Sue McNally: This Land Is My Land
January 19 – March 18, 2018
Painter Sue McNally grew up in southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island and currently lives in and has her studio in the small coastal state of Rhode Island. She received a BFA from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia. The series of paintings exhibited in This Land Is My Land is part of a much larger project that McNally is working on to paint a landscape in all fifty states. The selection shown here represents the west through her eyes and vantage point and how the magnificent landscapes and varied terrain in states such as New Mexico, Colorado and Washington, for example, shape us as residents and tourists. http://www.suemcnally.com
Chuck Kimmerle: From the Heart:Land
January 19 – March 18, 2018
The realization that photography is about much more than a photograph was the single most important revelation in my career. It freed me to find meaning and connection in any scene, not just those which were grand and extreme. This was, at the time, extremely important as I was living in the flat and reticent plains of eastern North Dakota. I felt a desire and need to photograph the plains, but until then was unable to see past my biases and expectations.
Despite no longer living in North Dakota, I still feel an attraction to the plains, prairies, and basins near where I live in Wyoming. Their quietness and peacefulness are therapeutic. I need them to refresh my soul and maintain my sanity. I think such a connection is not only relevant in my work, but vital. It’s what drives me and inspires me.
My interest in photography began with a wonderful little Canon Canonet QL17 while in the U.S. Army. It was that camera which taught me the power and potential of visual communication. A few years later, I began my career as a photographer while working at my college newspaper. That job, which paid me $37.50 per academic quarter, led to a career of more than 15 years working as a newspaper photojournalist and a Pulitzer nomination for spot news photography. Seeing the writing on the wall with regards to the future of newspaper staff photographers, I left that field and worked as a college photographer with duties ranging from passport head shots to magazine cover photos. Since 2010, I have worked full-time as a landscape photographer.
My landscape work centers primarily around the intersections of where man and nature meet. I find that these areas, which now seem to be the norm of our landscape, offer an insight and significance which I cannot find in nature alone. I work exclusively in black and white as it’s an inherently graphic format, and allows me the maximum opportunities for creative exploration.
Dalí & Picasso: Drawings & Prints from the Collection of Dr. Wayne F. Yakes
November 3 – January 7, 2018
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Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery
Angela Beloian: Nightshades
November 3 – January 7, 2018
Beloian’s drawings explore the intersection between drawing and needlework, weaving elaborate webs of line, form, and space.
ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd features couture fashion sculptures made from everyday throwaways. Glamorous, shimmering evening gowns, appearing as fine couture and refined garments, are made from crushed glass and salvaged upholstery fabric.
Artist and environmental educator, Nancy Judd began creating recycled fashions in 1998 while serving as the recycling coordinator for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Through her art, she encourages people to look differently at trash, to see garbage NOT as waste, but as wasted resources.
This exhibition has been organized by Nancy Judd and is circulating through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.
July 28 – October 22, 2017
Focused on drawing and line, and working in multiple mediums, Barbara Gilhooly and Ayn Hanna create stitched textile drawings, wire orbs, wire doodles and wall art sculptures.
Kate Gridley: Passing Through- Portraits of Emerging Adults
May 19 – July 16, 2017
Kate Gridley sees a world in which emerging adults (the phase of life between adolescence and full fledged adulthood) from all walks of life are recognized, honored and supported to fulfill their human potential. Using painted canvasses, each 30″ x 60″, and sound portraits, audible through cell phone technology, Passing Through marks moments in which emerging adults transition to realizing their selves and claim their voices.
The seventeen subjects have been coming and going through Gridley’s studio doors for many years. None is afraid to stand up for his/her current set of beliefs. While they do not yet know exactly what they will be doing, or where they are going, Gridley is confident each will contribute something significant to our messy, fragile world, whether on the world stage, in a rural community or urban setting, or in a living room.
This exhibition also features Guide By Cell Sound portraits created by Kate Gridley and her subjects.
Eye Center of Northern Colorado | Kaiser Permanente Masks Exhibition
April 7 – May 5, 2017
In 2017, the Fort Collins Museum of Art launched its thirteenth Masks event as a popular, not-to-be-missed community happening, an exhibition of exceptional artistic creativity and a highly successful fundraiser. The trifecta of events began April 7, 2017, with the Masks Exhibition opening, followed by the Masks Gala, April 21 at the Hilton Fort Collins and, the Exhibition closing, May 7. Both the opening and closing are on Downtown Fort Collins First Friday Gallery Walk nights, hosted by title sponsors, Kaiser Permanente, Eye Center of Northern Colorado.
“The opening is one of the largest art happenings in Fort Collins,” says Lisa Hatchadoorian, Executive Director of FCMOA. “If history repeats, on April 7, 1400 Masks enthusiasts will circulate through the museum to place opening bids on the over 200 masks in the 2017 exhibition.” Over its 13-year history, Masks has raised $1.1 million to support the museums exhibitions and educational programming.
The Masks exhibition and silent auction features over 200 artists from Colorado and beyond, who have transformed a blank ceramic mask into unique, creative artworks. Each mask is for sale in a silent auction to benefit the museum.
|Dialogue: Peace by Barbara Romain|
A rare opportunity for transformation arose in Montana in 2004. A defecting leader of the “Creativity Movement” – one of the most virulent white supremacist hate groups in the nation – presented the Montana Human Rights Network with 4000 volumes of their “bibles,” books promoting extreme anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, racist ideologies.
In partnership with the Network, the Holter Museum of Art invited artists across the country to respond to, integrate, or transform the books in provocative ways. Work by sixty artists was featured in the resulting exhibition, Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, which opened at the Holter Museum in Helena, Montana, in 2008.
We have all been socialized to both subtle and overt forms of prejudice that contribute to attitudes of fear and mistrust and restrict our capacity to more fully experience the world. While the rapid rise in the number of hate groups and hate crimes is a cause for alarm, so is institutionalized discrimination. Systemic oppression broadly impacts members of many groups based on their race, religion, gender, sexual identity, country of origin, disabilities, economic class, and age. By responding creatively to hate, injustice and violence, the artists in Speaking Volumes provoke thinking and conversations that encourage empathy for others and respect for social justice.
Cruelty often reflects underlying fear and unmet needs. Might hate be disarmed by meeting needs and relieving fears? The world as we know it would be transformed if we had the insight, skills, and motivation to turn negative expressions into positive influences.
The artists participating in Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate embraced this challenge in multidimensional forms when they converted white supremacist propaganda into art. The books in their original form represent the most extreme forms of racist, anti-
Semitic, anti-Christian, and homophobic thought: yet we are all vulnerable to beliefs that diminish people who seem different. Most of us have been socialized to both subtle and overt forms of prejudice, which restrict our capacity to understand the world and contribute to attitudes of fear and distrust. By responding creatively to hate, injustice, and violence, the artists in this exhibition encourage empathy for others and respect for social justice. As curator of the exhibition, it is an honor and inspiration to work with them as they share their perspectives, ranging from grief to celebration.
Not all of the artists reshaped the physical material and content of the books. Some chose not to handle the books directly but contributed relevant selections from large bodies of work developed throughout their careers. Many of these artists are pioneers in the use of art as civic dialogue; they have focused on issues of social justice for decades. It is a joy to include their work, which has shaped the collective understanding of the power of art. The work of these individuals has deepened our sensitivity to subtlety and irony while exploring the complexities of equality, race, gender, and beauty.
The Eastham Family Exhibition Series
Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray
October 7, 2016 – January 8, 2017
In May 1931 photographer Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) traveled to Mexico on vacation where he met Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), a woman he would never forget. The two started a romance that continued on and off for the next ten years and a friendship that lasted until the end of their lives.
Approximately fifty photographic portraits taken of Frida Kahlo comprise the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray. The photographs, dating from 1937 to 1946, explore Muray’s unique perspective; in the 1930s and 1940s he was Frida Kahlo’s friend, lover and confidant. Muray’s photographs bring to light Kahlo’s deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people significant to her with whom she shared a close friendship. Correspondence between the two is also included in framed reproduction.
The Hungarian born Muray was an acclaimed artist in his own right, having pioneered color portrait photography. During his long career, Nickolas Muray photographed many important people from the political, artistic and social arenas. His work was regularly featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, McCall’s and the Ladies Home Journal. The body of his work is extensive, comprising over 10,000 portraits. Muray photographed Kahlo more than any of his other subjects and his portraits of her are among the most iconic images of the artist that are not self-portraits. These portraits of Kahlo have made their way into a variety of media, popular culture, and are integral to the world’s understanding of who Frida Kahlo was as an individual behind her artwork.
This exhibition has been organized by the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives and is circulated through Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions
Support for this exhibition is provided in part by:
Arts Advocacy Sponsor: Barbara Mitchell
The Art of Haiti
October 7 – January 8, 2017
Presented by Art to Educate / Haiti with support from Galerie Monnin benefitting the Haitian Education and Leadership Program – Celebrating 20 Years
Haitian art is rooted in the deep, complex history of the country – riotous political upheaval, violent oppression of slaves, and destructive natural disasters. Despite the tumultuous history, Haiti has developed creative, courageous, and distinct styles of art that address the complexities of and pay respect to its unique Afro-Indian-French culture. This exhibit, The Art of Haiti, features paintings, metal sculptures and textile works by several Haitian artists and artisans, a mixture of works that, with originality, communicate the importance of Haitian life, history and culture.
This exhibit’s selections have been made in collaboration with Galerie Monnin, based in Port-au-Prince, and several other Haitian artisans. The gallery has been in operation for over 50 years, and has been instrumental in the artistic and cultural development of the country. By displaying artwork from this gallery and from artists around the country, this exhibit has created a platform for exposing Haitian art and culture to a greater audience.
The exhibition features paintings, metal sculpture and textile works by Haitian artists with small handmade Haitian handicrafts available in the museum gift shop.
Art to Educate is a social enterprise created to support education in Haiti through the sale of Haitian art and handicrafts. The Haitian Education and Leadership Program’s mission is to create, through merit and needs based university-level scholarships, a community of young professionals and leaders who will promote a more just society in Haiti.
Eastham Family Exhibition Series
August 5- September 18, 2016
Mementos. Keepsakes. Sentimentality, and the use of objects to preserve memory. These are symbols of evolution and transformation. It seems a natural human inclination to collect ‘things,’ if for no other reason than to help us to remember, to reflect on past states of being, and to have something tangible to tether us to experience.
My work has always grappled with past, with what has personally molded, broken and rebuilt the person who exists now. An overarching and significant piece of this work has focused on home—the icon of the house, the concepts and emotions that pull at the contentious relationship between the ideas of ‘house’ and ‘home,’ and the inevitable networks of human connection that sprawl outward from this epicenter like the dendritic patterns that compose suburbia. But as we break free of the constructions that both shackle and shelter us, what is it we take with us?
Humans act much like hermit crabs, moving from house to house as a crab to a new shell. Perhaps the old one had been outgrown, or life’s proclivities have made it necessary to downsize, or maybe a sense of wanderlust provoked nomadic adventure; the houses we inhabit are simply empty shells, and what we build, break and inexorably take with us are the memories along with evidence of personal growth and hardship that occurred in each place. The idea of homes past is very little about the shell of roof and walls and almost entirely about everything that a particular shell was filled with, both material and immaterial. Home is both personal and communal, stationary and completely peripatetic. So, like a quiltwork of tactile memory, one could represent an entire life by building the patterning blanket of keepsakes from transient moments of home. Objects, little houses, reminders of what is left behind as we move and grow, placeholders for ephemeral pieces of ourselves that will always be taken with us as we build into an uncharted future.
Fun & Games
August 5 – September 18, 2016
“Fun & Games: Essential material by Elizabeth Morisette”
Work that incorporates toys and games in weavings and basket forms to explore the consumerist nature of contemporary childhood.
Artist Statement: This series of work was inspired by the birth of my 2nd daughter. Our oldest daughter was 11 years old at the time and we had long since given away all of our ‘little kid stuff’. Upon the 2nd daughter’s birth, I noticed a surge of games, toys, and other items slowly descend upon our household. Some were gifts, some were hand-me-downs, all of it was generous and kind, but very little of it was actually necessary. Much of it was ‘made in china’ and some had no obvious value in the raising of a child. Reflecting back on our 1st child, it all seems to start with a ‘baby shower’ where you are given many items deemed as ‘essential’ which become giveaways as the child quickly outgrows their ’necessity’.
In this show, I explore the waste associated with this cultural phenomenon. All of the items used in this work have been free, acquired through others’ cast offs, giveaways, garage sales and thrift stores. These items have had a previous life as a toy or game and now they are considered something of little worth to the previous owners. I have taken these items and organized them in weavings and basket forms; attempting to create beauty out of junk.
This work is intended to speak to the viewer on several levels; the first as a whimsical ‘contemporary archeology’; seeing toys and games you might have played with as a child. The second is to contemplate the waste of our throw-away society. It is a bit staggering to consider the sheer amount of items that have been used in this work which would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. The third is a thought to take home with you the next time you consider purchasing an item for a child (or yourself): Do I need this item? Can I buy it reused? What is the ‘true cost’ of this toy? Beyond the monetary cost, what is the opportunity cost once it is no longer ‘essential’?
Eastham Family Exhibition Series
Touching Strangers: Richard Renaldi
May 27 – July 24, 2016
Members Opening, Thursday, May 26 from 6:00-8:00pm
Featuring a talk on portraiture by painter Haley Hasler at 6:30pm & a performance by Impact Dance at 7:00pm
Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait.
Working on the street with a large format 8-by-10-inch view camera, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in ways that people are usually taught to reserve for their close friends and loved ones.
Renaldi creates spontaneous and fleeting relationships between strangers for the camera, often pushing his subjects beyond their comfort levels. These relationships may only last for the moment the shutter is released, but the resulting photographs are moving and provocative, and raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society. Click below for a video of Renaldi working and the background to this project.
Organized by Aperture Foundation, New York
Curator: Ann Pallesen, Gallery Director, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle.
The traveling exhibition Touching Strangers was made possible, in part, with the support of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
The Fraternal Series
May 27 – July 24, 2016
My research is informed by issues surrounding the relationship between individuals and the construction of identity. I am interested in intersections: child and adult, women and men, the dualities of living, success and failure. Ultimately, I am interested in how we as human beings experience ourselves; how we define ourselves and are defined by our relationships with each other. Boyhood friendships exist from moment to moment in and unrealistic and imaginative state, never taking time to be concerned with each others appearances or long term plans. The power and importance of the oral, written and visual story lies at the heart of my work. I am drawn to the power of the narrative to seduce, influence and transform. My portraits speak to the physical and psychological spaces that we inhabit simultaneously. They are a documentation of a personal journey, but one that is universal to human experience.
Andrea Wallace is the Artistic Director of Photography and New Media at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She received her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before coming to the Ranch, she worked as Assistant Professor at Lake Forest College and Willamette University. Her film, Rochell and Brian, a documentary about teenage pregnancy, premiered at the New York International Independent Film Festival. She exhibits nationally and internationally with numerous shows throughout the Americas, Europe, China and the Middle East.
CELEBRATING TWELVE YEARS OF MASKS: EXCEPTIONAL CREATIVITY IN OUR COMMUNITY
Click HERE for a look at all of the 2016 Masks.
April 1 – May 6, 2016
On April 1, the 2016 Kaiser Permanente Masks Project kicks off as the Masks Exhibition opens at the Fort Collins Museum of Art during the Downtown First Friday Gallery Walk,
5:00-9:00 p.m. First Friday’s are open-admission events made possible by funding from the Eye Center of Northern Colorado.
The project celebrates 12 years of Masks, the museum’s signature fund-raising campaign. With the focus on community and creativity, Masks is Fort Collins largest visual art event with an exhibition of 200 masks designed by both professional artists, student artists and more casual artists whose daily endeavors are directed elsewhere.
Initially, masks leave the museum with the artists who responded to the call for entries as simple ceramic forms and return transformed into ingenious works of art to be exhibited and sold in the museum’s silent auction. The in-gallery auction is but one part of the fundraising components of the project, which provides a major portion of the museum’s annual budget.
Midway through the 30-day span of the Masks Project, a gala celebration pays tribute to an individual or individuals selected as the Masks Honorary Chair. This year’s gala celebration, Carnevale di Venezia, is being held April 22 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.
The 2016 Masks honorary chair is Michael Powers. Powers, who served on the museum’s board of directors and was instrumental in the original purchase of the museum’s building in 1989, it’s reclamation from floodwaters and its successful sale to Brinkman Partners in 2012, worked for the City of Fort Collins for 25 years. During majority of his years with the City, Powers was the director of cultural, library and recreational services.
The 2016 Masks Project concludes May 6, also during the Downtown Fort Collins First Friday Gallery Walk. The silent auction bidding closes at 9:00 p.m. when top bidders are awarded their masks-of-choice
Leigh Taylor Mickelson (Ossining, NY)
Jerry Monteith (Carbondale, IL)
Charlotte Nichols (Fort Collins, CO)
Rachel Stevens (Las Cruces, NM)
January 22 – March 20, 2016
Natural Shift presents four artists from around the country who work with nature-inspired forms in their sculpture. From steel to copper, wood and clay, these four artists present a view of nature that is full of adaption and change. Nature, in general, is defined as the forces that control the physical world and life itself. All four of the artists in this exhibition look to nature for inspiration in the sculptural forms that they create but they also see nature in a continual state of flux and transformation as well as a place impacted by human development.
Sculpture is an incredibly elastic medium and one that encompasses a varied set of materials. It is fitting that many artists working today in the intersection of nature, human and the environment are sculptors, as the medium contains an endless assortment of form associated with nature itself. Each artist in Natural Shift explores nature though the living forms that we interact with everyday, such as plants, trees, flowers and food. They also explore how humans impact these living organisms and our relationship to our environment, as well as how nature adapts to a very quickly changing climate and harsh conditions that characterize various ecological zones.
January 22 – March 20, 2016
I capture my “still frames”of the world with a hand made camera which has no lens: it is cardboard, wood, black ABS pipe, a bit of brass and wood veneer which makes it look presentable. Three tiny pinpricks let light enter the darkened half cylinder chamber at diﬀerent overlapping angles to expose 4X5 inch sheet ﬁlm. Negatives are mounted one at a time in the ﬁeld with the assistance of a light tight ﬁlm changing bag equipped with arm sleeves so that you can manipulate objects around inside the bag. I do all this with the changing bag on my lap; It takes up to ﬁve minutes to prepare for exposing a photograph. I spend the time concentrating on what I can only feel inside the light tight bag, while observing the environment, looking intently on the beauty around me, thinking about the upcoming exposure. When my negative has been scotch-taped successfully to the curved backing plate inside my pinhole camera, it has been closed up and all the light tight ﬁlm storage boxes have been tucked away, I bring the camera out into daylight and mount it on a tripod. I remove strips of electrical tape “shutters” to expose the ﬁlm for up to 2 minutes, turning the camera toward what I ﬁnd captivating in the environment. I have no view ﬁnder, but over years developed a vague sense of the relationship of what I ﬁnd interesting in the moments around me and the placement of the camera. My images take the blur out of the world a bit less than traditional lensed cameras and capture what I have experienced in the complexity of that moment.
Bob Coonts: Art & Influence
November 20 – January 10, 2016
Bob Coonts, The Awakening, Collection of the Eastham Family, Photo credit: Christina Gressianu
Pattern, decoration and stylization are ancient forms of expression that exist in various formats in almost every culture and time period. One of the best known artists from western culture who utilized patterning and stylization was Gustav Klimt from Austria in the 19th century. Like Klimt, Bob Coonts has developed a style unique to his creative expression, but it is one that is based on color, design, pattern and stylization. Coonts chooses bold, expressive color within his art and makes his subjects come alive through this intuitive use of non-realistic color. His subject matter mostly consists of animals, landscapes and abstract compositions and mythology, nature, Native American, Celtic, Asian, Middle Eastern, Greek and Roman art are strong influences in his work.
Coonts uses geometric shapes, circles, triangles, squares and other forms, such as arrows and concentric circles. The arrow, used by early Native Americans in many of their animal images found on pottery and petroglyphs, represents the heart line. The heart line was believed to be the strength, source, and breath of life for a particular animal. Coonts uses the arrow as a design element which also imbues his paintings with a sense of movement as well as suggesting the four directions.
As much as this exhibition is about the artistic career of Bob Coonts, it also celebrates his incredible legacy as a mentor and teacher through his business Bob Coonts Graphic Design, Inc from 1974-1994 and his decades of teaching as an Affiliate Faculty member at Colorado State University from 1971-2006. Bob invited twenty designers to display a memorable piece of work as part of this exhibition. All of the artists and designers below were either students of Bob’s while at Colorado State University or were employees of his business. This partial list represents a sampling of the artists that Bob is proud to have mentored.
Ti Benson John Metcalf
Chuck Black Doug Post
Devon Burkhalter Greg Rattenborg
Jacquelyn Etheridge Busch Chris Richardson
Sam Cooper David Santillanes
Eric Cox John Schiller
Bob Donovan Greg Sherrill
Bruce Holdeman Anne Vetter
Mike Lizama Gary Wiese
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This exhibition sponsored in part by: Gary & Carol Ann Hixon
November 20 – January 10, 2016
The Inner Landscape
Artist Statement- I photograph people from the inside out — the inner landscape of the human experience. I dig deep to discover and express the dark side of myself and others in order to understand my own feelings and actions as well as to understand the human condition that continues to be a mystery. When we look at what we don’t want to see in ourselves, the answers can elude us. Photographing what I have spent years getting to know – my own inner experience – opens those doors with fear and excitement. Duane Michaels said it well… I just photograph my own truth, but it all comes from the inside. Until you find your own truth, you have nothing. I know my own truth, and as Carl Jung says, People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their soul.
I create photographs in a contemporary style inducing stimulation rather than comfort, and raising questions rather than offering solutions or endings. I’m not interested in Novocain for the eyes but want visual impact.
Using mixed media such as bones, insects, words, drawing etc come from the subconscious. They bring a much needed balance to our experience on this earth. They serve to illustrate the inner landscape in a more natural way. Sometimes the objects balance out the fear, anger or loss. Sometimes they add to it. Sometimes they come from the subconscious and can’t be explained.
This body of work expresses the human condition in a way that only art can do. These photographs are my secrets, my shadow, the obsessions and manifestations of my subconscious. The inner mysteries of all of us cannot be suppressed.
Norman Rockwell’s 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers
September 4 – November 1, 2015
One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted storyteller. For nearly seven decades, while history was in the making all around him, Rockwell chronicled our changing society in the small details and nuanced scenes of ordinary people in everyday life, providing a personalized interpretation—albeit often an idealized one—of American identity. His depictions offered a reassuring visual haven during a time of momentous transformation as our country evolved into a complex, modern society. Rockwell’s contributions to our visual legacy, many of them now icons of American culture, have found a permanent place in our national psyche.
Norman Rockwell’s 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Media sponsorship has been provided by Curtis Licensing, a division of The Saturday Evening Post, Indianapolis, IN
Zachary Pullen: Among Giants
September 4 – November 1, 2015
Illustration is specifically about narration, whether obvious or implied. It is the putting of a personal style and stamp onto a piece of artwork that separates those who will be remembered from those who will not. Any artist with staying power in the world of illustration has to be able to take the assignment, understand, interpret, shape, twist and execute on the deadline.
When it comes to giants there are none larger than Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951) and Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966). For the majority of illustrators in the second half of the 20th century (and through today) Parrish, Leyendecker and Rockwell were THE giants and the period when they roamed the earth was the Golden Age. In general, these oldsters gained fame and staying-power by creating something uniquely theirs and sticking with it. Rockwell’s storytelling, Leyendecker’s compositional clarity and Parrish’s technical facility.
Rockwell was among the very first illustrators to be judged simply as an artist – not as a commercial artist. Today the lines between fine and commercial art are blurred to the point where it is unusual to hear the phrase “mere illustrator”- two words that were nearly inseparable until the mid-1970’s. Zak Pullen is motivated, even driven, to deconstruct what he sees and make it his own. This is how he comes to appreciate and embrace what’s gone before.
– Fred Taraba
The World of Jan Brett
June 5, – August 23, 2015
Jan Brett has more than 35 million books in print and has been one of America’s most beloved children’s author/ illustrators for over 30 years. Her books regularly occupy the #1 slot on the New York Times best-seller list. Her illustrations are adored for their classic beauty and vibrant life-like images of animals, landscapes and flourishes from cultures around the world. From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs to Japanese gardens, she studies the traditions of the many countries that she visits and uses them as a starting point for her children’s books.
This exhibition is organized by the Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh, WI.
April 3 – May 1, 2015
For the 11th year, the Fort Collins Museum of Art’s Masks Project has attracted both professional artists, whose creativity is their economic main stay and recreational artists, who respond to their need to express their creativeness in ingenious styles. The result is an exhibition of 200 pieces of unconventional art opening during the First Friday Gallery Walk, April 3. Masks originated in 2003 as fund-raising event for the Museum. It now encompasses the popular exhibition, the celebratory Masks Grand Gala, and a tribute to the 2015 Honorary Chairs, Don and Donna Beard. These components provide a significant portion of the Museum’s operating budget as well as an engaging community art event.
Hallowed Absurdities: Work by Theodore Waddell
January 16 – March 15, 2015 in the Main Gallery
Member’s reception and artist talk: January 15th
Friday, March 6: Artist Talk by Theodore Waddell
The Fort Collins Museum of Art is pleased to present Montana artist Theodore Waddell, one of the region’s best known artists. Waddell is an accomplished painter, sculptor and printmaker although he is primarily recognized for his uniquely identifiable paintings of the West, rife with wildlife and signature Angus cattle. (read more here…)
“I examine life and death and the connection of human and animal beings… My work deals with these issues and how one might come to terms with various aspects of our relationship with the animals and with each other… As animals we share this earth with other animals. My work explores our living and dying.” —Theodore Waddell, 1992
Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial 1915-2015
Twenty Years of Photography by Mark James
January 16 – March 15, 2015 in Gallery 101
Member’s reception and artist talk: January 15th
The Fort Collins Museum of Art is proud to present the evocative landscape photographs of Wellington photographer Mark James that celebrates the Centennial year of Rocky Mountain National Park. Utilizing a pinhole camera, James creates haunting, indelible images of this beloved landscape that has been part of America’s national consciousness for 100 years. In 1995, Mark James was granted an Artist-in-Residence from Rocky Mountain National Park. He began photographing the Colorado Rocky Mountains using pinhole and lensed cameras to create a comprehensive body of work that portrays the landscape in a way that recalls the survey photographs of the 19th century.
Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon
Sponsored by ReMax, EKS&H, and KRFC
November 1 – December 27, 2014
Click HERE for STYLE Magazine’s coverage of Whatever Blows Your Skirt Up- the opening event for Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon
Featuring more than 100 paintings, photographs and videos of the starlet, this exhibition celebrates the image of Marilyn Monroe that still electrifies the world half a century after her death. Famed artists such as Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Antonio de Felipe, Milton H. Greene, and Andy Warhol among others, capture the many sides of the 1950s glamour goddess and immortal legend.
Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon, based on the hugely popular exhibition Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, reveals the character of Marilyn Monroe as an enduring cultural phenomenon through the art of more than 50 influential artists in styles ranging from fashion photography to Pop art. Images of well loved movie scenes, familiar publicity photos and biographical glimpses into Marilyn’s private moments, cover her rise to stardom, and ultimately, her struggle to empower herself. While, abstract interpretations of the popular icon sometimes reveal the artists’ ideas on sexuality, commercialism and exploitation through the power of her image.
Though her life ended prematurely at the age of 36, the world’s fascination with Marilyn Monroe’s magnetic appeal and much publicized private life has continued to thrive over time. Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon pays tribute to America’s favorite movie star and sex symbol.
Artistic Eye on History: Fort Collins 150
July 25 – September 28, 2014
This exhibition was in honor of its 2014 Masks Honorary Chair, Paula Edwards, and coincides with the FC150 exhibition that opened August 20, 2014 at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Watch a video of one of the artists, Jennifer Davey, creating her piece for this exhibition.
Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River
May 16 – July 3, 2014
The New West: Colorado Photography Now
May 16 – July 3, 2014
April 4 – May 2, 2014
Andy Warhol Prints from the Cochran Collection
December 13, 2013 – March 16, 2014
Northern Colorado Invitational
October 4 – November 22, 2013
August 9 – September 22, 2013
Paula Peacock: Colorado Still Life Painter
August 9 – September 22, 2013
Syd Mead: Progressions
May 17 – July 21, 2013
Only Persist: Works by Ernst Neizvestny
from the Collection of Wayne F. Yakes, M.D.
February 20 – March 15, 2013
Tools in Motion
Sponsored by Mawson Lumber & Hardware
December 14, 2012 – February 7, 2013
ICE: Melting Glaciers & Avalanche Paintings by Marlene Tseng Yu
October 5 – December 2, 2012
Liao Yibai: Supersized Fakes and Cold War Artifacts
from the Wayne F. Yakes Collection
May 18 – September 15, 2012
Ajean Lee Ryan
July 13 – August 29, 2012
Marc Chagall and the Bible: Etchings and Lithographs
from the Wayne F. Yakes Collection
May 3 – July 1, 2012
David Wander: Drawings from the Biblical Texts
May 3 – July 1, 2012
Structures in Cloth
February 17-April 21, 2012
CHIHULY VENETIANS: from the George R. Stroemple Collection
December 14, 2011 – March 18, 2012
COLORADO COLLECTS GLASS:
A Celebration of the American Studio Glass Movement
December 14, 2011-March 18, 2012
Creating the New Century
Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection
August 19 – September 25, 2011
Ansel Adams: Masterworks
from the collection of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA
January 14 – March 15, 2011
Michael Gregory: Western Construct
January 14 – March 15, 2011
Shattered Utopia: Russian Art of the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periods
from the Wayne F. Yakes, M.D. Collection
November 19 – December 29, 2010
William Morris: Myth, Object and the Animal
August 6 – November 5, 2010
Lynn Goldsmith: The Looking Glass
March 5 – May 15, 2010
The Mind and All It Creates, an ArtScience exhibition by Todd Siler
January 15, 2010 – March 25, 2010
Hung Liu: Apsaras
November 13, 2009 – January 2, 2010
June 5 – August 20, 2009