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Fine Arts Center Museum Staff Bolstered with CC Experience

Community input sessions scheduled for Sept. 26 and Oct. 3

Colorado College has extended art and curatorial expertise to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center museum, bolstering the FAC's existing resources.

The additions on Sept. 1 follow the Aug. 25 announcement that CC and the FAC finalized an agreement to join forces. CC assumed management responsibilities for the FAC on Sept. 1. A four-year strategic planning process will start with a focus on the museum, with that vision being implemented beginning in July 2017.

Rebecca Tucker, associate professor of art at CC, was named museum director, overseeing all operations of the museum including curatorial and educational programs. A professor of art at CC since 2003, Tucker's teaching focus is on art, Southwest studies, and museum studies programs. She has been awarded fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and was a scholar-in-residence at The Hague's Royal Cabinet of Paintings Het Mauritshuis. Tucker has co-written two books, "Discovering Leonardo" and "Discovering the Great Masters," and has another in progress. Tucker holds Ph.D. and master's degrees from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and a bachelor's degree in history of art from Bryn Mawr College.

Jessica Hunter-Larsen, who has served as curator of Interdisciplinary Experimental Arts programming, including the IDEA Space at CC since 2006, was named director of academic engagement/IDEA curator. In this role, Hunter-Larsen will work with the FAC curatorial team to develop innovative approaches to curating, and to build educational connections between the museum, the community, and the campus. Hunter-Larsen previously was curator and then executive director of the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana. She is an instructor of art history and museum studies at CC, and has curated two dozen exhibitions at the IDEA Space. She holds a master's degree in art history from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a bachelor's degree in modern art from Colorado College.

Briget Heidmous, assistant curator at CC, retains the same title but now also works with the FAC museum. She will continue to manage the IDEA Space and Coburn Gallery exhibitions and programming at CC during the 2016-17 academic year before moving to the FAC. At CC she assists the IDEA curator with collection management, exhibition design, and educational outreach initiatives. Heidmous holds a bachelor's degree in studio art from Hastings College, where she specialized in oil and encaustic painting and glass blowing. She has shown her artwork at Hastings College, Manitou Art Center and The Machine Shop, where she completed an artist residency in 2014.

Additionally, CC and the FAC hope to add a curator of the Southwest art and ethnographic collection to the museum staff in coming months.

Joy Armstrong, most recently acting museum director and chief curator at the Fine Arts Center, was named curator of modern and contemporary art. She was awarded the Pikes Peak Arts Council Curatorial Excellence and Creative, Intriguing, Astonishing PPAC awards. Previously Armstrong was assistant director of galleries for the Kent State University School of Art, and director of the Eells Gallery in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, as well as senior exhibition technician at the Akron Art Museum. She has curated or co-curated approximately 45 exhibitions, including working in some capacity on the more than 60 titled shows and untitled permanent collection offerings presented at the FAC since March 2010. She holds a master's degree in art history from Kent State University, where she specialized in contemporary art and body art, and a bachelor's degree in studio art and communications from the University of Denver.

Michael Howell, FAC registrar; Jeremiah Houck, FAC preparator; and Lauren Tyson, FAC special projects/admin, continue in their current roles.

The community is invited to provide input on plans for the FAC at upcoming listening sessions:

  • Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Music Room, 30 W. Dale St.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Colorado College's Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St.
  • Monday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Music Room, 30 W. Dale St.
  • Monday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

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