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 boldly explore contemporary society through art–enlightening, educating, and providing arts leadership for our region. We connect art, artists and community.
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.
The origins of The Museum of Art | Fort Collins began with incorporating in 1983 as Horizons Gallery of Contemporary Art, 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 non-profit gallery was then moved and renamed The Powerplant Art Center in 1985. With much community support, Roz then bought and moved into the old Post Office building in Old Town Fort Collins in December 1990 and the One West Contemporary Art Center was born, which later became the Fort Collins Museum of Art. It held its first exhibition in the new building in January 1991.
Timeline of the Building and the Museum
1864-67 The current site of the museum was used as a cemetery. Remains were moved in 1873.
1911-1912 Building constructed as a federal post office. Architect: James Knox Taylor. The building style is the Second Renaissance Revival.
1972 Post office relocates to a newer building at Howes and Olive.
1978 Old Post Office listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places
1983 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.
1985 Old Post Office Designated as a local landmark by the City of Fort Collins
1990 Name was changed again to One West Contemporary Art Center and the Center buys the historic post office building
2018 Museum renamed Museum of Art Fort Collins
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.
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.
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 believes that art is key to sustaining vibrant communities.
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.
Chris came to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University in 1982. After receiving his degree he embarked on a 30+ year career in the banking industry. In 2016 he returned to Fort Collins, retired in April 2019 and began volunteering at the museum helping the Preparator between exhibits. His interests include hiking, mountain biking, skiing, pickleball and of course the arts!
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.
Patrick Rosen was born in St. Louis, MO where he met his wife, Jenny, before moving to Loveland, CO in 2009. Upon moving to Colorado, he joined our local business partner, Eye Center of Northern Colorado and now serves as the Vice President of Marketing for Fort Collins-based Panorama Eyecare. Additionally, Patrick works with several small businesses in northern Colorado through his web design company, White Box Create. He has enjoyed bringing his children, Bayley, Jameson, and William to the museum, and joined the MoA board of directors in 2022 to provide support in promoting this treasure of Fort Collins.
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.
Photojournalist, artist, cultural connector, and educator are some of the hats Jill P. Mott has worn over the years. She earned her degree from Syracuse University’s acclaimed Newhouse School of Communication. Jill has worked as a photographer for local newspapers (our very own Coloradoan was one!), has founded non-profits in the US and in Zimbabwe, taught at the university level, and worked with NGOs across the globe and within her own community.
Early in her career, Jill recognized that story-telling can be a common language, one with the potential to bring people together. Art, in its many forms, can be an effective and powerful tool to encourage all of us to recognize that everyone has a story worth telling.
Jill earned her Master’s Degree in Art Education San Jose State University but has never considered herself done with learning (or teaching). She embraces the art of story-telling in all its forms.