sound system blew out on the second day leaving the rest of the weekend with some not so great sounding music followed by a lot of complaints from the attendees. 

VP of Events at Meow Wolf. “We love working with indie production houses when we can, so it was a brilliant fit for us to partner with this company and give the people what they were calling for.” 

As a Certified B-Corporation, Meow Wolf is always looking for ways to support the community and is excited to support DAVA, an organization that focuses on community and the arts. DAVA provides youth with hands-on training from professional artists, ranging from teaching how to sculpt to creating visual arts. For every ticket sold to Dark Palace, $1 will be donated to DAVA to support programs and services. 

Dark Palace will be taking over The National Western Complex from Friday, April 9th to Saturday, April 11th. The three-day event will run from 7:30PM – 2:00AM. Tickets for Dark Palace can be purchased at 

About Meow Wolf Meow Wolf is a Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment company that creates immersive, interactive experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. The company’s first location showcases the THEA Award-winning, international sensation House Of Eternal Return where over one and a half million visitors have discovered a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, climbing apparatus, and surreal, maximalist & mesmerizing art exhibits along with a Learning Center and Float Café. The location is also home to a music venue, bar, and outdoor dining scene. In 2018, Meow Wolf announced plans for massive new permanent locations, in Denver, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., and the world’s first artist-driven dark ride at Elitch Gardens. Most recently, Meow Wolf announced the addition of an immersive hotel and exhibition, which will be located in the heart of Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row.

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