Rediscovering the Prairie: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk


Rediscovering the Prairie: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk
October 1, 4:30pm @ Coburn Gallery
902 North Cascade Ave.
Free and open to all.

Traversing the Great Plains of North America by horseback, CC alumnae Robin Walter ’12 and Sebastian Tsocanos ’12 became intimately acquainted with the places, people, and ecosystems of the American West. Their multimedia exhibition celebrates the beauty of of the North American grasslands, while exploring the region’s rich historical past and its present condition. Merging science, art, education, and outreach, the project aims to excite a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place within it, and inspire creative possibilities for the prairie’s future.

The exhibition features photographs, handwritten poems, and documentary film.

The Golden Touch: Gilding Workshops with Patrizio Travagli

 The Golden Touch: Gilding Workshops
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:
Downloadable enrollment form, when completed e-mail to Ms. Huff: The Golden Touch Workshop Enrollment Form


The Golden Touch Exhibition and Reception:
a one night showcase of workshop objects

Friday, October 2, 4-7pm

The Golden Touch

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 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



August 24 — October 21, 2015
IDEA Space


Can architecture create meaningful change? Can design promote social justice?  Can a building save lives? 

This fall, IDEA explores the ways in which design – including architectural, landscape, and product design – can create social change.  The featured exhibition, entitled Lo-Fab (Locally Fabricated), examines the socially engaged approach that the architecture firm MASS Design Group has taken in the creation of medical facilities, with the goal of improving medical care through design.  A series of lectures and events will complement the exhibition. The project is part of a broader yearlong exploration of design and social change sponsored by the Colorado College Art Department Design Research Fund.

Focusing on their designs for the GHESKIO Cholera Treatment center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the exhibition explores the capacity of buildings and the building process to promote equity and inclusion, extend dignity, and save lives.

MASS Design Group is an international architectural design company dedicated to the idea that a building is more than a neutral container, but rather functions as an embodiment of the ideals and aspirations of those who inhabit it. With projects ranging from schools built in the Congolese jungle, hospitals in Rwanda, cholera treatment centers in Haiti, or medical master planning for hospitals in the United States, MASS Design is committed to a community-driven model of architectural practice, and believes that good design choices in the built environment promote equity and dignity, and help people live healthier, more prosperous lives.

MASS Design brings its philosophy and approach to the United States, beginning with two projects at Colorado College: the concept design for the renovation of Tutt Library; and the development of a new student residence, located on the east campus.

Lo-Fab and associated events are made possible by The Art Department Design Research Fund and The Cultural Attractions Fund.



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