Husband-and-wife philanthropists Kathy Loo and Jim Raughton have reaffirmed their commitment to gift collections of art to the museum at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Kathy Loo reaffirmed the commitment made by her late husband Dusty Loo in 1993 to gift the “Dusty and Katherine Loo Collection,” his collection of Colorado and regional landscapes, to the museum. In addition, Raughton has made a promised gift of his collection, the “Dr. Jim Raughton Broadmoor Art Academy Collection.” The collection assembled by Dusty Loo includes 65 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.
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 of the Fine Arts Center’s collection of art, going back to its founding as the Broadmoor Art Academy in 1919.
The couple 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.