Tour Tuesdays!

Join us every Tuesday at 12:45 pm for a 15-minute tour with a Colorado College student docent.  Tours are informal, free, and no reservations are required.  A perfect way to sneak in some art on your lunch break, we hope to see you in the IDEA Space.

Karen Kunc.  Elements, Etching & Woodcut Print.  2007.  10x20".

Karen Kunc. Elements, Etching & Woodcut Print. 2007. 10×20

Sugar, Sugar

Exhibition: Sugar, Sugar

November 24, 2009 – January 21, 2010, I.D.E.A. Space

Virtually unknown in Europe until the Middle Ages sugar quickly became ubiquitous in western diets. Influencing agricultural practices, global economies, dietary habits, and language, sugar holds a central place in Western culture. (Just try to imagine a world without it!) Including historical photographs, microscopic enlargements, and literary and artistic responses in a variety of media, this exhibition examines the power of the sweet stuff.  The exhibition features sugar-inspired artworks by Gypsy Ames, Christina Marsh, Karen Kunc, Kate Leonard, Tracy Linder, Meredith Nickie and poetry by Jessy Randall and Dave Mason.

On three Tuesdays during the exhibition, I.D.E.A. will host a series of Sugar Salons featuring sugar-related activities, lectures, and performances.  The final Sugar Salon will close the exhibit on Thursday, January 21, 2010.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 4:30  Sugar Salon #1: Performing Sugar
Chemistry experiments with sugar & performance of Rare Sugar at 6 PM in the South Theater
The first Sugar Salon will feature chemistry experiments with sugar “performed” for the audience and gallery talks by featured artists, who will speak about how the structure and properties of sugar inspired them.  At 6 pm, I.D.E.A. and the C.C. Music Department will present a performance of Rare Sugar.  Australian composer Nigel Westlake was inspired to create the piece after watching a television program about a chemist who works on unusual forms of sugar.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 4:30  Sugar Salon #2: Producing Sugar
The second Sugar Salon focuses on the historical and contemporary impact of the sugar industry, both regionally and internationally.  Featured artist and former sugar beet farmer Tracy Linder and Colorado College faculty will use the exhibition as a springboard for an informal discussion of the local and international economic, social, and political impact of producing sugar.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 4:30  Sugar Salon #3: Sugar Inspirations
The third Sugar Salon celebrates sugar-inspired art and literature.  Featured artists will discuss sugar-related works, artists will discuss sugar inspiration in their works, and authors will read sugar-inspired poetry and prose.  To acknowledge the importance of sugar to the holiday season, the event will also feature a sugarplum tasting and possibly an appearance from the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Tuesday, January 21, 2010, 4:30 Sugar Salon #4: Sugar Rush
The final Sugar Salon will feature sugar sculptures and a demonstration of sculpting techniques by James Gallo, Executive Pastry Chef at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado, with commentary on the history of sugar sculpting and chemistry behind Gallo’s manipulation of sugar as raw material by Sally Meyer, Professor of Chemistry at Colorado College.  At the conclusion of the event, participants will help artist Julia M. Becker ritually destroy the sugar mandala created for the exhibition.

Karen Kunc, Formulae. 2009. 17×56"

Karen Kunc.  Elements, Etching & Woodcut Print.  2007.  10x20".

Karen Kunc. Elements, Etching & Woodcut Print. 2007. 10×20

Tracy Linder.  Sugar Beets.  Animal collagen, artificial sinew, polyester.

Tracy Linder, Sugar Beets. Animal collagen, artificial sinew, polyester.

Women’s Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers

Barbara Krueger, We Will No Longer Be Seen and Not Heard Lithograph, 1985

Exhibition: Women’s Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation

October 6 – November 12, 2009, I.D.E.A. Space

Wednesday, October 7, 4:30 pm:
Opening Reception and Salon Conversation with Tomi-Ann Roberts, Professor of Psychology and Director of Feminist & Gender Studies at Colorado College, and Elissa Auther, Associate Professor of Art History at UCCS

Featuring a broad range of prints by some of the foremost contemporary women printmakers at work in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia, this comprehensive exhibition calls attention to the innovative breadth of themes and variety of printmaking approaches taken by women artists since the early 1970′s.

Artists featured include Anni Albers, Louise Bourgeois, Squeak Carnwaith, Helen Frankenthaler, Fay Jones, Barbara Krueger, Wangechi Mutu, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker.  A number of themes are explored in the exhibition, including the overlapping issues of gender, the body, and personal fantasies, as well as recent themes of identity, politics, and the environment.  Often laced with humor and a sense of playfulness, the works in the exhibition share a personal vision deeply integrated with references to larger historical themes and conceptual motifs.  At the same time, the works demonstrate a wide variety of traditional as well as contemporary printmaking techniques, from woodcut to etching to offset lithography and digital prints.

Julie Mehretu

Wangechi Mutu

This exhibition was organized by John Olbrantz, the Maribeth Collins Director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, and Terri Hopkins, Director and Curator at the Art Gym at Marylhurst University.  Support for the exhibition and related outreach programs is made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.  The exhibition at Colorado College is supported by the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust and the Colorado College Art Department.

Future Self Stop-Motion Class in Collaboration with I.D.E.A.



In collaboration with I.D.E.A., Future Self students participated in a two-week stop motion animation class taught by C.C. grad and I.D.E.A. assistant Danielle Dubler.  Students produced multiple short videos using software such as iMovie and Final Cut Pro in the media labs at the Cornerstone Arts Center.  View some of the videos produced here:

About Future Self:

FutureSelf’s goal is to offer arts-based classes, workshops, peer mentoring, opportunities to use skills developed, and public and private recognition of achievements.  Despite mounting evidence that immersion in the arts is the most effective means of reaching at-risk youth, FutureSelf is the only program of its kind in the Pikes Peak Region.
Visit their website to learn more:

Patrick Dougherty: Creature Comforts

Patrick Dougherty:  Creature Comforts

Site Specific Sculpture
In front of Armstrong Hall, intersection of Cache La Poudre & Cascade

From October 27 to November 14, 2008, internationally renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty will create a site-specific, temporary sculpture on the Colorado College campus. The sculpture will remain for two years.

In the last twenty years, Patrick Dougherty has created over 150 sculptures in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Comprised of hundreds of woven tree saplings and twigs, Dougherty’s unique, site-specific sculptures integrate natural and man-made environments. Simultaneously intricate and effortless, the sculptures seem almost to have been made through a force of nature, swirled together by prairie winds, or constructed by birds.

Here is the future site of the sculpture:

Patrick Dougherty Sculpture Site

Patrick Dougherty Sculpture Site


The sculpture is in progress on the west side of Armstrong Hall (NE corner of Cascade Ave and Cache La Poudre St).  Here are some pictures from the first week of the project, which involved gathering the willow and saplings for the structure and beginning construction.  Note that all materials involved are sustainably harvested, ie they all grow back very quickly as the plants are not killed but rather trimmed.  These sticks came from an area that must be maintained regularly per mandates by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Avis Urbanus: Performance & Reception with Claudia Esslinger

Avis Urbanus

Avis Urbanus

Sunday, September 20, 4:30 p.m., I.D.E.A. Space, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center

Join us for a reception in the I.D.E.A. Space with Claudia Esslinger. Esslinger will discuss her video installation The Synergy Project.

The public is then invited to the Film Screening Room for a screening and live performance of Avis Urbanus, a collaborative video/music project Esslinger created with Colorado College Music Professor Ofer Ben-Amots.  Paul Nagem will provide amplified flute accompaniment.  Free and open to all; refreshments provided.

Sponsored by The Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust, Colorado College Music Department.

Impermanence: A Cancer Journey by Craig Jenkins

Strength, Digital Photograph by Craig Jenkins

Strength, Digital Photograph by Craig Jenkins

Exhibition: Impermanence: A Cancer Journey by Craig Jenkins

September 8 – October 10, 2009, Coburn Gallery

Friday, October 9, 4:30 PM Reception with Amy Jenkins, Coburn Gallery
A successful painter and photographer, Craig Jenkins (Class of 1984) used his creativity to help deal with his cancer. His series of collage works entitled Impermanence, A Cancer Journey comments upon his three-year-long experience with illness.

Impermanence Exhibit Statement by Craig Jenkins

Craig Jenkins Biography

The Warrior, Digital Photograph by Craig Jenkins

The Warrior, Digital Photograph by Craig Jenkins


Performance & Talk: Benoit Maubrey: Electronic Guy

Tuesday, April 28, 7 pm
South Theatre, Edith
Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center

Performance artist, “electroacoustic sculptor”, punk musician, and choreographer Benoit Maubrey will perform one of his signature pieces, Electronic Guy which features an electroacoustic tuxedo that shapes feedback and movement into sound sculpture. Following the performance, Maubrey will talk about his other sound and movement based projects.

Fashionably Late for the Relationship

Reception and Artist’s Talk:
Friday, April 3rd, 4:30 P.M.
I.D.E.A. Space, EKG Cornerstone Arts Center

Exhibit Dates:  April 3-May 20, 2009

Fashionably Late for the Relationship is a three-day long public performance by Lian Amaris that was filmed and compressed into a feature-length video work by R. Luke Dubois.  As Amaris prepares for a night out, three days pass in the city around her.  In the live performance, her slow, nuanced actions become a counterpoint to, and critique of, the rapid and unyielding pace of the public environment which she redefines as the private feminine ritual of a boudoir.

Sponsored by the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust.

Claudia Esslinger: The Synergy Project

The Synergy Project

The Synergy Project

August 21 – September 23, 2009, I.D.E.A. Space

Reception & Gallery Talk with Claudia Esslinger: Sunday, September 20, 4:30-6pm, I.D.E.A. Space
Performance and Screening of Avis Urbanus:
Sunday, September 20, 6 pm, Film Screening Room, CAC
With live amplified flute accompaniment by Paul Nagem.

This collaborative video piece explores the changing meaning of narratives  through their juxtaposition. Combinations of images and sounds, explore dualities of nature and technology, culture and politics, and strangeness and humor.

Avis Urbanus is a collaborative project featuring music composed by Colorado College Music Professor Ofer Ben-Amots and video by Claudia Esslinger.

1440 Minutes: 24-Hour Art Installation Event

Reception: Friday, June 19, 5-8 PM

FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St.

The Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS and IDEA @ Colorado College are excited to announce the second presentation of  1440 Minutes, a joint public program supporting Colorado contemporary artists.  1440 Minutes is a twenty-four hour art installation and exhibition event, curated around the theme of “Economic Creativity”.  Great innovations arise in times of crisis; these innovations drive future economic and cultural growth.  Economic Creativity invites artists to examine how, during this time of great change, we can – and should – use or re-use elements of our personal, cultural, and material past to re-envision a healthy, sustainable future.

Artists featured:

atomic elroy & zelda bubbles
Phillip Faulkner
David Fodel
Melanie Grimes & Jocelyn Nevel

Listening to Architecture

Reception with composer Patrick Zimmerli:
Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Concert Lecture follows at 6:15 p.m.
Film Screening Room (adjacent to the I.D.E.A. Space in the CAC)

Exhibit, reception & lecture are free and open to the public.

Concert following at 7:30 p.m., Tickets required.  $5-20, tickets purchased at Colorado College Worner Desk or

Exhibit Dates:  June 9-July 17, 2009, I.D.E.A. Space

In collaboration with composer Patrick Zimmerli, the I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado College’s Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center will highlight the innovative architecture that inspired the composer. Through video, photographs, models, drawings and other ephemera, visitors will have an inside look at the inspiration for Zimmerli’s 4-movement composition, commissioned for the 2009 Summer Music Festival at Colorado College.

Buildings and architects featured:

Milwaukee Art Museum, Quadracci Pavillion, (Milwaukee, WI), Architect: Santiago Calatrava



Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, (St. Louis, MO), Architect: Tadao Ando,

The Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle University, (Seattle, WA), Architect: Steven Holl

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College (COS, CO), Architect: Antoine Predock

Patrick Zimmerli: Biography

New York-based composer and saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli has released 6 CD’s. He is currently writing for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and producing a CD featuring pianists Kevin Hays and Brad Mehldau.

Since 2005 Zimmerli has presented a concert series, entitled Emergence, dedicated to the creation and performance of new work. Featuring his 9-piece ensemble and special guests from the classical, jazz, and electronic music communities, the series has seen 17 performances and over 40 premieres.

Current commissions include a large orchestra piece for the Colorado College Summer Music Festival’s 25th Anniversary Season. Other commissions have come from the Ying Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, and the Belgian jazz octet Octurn.

His work has been performed at MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum, on NPR’s Fresh Sounds, at the Jazz Composers’ Collective, and at major chamber music festivals throughout the US. Zimmerli’s music has been recorded on the Arabesque, Blue Note, Songlines, Koch, Antilles, Jazz City, and Naive labels, and he has written extensively for radio, TV, and film.

From 2002–2005 Zimmerli was Composer in Residence with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. Awards include first prize in the first annual BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute Composers’ Competition. Zimmerli teaches at Columbia University, where he earned a BA in 1990, an MPhil in 1996 and a DMA in 2000 in Music Composition.

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