To offer our audiences the highest-quality art experiences, MoA presents a diverse series of exhibitions, community events, publications, and educational programs for children and adults.
MoA seeks to enrich the cultural life of the region and advance community understanding of the power of the visual arts to foster life-long learning, social interaction, and personal inquiry.
To spread the power of visual art.
MOA is a nationally recognized leader inspiring others to experience the world differently through arts and culture.
- Art educates.
- Art is for everyone.
- Art inspires.
- Art innovates.
- Art is fun.
MOA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization funded by member & donor contributions.
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The Museum of Art | Fort Collins was originally incorporated in 1983 as Horizons Gallery of Contemporary Art. In 1983 it was renamed Powerplant Visual Arts Center and housed in Fort Collins former Powerplant. The center bought and moved to the old Post Office building in Old Town Fort Collins in December 1990 as the One West Contemporary Art Center. It held its first exhibition in the new building in January 1991. The name was once again changed in 2004 to Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Inc. then finally changing the name and mission to Fort Collins Museum of Art, Inc. in 2010.
The Old Post Office building where the museum is housed in a three-story Second Renaissance Revival structure designed by James Knox Taylor, the Supervising Architect for the U.S. Treasury. 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.
Board of Directors & Staff
Board of Directors
John Dellenbach, Chair
John Dellenbach is a Fort Collins Native and is a 12 time MASKS artist. He works in retail operations at Dellenbach Motors and is the third generation in the family owned business.
Marilyn Cockburn, Treasurer
Having lived in cities in the US and around the World, Music and the Arts were always important to us. Moving to Fort Collins, we not only continue to enjoy the Arts but keep learning more with the wonderful exhibitions Fort Collins Museum of Art brings to Fort Collins.
Brian Fabrizio is a Northern Colorado native. When he is not running his local financial planning firm, Brian enjoys spending time with his family. He and his family enjoy being part of and helping support and contribute to the Fort Collins community
My background is arts administration. My last position was with the Wyoming State Museum as Art Curator. Prior to that I served as Visual Arts Program Manager at the Wyoming State Arts Council, and as Executive Director of the Firehouse Art Center for the city of Norman, OK. I maintain an artist studio working with papers and objects.
Fran Hardman, Vice Chair
I came to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University in 1980 and never left. I graduated with a B.S. in Management and now own and operate RE/MAX Advanced, a local real estate office. I discovered the Fort Collins Museum of Art just a few years ago, and fell in love with their mission. I think that art is indispensable to a community. Currently, I serve as Vice Chair.
Melissa Katsimpalis is a retired public, community and media relations executive, who served for more than 40 years in the public and private sectors. In 1996, she co-founded ISIS Public Relations & Marketing, LLC, and an award-winning consulting agency. For more than 15 years, Melissa has served The Fort Collins Museum of Art as board member, board president and original member of the Museum’s Founders Society.
Jean P. Lehmann Ph.D., Secretary
Jean P. Lehmann, Ph.D. emeritus professor, retired from Colorado State University’s College of Health and Human Services. She has been a member of the Museum of Art’s board since 2015 and also serves on the museum’s education committee. She believes that art is key to sustaining vibrant communities.
Born, raised and educated in New York City, I have happily called Fort Collins my home for well over 40 years. After a 20+ year career in the Colorado State University President’s Office, I retired in 2001 and have enjoyed traveling around the globe, learning about people and cultures of other countries. Although I possess nary an artistic bone in my body, I appreciate the beauty and necessity of art in enriching and informing our lives and world. I’m honored to serve on the Museum of Art board.
Dawn Putney is the founding president and lead strategist at Toolbox Creative, a brand design firm for innovative technology companies. With 30+ years as a brand designer, Dawn thrives on helping technologists, innovators and engineers tell the story behind their big ideas. Dawn is also the co-founder of Art Lab Fort Collins, an experimental non-profit creating community spaces for the arts. Giving back is part of Toolbox’s business model and Dawn volunteers her time to nonprofits that support art and women in tech. She believes that elevating the conversation will change the face of women in technology and business leadership.
Megin is an architect at Vaught Frye Larson Aronson architects and design in Fort Collins. She has a passion for the arts, sustainable architectural design, and historic preservation. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Masters in Architecture from the University of Kansas.
Board Member Emeritus
Lisa Hatchadoorian is currently the Executive Director of the Fort Collins Museum of Art. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the museum, budget, fundraising, staffing, donor, member and sponsor cultivation, and the artistic direction of programming. She received a B.A. in Art History and Music from the University of Virginia and an MA in Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art from Bard College, NY. She has over 15 years experience in arts administration, curating, grant writing, organizing public art projects and fundraising and her experience has ranged from the corporate to academic, municipal and non-profit venues. She has over a decade and a half of experience in curating, conceiving, and writing about contemporary art exhibitions and artists. She has been a visiting lecturer at CSU (Osher Institute), Casper College, Casper, WY and has taught art appreciation at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and Casper College, Casper, WY.
Development Director (2014–present)
De is responsible for the development and stewardship of corporate sponsorships, strategic partnerships, private donations and in-kind contributions. Other job duties include participation in event development and direction as well as creation of communications materials related to development activities. De has been involved in fundraising, event management, PR and development for over 30 years in Fort Collins. Her qualifications include sound planning and organizational abilities, strong communication and proven marketing skills, diverse community knowledge and relationships.
Gloria is responsible for all financial accounting (including registration lists and event ticket sales) and collaborates with the Executive Director on creating the annual budget. This position also includes maintaining the museum calendar, ordering supplies, all database management for events and members as well as member maintenance including renewal letters and member cards. Gloria’s qualifications include working as an office manager and bookkeeper for over 20 years in various Northern Colorado businesses.
Event & Volunteer Coordinator
Victoria Ferguson moved to Fort Collins in 2016 to pursue a Master’s degree in Arts Administration. As a graduate student she was awarded fellowships with both the CSU graduate string quartet and the LEAP Institute for the Arts. She is a cellist with a background in Music Education and has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels. She has performed orchestral and chamber music at national and international festivals. Additionally, she completed study abroad programs in both Sydney, Australia and Northern Italy. She began volunteering with the Museum of Art | Fort Collins in 2017 and worked as an intern throughout the Summer of 2018. She has a passion for the arts and is interested in supporting and promoting visual arts in Fort Collins.
Education Coordinator (2017–present)
Elizabeth Morisette is a 1994 graduate of North Carolina State University College of Design and received a Masters Degree in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007. She has been exhibiting her weavings and sculptures throughout the country for more than twenty years. She was featured in the April/May 2008 issue of American Craft Magazine and an April 2009 article in The New York Times. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. Bringing art to the Community is an important part of Morisette’s career. She has worked as an Artist in Residence for the Maryland Arts Council Artists in Education program, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, Elderhaus Adult Care, and Fort Lewis College. She also taught for the LEAP Program at CSU. Most recently, Morisette collaborated with Artist Bonnie Lebesh on a mural for the Community Creative Center in Fort Collins.
BFA, Printmaking & Sculpture, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, BS in Finance, University of Colorado, Boulder. Cheryl Rogers is the Registrar and Preparator for the museum. As Registrar she is responsible for unpacking and repacking the artwork as it is delivered to the museum, documenting the packing process for reference, preparing and filling out condition reports for loaned artwork, and assisting with the shipment of works. As Preparator, she oversees all aspects of exhibition installations. Responsibilities include patching, spot painting, decorative wall painting, artwork installation, lighting, and exhibition fixture creation. In both of these capacities she is responsible for the supervision and training of volunteers working on the exhibitions.
Erik Cox (Independent Contractor)
Marketing & Design Coordinator (2018–present)
Erik Cox grew up in Fort Collins and in high school and college, he worked with design legend Bob Coonts. After a few years in Los Angeles and Chicago, Erik spent the better part of his career in San Francisco. Like so many locals, he recently moved back to Fort Collins to raise his family. While in California, Erik was a partner in a small design and strategy studio working with Fortune 500 companies as well as a fair number of technology startups. Erik has been awarded numerous national design awards and has been featured in several design industry publications. Erik currently heads up WISE APE a small design and strategy studio working with some the best local clients – Nick’s Italian, My Sister Knits, MoA, CSU Ventures, The Fox & The Crow Bistro, The Group, to name a few.
Visitors Services Manager (2018-present)