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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
As the General Manager, Julie Wallace is responsible for the administrative and business operations of MoA including financial accounting, database management, member services, vendor management, human resources, and general office management. With over 20 years in the Fort Collins business community and professional experience including Fortune 500 companies and local non-profit organizations, Julie brings a unique perspective to the museum operations.
Christy is responsible for coordinating all special events for the museum. She received her BFA in Painting from Mississippi State University in 2007. Since then she has been exploring themes of vulnerability and healing in her work. Over the past 3 years, she has been awarded the Kennedy Center Art Scholarship, the Keith Foskin Master of Fine Arts Scholarship, the Lilyblade Scholarship, and a distinction in creativity at the Graduate Student Showcase along with the Juror’s Award for Excellence and the Magnolia House Purchase Award in the Colorado State Student Exhibition. Christy has recently completed her MFA in painting from Colorado State University where she managed the First National Bank Gallery and was a docent in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art and also was an instructor for Two-Dimensional Visual Fundamentals and Painting I. Upon graduating, her thesis paintings were selected for volume #144 of New American Painting.
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)
Kaitlyn graduated from Colorado State University in 2016 and received her BS in marketing along with her minor in arts administration. As Visitors Services Manager, she oversees museum admission, guest experience, membership and other front of house operations. She is a strong advocate for the arts and truly believes that art is for everyone.