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A Culture Preserved (in the Black Experience)
Curated by Louise Cutler
July 29 – October 16, 2022

A Culture preserved in the Black Experience addresses how Black culture and its heritage reflect and shape values, beliefs, and aspirations, which define a people’s identity. By bringing together the past and the present, the old meets the new in the black artistic world. It is important for Black people to preserve and share their cultural heritage through the arts, as it keeps and holds their truths as a people. This exhibition presents and preserves the Black visual artist narrative. The exhibition explores how Black people relate and fit within the American dream where they have had to reshape and reformulate their identities.

Researchers have found that just 1.2% of artwork In most major museums were made by Black artists, which means that in the eyes of America, the Black artist creativity or stories are not as important enough to be presented or preserved within the vast majority of artistic institutions. Consequently, the Black/African American story is not being fully preserved for future generations. Here In Fort Collins alone, Black people make up 1.6% of the population, not even enough for Fort Collins to mention in their advertisement for the city or local entities. Yet most of their money is spent here. They buy houses and raise families in a place where art exhibitions in galleries and museums never reflect them or their culture or work. This exhibition is here to help change that. The exhibition will include the works of several Black artists from across the country seasoned and mid-career. It will include a mixture of painting, drawing and sculptures.  It will give a culture the right to exist, a right to be  a right to representation here in Fort Collins and allow the community to preserve the experience of Black Culture.

Click HERE for the brochure for A Culture Preserved  with an essay by curator, Louise Cutler.

Louise Cutler, Fort Collins, CO
Karen Drewry, Wisconsin
Efilaf Art, Fort Collins, CO
Gerald Griffin, Chicago, IL
Thomas Lockhart, Denver CO
Joyce Owens, Chicago, IL
Charly Palmer, Atlanta, GA
Deborah Shedrick, Alabama
Kevin Wak Williams, Atlanta, GA
Jim Wider, Black Forest, CO

Image Credit Top- Charly Palmer, Erase and Yellow, acrylic on canvas
Image Credit Bottom- Joyce Owens, 4 Part Survivor Spirits, 2004, acrylic on wood

Jim Jacobs
May 27 – July 17, 2022

Artist Statement: Wood is an ideal medium for me. Formerly a living organism, it is constructed of cells that, even after being cut and dried, continue to respond to the environment. Wood expands and contracts with varying levels of humidity. It turns darker, lighter, or changes colors depending on its exposure to light. Wood is deeply entwined in our lives. Despite being replaced by plastic and steel in numerous instances, it continues to be the medium from which we create many of the objects we use in our everyday lives. Tables where we eat, chairs that support us, beds where we sleep, even our homes are still built of former trees. Wood, and the objects we create from it, have a physicality and a relationship to our bodies and our lives that lend themselves to be metaphors for us, our social and political idiosyncrasies and, in particular, our role in nature.

Jim Jacobs was the 2020 Rocky Mountain Biennial Grand Prize Winner at the Museum of Art Fort Collins. Jim Jacobs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Jacksonville University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from East Carolina University. From 1985 to 2015 he was a professor of visual art at Weber State University in Ogden, UT.

Click HERE for the brochure for Fray with an essay by Leah Ollman, Art Critic for the LA Times.

Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery

Jerry Monteith
May 27 – July 17, 2022

Artist Statement:

Traditionally, fishing flies are made of organic materials such as feathers and fur, and are designed to mimic a specific insect at a particular stage of its life. In the effort to target larger fish, they are used to mimic baitfish and even mice.  In most cases, the fly does not need to be a copy, true in all bodily detail. A simulacrum will typically suffice, and for the class of flies called “attractors,” a combination of sufficiently “buggy” characteristics will do.  

My Attractors take the fishing fly as a paradigm object and portray strange, insect-like creatures. They play homage to the incredible diversity of insect life, which we typically regard as an inconvenience at best. While their kind is said to represent 90 percent of the diversity of life on our planet, our kind typically ignores them. They embody my appreciation of the small things in life and in art.

Jerry Monteith is a Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. In 1978, he received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He currently resides in Cobden, Illinois.

18th Annual Eye Center of Northern Colorado Masks
Exhibition & Online Auction

April 1 – May 6, 2022

The annual Masks exhibition is a crowd favorite that over the years has raised more than $1.8 million dollars to support the museum’s mission. During that time, Masks artists, most of whom live in Northern Colorado, have designed and donated more than 3,000 masks. Each year brings new perspectives as the unadorned ceramic forms leave the museum and return as a creative collection of unique masks. Professional artists, whose creativity is their economic mainstay, and recreational artists, who respond to their need to express their creativeness with ingenious styles and materials all create over 220 Masks to support the museum and its programming.

Masks in the News!

Sean O’Meallie
Head Cheese: A 25 Year Retrospective
January 21 – March 13, 2022

O’Meallie, a former toy inventor for the mass-market, uses bright colors and fanciful shapes in playful and humorous ways to express delight, wonderment and consternation about the noisy philosophical issues of contemporary life. O’Meallie’s primary medium is wood, which he shapes and paints to an exact high degree and then may rub back to a human-touched patina, or leave glistening. In basswood and maple, O’Meallie sculpts potatoes and exclamation marks, candy and guns, ears and noses and eyes and teeth, melons and balloons. He paints with both realism and fantastical color palettes to precise effect. A product design sensibility from his years inventing toys for an international mass market is on full display.

O’Meallie taught studio art at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs for nine years and for ten years was a toy inventor based out of New York, NY, creating toy concepts for the international marketplace. O’Meallie’s sculptures have been exhibited and toured in the U.S. and Europe.  His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art & Design in New York, NY, The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, AR, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO.

Head Cheese Exhibition Brochure

CSIndy Article on Sean O’Meallie, March 2022

Image Credits: Rainbow Bread, 2008 (Top)
Blanket, 2009 (bottom)

Anne Bossert
HooDoos and Charms
January 21 – March 13, 2022

Named for oddly shaped sandstone spires found in the American Southwest and other parts of the world, these HooDoos are freeform sculptures. Letting the materials guide the outcome, Bossert assembles HooDoos from upcycled offcuts and leftover parts saved from years of making furniture. These little sculptures full of stripes, color, and texture are tiny monuments of play. 

Blow Up II: Inflatable Contemporary Art
October 29 – January 9, 2022

BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art explores the medium of inflatable art with imagery that is figurative, conceptual, and abstract. These large-scale inflatable sculptures, conceived by ten artists and art collectives from around the world, connote fun and whimsy, are familiar yet strange and challenge the definition of art. Here, in an unusual feat, artists use air as an active tool in their work to subvert our perspective and surprise us. BLOW UP II explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms.

Participating Artists: 
Chromaforms (Portola Valley, California), Nicole Banowetz (Denver, Colorado), Sharon Engelstein (Houston, Texas), FriendsWithYou (Los Angeles, California), Joshua Harker (Dexter, Michigan), Susan Lee-Chun (Miami, Florida), Matt Ritchie (San Francisco, California), Lizabeth Rossof (Denver, Colorado), Jen Stark (Los Angeles, California), and Max Streicher (Toronto, Canada).


Blow Up II was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

Image Credit: Matt Richie, rat 136, 2019, nylon fabric, electric fan, 112 x 77 x 116 inches (top)
Lizabeth Rossof, Bart from the 5 Xi’an American Warriors Series, 2019, nylon fabric, electric fan (middle)
Josh Harker, Crania Geodesica: Palloncino Anatomica, 2019, painted vinyl fabric, electric fan, 111 x 96 x 153 inches


Beauty and the Beast: An Unexpected Journey
Lorri Acott & Adam Schultz (Red Feather, CO)
August 27 – October 17, 2021

Artists Lorri Acott and Adam Schultz have joined forces to create a compelling new exhibition of original sculpture and paintings for the Museum of Art Fort Collins entitled Beauty and the Beast: An Unexpected Journey. This two-person show features their individual works of art, as well as a new series of collaborative sculptures. Celebrating ideas around unexpected relationships, duality, and the power of myth, this reinterpretation of the tale as old as time seeks to inspire a new conversation about what we really define as beautiful, and exactly who the beast may be.

Lorri Acott sculpts long-legged figures and animals that reflect intimate moments in our lives: a feeling, an interaction, a realization, an emotion. Simplified, without the details of faces or clothing, they rely on our innate understanding of human gesture to inform us. Her impressionistic figurative sculptures reside in private and public collections throughout the US and abroad. A favorite of collectors and critics alike, Lorri’s work receives a powerful emotional response wherever it is placed. Her work reaches for the universal in our innermost beings as it explores and examines the question of our existence. A mixture of heart-warming whimsy and a deep understanding of our feelings make Lorri’s work approachable and intimate.

Adam’s body of work ranges from miniature to monumental.  It  includes his latest collection of bronze sculptures, the Goddess Series, a celebratory expression of ‘delightfully abundant’ figurative nudes.

Photograph Credit: Upper: Beauty and the Beast. Lower: Lorri Acott and Adam Schultz. Photography by Adam Schultz.
Beauty and the Beast Video Credit: Herb and Jessica Saperstone


Unpacking The Shadow
A Collaborative Women’s Project
August 27 – October 17, 2021

Unpacking the Shadow Website

About Unpacking the Shadow

Lorri Acott

Years ago I read A Little Book on the Human Shadow by Robert Bly. 

In the book he called this shadow 

 “The long bag we drag behind us”  

 He writes that as children, when our parents teach us that we shouldn’t do things certain things,

we begin to believe that to be loved we must rid ourselves of these aspects of who we are. We take these little parts of ourselves, and put them in this long bag we drag behind us. 

This becomes “the shadow”

As we grow, there are more and more opportunities to throw aspects of ourselves into this bag.  

As we 

watch our peers and try to fit in, 

deal with family and relationship dynamics,

begin to doubt ourselves,

wonder about our own worth,

 or talents, 

or opinions,

 we remove more of ourselves and add 

more to the bag.

There comes a time, however, that we need to begin to reclaim what we have lost. 

This is what this exhibition is about.

In Unpacking the Shadow over 50 women have responded to the invitation to reclaim aspects of themselves. In doing so, and in creating a small art piece to represent that which they are reclaiming, they are given a voice to inspire others to do the same.

As I look at and respond to their stories with my own art, I am learning the importance of acknowledging the shadow parts of myself and begin to understand how to integrate them back into who I am.  

There is gold in that bag, and to live 

our richest and fullest lives, 

we want to take a look.

 Perhaps you’d like to join us.

Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938-1951
July 9 – August 15, 2021


Explore the history, artistry, and production of Hawaii’s enduring fashion statement, the Aloha Shirt. This exhibition of sixty objects, including original textile artwork, production sketches and swatches, advertisements, and vintage shirts tells the story of an early innovator, John “Keoni” Meigs, in an industry that has left an indelible mark on fashion in the United States and the world.

Although many claim authorship, the exact origin of the Aloha Shirt remains uncertain. The patterns of Polynesian tapa cloth, the colorful and bold floral designs of Tahitian pareau, and the sheer Japanese fabric used for making kimonos are often cited as some of the early stylistic influences of the shirt. Sometime in the late 1920s to the early 1930s, when Hawaii’s economy began to shift from an agricultural to a service-oriented economy and tourists started flying to Hawaii in ever-increasing numbers, the emphasis of the island clothing industry shifted from the production of work clothes to sports and casualwear. Combining the young islander’s love for colorful clothing with the tourist’s desire to bring home keepsakes of their holidays on the islands, the Aloha Shirt enjoyed massive popularity, particularly after the conclusion of the second World War.

In the history of the Aloha Shirt, there has been no more innovative merchandiser nor better self-promoter than “Keoni of Hawaii.” John “Keoni” Meigs (“Keoni” is Hawaiian for John) was a self-taught painter whose talent became known to the early shirt manufacturers in Honolulu. In 1938, he created his first designs, concentrating on Polynesian tapa patterns inspired by the originals he had studied at the local Bishop Museum. One of the most innovative Island fabric artists, Keoni is credited with creating as many as three hundred Aloha shirt designs. In Meigs’ words, “In a sense, Aloha shirts put Hawaii on the map. The first thing people did when they arrived was make a beeline for a department store to buy one. A lot of kooky things were designed, but I always tried to be a purist when it came to using motifs from Hawaiian sources.”

A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Image Credits:

John “Keoni” Meigs, Island Feast, 1946, manufactured by Kamehameha; cotton, 35 x 35 x 24 inches; © Keoni Collection.
Unknown photographer, Dressed in an aloha shirt and lava-lava, Keoni works on a textile design, c. 1940s; digital image; © Keoni Collection.
Special thanks to Lili Francuz and Mike Loughlin for sponsoring Dr. Linda Arthur Bradley’s visit and to Lauryn Bolz for producing the interview and questions with Dr. Bradley. 

Lynnette Jung-Springberg Gallery
Paper Boats
July 9 – August 15, 2021

The PAPER BOATS Portfolio was a call for artists to create a unique print for a portfolio that would participate in future traveling installations and collaborations, including the upcoming installations in Puerto Rico and Venice Italy, two destinations well known for their specific island culture. The participating artists were asked to explore the symbolic theme of water and by extension, how water and a little paper boat, could symbolize our human interactions and relationship with water and perhaps the world. Water has historically presented an exciting subject for printmaking artists to interpret and the fragility of the folded paper boats creates another interpretation of the subject, as a symbol of resourcefulness, creativity and resilience. “Paper Boats” is a unique collaborative project presented here as both a portfolio of flat prints and a portfolio of the resulting folded “boats”. The 20 artists selected for the portfolio come from all over the United States and include one artist living on the island of Guam and an artist living in China. The Los Angeles Printmaking Society sponsored the Paper Boats Portfolio for the Southern Graphics Conference International (SGCI) and both portfolios will be participating in the 2023 conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Portfolios will be on view at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy during the Venice Biennale in May, 2022.

Participating Artists

Florence Alfano McEwin
Mary Sherwood Brock
Lise Drost
Aunna Escobedo
Beth Fein
April Flanders
Sherry Jankiewicz
Gesine Janzen
Irena Keckes
Catherine Kernan
Carolyn Liesy
Hilary Lorenz
Martyna Matusiak
Kerry McAleer-Keeler
Stephanie Mercado
Mono Grafico Colectivo
Bill Pangburn
Jennifer Anderson Printz
Mumu Wang
Cathy Weiss

Eye Center of Northern Colorado
Masks Fundraiser & Exhibition
April 16 – June 20, 2021

Our 17th annual Masks Exhibition and Fundraiser featured 219 masks for sale, created and designed by the Northern Colorado community to raise funds for exhibitions and educational programs at the museum.

The annual exhibition is a crowd favorite that over the years has raised more than $1.7 million dollars to support the museum’s mission. During that time, Masks artists, most of whom live in Northern Colorado, have designed and donated more than 2,750 masks. Each year brings new perspectives as the unadorned ceramic forms leave the museum and return as a creative collection of unique masks. 

Professional artists, whose creativity is their economic mainstay, and recreational artists, who respond to their need to express their creativeness with ingenious styles and materials, have created 219 masks for the 2021 Masks Exhibition and Auction. These unique masks take you on a journey through landscape, portraiture, current events, COVID, animals, abstraction, and glorious textures, colors and personal expression. 





About Face: Contemporary Portraiture from the Collection of Wayne F.J. Yakes, MD
November 6 – March 28, 2021

About Face featured 11 artists from around the world and their exploration of contemporary portraiture and the figure from renown Denver collector Wayne Yakes, MD. Exhibited artists included: Halim Al Karim, Bill Amundson, Mihail Chemiakin, Kim Dorland, Antal Goldfinger, Kaoruko, Jenny Morgan, Yigal Ozeri, Dan Schilling, Piet van den Boog, and Andy Warhol.

Support for this exhibition and programming came from: Wayne Yakes, MD, Eye Center of Northern Colorado, City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Dr. Peter Springberg, Colorado Creative Industries, National Endowment for the Arts, Bohemian Foundation, Loveland Reporter-Herald, KUNC, The Youth Clinic, Blue Federal Credit Union, and RE/MAX Advanced, Inc.

Image Credit: Jenny Morgan, True Blue, 2015, color silkscreen

Click HERE for an article on collector Wayne F.J. Yakes, MD, Dallas Style and Design, February 2021





Otter Products at 20

October 2 – 25, 2020

Born out of a Fort Collins garage and built on innovation and entrepreneurial drive, Otter Products has been a staple of Northern Colorado for more than 20 years. This exhibition will look at 20 years of innovation of the company and its founders. Follow along through the years as Otter Products started as a concept for a simple waterproof box and grew to be a global industry leader. 






Rocky Mountain Biennial
July 31 – September 20, 2020

The popular Rocky Mountain Biennial returns! This juried regional exhibition features artists from the Intermountain West in all mediums from installation, ceramic, jewelry, video to photography, sculpture and painting. The exhibition features 58 artists and 106 artworks.

Juror: Leah Ollman
Leah Ollman has been writing criticism and features about art for the Los Angeles Times since 1987, and has served as Corresponding Editor for Art in America since 1997. She has written essays for books on William Kentridge, Alison Rossiter, Michael Light, Michal Chelbin, John Brill and others, and contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues. Her articles and reviews have also appeared in such publications as SculptureParis Review Daily, Photograph, Art in Print, History of PhotographyARTnewsArt on Paper and American Craft. She earned her M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and graduated from Scripps College with a joint degree in Art History and Philosophy. She is currently at work on a book exploring the intersection of poetry and photography.

Ashley Andersen, Colorado Springs CO, Honorable Mention
Kelly Austin-Rolo,  Denver CO
Trent Davis Bailey, Denver CO, 2nd Prize Winner
Joan Baron + Gloria Martinez-Granados, Scottsdale AZ, Honorable Mention
Susan Beiner, Phoenix AZ
Heather Bentz, Tucson AZ
Barbara Bogart, Laramie WY
Wendy Bredehoft, Laramie WY
Jem Brock, Manitou Springs CO
Alexandra Buxbaum, Mesa AZ
Curt Carpenter, Aspen CO
Mark Cesark, Carbondale CO
Sharon Chung, San Tan Valley AZ
Anne Clark, Golden CO
Amy Guion Clay, Boulder CO
Joe Coca, Weston CO
Nicole Cochary, Jackson WY
Susan Cooper, Englewood CO
Kate Dardine, Wellington CO
Jennifer Davey, Loveland CO
Jennifer Day, Santa Fe NM
Jane Waggoner Deschner, Billings MT
Leah Diament, Aurora CO, Honorable Mention
Edie Dillon, Prescott AZ
Jenny Dowd, Alpine WY
Erin Dvorak, Denver CO
Richard Eisen, Milliken CO
Kim Ferrer, Fort Collins CO
Marcus Fingerlin, Brighton CO
Charis Fleshner, Loveland CO
Elizabeth Groth, Boulder CO
Blanche Guernsey, Gillette WY
Dave Hanson, Price UT
Kathryn Hart, Larkspur CO, Honorable Mention 
Stephanie Hilvitz, Longmont CO
Kevin Hoth, Boulder CO
Peter Illig, Denver CO
Jim Jacobs, Ogden UT, Grand Prize Winner
James Johnson, Gilbert AZ, Honorable Mention
Kirsten Kainz, Belgrade MT
Marina Kassianidou, Boulder CO
Beth Krensky, Salt Lake City UT
Bonnie Lebesch, Fort Collins CO
Jade Lowder, Bozeman MT
Kumiko S. McKee, Fort Collins CO, Honorable Mention
Sarah McKenzie, Boulder CO, Honorable Mention
Grace Morris, Fort Collins CO
Kimberly Noel, Fort Collins CO
Chris Sedgwick, Colorado Springs CO
Mary Sloane, Santa Fe NM
Ronda Stone, Loveland CO
Elizabeth Stone, Greenough MT
Whitney Toutenhoofd, Boulder CO
Isaac Trujillo, Fort Collins CO
Rhonda Urdang, Flagstaff AZ
David van Buskirk, Denver CO, Honorable Mention
Kate Walker, Boise ID, Honorable Mention
Hao Zhang, Boise ID

Rocky Mountan Biennial Virtual Tour

Thank you to Roland Kuehn of RE/MAX Advanced, Inc and Kimball Nelson Photography

Virtual Tour Sponsored by: Re/Max Advanced, Inc

16th Annual Masks Exhibition
May 2 – June 28, 2020

The 16th Annual Masks auction will be online this year through June 28, 2020.

The annual exhibition is a crowd favorite that over the years has raised more than $1.6 million dollars to support the museum’s mission. During that time, Masks artists, most of whom live in Northern Colorado, have designed and donated over 2,750 masks.

In 2020, The Museum of Art | Fort Collins has 220 community art masks as part of the exhibition and auction.

Shelter: Crafting A Safe Home
January 17 – March 15, 2020

Shelter is universally identified as a basic human need, yet refuge and protection are out of reach for millions of people. The United Nations reports a record of 65.3 million people was uprooted worldwide last year, a figure that has increased by 50 percent over the past five years. In the US, 2.5 million children are now homeless each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children. In communities across the US, real estate development and growth bring increasing concerns about effects of gentrification and housing equity. To bring this subject to light, Contemporary Craft, is focusing public attention on the basic human need for safe housing through the major exhibition, Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.

35 works in diverse craft media created by 14 contemporary artists will convey personal stories and experiences to demonstrate the local and worldwide impact displacement and housing insecurity have on individuals and society, and how the arts can encourage positive self-expression and guide thoughtful conversation. Innovative contemporary art expressions, rooted in traditional craft materials, will highlight a range of techniques and forms. Because of the visionary, poetic, and experiential potential of art, visitors will be able to see, feel, and understand the need for stable housing in new and meaningful ways; to transform their thinking and be moved to become part of the solution.

This exhibition was organized by Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery

Elliot Ross: American Backyard
January 17 – March 15, 2020

American Backyard looks at the reality of American lives on the border through the voices of those that occupy those spaces. This photographic project took shape over five months with interviews from thousands of residents along the 2,000 mile border, which covered over 8,000 miles of circumnavigational travel from Brownsville, TX to San Diego, CA.

Elliot Ross is an internationally represented photographer based in Colorado with a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been widely published, with notable appearances in National Geographic Magazine, TIME, The Guardian, Vice and The Atlantic. Blending formalism with editorial storytelling, his work aims to achieve a timeless quality. As a result, many of Elliot’s clients have roots in American heritage. His fine art work focuses predominantly on human stories that explore spaces in transition, among them, the rapidly changing American arctic, and the divisive nature of geopolitical borders including the plight of refugees seeking asylum in Europe and stories from marginalized American communities of the U.S. / Mexico borderlands.

Elliot Ross website

50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic

October 11 – January 5, 2020


MOA | FC will open the traveling exhibition “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic,” which showcases some of National Geographic’s most compelling photographs. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine’s most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its nearly 130 year history.

In addition to seeing the photographs as they appeared in the magazine, visitors to the exhibition will learn the stories behind the photos and more about the photographers themselves. For some images, visitors will be able to see the “near frames” taken by the photographer: the sequence of images made in the field before and after the perfect shot. 50 Greatest Photographs is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society. 


The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through our grants and programs, we aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.org.

Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery

Kiliii Yuyan

Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery
October 11 – January 5, 2020

Kiliii Yuyan is a Nanai (Siberian Native) and Chinese-American photographer whose award-winning work chronicles Indigenous communities and conservation issues.

Kiliii’s mission is presenting long-form narratives of the relationship between humans and the natural world. Kiliii’s photography presents an alternative vision of humanity’s greatest wealth—community, culture and the land. 

Wilderness expeditionary experience has been critical for Kiliii’s projects across the Arctic and other extreme environments. On assignment, he has fled collapsing sea ice, weathered botulism from fermented whale blood, and found kinship at the edges of the world. 

Kiliii contributes features to National Geographic Magazine, Outside, Pacific Standard, and Sierra. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, and have won awards from PDN, Communication Arts, and Px3. Kiliii also speaks publicly about indigenous and conservation issues, and has given talks at National Geographic and the George Eastman Museum. He is based out of Seattle.


This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Center for Fine Art Photography. 



Our Planet: Exploring Our Changing Environment

July 26 – September 29, 2019

“Our Planet” is a unique art exhibition created by Colorado artist Bob Doyle. He gathered 16 accomplished Colorado artists to depict how climate change is affecting our lives and environment both locally and globally. The objective of this art exhibition is to engage people on the subject of climate change by creating art that draws them into the subject visually and emotionally; connecting them to real life experiences and scientific understandings about what is going on today. This is not a typical art exhibition, but an emotionally impactful experience and learning opportunity.

The artists exhibiting are:

Cliff Austin 
Rick Brogan 
Carole Buschmann 
Marcie Cohen 
Bob Doyle 
Susan Foster 
H. Cedar Keshet 
Sarah St George
Sina March
Susan McKelvy
Pushpa Sunder Mehta
Carol Peterson
Jennifer Riefenberg
Elizabeth Rouland
Barbara Takamine
Elizabeth Van Ingen

Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery

Michael Madrid
July 26 – September 29, 2019

This exhibition features the animal and landscape photography of Northern Colorado by acclaimed Fort Collins photographer Michael Madrid. Since 2015, Madrid has been the International Sports Director for USA TODAY Sports Images. Madrid holds degrees in Photography and in Journalism. His professional affiliations have included the White House News Photographers Association, the U.S. Senate Press Photographers Gallery, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and The National Press Photographers
Association where he is a former member of the Board of Directors.

Trine Bumiller: The Glacier Project
July 26 – September 29, 2019

The Glacier Project is an installation about Colorado’s fourteen remaining but disappearing glaciers, and the need to record, remember and respect them and our environment. It was created from strenuous treks to see the glaciers, then photographing, sketching, and making paintings from my observations. Fourteen watercolors in shades of blue, brown and grey speak softly of my journeys. The vertical format emphasizes the layers of rock, water, ice, and sky, and is reminiscent of Asian landscape paintings. As opposed to the Western need to put humans in the center of the universe, Eastern tradition places nature at the center. 

By travelling to the glaciers in person, I make a pilgrimage of faith, one that may not be possible in the years to come. The hardship of the hikes alludes to the difficulty of preservation; the recording of them calls attention to their meaning.  They are painted with respect and feeling of caring for these monuments of nature and icons of a planet in trouble, and a sense of the loss and the urgency to protect our environment. Our own inability to act to stop the warming of our climate, the walls we must scale to bring about a change in our policies, our detrimental human activities, and our efforts to stop them and reverse the damage we have done to the planet, all come into play. Without glaciers, without the water that provides drinking water, irrigation water and water for hydroelectricity, communities will be adversely affected. Flooding from premature glacial melt, rising ocean levels, and change in climate due to solar absorption create new challenges. People must adapt or suffer. Glaciers are an important symbol in the issue of climate change. Glacier Project is a devoted portrait of a precious natural resource.

Trine Bumiller grew up in the Ohio River valley of Cincinnati, Ohio. She currently lives and works in Denver and Fraser, Colorado. She is a graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design and spent a year with RISD in Rome, Italy. After graduating, she lived in New York City, working for Betty Parsons and Jack Tilton Galleries and pursuing her own studio work. Since moving to Colorado she has exhibited her work nationwide in galleries and museums. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, ArtNews and the New Art Examiner.

Her work has been commissioned for companies such as Four Seasons, the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, and Jacobs Engineering. Other corporate collections include Chase Manhattan, HBSC and Century Link. Public collections include the city of Denver, the state of Colorado, the University of Iowa and the Japanese Consulate. trinebumiller.com

Erika Osborne

May 17 – July 14, 2019

Erika Osborne creates artworks in a variety of media that raise awareness and communicates the nuances of the many environmental issues present today in the American West. Equally, her artwork delves into our cultural and personal connections to place and environment. Her artistic focus explores environmental degradation and the hope for a sustainable future as well as our connection to place in a world where the environment is loved and abused simultaneously.

Erika Osborne received her BFA from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with over ten solo exhibitions and over 60 group exhibitions in recent years – including shows at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Chautauqua Institute. Erika is currently represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

She has also been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, locally, nationally and internationally. Erika’s work has been highlighted in three books surveying the evolution of land and environmental art in the West. It has also been featured in regional publications along with international art magazines such as New American Paintings, Art PapersSculpture Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.

Erika Osborne has also dedicated herself to university level art education. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University, Erika teaches all levels of painting alongside an interdisciplinary field course for artists titled, Art and Environment.

Ron Kroutel
Ohio to Colorado: The Journey Continues

Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery
May 17 – July 14, 2019

Growing up in Chicago, Kroutel attended The Art Institute of Chicago for studio art courses in painting and drawing and The University of Chicago for academic courses.

In 1966 he took a position at Ohio University where he eventually became chair of painting, drawing and foundations for many years. Nationally and internationally exhibited with over 39 solo exhibitions, Kroutel has been awarded three Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, an Arts Midwest NEA Fellowship and numerous prizes and awards. His work most recently has appeared in the book International Painting Annual 1, published by Manifest Gallery.

As a professor at Ohio University, he had the good fortune to teach in a considerable number of Education Abroad programs in London, Prague and Florence.  These experiences profoundly influenced his teaching and his art practice. More recently he finished teaching in Ohio University’s London Education Abroad program starting in the summer of the year 2000.

Early in 2018, Kroutel was honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Kennedy Museum of Art in Athens, Ohio entitled “50 Year Journey: Ron Kroutel Paintings.” He and his wife, Patrice Wolf, a recognized painter, now work in their studios in Old Town, Fort Collins, CO where they moved in 2017.  Currently he is working on traveling the Ohio retrospective to a museum in Colorado where he can introduce his work to a new community.  His journey continues.

Intricate Form: Brenda Mallory & Sydney Pursel

January 18 – March 17, 2019

The mission of Ucross Foundation (Clearmont, WY) is to foster the creative work of both accomplished and emerging artists by providing uninterrupted time, studio space, living accommodations, and the experience of Wyoming’s majestic High Plains, and to serve as a responsible steward of its historic 20,000-acre ranch. In the past couple of years, the Ucross Foundation has created and implemented a Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists, which awards Indigenous artists up to 4-weeks in residence, a stipend and inclusion in a gallery exhibition the following year at the Ucross Art Gallery. Brenda Mallory and Sydney Pursel are the first two recipients of this new fellowship.

Brenda Mallory’s (Cherokee Nation) work ranges from individual wall-hangings and sculptures to large-scale installations. She works with mixed media, creating multiple forms that are joined with crude hardware or mechanical devices in ways that imply tenuous connections and aberrations.

Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel specializes in socially engaged, activist, performance, video and new media arts. As a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska with strong Irish Catholic roots, she investigates personal identity and contemporary Indigenous issues through art.

Melanie Yazzie: Mind Mapping

January 18 – March 17, 2019
Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery

As a printmaker, painter, and sculptor, Melanie Yazzie’s work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Her work follows the Diné dictum “walk in beauty” literally, creating beauty and harmony. As an artist, she works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural, and political phenomena shaping the contemporary lives of Native peoples in the United States and beyond. Her work incorporates both personal experiences as well as the events and symbols from Dine culture. Her work is informed and shaped by personal experiences and tries to tell many stories about things both real and imagined. The history of Native America and Native peoples includes forced assimilation and cultural genocide that has occurred due in great part to government boarding schools. Native youth and communities today are burdened with the consequences of this history and by an educational system that prioritizes knowledge foreign to Native community’s indigenous knowledge.

Melanie Yazzie is a professor of printmaking in the Department of Art and Art History at University of Colorado, Boulder.

Pigskin Peanuts

October 26 – January 6, 2019

While most readers might associate Peanuts with the game of baseball, other sports also figured prominently in Charles Schulz’s comic strip. Schulz created over 250 football-themed Peanuts comic strips and his “Fall Classic”—Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown just as he runs up to kick it—became a rite of autumn in American pop culture.

Schulz’s other football-themed strips are equally memorable for Peanuts aficionados. Who can soon forget the “Mad Punters’” exuberant capers, Woodstock’s valiant gridiron efforts, Marcie’s total ineptitude at the game, or the passion and ferocity which marked Peppermint Patty’s play?

The 50 Sunday and daily strips in this exhibition demonstrate the fun Schulz had with the sport and explore his wonderful world of Pigskin Peanuts.

Haley Hasler

August 3 – October 14, 2018

Part biography and part theatre, Haley Hasler’s paintings depict ordinary life in extraordinary, exaggerated circumstances. She uses the self-portrait as a way to access the personal within an archetypal heroine. Through these iconic forms, she investigates artifice versus reality and interior versus exterior. The faces of her portraits convey the bewilderment and fatigue of motherhood in turbulent surroundings. Her work, which often includes depictions of her husband and children, explores the challenges facing a twenty-first century woman as she seeks to balance her roles as mother, wife, and individual.

David A. Tyrrell

August 3 – October 14, 2018
Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery

David A. Tyrrell (1952-2017) was a self-taught artist residing in Fort Collins, CO. David’s art is a diverse variety of categories, subjects and style from portraiture to landscapes, cityscapes and still lives. His true passion, though, was portraiture. In his words “To paint people is the only reason I have found for life. There is nothing more complex and certainly interesting than our species and having the ability to render what I see onto canvas is my reason for being.”

Awkward Family Photos

May 18 – July 15, 2018

The exhibition aims to explore the perfectly imperfect moments that come with the family experience and provide a place for people to celebrate the awkwardness while taking comfort in the fact that their family is not alone. This exhibition includes over two hundred classic Awkward Family Photos and hilarious ‘behind the awkwardness’ stories from the actual families. None of this would be possible without generous participation from the awkward families who so bravely sent in their photos. It is the hope of the Awkward Family Photos’ creators that this exhibition will “bring all our families a little closer together as we acknowledge those special times when we wished we were a lot farther apart.”

Sue McNally: This Land Is My Land

January 19 – March 18, 2018

For the past seven years, Sue McNally has been traveling around America painting landscapes in each state that have some personal meaning to her. This exhibition will showcase 17 of her paintings based in Western states. McNally paints her landscapes on a breathtaking large scale and saturates her canvasses with acid colors that speak to both the beauty of America’s vistas but also their inherent wildness and unknowability.

Chuck Kimmerle: From the Heart:Land

January 19 – March 18, 2018

Chuck Kimmerle’s landscape work centers primarily around the intersections of where man and nature meet. He works exclusively in black and white with its inherently graphic format.

Dalí & Picasso: Drawings & Prints from the Collection of Dr. Wayne F. Yakes

November 3 – January 7, 2018

Salvador Dalí & Pablo Picasso are two of the most well-known artists in all of 20th-century art. For both, aspects of their personal lives and outsized personalities sometimes overshadowed their prodigious creative output. Both were master draftsmen, creative pioneers in many artistic movements throughout the 20th century and moved freely between many mediums.

This exhibition featured the intimate drawings and sketches of both Dalí and Picasso from the collection of Dr. Wayne F. Yakes. Among the highlights, the exhibition will showcase Dalí’s rendering of Dante’s Divine Comedy with 100 woodblock prints that were created from original watercolors.

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

This gallery 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.

2017 Archive

Lobby Gallery


Barbara Gilhooly
Ayn Hanna
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.

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Dialogue: Peace by Barbara Romain
The Fort Collins Museum of Art and the Lincoln Center Art Gallery co-hosted the transformational power of art through Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate. This dynamic exhibition, running January 20-March 19, showcases the diverse work of 39 artists who have transformed thousands of anti-Semitic and racist books into a visually powerful, thought-provoking, and ultimately deeply moving exhibition.

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.

Artworks from the exhibition will be on view at both The Fort Collins Museum of Art and the Lincoln Center Art Gallery.
In conjunction with the exhibit, multiple community programs are also being offered – including special guest speaker Nate Phelps, a series of films, panel discussions, a special film and lectures event with DJ Spooky, a story time and a book club meeting. Topics raised by the artworks and community programs are intended to spur community-wide reflection and dialogue on the possibility of transformation from a spirit of hatred and discrimination, toward one of openness, tolerance and justice.

Click here for more information on programming events at both venues.

This exhibition has been sponsored by the Montana Human Rights Network and organized by Curator Katie Knight.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by:
The Lincoln Center Support League

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


Lobby Gallery


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.

2016 Archive
Eastham Family Exhibition Series

Adam Junior
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.


Elizabeth Morisette
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.


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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.





Andrea Wallace
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.


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.

Micheal Butts

January 22 – March 20, 2016

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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

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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

Monte Mead

Melanie Metz

Click here to listen to the Bob Coonts feature on Support Local Culture on KRFC:

Audio Player

This exhibition sponsored in part by: Gary & Carol Ann Hixon


Ronda Stone

November 20 – January 10, 2016

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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.

2015 Archive
Norman Rockwell’s 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers

September 4 – November 1, 2015


No Swimming, Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, June 4, 1921, • © SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN All rights reserved. www.curtislicensing.com

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

Hedgie Loves to Read, Jan Brett


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.

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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.



Trophy #14, mixed media; from the collection of the artist.

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

Mark James, Spring, Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, 2014

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.

2014 Archive
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

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon was organized by sairally Fine Arts & Consulting, Hamburg, Germany, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Photograph by Cecil Beaton of Marilyn Monroe, 1956/2005, Silver gelatin print, © Cecil Beaton Archive / Sothebys.

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 BeatonHenri Cartier-BressonAntonio de FelipeMilton 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 DiscoveryWatch a video of one of the artists, Jennifer Davey, creating her piece for this exhibition.

Portal to the Past by Wendy Franzen

Looking through Wendy Franzen’s Portal to the Past to the far end of the gallery.


Lodore Canyon in Colorado, Karen Halverson

Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River 
Karen Halverson
May 16 – July 3, 2014
Main Gallery


Memory of Water series: Untitled, (MW 2392), Kevin O’Connell

The New West: Colorado Photography Now
Kevin O’Connell
May 16 – July 3, 2014
Gallery 101



April 4 – May 2, 2014


FCMOA Main Gallery

Andy Warhol Prints from the Cochran Collection
December 13, 2013 – March 16, 2014


Artists: Lisa Cameron Russell, Amelia Caruso, Bob Coonts, Lynn Cornelius, Diane Findley, Wendy Franzen, Scott Freeman, Nilda Getty, Charlie Hatchette, Gwen Hatchette, Rachel Herrera, Erick Johnson, Jim Klingman, John Kutzik, Barbara Leyendecker, Christy Martell, Mary McCauley, George Menning, Aaron Ristau, Ajean Ryan, Kirsten Savage, Naida Seibel, Ann Wilmsen, Carl Wilmsen, Dave Yust

2013 Archive
Northern Colorado Invitational
October 4 – November 22, 2013


Parade of Horses, James Jensen

James Jensen
August 9 – September 22, 2013
Main Gallery

Beet It, Paula Peacock

Beet It, Paula Peacock

Paula Peacock: Colorado Still Life Painter

August 9 – September 22, 2013
Gallery 101


City on a Megabeam, Syd Mead

Syd Mead: Progressions
May 17 – July 21, 2013


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April 5 – May 3, 2013

Battle of Children, Ernst Neizvestny

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


Glacier Temple Melting, Marlene Tseng Yu

ICE: Melting Glaciers & Avalanche Paintings by Marlene Tseng Yu
October 5 – December 2, 2012


Chairman Mao’s Map, Liao Yibai

Liao Yibai: Supersized Fakes and Cold War Artifacts 
from the Wayne F. Yakes Collection
May 18 – September 15, 2012
Main Gallery


Ajean Lee Ryan
July 13 – August 29, 2012


Marc Chagall and the Bible: Etchings and Lithographs

2012 Archive
From the Wayne F. Yakes Collection
May 3 – July 1, 2012


Jonah in the Whale, David Wander

David Wander: Drawings from the Biblical Texts
May 3 – July 1, 2012


The Beckoning, Marti Plager

Structures in Cloth
February 17-April 21, 2012


CHIHULY VENETIANS: from the George R. Stroemple Collection
December 14, 2011 – March 18, 2012

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A Celebration of the American Studio Glass Movement
December 14, 2011-March 18, 2012


Artists: Richard Aldrich, John Alexander, Gregory Amenoff, Cecily Brown, Francesco Clemente, Ed Cohen, Will Cotton, John Currin, William Daniels, Tomory Dodge, Peter Doig, Stef Driesen, Judith Eisler, Inka Essenhigh (image right), Eric Fischl, Mark Francis, Bernard Frize, Marc Handelman, Mary Heilman, Shirazeh Houshiary, Jacqueline Humphries, Bill Jensen, Alex Katz, Daniel Lefcourt, McDermott & McGough (image left), Markus Muntean/Adi Rosenblum, Takashi Murakami (center image), Todd Norsten, Thomas Nozkowski, Richard Patterson, Philip Pearlstein, Richard Prince, Peter Rosstovsky, Lisa Sanditz, Dana Schutz, Sean Scully, Amy Sillman, Juan Usle, Alison Van Pelt, Tam Van Tran, Tommy White, Lisa Yuskavage

2011 Archive
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


Grangeville, Michael Gregory

Michael Gregory: Western Construct
January 14 – March 15, 2011


Leder, Leonid Sokov

2010 Archive
Shattered Utopia: Russian Art of the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periods
from the Wayne F. Yakes, M.D. Collection
November 19 – December 29, 2010


Mazorca, William Morris

William Morris: Myth, Object and the Animal
August 6 – November 5, 2010


Tea Cup Dream, Lynn Goldsmith

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


Mirror, Hung Liu

Hung Liu: Apsaras
November 13, 2009 – January 2, 2010