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Lecture and workshops with Finnish jewelry designer Eija Mustonen
Monday, December 12, 3:30 pm, WES Room
Lecture: Translation | Käännös
Three-day workshops (sign up at the Worner desk)
Workshop 1: December 13 - 15 3:30 - 5:30pm
Workshop 2: December 16 - 20 (Sat, Sun off) 3:30 - 5:30pm
Abstraction and Spirituality
Discussion and art making session with Professor Ruth Kolarik
Tuesday, December 6, 3:00-5:00 pm, Sacred Grounds in Shove Chapel
Inner Spaces: Reflection and Self-expression in Asian Art
Discussion and art making session with Professor Tamara Bentley
Thursday, November 10, 3:00-5:00 pm, Sacred Grounds in Shove Chapel
Modern Pueblo Painting and the Art of Resistance
Sascha Scott ('97), Syracuse University
Tuesday, November 1, Cornerstone Screen Room, 6:00 pm
Sascha Scott ('97) is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art. She is also a member of the Native American Studies faculty and Syracuse University. In addition to offering broad surveys of American visual culture, she teaches courses that expand out from her research, including seminars that explore representation of American Indians, art and politics, and art and the environment. Her recent publication, A Strange Mixture: The Art and Politics of Painting Indians (2015) received the Historical Society of New Mexico’s Emerson Twitchell Award, Significant Contribution to the Field of History in 2016. A graduate of Colorado College (1997), Dr. Scott earned an MA from George Washington University (2001) and a Ph.D from Rutgers University (2008). Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Context as Continuum
A lecture by Adam Yarinsky, Architecture Research Office
Wednesday, October 5, Slocum Commons, 7:00 pm
Scott Johnson at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Mysterium Tremendum: collecting curiosity
A collaborative installation by Matt Barton and Scott Johnson
August 9-December 17, 2016
Mysterium Tremendum: collecting curiosity is inspired by the arrival of Shakespeare’s First Folio at CU-Boulder. The installation celebrates the important roles curiosity and wonder play in the pursuit of knowledge. Mysterium Tremendum presents a “cabinet of curiosities” that brings together materials from libraries, special collections, departments and research centers at CU. Among the highlights on view are materials gathered by the artists from collections near and far alongside objects and implements that inspire the work of faculty. Opening Reception September 1, 5:00-7:00 pm
Center Forward: Open Theme
Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins
September 2 to October 1, 2016
Heather and Emma have been chosen to participate in the 7th annual juried exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The jurors this year were Aline Smithson & Hamidah Glasgow. The reception will be held Friday, September 9, 5:30-9:00 pm.
Recent graduate Heidi Flores ('16) and CC professor Emma Powell featured in
Verge: shaping the photograph
John Sommers Gallery at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
June 6 - June 18, 2016, 9am - 4pm Monday through Friday
Verge: shaping the photograph is an exhibition of works exploring what the photograph is and how it behaves.
Closing reception June 18, 5-7pm
Featuring works by: Lea Anderson, Katelyn Bladel, Seiya Aleksandr Bowen, Joshua Willis, David Campbell, Jane Lindsay, Sallie Scheufler, Jazmyn Crosby, Ed Brandt, Heidi K. Flores, Marisa Gomez, Richard Perce, Kim Arthun, Emma Powell, Kristen Roles, Teena Lee Ryan, and Korie Elizabeth Tatum
Student Morgan Bak selected for public art installation in Colorado Springs
Senior Art major Morgan Bak is one of six artists to be invited to participate in the second phase of INTERSECTION, a public art program that transforms traffic signal boxes into works of art. You can read more about the initiative on the Downtown Colorado Springs webpage. Morgan's piece will be installed in early summer.
Student Tinka Avramov presents her research on the Triadic Ballet at the Denver Art Museum
Professor Gale Murray and Tinka Avramov at the Front Range Student Symposium in Denver
On Saturday, April 30, Art History major Tinka Avramov represented Colorado College at the annual Front Range Student Art History Symposium at the Denver Art Museum. Tinka's presentation, "The Triadic Ballet: An Embodiement of Bauhaus Principles," was based on her Senior thesis project, which analyzed Oskar Schlemmer's early 20th century theatrical performance. Tinka was one of ten undergraduate and graduate students who shared their research at the day-long symposium.
An Exhibition by Lila Pickus ('13)
May 2-6, 4:00-6:00 pm, 802 N. Nevada
Lila Pickus, 9th Semester Design Fellow and CC Art Studio alumna, will showcase her print work from the semester in a week-long exhibition. The opening reception is May 2, 4:00-6:00 pm.
Textiles as Magic Charms in Late Antiquity
Jennifer Ball ('91)
Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00 pm in Packard Hall, Room 21
Professor Jennifer Ball, art history major from the Colorado College class of 1991 will speak on Textiles as Magic Charms in Late Antiquity. Many textile fragments and sometimes entire garments from the Late Roman/Early Byzantine/Islamic period have been preserved in the dry climate of Egypt. These household textiles and items of dress show a continuity of beliefs outside and alongside the changing religious landscape of Egypt from the Roman pagan religions to Christianity, Judaism, and later, Islam.
After graduating from Colorado College, Jennifer Ball worked in the textile department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received a Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. She has taught here at CC and is now Associate Professor of Byzantine and Islamic Art at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her book Byzantine Dress Representations of Secular Dress in Eighth- to Twelfth-Century Painting is an important work on the significance of costume in communicating identity and status in Byzantium. Her other studies focus on monastic costume and liturgical textiles. She has contributed to catalogs of major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the current exhibition, designing identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity, at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New York where she wrote on the magical significance of decoration on garments.
Senior Thesis Exhibition
Annual Art Department Group Show
April 21-May 10, Coburn Gallery
The Artist's Playbook
A Conversation about Non-linear Careers with Carolyn Chen
Monday, April 25 at 4:00pm in Worner 213
Carolyn Chen has made music for supermarket, demolition district, and the dark. Her work reconfigures the everyday to retune habits of our ears using sound, text, light, image, and movement. Her work has been presented at festivals and exhibitions in 19 countries. Chen earned a PhD in music from UC San Diego, and an MA in Modern Thought and Literature and BA in music from Stanford University, with an honors thesis on free improvisation and radical politics.
High Fiber: Student and Alumnae Fiber Arts Show
April 21-May 16 in the Arts and Crafts Hallway in Worner
Opening Thursday, April 21, 4:00-5:30pm
Cold War in the Tropics: The Politics of Design in Fria, Guinea, 1956-65
A lecture with Yetunde Olaiya
Friday, February 19 at 4:00 pm in Packard Hall, Room 23
Contemporary Canadian Print Media and Print Installation Work
A talk by Catherine Wild, Visiting Artist at Colorado College
Monday, January 25 at 2:00 pm in Packard Hall, Room 21
Catherine Wild, Linked Target, relief and intaglio
Visiting artist Catherine Wild will spend two weeks in residence in the print shop during block five. In week two of the block, she will conduct individual critiques with senior studio students. She will also be creating her own work in the shop printing lithographs and working with CC alumnus Michael Arnsteen.
Catherine is on sabbatical this year after serving as the Dean of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. She will return to teaching in the fall as a professor in print. Her studio work includes abstract prints in relief, intaglio and lithography.
Jean Gumpper: New Works on the Mezzanine
William Havu Gallery, Denver, Colorado
January 15 - February 27, 2016
Student Ellen Sarah Casey receives a Design Excellence AwardEllen with DIS Faculty Marie-Louise Holst
Ellen has been recognized by DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia with a Design Excellence Award for her outstanding work in Architecture Design Foundations studio. The award is given to a student who has distinguished himself/herself through diligence, commitment, academic performance, and ideally a student who contributes to a positive, collaborative learning environment in class.
During the semester Ellen and her classmates have been working on two assignments under the guidance of DIS Faculty Marie-Louise Holst. The first one is titled “Nordvest Object Gallery – Urban Infill in and Urban Context”, and the second is titled: “Cooking School in Hans Tavsens Park”.
Local Lessons: Piety and Pollution in a Friulian Altarpiece
A Lecture with Visiting Art History Professor Jason Di Resta
Thursday, December 3 at 4:00pm Packard Room 23
At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Venetian political subjugation of northeast Italy was complemented with an invasive strategy of artistic hegemony. This lecture considers an outstanding example of creative resistance to Venetian control by an artist whose oppositional tactics led him to become Titian’s greatest rival.
The Golden Touch Exhibition and Reception: a one night showcase of workshop objects
Friday October 2, from 4 – 7pm
802 N. Nevada Street, Colorado Springs, CO
Acclaimed Florentine artist Patrizio Travagli uses the ancient technique of gilding to transform the value and appeal of personal objects. Fascinated by the interaction of light and metallic leaf, Travagli draws upon the act of memorializing inherent in the gilding process and its finished product. In this workshop, participants will gild an everyday object stripping it of its utility and investing it with meaning, memory, and aesthetic value.
“The act of gilding is an act of memory. Covering the surface of an object with the noble metal exalts it. What is light and shadow becomes part of the environment through an anamorphic distortion. In the act of covering the object, you are also revealing it. Like a mirror it becomes a reflection, your own personal reflection.The aim of the project is to see and feel how people respond to a shift in their perspective through the use of gold in gild.ing. During the workshop, participants will be asked to select and transform an object that means something to them. Something they love and it is part of their life.
The gilding will be made, for reasons of cost of material and processing difficulties, with leaves of brass. The object’s status will be elevated by the metallic layer, but at the same time it will become useless. Once gilded, the objects will be exhibited together as if they were in a warehouse (a place full of memories), to establish a dialogue with each other and with the visitors of the exhibition. At the end of the show, each workshop participant recovers possession of the object, so it can go back to its own dimension of everyday life – with the added value of gold.” — Patrizio Travagli
Presented by the Colorado College Art Department and sponsored by the Mellon Foundation Arts in the Liberal Arts: Artist-in-Residence Grant
The Golden Touch: Gilding Workshops with Patrizio Travagli
Daily sessions: September 28 – October 1, from 3 – 6pm
802 N. Nevada Street, Colorado Springs, CO
Free and open to the public
Pre-registration required for each session
For more information and to register, contact Blair E. Huff: blair.e.huff@ColoradoCollege.edu
Introspective: Print and Textile
September 19 - November 8, 2015
Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center
HIDCOTE and Lawrence Johnston:
The American Who Transformed 20th-century English Garden Design
Talk by Ethne Clarke, Garden Historian
May 4, 2015 at 4:00pm
Cornerstone Screening Room
Sponsored by the Art Department's Harold E. Berg Endowment
Ethne Clarke, an internationally known garden historian, author of Hidcote: The Making of a Garden will speak at Colorado College on Monday afternoon, May 4, at 4:00 p.m. in the Screening Room in the Cornerstone Art Center. The famous early-20th-century gardens at Hidcote in the Cotswolds, recognized as the epitome of the classic English country garden style, were actually designed by an American, Lawrence Johnston. He was one of the so-called “Henry James Americans,” who lived their lives between Europe and the United States. Hidcote was the first garden to be taken into the custody of England's National Trust. Clarke has researched not only the garden, but also Johnston's life, the social and intellectual milieu of his era, and the contemporary influences on his garden-making.
Ethne Clarke is a professional horticulturist and the author of fifteen books on landscape history and gardening including The Art of the Kitchen Garden, Making a Herb Garden and with Rosemary Verey, The Scented Garden. Her biography of Cecil Pinsent, Infintiy of Graces, is the first biography of the English architect who created many of the best-loved villas and gardens in Tuscany, such as La Foce (for Iris Origo) and I Tatti (for Bernard Berenson). Formerly the editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening and garden editor for Traditional Home, Clarke has also contributed to The American Gardener, Horticulture, Pacific Horticulture, Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, Hortus, Homes and Gardens, Country Life, and RHS The Garden. Resident in England for 30 years, she was the recipient of the 1987 Angel Literary Award for Art of the Kitchen Garden. Clarke has a Master of Philosophy in Art and Design from De Montfort University, Leicester, England.
Heather Oelklaus, Print Workshop Supervisor, is having a solo show at
the Sangre De Cristo Arts and Conference Center!
Assistant Professor of Photography
has been selected to participate in the upcoming show
The opening reception will be on Friday, March 6th from 5:30-8:00pm at Republic Plaza (370 17th St. Downtown Denver, CO).
Her work will be up until May 5th.
Extending the Line: Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner
Extending the Line is part of Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Week (January 26-30) a fifteen-year-old event featuring a week of thematically related art, performances, lectures, and discussions. This year’s theme, What’s My Line? explores connections between theater, dance, mathematics, and visual art.
Emma Powell: Juggling Butterflies
November 24 – December 17, 2014
Emma Powell (Assistant Professor of Art) introduces her photography to Colorado College with this one-person exhibition. Fascinated by the history of photography, Powell incorporates historic processes and devices into her contemporary practice. Past projects have included archaic technologies such as wet plate collodion process and old Kodak cameras. Her recent work navigates the fine line between reality and fantasy, using self-portraiture to articulate personal narratives. Using a cyanotype process, Powell creates a backdrop in which archetypal universal symbols combine and collide.
Closed November 26 -- 30 for Thanksgiving Break
Reopening for regular hours December 1 -- 17
Scott Johnson's Mute Earth
at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
MUTE EARTH will consist of original works created by Scott Johnson specifically for the MOA galleries and will include site-specific installations and large-scale objects as well as a series of photographic pieces. Johnson will utilize the entirety of the MOA main exhibition galleries, multimedia galleries and atrium for this unique exhibition.
Scott Johnson is well known for his work with a wide range of materials and for his thought-provoking sculptural installations. MUTE EARTH will explore the complex relationship between modes of representation and perception with regard to landscape and architectural space. The installations presented as part of this exhibition are the result of Johnson’s literary research, experimentation with new materials and direct observation of natural phenomena and cultural artifacts, places, and structures. A Colorado native, Johnson incorporated regional phenomena and elements of the Colorado landscape into his conceptual threads for the works created for this exhibition.
Museum of Outdoor Arts 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, Colorado 80110
Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush
Heather Oelklaus: One of a Kind
July 29 - November 9, 2014
at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Heather Oelklaus, Heal (detail), 2014, Chemigram, 50 x 51 inches, edition of one, Courtesy of the artist
Colorado Springs-based artist Heather Oelklaus explores her subjects through historic photographic processes. Although Oelklaus employs vintage techniques, many of which date back to the beginnings of photography itself, her compositions frequently speak the language of abstract painting or motion pictures. But it is Oelklaus's combination of these extremely difficult technical processes with contemporary subjects and objects that is truly
ONE OF A KIND
The title of the show suggests the singular nature of many of Oelklaus's images. In an era in which most of us understand photography as infinitely reproducible, her photographic works emerge from intensive processes that result in a single original image.
Andrew Ramiro Tirado: Open
June 21 - September 28, 2014 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
For Open, Tirado has made a series of extraordinary large drawings that fill the FAC's magnificent, soaring El Pomar Gallery. The subject is what Tirado describes as one of our "primary tools" for connection and disconnection - the human hand. These exquisitely drafted images represent the hand in all its complex physicality, elegance, power, vulnerability, and expression. But these drawings are just the beginning of an exhibition that unfolds over time - the artist's process will be "open" and visible to viewers as Tirado creates a new, large-scale sculpture in the gallery throughout the show's duration. This is an experience that visitors will want to witness again and again.
Jean Gumpper Recognized in the Colorado Springs Business Journal
For "depth" and "community presence," among other qualities of her work, Jean Gumpper, Visiting Professor in the Colorado College Art Department, was recently named among the best artists in the Pikes Peak Region.
Read John Hazlehurst's article in the Business Journal
Artists/Artist Teams Selected for 16th Annual Art on the Streets
2014-2015 exhibit will feature eleven artists including Colorado Springs locals Andy Tirado and Sandy Friedman
Colorado Springs, CO – Downtown Colorado Springs and Community Ventures are pleased to announce the selection of artists for the 2014-2015 Art on the Streets juried sculpture exhibition. Now in its 16th year, Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places, while turning the streets of downtown Colorado Springs into a yearlong outdoor sculpture gallery.
A national call for artists attracted proposals from artists in four countries, 21 states and 16 Colorado cities. Artists were selected through a jury process in which artistic quality served as the primary criteria. This year’s jury included Blake Milteer, Museum Director and Chief Curator for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; local architect Michael Collins, and award-winning visual artist Jimmy Descant. Selected artists each receive a $1,000 honorarium. In addition, artists are eligible for a $10,000 Juror Award and a $1,000 People’s Choice Award.
The 2014-2015 exhibit will be on display June 2014 through May 2015 throughout Downtown Colorado Springs. The eleven artists selected for the exhibit are:
Dee Briggs, Pittsburgh, PA
Timothy D. Cassidy, New York Mills, MN
Steven Durow, Fruitland, MD
Atomic Elroy, Petaluma, CA
Sandy Friedman, Colorado Springs, CO
Steven Huffman, Ottumwa, IA
Suzanne Kane, Las Cruces, NM
James Alan Murray, South Portland, ME
Michael Shewmaker, Hilo, HI
Andrew Tirado, Colorado Springs, CO
Adina Ana Vomisescu and Juliana Morar, Toronto, Canada
Art on the Streets is a program of Downtown Colorado Springs, through Community Ventures, Inc. The program is supported entirely by private contributions, including founding sponsor U.S. Bank, with additional support from Colorado Creative Industries, Boettcher Foundation, and many other corporate and individual donors. All of the artwork in the exhibit is for sale, and purchase inquiries are welcome.
Opening reception for exhibition and Panel Discussion with exhibition artists and CC faculty. Includes performance by students from From Fringe to Spotlight, taught by professor Idris Goodwin.
From its roots within the urban American experience of the 1960-70s, contemporary hip-hop culture has evolved into an expressive language that transcends cultural and national boundaries. Formerly subversive modes of expression, such as graffiti, rap, appropriation, and breakdancing have now become flexible strategies for personal and political communication that spans all racial, national, and economic groups. From March 24 – May 8 2014 Colorado College will explore the ways in which the hip hop strategies of remix, mash-up, appropriation, and protest allow for the creation of new cultural hybrids within the shifting terrains of the mainstream. The project will include a gallery exhibition, public art projects, lectures, performances, films, and discussions.
The exhibition component of the project will focus on three contemporary artists Ruben Aguirre iROZEALb, and Jaque Fragua. The artists employ strategies drawn from street art practices and hip-hop culture within the context of fine art. The exhibition will uncover the tensions created when graffiti motifs are removed from lived, public spaces and realized into two-and three-dimensional forms. Themes addressed include: an examination the relationship between the self-definition inherent in the creation street art and the drive toward individual expression of Abstract Expressionism; the power of poetic insurrection within public spaces; and the creation of hybrid identities through cultural appropriations.
Thursday, March 27, 4:30 – 6:30pm
IDEA Space in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
As part of the state-wide marking of the 100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre - an event which sparked the modern labor movement - GOCA has invited six artists who address the concept of protest through their varied artistic practices.
Bradley Flora | LaToya Ruby Frazier | Scott Johnson | Lane Hall & Lisa Moline | Dareece Walker
Reception: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 5 - 9 pm at GOCA 1420 (The campus gallery at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway - parking is free after 4pm) Centennial Hall Room, 201.
Artist Talks @ 5 pm | Performance @ 7 pm
Exhibit Dates | January 31 - March 22, 2014
Historian Howard Zinn declared Colorado's historic Ludlow Massacre as "the culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history". As part of the state-wide marking of the 100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre - an event which sparked the modern labor movement - GOCA has invited six artists who address the concept of protest through their varied artistic practices. Hailing from regional and national locales and contributing photography, mixed-media, video and performance works, the artists are, through their works, expanding upon an event that resonates heavily today in our cultural consciousness.
A multidisciplinary performance will take place in the gallery on Friday, January 31, at 7 p.m. titled "Resistance and Rebellion: Remember the Past to Carve the Future" featuring Ensemble Peak Frequency, the Ormao Dance Company, Psychoangelo, and vocalist Tim Eriksen performing works associated with acts of social and political resistance, rebellion and oppression.
Huge Hands: Coburn Exhibit by Andy Tirado
Andy Tirado, the 3D arts supervisor for the Colorado College art department, has sculptured a series of massive hands using a very appropriate CC material – reclaimed redwood from the deck outside the studios at Packard Hall, which houses the art department.
Tirado provides tech support for the art department, supervises the sculpture shop, and teaches a spring woodworking adjunct class. He also will be teaching sculpture at the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass this summer.
The four sculptures, all of which depict right hands (Tirado is left-handed; he uses his right hand as a model) are enormous – one is 13 feet long and weighs more than 300 pounds – and take up nearly all the space in Coburn Gallery, where they have been on exhibit. However, the huge hands, constructed from redwood, alder, and steel, all materials Tirado scrounged for, will soon be moved to make way for a new exhibit.
Check out the full article by Leslie Weddell at the link below:
Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk
Wednesday, January 22, 4:30pm at IDEA Space
by Rebecca Tucker, Exhibition Co-Curator,
Jessica Hunter-Larsen, Curator of the IDEA program,
and Michael Howell Registrar and Collections Manager
at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Carl Reed's work showcased. The Denver Botanic Gardens will be highlighting the artistic work of twelve Colorado sculptors in an outdoor exhibit entitled "Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture."
Opening May 4 at 9 am and running through January 12, 2014, the exhibition showcases the work of artists Emmett Culligan, Kim Dickey, Linda Fleming, Nancy Lovendahl, Terry Maker, Robert Mangold, Patrick Marold, Andy Miller, Pard Morrison, Carl Reed, Yoshitomo Saito, and James Surls, in cooperation with Goodwin Fine Art, Robischon Gallery, and the William Havu Gallery. Supporting the exhibition are UMB Bank, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Today we regard the work of participating sculptor Carl Reed, Professor of Art, Emeritus at the Colorado College, who has just completed a sculpture titled Water Ring with Outliers, consisting of three separate elements created and placed specifically for a site in the gardens.
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