November 29-December 18, 2012, Coburn Gallery
Thursday, November 29, 4:30: Artist Reception and IDEA Cabaret event
Free and open to the public
Drawn from the artist’s conversations with local veterans, Laura BenAmots’ Battle Portraits probe beyond the specific circumstances of individual soldiers to explore universal themes of grief, healing, and the true costs of human conflict. The exhibition, in conjunction with the special events at the reception, presents creative and academic responses to trauma.
Winner of the Pikes Peak Arts Council’s Visual Artist of the Year award for 2012, Laura BenAmots has been acknowledged as exceptional in the field. The New York-born painter spent her formative years in Israel and has made Colorado Springs her home for the last eighteen years. She is a dedicated studio artist, passionate community advocate, and long time permanent Art Faculty member and Gallery Director at Pikes Peak Community College.
Her Battle Portraits series has been shown at the Business of Art Center in Manitou (2012); Colorado State University Fine Art Gallery in Fort Collins (2012). The exhibition will travel to the Sangre de Christo Art Center in Pueblo in 2013. The exhibition is supported by a fully-illustrated book featuring an interview with the artist and essays by faculty from Colorado College and Pikes Peak Community College. Published by the Business of Art Center, the book will be available for purchase at the exhibition.