Opening April 6, 2018, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Masks Gala April 27, 2018
at Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel, Spa & Conference Center
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Closing May 4, 2018, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
For fourteen years Masks has been FCMOA’s signature event. Masks offer a highly popular exhibition of community art while raising money to support the museum’s mission. Over its 14-year history, Masks has raised over $1.1 million to support the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming. Each year has been an exciting journey as the unadorned ceramic forms leave the museum and return as an amazing collection of unique masks.
Since 2003, Masks has attracted both professional artists, whose creativity is their economic mainstay, and recreational artists, who respond to their need to express their creativeness in ingenious styles.
See the 2017 Masks by clicking here.
See the 2016 Masks by clicking here.
See the 2015 Masks by clicking here.
The 14th annual Masks exhibition and silent auction will be April 6th to May 4th, 2018.
Since 2003, the Fort Collins Museum of Art’s Masks has attracted both professional artists, whose creativity is their economic mainstay, and recreational artists, who respond to their need to express their creativeness in ingenious styles. Over 200 masks are given to artists to embellish for this exhibition. Everyone starts with the same plain ceramic mask form, imagination and creativity are applied and the result is an exciting exhibition and community art project.
These unique masks are part of a silent auction to benefit the Fort Collins Museum of Art. A few masks are selected to be part of the Gala Silent Auction.
Friday, April 27, 2018, 6:00 PM
Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel, Spa & Convention Center
Eye Center of Northern Colorado / Kaiser Permanente Masks Gala 2017
For four years, the museum has honored notable supporters, who have contributed significantly to not only the museum but to the arts and cultural life of Fort Collins with the designation masks Honorary Chair. To pay homage to the founder of the museum, the honor was renamed the Roz Spencer Award. The museum’s board of directors and staff are pleased to announce Gwen Hatchette as the 2017 recipient. The Roz Spencer Award was presented at the Masks Gala on April 21, 2017.
Gwen Hatchette, 2017 Roz Spencer Award Recipient (Masks opening)
Roz Spencer Award
2017 – Gwen Hatchette
Please join the Fort Collins Museum of Art in paying tribute to Gwen Hatchette, the 2017 Roz Spencer Award recipient. Gwen was celebrated for her contributions to the museum and the arts on April 21, 2017, at the Masks Gala.
For five years the museum has honored notable supporters, who have contributed significantly to not only the museum but to the arts in Fort Collins, with the designation Masks Honorary Chair. To pay homage to the founder of the museum, the honor was renamed the Roz Spencer Award. Roz Spencer was a dynamic artistic and visionary presence in the Northern Colorado arts scene. We are deeply indebted to her creativity in conceptualizing, forming and realizing the institution that has become the Fort Collins Museum of Art. We have named this award for Roz in gratitude to her artistic spirit and for championing the vital role that the arts play in our lives.
As Hatchette, a former educator and now a fiber and collage artist reflected on her good friend and mentor, she said, “I consider it to be a tremendous honor to be the first person to receive the Roz Spencer Award. It is important that as a piece of our community history, Roz’s contribution to the Fort Collins’ art world be acknowledged. She brought her unique gusto for life to all her endeavors, not the least of which was the founding of the Horizons Gallery, now the Fort Collins Museum of Art.
She would be so proud of the leadership place the museum holds today in Fort Collins.
Gwen Hatchette has been not only an FCMOA mask artist, but she has served on museum’s board of directors and, today, adds her tremendous talent to the museum’s education advisory board for its ART.EDU.OSITY Creative Space.
The Fort Collins Museum of Art sits among those attributes that make our city great, and we honor Gwen for her part in advancing the mission of the museum and the arts in our community. As a board member, she sought ways to make the museum financially stable while, at the same time, growing the cultural importance of the exceptional visual art that the museum brings to the community.
Thank you, Gwen Hatchette, for your vision and your stewardship.
B Sharp Program & Masks
The B Sharp Program is an example of a community effort that required collaboration, communication and a commitment to creating a dementia-friendly community. While the original B Sharp Program was focused primarily on the effects of music, the B Sharp Expansion Project will stretch the program further, reaching more people and continuing the work of creating a dementia-friendly community.
The B Sharp Expansion Project includes:
- a visual arts engagement MASKS project in partnership with the Fort Collins Museum of Art
- the development of a B Sharp Tool Kit designed to bring the program to other northern Colorado communities, including a separate committee solely addressing the needs of the Greeley, CO community
- a research project, studying the effects of arts engagement programs on those with dementia as well as their caregivers
- a marketing and partnership development team to look for future alignment with other nonprofit organizations and business partners
- the development of a long-term strategy designed to ensure those living with dementia can access arts engagement resources into the future
Kaiser Permanente is proud to work alongside several outstanding community organizations on the B Sharp Expansion Project including:
- Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter
- Banner Health
- Colorado State University
- Dementia Friendly Communities
- Fort Collins Museum of Art
- Fort Collins Symphony
- Home Instead
- Larimer County Office on Aging
- Seniors Helping Seniors
The Masks Benefit provides a significant portion of the operating expenses of the Fort Collins Museum of Art and enables FCMOA to spread the power of visual art.
Masks Benefit Mask Sponsorship – $575
Mask sponsors play an important role in the Masks Exhibition by offering artists and their masks recognition as a sponsored mask. Mask sponsors receive these benefits:
- Name shown in type on the 2018 Masks Benefit Exhibition label for one mask (to be selected by the sponsor). The listing will read: Mask Sponsored By: (name).
- Name shown in type on the 2018 Masks Benefit Exhibition catalog.
- Name shown in type in 2018 Masks Benefit Gala program.
- Two tickets for the 2018 Masks Benefit Gala.
Masks Benefit High-5 Sponsorship – $200
High 5 Sponsors play an important role in the Masks Exhibition by offering artists kudos for contributing their talent to the Masks Exhibition.
- Name shown in type on the 2018 Masks Benefit Exhibition label for one mask (to be selected by the sponsor). The attribution will read: High 5 From (name)
- Name shown in type on the 2018 Masks Benefit Exhibition catalog.
Corporate sponsors and partnerships are hallmarks to the success of the Masks Benefit and Gala. There are many options open including opportunities for tailored packages. To explore opportunities and advantages, please contact De Dahlgren, Development Director at email@example.com or 970.222.479l.
Contact Us About Masks
Have a question about Masks, a Mask sponsorship, or how to become a Mask artist? Contact us:
201 South College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524