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FAC Receives Significant Art Collections

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College announced the gift of two significant art collections and supporting endowments from Colorado Springs philanthropists, Kathy Loo and Jim Raughton, on July 10, 2018.

Birger Sandzèn. St. Mary's Glacier, 1923. The Katherine and Dusty Loo Colorado Collection

Kathy Loo reaffirmed the commitment made by her late husband Dusty Loo in 1993 to gift his collection of Colorado and regional landscapes, the Dusty and Katherine Loo Collection, to the Fine Arts Center's museum.

In addition, Jim Raughton has made a promised gift of his collection, the Dr. Jim Raughton Broadmoor Art Academy Collection, to the Fine Arts Center.

"Kathy Loo and Jim Raughton are critical partners in defining our vision for the FAC, and their gifts help us to take a significant step toward accomplishing these goals," said Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler.

The Dusty and Katherine Loo Collection, assembled by Dusty Loo, includes 67 significant paintings by artists Charles Partridge Adams, Albert Bierstadt, Charles Bunnell, Thomas Moran, Boardman Robinson and Birger Sandzen, among others.

"This collection is about Colorado - its history, its place as a fomenter of fine art," said Dusty Loo in 1993.

Kathy Loo also made a pledge of endowed funds that will be held at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Foundation, a supporting foundation for the FAC governed by an independent community board.

"I am honored to play a role in preserving this historic collection that Dusty and many others cared so much about, and further contributing to the Fine Arts Center that I love so dearly," she said.

Raughton's gift, the Dr. Jim Raughton Broadmoor Art Academy Collection, includes works by artists who were central to the Broadmoor Art Academy. These works will add to the depth and breadth of the Fine Arts Center's collection of art, going back to its founding as the Broadmoor Art Academy in 1919.

"The Broadmoor Art Academy is an important part of the history of Colorado Springs and our role as a leader in the arts regionally and nationally," Raughton said. "I am excited to preserve and celebrate the significance of this era of the Fine Arts Center."

Raughton also has pledged a major endowment gift to the foundation for these purposes.

"These generous gifts from Kathy and Jim will advance our contribution to American art and will guarantee that there are the resources necessary to properly care for the gifts of these collections," said FAC Director Erin Hannan.

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