Rethinking Regionalism: 20th-century Art and Visual Culture in the American West

December 5-6, 2019: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Colorado Springs


Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), Garden of the Gods

Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy (the precursor to the current Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), this symposium aims to provide a forum for new inquiries, challenges, and reassessments of Western American art and visual culture.

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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Artists in Residence

FAC Museum Exhibition Schedule and Mellon Foundation Artists in Residence 

Due to the nature of our work, exhibitions are subject to change or cancellation. We will be updating this schedule regularly to keep it as current as possible. Please bookmark this page and stay tuned!


Pertenecer: Chicanx AArtists on Belonging   (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) This exhibition expands on themes from the print portfolio Reflexiones del Corazon, created in 1992 to present personal perspectives on the essence of place. Keywords: Chicana/o, community, identity, place, poetry, printmaking

Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental (6, 7, 8)  Belmore’s artwork explores her lifelong commitment to the relation of beauty and politics in art. Keywords: water and land rights, cultural freedom, homelessness, violence against Indigenous people, performance art.

Notes from the Musick Collection (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) (printmaking, lithography, ephemera, Broadmoor Art Academy, imagination)

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UnBlocked Gallery: 2019|2020 Call For Proposals

The UnBlocked Gallery is an exhibition and teaching space within the Museum that supports sustained pedagogical engagements with material and visual culture. As well, the gallery provides a public window into the learning processes experienced by our students.

The Museum is accepting applications for UnBlocked Gallery in academic year 2019/2020, blocks 1-8. Faculty from all departments across the college are encouraged to submit proposals; those whose proposals are accepted will work in consultation with museum staff in Spring 2019 to develop and support their projects.

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2019 – 2020 FAC MUSEUM Exhibition Schedule (subject to change)

As you prepare your courses for the 2019-2020 academic year, we hope you will consider these upcoming exhibitions (below) as opportunities for  interdisciplinary engagement. For more details, please contact Julianne Gavino

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What is Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)?

Good question!

VTS, or Visual Thinking Strategies, is  a collaborative exercise in critical visual analysis – which is a cross-disciplinary skill and a  foundational component of a liberal arts education. While this excercise can be applied to almost any visual data – graphs, scientific diagrams, our physical environment – students of the sciences will benefit equally from doing VTS with art.

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UnBlocked Gallery: Interview with Psychology Professor Jason Weaver

In Professor Jason Weaver’s 5th block course, Japanese Americans During WWII, his students explored the voices of people who were interned, and considered the social and political forces present during WWII. They also considered cultural factors common among Issei (first generation Japanese immigrants) and Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) that could influence these experiences and events.

In the UnBlocked exhibit, students were asked to consider three groups of objects that might provide insight about the experiences of Japanese and Japanese Americans. The photographs allowed students to compare and contrast what one of the camps (Amache) looked like during the 1940s and present day. The artwork encouraged students to speculate about the experiences and perspectives of interned artists. And the propaganda provided context for ways that Japanese Americans were viewed and treated by society. 

The following is Jason’s response to his experience planning for and using UnBlocked Gallery with his students.

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