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MoA 40th Anniversary Magazine

Take a look into our history through this 40th Anniversary publication.

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3D Walkthrough of the historic Old Post Office Building

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Our History

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The Museum of Art | Fort Collins was originally incorporated in 1983 as Horizons Gallery of Contemporary Art and founded by artist, writer and musician Roz Spencer, who is credited with bringing contemporary art and artists to Fort Collins. Under Roz’s direction, the fledgling gallery then bought and moved into the old Post Office building in Old Town Fort Collins in December 1990 and became the One West Contemporary Art Center. It held its first exhibition in the new building in January 1991. 

The Old Post Office building where the museum is housed in is a three-story Second Renaissance Revival structure designed by James Knox Taylor, the Supervising Architect for the U.S. Treasury. It was built in 1911 and was described at the time as the “finest building in the city.” The Post Office building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Fort Collins local landmark.


Building constructed as a federal post office. Architect: James Knox Taylor. The building style is the Second Renaissance Revival. 


Old Post Office listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places.


Old Post Office Designated as a local landmark by the City of Fort Collins.


Museum renamed Museum of Art Fort Collins


The current site of the museum was used as a cemetery. Remains were moved in 1873.


Post office relocates to a newer building at Howes and Olive.


Museum incorporated as Horizons Gallery of Contemporary Art. Founded by Artist Roz Spencer. The name was changed to Powerplant Visual Arts Center and moved to the historic powerplant near College and Cherry Sts.


Name was changed again to One West Contemporary Art Center and the Center buys the historic post office building.


To boldly explore contemporary society through art: enlightening, educating, and providing arts leadership for our region. We connect art, artists and community.

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To provide the region with a quality art museum and art experiences.

  • We will do this by sparking thought and conversations with community members, museum members, patrons, artists and businesses throughout the region to understand their interests, expanding beyond the walls of the building. 
  • We will create exhibitions and programs that inspire, teach and speak to a variety of community interests.
  • We will serve in an arts leadership role that connects art, artists and community through shared experiences.
  • We will stand resilient in the face of financial needs (issues) by creating exhibitions and programs that create a committed audience, bringing increased revenue, donations, awards and recognition throughout the Mountain West region.
  • We will be successful by staying focused on our guiding principles: connected, relevant and visionary.
  • We will create a facility that is a recognizable and desired destination.


  • Connection – MoA strives to be engaged with the community, both artists and those who consume art. To provide leadership and connection between all forms of art in the community.
  • Relevance – Relevancy is a shifting goal that MoA strives to understand through art that is inspirational, inclusive, accessible, informative, and thought-provoking. Connecting people and ideas.
  • Visionary – By focusing on a bold vision for exhibitions, programs, and the facility that houses them, as well as going beyond the walls of the museum, MoA will focus on creative and innovative solutions to provide inspirational service.

Annual Reports and 990’s


2022 Form 990

2022 Annual Report

2021 Form 990

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