Through our projects, we support artists to explore unfamiliar territory and push the frontiers of their practice.

Less Safe,
More New

There’s a special kind of magic that happens when an artist gives themselves permission to explore freely and take risks. It’s playful, authentic, and uncontrived. When the weight of expectations is lifted, curiosity steps in creating space to discover without limitations.

But that kind of permission can be elusive, regardless of where the artist is at in their career. The burden of  financial obligations, the pressure to please, or the need to uphold a reputation often hinders an artist’s ability to be adventurous in their practice.

That’s where we step in.

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Through our artist collaborations, our goal is to give artists a platform that encourages them to take risks exploring something fundamentally new. Our hope is that our funding and support might be just the thing they need to finally take the first step and venture off into unfamiliar territory where something refreshing and unpredictable might emerge.

The stories of these projects represent one of our most precious assets. Sharing them is the lifeblood of our community, whether here on this site, on social media, via our publications, or through our annual group shows.

Ultimately, we believe that our work will yield not only more great art, but also more great artists, ones who embrace a path that is truly different and new.

The Team

New Projects is an initiative of the Pardon Family Office and Atelier. It is a focal point in Pardon's commitment to serve as a patron of the arts and collector of contemporary conceptual art. Pardon is New Projects' primary funder, and is behind all its publications and exhibitions. Learn more about Pardon here.
Nicholas Pardon
Founder and Chief Curator
Nicholas is an art collector, curator, and supporter of cultural institutions. Over the years, he has built up a substantial private art collection, with works from a vibrant community of contemporary artists. Nicholas’ approach to curation is as much about discovering the right artists to support as it is about recognizing the right works to acquire. He takes great joy from learning about the creative process and pushing the limits of the artistic practice.
Amber Cobb
Amber Cobb
Associate Director of Arts
Amber Cobb is a project-based artist, educator, and curator. Her research in methods of ideation, exhibition design, and collection management are integral to her position as Associate Director of Arts. Her studio practice examines the body’s physical and psychological responses to life’s complex interactions, blurring the lines between abjection, attraction, and humor.
Mario Zoots
Mario Zoots
Curatorial Manager
Mario Zoots is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and researcher specializing in contemporary collage. He graduated from the University of Denver with an MFA in Media Arts in 2015. His studio and curatorial work highlight the beauty in everyday materials while researching themes of nostalgia and identity.
Madelaine Jo
Art Collection Manager
Madelaine Jo is a Denver-based sculptor and maker, holding a BFA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her playful sculptural practice is rooted in the inquiry of tactility, absurdity, and materiality. As Art Collection Manager, Madelaine leverages her multifaceted background to oversee registrar activities, gallery operations, and support for exhibitions and programming.


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