October 23, 2019
Society has a deep appreciation for art, but the field is still struggling following a 2012 United States recession and a global focus on more productive areas, such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education or attractions that provide products in return. The fine arts, unlike other areas, is a more emotional experience. Watercolors, photography, oil paintings and more all depict the artist’s vision while creating a visceral response among the viewer. This type of appreciation is discovered less frequently, although those who have a passion for artwork -- such as benefactor Baryn Futa -- know the significant role that the fine arts play. Futa offers his support and appreciation to art pieces and artists alike. He notes that others need to immerse themselves into the medium, attending exhibits and galleries, to discover the same appreciation that he has; the same appreciation that causes Baryn Futa to contribute greatly to the arts world.
April 22, 2019
Despite the fact that art is a key element of every human society and arts should always be supported and protected, too often art is taken for granted and not appreciated as a priority. That is the situation that drives Baryn Futa's work in support of the fine arts, as both a benefactor and someone who simply appreciates the finer things in life. He feels that brilliant artists are not appreciated enough to thrive, so he has spent his life doing as much as he can to alleviate that situation.

It wasn’t always this way. Baryn Futa didn't always have such a deep appreciation for the arts. In fact, it wasn't until he retired and began working with the Denver Art Museum that he began to appreciate the importance of the arts. No one was more surprised than he that he felt such a deep attraction to the art world. He used his time at the DAM to cultivate his love of the arts and art history by attending art fairs and museum exhibitions and anything else he could find.

Baryn Futa also attended numerous arts classes and started his own art collection, which has grown to be very extensive and highly impressive. He now holds memberships in many prominent art museums with impressive collections of their own, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and The Jewish Museum. As often as he can, he also loans pieces from his own collection to museums because he wants more people to appreciate the arts the way he does.