Donor Events

Telluride Science Strives to stimulate life-long learning amongst our donors

The majority of our donor events feature an interesting speaker in the field of science or technology. From apres ski to luncheons to cocktail parties, our donor events are typically held in a private home.  This summer we are pleased to be co-hosting three events with the Telluride Foundation.


summer 2023 events

ROOTS SO DEEP (You can see the Devil Down There)

Monday, August 21, Doors and reception 5:30 pm:; film 6:30 pm at the Sheridan Opera House

Mountainfilm, The Telluride Foundation and Telluride Science are excited to partner in presenting a special community screening of Roots So Deep at the Sheridan Opera House. This important program focuses on innovation in regenerative farming and scientific solutions for our collective future. Join us for a night of free programming and engaging conversation.

Roots So Deep is a four-part documentary series all about inventive farmers and maverick scientists building a path to solving climate change with hooves, heart and soil. For this special screening, we will be showing parts one and four. There will be a Q&A and discussion with writer and director Peter Byck following the show. View the trailer

AWE: The New Science of Everyday Wonder 

Monday, August 14 

We are thrilled to partner with the Telluride Foundation to host Dacher Keltner in Telluride. He will speak about his latest book Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life. Awe is the feeling we experience when we encounter vast mysteries we don’t understand. We find awe in the eight wonders of life, from moral beauty to music to nature to spiritual epiphany. A new science finds that a brief dose of awe is as good for us as anything we might do: it benefits our brains, hearts, and immune systems, counters toxic selfishness and anxiety, and encourages the better angels of our nature, including greater sharing, creativity, and sense of common humanity.
A book signing immediately follows the presentation. 

UNVEILING THE TRUTH: The Role of Scientific Analysis in Art History and Conservation AND Audacious Art Forgeries and Authenticity

Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 pm at the Sheridan Opera House

This event, co-hosted with the Telluride Foundation,  features two experts in the art world: Rachel Kaminsky, a New York-based art dealer, and Silvia A. Centeno, a research scientist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York. Their presentations will cover areas of art history, conservation research, connoisseurship, provenance, and the increasingly important role of scientific analysis in the investigation of works of art. Ms. Kaminsky will show how some of these tools have exposed the most audacious art forgeries of the 20th and 21st century, while Dr. Centeno will draw from her experience at The Met to discuss how cutting-edge tools of analysis are able to delve beneath paintings’ surfaces to reveal surprising information unseen by the naked eye. A cocktail party will precede the event in the Show Bar. View the trailer

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Irises, 1890
Oil on canvas; 29 x 36 1/4 in. (73.7 x 92.1 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Adele R. Levy, 1958 (58.187)

We have hosted some interesting past events