Current Events & Exhibits

Staged: Constructed Realities, Altered Worlds


The Incredible Aging Woman

“The Incredible Aging Woman” by Carol Golemboski

January 29 – March 5, 2016

Opening Reception:
January 29, 2016 | 4:30 – 6:00pm | Coburn Gallery


“Staged” explores the ways in which photographers — like filmmakers or authors — create new worlds, construct different realities, or narrate alternative histories. Building carefully imagined scenes, the photographers featured in the exhibition variously take on the roles of director, stage and costume designer, make-up artist, and occasionally, of performer as well. Featured artists include Bill Adams, Carol Dass, Carol Golemboski, Healther Oelklaus, Emma Powell, and Sally Stockhold.

Coburn Gallery is located at 902 North Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Scale as Metaphor: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs by Kristen Hoving, Ph.D.

Kristen Hoving, Ph.D.

Kristen Hoving, Ph.D.


Lunch and Lecture:
Scale as Metaphor: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs by Kirsten Hoving, Ph.D.
March 3, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Bemis Great Hall

$17/person, reservations required, email: or call 719-227-8263

At this lunch and lecture, Art Historian Kirsten Hoving will discuss the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky, featured in the IDEA  Space exhibition Hydro-Logic.  Known for his remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes, Burtynsky explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet. Equally eloquent and disturbing, his work offers an inspection of the human systems we’ve imposed onto natural landscapes. After earning her Ph.D. at Columbia University, Kirsten Hoving joined the faculty of Middlebury in 1983. She teaches modern art and history of photography.  Her most recent book, Joseph Cornell and Astronomy: A Case for the Stars, was published by Princeton University Press in 2009.


 © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles ”

Glacial Runoff © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles

Artists and Designers as Change Agents for Water
JANUARY 18 – MARCH 5, 2016

IDEA Space

Hydro-Logic is an art exhibition and series of events geared to inspire students and community to participate as change makers for the sake of water=humanity through art and design. Featuring artists and designers who collaborate with scientists and innovative technologies to reveal inspiring approaches to the most critical resource known to humanity.

 The captivating, large-scale photographs of world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky reveal the enormity of Holocene issues, while artists such as power duo Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang demonstrate the ways that small, consistent efforts as an artistic practice can result in measurable reclamation results and compelling images created from beach plastic. Ohio artist and professor John Sabraw broadens the reclamation-as-art process by collaborating with scientists to extract toxic mining minerals from rivers to produce paint pigments and water-inspired paintings. And, architect Arturo Vittori applies form and function to create water collection vessels that save lives and enhance community gathering places.

 Unlike other environmentally themed exhibitions, “Hydro-Logic” will introduce visitors to a world of feasible solutions brought about through innovative creativity.

 The project also includes a series of lectures, talks, and films that consider various aspects of the current local and global water crisis.

Featuring: Edward Burtynsky, Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang of One Beach Plastic, John Sabraw, Arturo Vittori of Architecture and Vision, a community built plastic rubbish sculpture, and a series of inspiring talks and film screenings.

Sponsored by: the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, the Art Department Stillman Fund for Exhibitions, The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, State of the Rockies, and, The Innovation Institute and The Environmental Program.

Guest Curator | Holly Parker

American Falls by Phil Solomon


American Falls by Phil Solomon
October 30 – December 15, 2015

Closed:  November 11 – 15 & November 25- 29

IDEA Space

American Falls is an immersive, large-scale film triptych that presents an impressionistic journey through American history, using Niagara Falls as both a metaphoric and visual backdrop. Combining chemically degraded film images with computer graphics, filmmaker Phil Solomon traces the nation’s history, combining archival footage of historical benchmarks, such as the fall of presidents, the Great Depression, Amelia Earhart’s flight, the civil rights struggle, with clips from American cinema. Cinematic references include scenes from films featuring Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Busby Berkeley dance numbers, and Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will be Blood.

Sponsored by The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund



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