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.
MOA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization funded by member & donor contributions.
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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.
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.
Megin Rux is the founder and Principal of MBX Architecture. She joined the Museum of Art Fort Collins board in 2016 and is enthusiastic about the Museum’s mission, to spread the power of visual art. Her passion for the arts was solidified when she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture. This led to pursuing a career in architecture after she received her Masters of Architecture. Megin believes that volunteerism is critical for communities to strive.
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.
Ryan was born and raised in Fort Collins, Co. He graduated from Colorado State University with both a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA. He works for Otter Products and serves as a Finance Manager. He is passionate about his family, his community, and art, specifically photography. He is a servant leader who seeks to better his community through serving others and bettering our local businesses. Humility, integrity, and daily service to others are the keystone habits in his life.
Jean P. Lehmann Ph.D.
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.
John Dellenbach is a Fort Collins Native and is a 14 time MASKS artist. He works in retail operations at Dellenbach Motors and is the third generation in the family owned business.
Dr. Bev Donnelley
Dr. Bev Donnelley has been involved in community projects as well as healthcare initiatives and education during her 38-year career as an OBGYN doctor. She joined the Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado as the fourth doctor in that practice in 1983.Donnelley has served on numerous boards including the Fort Collins Symphony board, the Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation Board, the Larimer County American Cancer Society Board, the Hope Lives Breast Cancer Foundation Board and the Foothills Childbirth Education Association Advisory Board. In 2000 she received the Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian Award. Donnelley became involved with the Museum of Art|Fort Collins as a board member during the museum’s formative years in the 1980’s.
Jim is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Jim’s family moved to Colorado 14 years ago after having lived in New York City for 17 years. While he was born in Montana, he grew up in Pittsburgh and met his wife, Jannelle in Texas 35 years ago. His daughter is double majoring in Art and Education, while his son is a freshman Engineering major, both at Walla Walla University. While being a money guy, he deeply loves art, music and photography and their ability to change minds and lives through amazement, joy and tears He and his wife are friends to curators and museums like Metropolitan Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum and Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
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.
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.
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.
John Shaw graduated from Colorado State University in 1982 with plans to teach industrial arts. But shortly after receiving his sheepskin, he realized there weren’t any teaching jobs to be had in the Poudre School District. While other people were leaving the area to look for jobs, Shaw wanted to stick around. So he took a position with a local sign company and discovered that he really enjoyed the work and his schooling proved beneficial. He liked what he was doing so much that he decided to open his own sign firm a few years later. He helmed that first company, Shaw Sign and Lighting, for more than a dozen years and then opened DaVinci Sign Systems in 2004.Projects range from banks to restaurants, retail, health care, churches and beyond.
Patti Tyrrell moved to Fort Collins in1973 with her husband, David A. Tyrrell. She was a union laborer for 45 years, in part to help her husband’s life work as an artist. Patti is excited to be part of the Museum of Art Fort Collins and is looking forward to helping share the value of the Arts with the Fort Collins community.
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 20 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 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. Read a recent article about Lisa from Voyage Denver.
Elizabeth has built a career in the social sector based on creating impact. She believes in consensus-built-strategy based on clearly articulated vision and mission. Those who have worked closely with her know that her passion for creating change has played a major factor in her success. Her personal mission is to create an impact. To inspire others. To ignite passions in those who can create an impact. Her work in Development and Fundraising grew naturally from a desire to impact change. Creating new solutions for funding everything from literacy to the arts to a cure for Cystic Fibrosis—a personal passion.
General Manager (2020-present)
Laura Riley received her BA in Graphic Design from Northern Kentucky University in 2004. As General Manager she is responsible for human resources, AP/AR, budget reports, and working as a liaison with artists during our annual Masks Exhibition. She is a City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Transformer Artist 2014, 2017 and attended Kansas City Art Institute Summer Residency Program with an emphasis on painting. She has worked in financial services for the past 5 years, including both the public and private sector. Laura firmly believes that the arts are the heartbeat of thriving communities and should be accessible and enjoyed by all.
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.
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 & Gift Shop Manager
Josie was born and raised in the deep south and graduated from Mississippi College with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in English Literature. During college, she worked as a wrangler in the mountains outside of Fort Collins and fell in love with the city. After managing a local coffee shop for 3 years post graduation, she moved to Fort Collins in the fall of 2017. Art has always been a part of her life, from watercolor paintings to dyeing artisan yarn, so as the Visitor Services and Gift Shop Manager, she is excited to be a part of this world in order to curate the best experience for guests and provide a space for local artists to share their creativity with the community.