Devotional Cultures: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk

Wednesday, January 22, 4:30pm at IDEA Space

Devotional Cultures: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk

by Rebecca Tucker, Exhibition Co-Curator, Jessica Hunter-Larsen, Curator of the IDEA program,

and Michael Howell Registrar and Collections Manager at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Detail of Jesus Nazarene, Bulto, 50"x25"x13", Collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, TM1605

Detail of Jesus Nazarene, Bulto, 50″x25″x13″, Collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, TM1605

Devotional Cultures traces European Catholic imagery and ritual practices as they took root and evolved in Latin America, Central America, and the American Southwest. Featuring masterworks from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, the exhibition demonstrates that, rather than existing as copies of European art, Spanish Colonial artworks reveal layers of global influences and responses to those influences over time, resulting in a distinctive style.

Curated from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center by Michael Brown, Research Associate, Denver Art Museum New World Department and Rebecca Tucker, Associate Professor of Art History.  

Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest is made possible by the generous contributions of the Sheffer Fund for Roman Catholic Studies, the Stillman Fund for Exhibitions, the Office of the President, the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, and the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund.

Andrew Ramiro Tirado: ‘hōl

Lacuna, 2013 Wood, mixed media

Lacuna, 2013
Wood, mixed media

November 1 – December 13

Opening Rection: FRIDAY NOVEBER 1, 2013 @ 4:30p in COBURN GALLERY

In part, the title hōl refers to the ‘negative space; of a decades-long hiatus from creating art and the fullness that a more recent and unexpected return to it has meant for the artist. In part, it refers directly to the work itself, specifically the voids, holes, and ‘negative spaces’ that are just as important and interesting as the objects themselves. The work also speaks of the human experience and condition.

Gallery address:
902 North Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO

Sponsored by the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund.

Gods & Monsters: Monster Film Mash(UP)

Gods & Monsters: Monster Film Mash(UP)

Tuesday, October 29, 4:30: Monster Film Mash(Up),
Cornerstone Art Center Film Screening Room
Free and open to the public

A distinguished panel representing six local arts and educational organizations will present and discuss clips from films that featue gods, monsters, or blur the lines between the two. Film selections range from popular blockbusters to indie gems.

Gods & Monsters: Monster Film Mash-up is part of Cross-Creations: Gods & Monsters, a community-wide cultural event.  Each of the six participating organizations has invited one of their own to select and discuss a clip from a film.



·      Christopher Bell, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

·      Laura Ben-Amots, Pikes Peak Community College Studio Gallery

·      Michael Howell, Collections Manager & Registrar, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

·      Natalie Johnson, Executive Director, Business of Art Center

·      Tomi-Ann Roberts, Professor Psychology, Colorado College

·      Kat Tudor Creative Director , Smokebrush and Don Goede Executive Director, Smokebrush

Pez-Dispencing Totems with Michael deMeng

Gods & Monsters Workshop with Michael deMeng
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center


deMeng Sculpture

Make your own personal god or monster using found objects. Let you imagination run wild!

One-day workshop to transform everyday Pez dispensers into something rich and strange. Fee: $25 General Public + materials | $10 with Colorado College ID + materials

Pre-Registration is a MUST!

Reserve your spot today by email:

Patron Saint of Discarded Things with Michael deMeng

Gods & Monsters Workshop with Michael deMeng
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center


deMeng Sculpture

Michael deMeng

Make your own personal god or monster using found objects under the guidance of Michael deMeng. Let your imagination run wild!

This is a one-day workshop where you can create a shrine using found objects to a patron, saint, or deity. This shrine will be filled with unusual elements as adornment. This project leaves opportunity to expand on the shrine you create for years to come.

Pre-Registration is a must!
FEE: $25 General Public | $10 with a Colorado College ID, plus materials

Reserve your spot today:

TIE: Alternative Measures: an investigation of artist-run film labs


TIE – Alternative Measures: an investigation of artist-run film labs 

Alternative Measures Film Festival

Alternative Measures Film FestivalWednesday, November 20, 2013-Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013  -   Sunday, November 24, 2013


Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
825 North Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
United States

TIE, The International Experimental Cinema Exposition presents five-days of film screenings, lectures, receptions, panel discussions, a photo exhibit, installations and workshops. Fostering the transmission of knowledge and experience cross-culturally, Alternative Measures is a meeting place for scholars, film lovers, artist-run film labs, filmmakers, artists, curators and other creative minds. This internationally groundbreaking festival/conference is open to the public.

There are deals for Colorado College Students and Faculty. Please contact the IDEA department for more information:

A special thanks to the Colorado College French Department.



Saturday, September 21, 2013

1:30pm in IDEA Space


Seeding: is the follow-up to the Sound to Shape performance, Nurit Bar-Shai will seed and “intellectual bacteria: into the sound-generated agar plates created during the performance, to create a new site-specific installation for IDEA. Bar-Shai, an advocate of citizen science practices, is sharing the process, often done in closed lab doors, with the public at the gallery space. The bacteria will grow during the remainder of the exhibition, with unique patter-growth based on the sounds applied during the performance. The public is invited to watch the procedure and talk to the artist.

Sound to Shape Performance with Nurit Bar-Shai and Ofer Ben-Amots

Thursday, September 19, 2013

4:30pm in Packard Hall

Nurit Bar-Shai: Objectivity (Detail)

Nurit Bar-Shai: Objectivity (Detail)

In a live performance setting, BioArtist Nurit Bar-Shai and Colorado College Professor of Music Ofer Ben-Amots will collaborate with musicians to creat sound-generated topography for bacteria. During the performance, audio waves are transmitted through liquid agar medium as it solidifies. The shapes created through the sound experiments will affect the bacteria, creating different patterns that will emerge as they grow during the remainder of the Systems and Subversions exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public.

Slime Mold Workshop with Nurit Bar-Shai

Network and Communication Systems in Nature

Friday September 20, 2013


Experimental Classroom 308, Cornerstone Arts Building


Nurit Bar-Shai

Following the artist’s talk about communication and network systems in nature, participants will experiment, growing mazes and slime mold habitats to test the slime mold’s sophisticated communication system and collective memory.

Reistration is required. $10.00 materials fee.


Lunch and Lecture with Nurit Bar-Shai

BioArt Day

Friday September 20, 2013

12:30-1:30 in Slocum Lounge in the Slocum Residence Hall


Nurit Bar-Shai

Enjoy a lunch catered by Bon Apetit and learn about network systems in BioArt.

Nurit Bar-Shai will talk about network systems in nature, including her art practices using “intelligent bacteria” with abilities of self organization and collective decision making, social insects, and slim molds.
Registration Required. $15.00

Reistration is required for BioArt Day events.

Systems & Subversions IDEA Cabaret: Pharma-Water

Friday, September 13, 4:30 PM, IDEA Space


Jon Cohrs, Alviso's Medicinal Salt Project

Jon Cohrs, Alviso’s Medicinal Salt Project

Featured artist Jon Cohrs and Marion Hourdequin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, consider the practices and ethics of industrial pollution and reclamation efforts.


Darkly humorous and provocative, Jon Cohrs’ Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt project simultaneously examines wastewater treatment systems and the consumer demand cycle created by the pharmaceutical industry. Most of the reclaimed water in the United States contains pharmaceutical residues from humans and livestock. Working in collaboration with Morgan Levy, a water researcher from UC Berkeley, Cohrs distills water samples and bottles the residual chemicals to create a perfect aggregate of what America is taking to heal itself. Presented through “advertisements” that evoke modern drug ads as well as 19th century “snake oil” miracle remedies, the project presents a satiric examination of the medical industrial complex, consumer behaviors, and wastewater treatment methodologies.

Jon Cohrs is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Often employing humor and absurdity, his work uses public engagement and site-specific interventions to address global issues.


Tension and Transformation

Tension & Transformation:

in the work of Richard Mello


Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 4:30 pm in Coburn Gallery

Night Flight by Richard Mello

Night Flight
by Richard Mello
1997, Watercolor, gouache, pen and ink, 11X15″
Collection of Richard Mello



Over the course of his rich and productive career, acclaimed printmaker and painter Richard Mello (born 1928) has worked in a variety of media. While actively stretching his boundaries as and artist through continual exploration. Mello retained a distinct artistic vision the remains consistant throughout his body of work. Drawing from his archives from over fifty years artistic production, the exhibition celebrates the creative life of a master craftsman.

Curated by Interdisciplinary Arts Interns Grace Gahagan and Claire Lukeman


Sponsored by the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund and the Colorado College Art Department Stillman Fund for Exhibitions

Coburn Gallery
902 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO

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