Adam Junior: Keepsakes

Elizabeth Morisette: Fun & Games

Fort Collins Museum of Art

August 5 - September 18, 2016

Elizabeth Morisette, China-Yellow
Both exhibitions deal with the concept of home and the domestic. Keepsakes will feature an installation of over 20,000 cast cement houses that visitors can walk through as well as a selection of drawings. Fun & Games draws on Morisette’s background in fiber art and weaving in presenting a selection of woven tapestries of toys and board games. There will also be an interactive kid-friendly space with activities in the gallery so the entire family can have fun in the exhibition.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Benjamin Rasmussen and Michael Friberg: By the Olives Trees

The Center for Fine Art Photography

July 8 - August 27, 2016

Mohammad Mounir Al Zamel in recovery by Benjamin Rasmussen and Michael Friberg

"The Syrian civil war, now in its fifth year, began when a group of young people spray painted anti-regime graffiti on the walls of their school. Their arrest, detention and torture led to protests and a violent crackdown by the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The series of actions and reactions has led to the deaths of an estimated 470,000 Syrians and caused 4.8 million more to flee the country. More than 1.4 million of these refugees have headed south to neighboring Jordan. Some have stayed in the Zaatari refugee camp, while most have spread throughout Jordan, settling in for what they believe to be a long separation from their homes and communities as they wait out a war with no end in sight." -Benjamin Rasmussen and Michael Friberg

Photographers Benjamin Rasmussen (Denver) and Michael Friberg (Salt Lake City) have created an editorial style series of work about the refugee crisis and those currently living in the Zaatari camp in Jordan. The immediacy of the images makes the Syrian refugees’ turmoil and living conditions relatable to the viewer and all the more real than a news report. Come see this deeply impactful and visually stunning exhibit for free at The Center for Fine Art Photography.

About C4FAP

Since 2004, The Center for Fine Art Photography has been a preeminent supporter of photography. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, C4FAP is supported globally with donations, grants, and memberships. Based in Fort Collins, CO, the Center for Fine Art Photography offers three public galleries with 20+ exhibitions yearly, classes, reviews and online exhibitions that give photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world an opportunity to engage with The Center and it’s community. For more information about C4FAP, including information on workshops, membership, becoming a donor and exhibitions, please visit the website at

The Center for Fine Art Photography
400 N. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524


Clay Hawkley: Second Rodeo

Firehouse Art Center (Longmont)

June 29 - July 31, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, July 8 from 6-9pm
second rodeo

Last summer Hawkley created Hitch Gallery, a mobile experimental art space attached to the back of his car. Using found objects reflecting the community at-large, Hawkley created spontaneous compositions where and when the objects were found. In Second Rodeo these same objects are transformed and reworked for a formal exhibition. In one piece, a beat up tarp -used to wrap around objects for Hitch Gallery- is transformed into a stunning work of art with a floral pattern cut-out. By seeing the new life of the found objects, along with a photo series of Hitch Gallery, viewers can expect to be challenged about where and what art can be.

"This exhibition shows two different ways of working. The photo series is from a show I had last September where I collected random objects and strapped them to a wall I built for the back of my car. I changed the object out every few days to stay loose and experimental. Once that show ended I starting thinking about what I could make from the objects. I took time to think about, look at and handle the materials as I made decisions. The reanimated objects are much more considered then they were in their initial showing. Both ways of working are important to what I do.

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave
Longmont, CO 80501


Three Views: Contemporary Work by Charles, Collin and Devon Parson

Center for the Arts Evergreen

June 24 - August 11, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 24, 4 - 7pm
  • Artist Talk with Charles, Collin and Devon Parson: Wednesday, June 29th at 4pm
  • Artist Talk by Charles Parson: An overview of his 45 year art career on Wednesday, July 27th at 4pm
All works by Collin Parson Courtesy of Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver

Three Views celebrates the similarities and differences of two family generations of creativity. With the common bonds of time and place, their separate visual vocabularies speak to the 21st century’s experience of living in the Western United States. The distinctions of views of light and shadow, massive scale and delicateness, expansive space and airy atmosphere, address the connections of landscapes and passages of time.

The Parsons share the use of geometric forms, usage of everyday architectural materials and techniques, technology, and individual manipulations and mark-making. This exhibition acknowledges essayist Wendell Berry’s projection of the passing on of traditions, while embracing each generation’s distinctive perceptions and innovations.

The resulting experience of this exhibit is to enrich the viewers’ looking and thinking, specifically of the contemporary western experience we all share. The artists aspire to present contemplative moments of the universal themes represented by sunrise and sunsets; earth’s surfaces and forms; the West’s spaces and the individual’s sense of place in it.

Directions to Center for the Arts Evergreen from Denver: I-70 West Exit at Evergreen Parkway, Continue on Highway 74 and take a left on Squaw Pass Road. Back left side of the parking lots

Center for the Arts Evergreen
32003B Ellingwood Trail
Evergreen CO 80439


Weekend in the West 2016: Art Show and Auction

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery

June 24 - July 16, 2016

  • Weekend Events on Friday and Saturday, June 24 & 25
Stinson The-Spud-Redux
Don Stinson, "The Spud Redux", Oil, 30x73, Courtesy of David B Smith Gallery

Long a treasury of the Rocky Mountain region’s most celebrated Western art, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery will again be host to a peerless collection of the country’s most celebrated Western artists.

The 6th annual Weekend in the West Art Show and Auction will showcase 50 top-tier painters and sculptors gathered from across the Mountain West, giving art lovers a rare opportunity to watch those talents at work and take home a masterpiece created before their very eyes. Already a must for collectors, the invitational event properly begins on June 18, with a preview week, as the artists’ works go on display in the gallery, giving folks plenty of time to get pre-acquainted with some of the most respected names in Western art.

“There’s a nice combination of Old West and New West”, says Evergreen Fine Art’s director, Doug Kacena. “There’ll be some very traditional art and themes, and some abstract and contemporary works.”

The bright galaxy of participating artists include such recognized luminaries as Quang Ho, Edward Aldrich, G. Russell Case, Karen Roehl, Jeff Legg, David Santillanes, Pem Dunn, Jill Soukup, Ron Hicks, Walt Gonske, Robert Spooner, Don Stinson and Kim English. Masters in three dimensions will include Evergreen sculptor Pati Stajcar and bronze artists Jan Mapes, Stephen LeBlanc, and Sandy Graves.

The Weekend formally begins with a Western-style Gala reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24, featuring food, drink, and live music by cowboy laureate Dean Himes. The next morning at 9 o’clock sharp, the artists will muster in the gallery’s sculpture garden for a real Western showdown – each master will have exactly 90 minutes to complete a first-rate original work, and guests get to be astounded at the way they invariably do.

“This is the mountain region’s largest Quick-Draw event,” smiles Hadley. “You’d be amazed what these artists can do in 90 minutes. It’s a wonderful opportunity to observe them at work.” When the bell rings at precisely 10:30, brushes go down and champagne flutes go up. While artists frame the morning’s accomplishments, collectors will gather in a large white tent for a champagne brunch, followed by a live auction at which guests will have the chance to own newly-minted masterpieces even before the paint is dry.

Tickets for the champagne brunch and auction cost $35 per person. That price includes a genuine Western serenade by cowboy-poet Dean Himes, and a generous portion of all proceeds will help support Bootstraps Scholarships.

Folks wishing to take advantage of everything Weekend in the West has to offer should consider purchasing a Patron ticket package that includes the champagne brunch and auction, plus a picture-perfect gallery dinner with the artists on the evening of Thursday, June 23. Even better, the entire cost of a Patron ticket can be applied to any artwork purchased during Friday’s opening reception.

For those not able to attend the weekend events, the exhibit runs through July 16, 2016. To learn more about Weekend in the West, call Evergreen Fine Art Gallery at 303-679-3610, or visit and

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery
3042 Evergreen Parkway
Evergreen, CO 80439


WILD: (a collaborative contemporary art exhibit)

Mirada Fine Art

June 18 - July 10, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 17th from 6-9pm
  • Painting Demonstration with 'WILD' artist Bruce Marion: Saturday, June 18th, 11am - 2pm
Copper Tritscheller at Mirada Fine Art, 'Bat Series,' Limited Edition Bronze Sculptures, each piece is approximately 15" tall

Untamed and Unpredictable. Despite periodic efforts to contain it, the wild side of Colorado and the American West always resurfaces. To celebrate our adventurous cohabitation with an amazing array of furry and feathered friends and the sometimes primitive surroundings, Mirada Fine Art is proud to host a group retrospective entitled ‘WILD.’ Converging on the gallery from near and far, several of Mirada’s perennial favorite artists, combined with a number of artists new to the gallery, will offer their interpretation of WILD and all that entails.

Mirada Fine Art
5490 Parmalee Gulch Rd.
Indian Hills, CO 80454 (minutes from Denver)


Stephen Batura: A Reservoir of Occurrences

Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

June 11 - September 18, 2016

a-reservoir-of-occurrences-stephen-baturaStephen Batura - A Reservoir of Occurrences: A fresh vision of history at the CS FAC

Stephen Batura has become well-known as a Colorado artist whose subject matter has remained close to home. His exquisite paintings are based upon the historical images of little-known Denver photographer Charles Lillybridge. His limited-palette paintings reflect the black-and-white source photographs, yet Batura alters the original images in order to economize the compositions and to reflect his painterly hand.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903



Santa Fe, New Mexico

June 10 - June 26, 2016

Image from the Jo Lawrence animated film "The Woman Who Owns the Sun" -  on view at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
part of the "CURRENTS: Santa Fe International New Media Festival" in Santa Fe, NM

The annual, citywide CURRENTS Festival offers New Media Installations, Outdoor Installations, Architectural Mapping, Single Channel Video and Animation, Multimedia Performance, Fulldome, Experimental and Interactive Documentary, Web-Art/Art-Gaming/Mobile Device Apps, Oculus Rift, Robotics, 3D Printing, Artists Presentations, Panels and Workshops – CURRENTS exhibitions and most events are Free to the public.


Clark Richert: The Geometry of Viewing

Royal Contemporary (Florence CO)

June 11 - July 24, 2016

  • Opening reception: Saturday June 11th from 5 to 8pm
Slanting in on Kepler (70" x 70", acrylic on canvas)

Most would agree that point of view determines what we see and how we see it. These works attempt to “slant in” on an aspect of reality from a geometric perspective, and to metaphorically address larger issues of perception.

Royal Contemporary
120 E. Main Street
Florence, CO 81226
Thu-Sun: 11am-5pm, or by appointment

Richard Renaldi: Touching Strangers

Fort Collins Museum of Art

May 27 - July 24, 2016

Elaine-and-ArlyRichard Renaldi - Elaine and Arly, New York, New York, 2012

Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Renaldi pairs his subjects up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in ways that people are usually taught to reserve for their close friends and loved ones.

Renaldi creates spontaneous and fleeting relationships between strangers for the camera, often pushing his subjects beyond their comfort levels. These relationships may only last for the moment the shutter is released, but the resulting photographs are moving and provocative, and raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Ken Elliott: COLOR

Mirada Fine Art

May 7 - 31, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 6th, 2016, 6-9pm
Ken Elliott at Mirada Fine Art, 'Forest in Greens and Mauves,' Original Oil on Canvas, 40" x 40"

Ken Elliott’s aptly named exhibition ‘COLOR’ features strikingly bold hues and vibrant shapes culminating in simultaneously kinetic and deeply serene contemporary landscapes. This Denver-based artist states, ‘nature is where all the inspiration and colors for a lifetime are awaiting.’

Mirada Fine Art
5490 Parmalee Gulch Rd.
Indian Hills, CO 80454 (minutes from Denver)


Read more: Mirada: Ken Elliott: Color

2016 Kaiser Permanente Masks Exhibition

Fort Collins Museum of Art

April 1 - May 6, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 1st from 5-9pm
Sandy Arvidson, Untitled

The Fort Collins Museum of Art’s 12th annual Masks exhibition and silent auction will be held from April 1st to May 6th, 2016. Since 2003, the Masks Project has attracted both professional artists, whose creativity is their economic main stay and recreational artists, who respond to their need to express their creativeness in ingenious styles. The result is an exhibition of 200 pieces of unconventional art, the celebratory Masks Grand Gala on April 22, 2016, and a tribute to the 2016 Honorary Chair, Michael Powers.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Dave Duros (aka Dr Orphic): Steamorphics

Royal Contemporary

April 8 - May 28, 2016

  • Steampunk & Wine opening reception: Saturday, April 9 from 5-8pm
Nautilus Electric Window Mixed media, 19” x 21” x 26"

Experience a magical world of Steamorphics, a Steampunk Carnival of Wondrous Time Machines, Air Ships, Paranormal Devices, Alien Artifacts, and other mysterious contrivances. Take a journey into a Victorian alternate future, and into the mind of Time Traveler and Mad Scientist Dr Orphic, where imagination knows no boundaries. Some are beautiful, some are haunting, but you're sure to find them all captivating!

Royal Contemporary
120 E. Main St.
Florence, CO 81226
Thu-Sun: 11am-5pm


Roger Hayden Johnson: first LIGHT

Mirada Fine Art

March 19 – April 10, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, March 18th from 6-9pm
Roger Hayden Johnson at Mirada Fine Art, 'Crystal Morning,' Original Oil on Canvas, 24" x 28"

The vibrant colors of sunlight at dawn and dusk inspire the palette of internationally-acclaimed artist Roger Hayden Johnson. Whether traveling the backroads of Colorado and the Southwest or exploring quaint fishing harbors of Europe, he is continuously struck by the glorious light in fleeting moments immediately after sunrise or before sundown. Johnson strives to capture not only the hue of those scenes, but also the inherent tranquility. Mr. Johnson opens Mirada Fine Art's 2016 exhibition season with 'First Light.'

Mirada Fine Art
5490 Parmalee Gulch Rd.
Indian Hills, CO 80454 (minutes from Denver)



The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins)

February 26 - March 26, 2016

  • Public Reception: Friday March 4th, 2016 from 6-9 pm (artist talk at 5pm)
  • Juror: David J. Carol
Simply poster
Image by Gregory Costanzo
Simply 2016 is an exhibition highlighting artists’ ability to capture the everyday in an extraordinary way. Artists from around the world are being showcased in this exhibition, juried by David J. Carol. This photography exhibition offers the chance to slow down and appreciate the beauty in simplicity. Artist Pamela Joye captured striking reflected light in a particularly atmospheric manner in Mirror Fountain. Her cheerful, energetic subjects continue with their lives unbeknownst of the beauty in the details of their play. Phillippa Stannard uses composition and perspective to bring the viewer into the shot. Others artists use heavy color saturation to stop the viewer in their tracks such as Andrew Miller’s piece, Park Fountain. Shaking the life into the commonplace, the artists have taken mundane visuals and elevated them to entice and inspire. Join us in exploring this spectacular expression of ordinary turned extraordinary in the Main Gallery until March 26th, 2016. Always free, public welcome.

Featured Artists: Meredith Abenaim, Manuel Armenis, Mark Astrom, David Bennett, Steven Bollman, Melissa Breyer, Marie Bush, Michael Carlebach, Patrick Cobb, Gregory Costanzo, Sally Davies, Debra Davis, Emma Dobbs, Holly Donovan, Philip Drucker, Dorothy Glenn, Marcia Glover, James Graves, Suzy Halpin, Matthew Johnson, Pamela Joye, Chip Kahn, Susan Keiser, John Kobeck, Robert Larson, Marcia Mahoney, Michael McAllister, Angie McMonigal, Andrew Miller, Shin Noguchi, Jeff Phillips, Robert Renfrow, Lisa Rigazio, Debora Schwedhelm, Joseph Stanek, Phillipa Stannard, Michael Sullivan, Preston Utley, Sandra Chen Weinstein, Lauren Welles, Terry Wild, and Casie Zalud.

About C4FAP

Since 2004, The Center for Fine Art Photography has been a preeminent supporter of photography. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, C4FAP is supported globally with donations, grants, and memberships. Based in Fort Collins, CO, the Center for Fine Art Photography offers three public galleries with 20+ exhibitions yearly, classes, and online exhibitions that give photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world an opportunity to engage with the Center and it’s community. For more information about C4FAP, including information on workshops, membership, becoming a donor and exhibitions, please visit the website at

The Center for Fine Art Photography
400 N. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524


Liz Larner

Aspen Art Museum

February 26 - June 6, 2016

Liz Larner, ii (inflexion), 2013-15, Ceramic, epoxy, pigment
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles

The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) is pleased to present the first exhibition to examine the ceramic practice of Los Angeles–based sculptor Liz Larner. Curated by Heidi Zuckerman, AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, the exhibition continues the museum’s yearlong presentation of Larner’s work, showcasing the artist’s investigation into the possibilities and poetics of sculpture.

Since 1988, Larner has been committed to exploring both the physical qualities and suggestive power of objects. Her work can be transformative based on the time of the day, season, or circumstance, in effect engaging viewers intellectually as well as emotionally. In addition, her ever-evolving language of abstract forms—made from diverse, often organic materials and typically comprised of contours rather than solid planes—is substantial, refined, and experimental in equal measure.

Rising to prominence in the 1990s for her metallic sculptures referencing technology, the artist's ceramics evoke the natural world using rich colors and tactile surfaces. The works also share a connection to the state because stones were sourced from Colorado.

In addition, Larner will be part of a presentation starting in March where only solo exhibitions by women will be shown in the museum. including Mickalene Thomas, Judith Scott, Rachel Rose, Lynda Begalis. While this past year has been an unprecedented display of female artists in museums across the globe—multimedia artist Diana Thater showing the largest exhibition at LACMA while concurrently showing at the AAM is just one example—these forthcoming exhibitions demonstrate the museum's continued dedication to diverse artists and multidisciplinary practices.

Aspen Art Museum
637 East Hyman Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611


Read more: Liz Larner at the Aspen Art Museum

Inhabiting with Mary Hood & Marilee Salvator

The Map(ing) Project featuring 21 Native American and indigenous artists

GOCA121 (121 S. Tejon St in Colorado Springs)

February 5 - March 19, 2016

Mary Hood, Proceeding with Caution, 20 x 24 x 2”, laser cut/engraved collage on vellum with watercolor and LED lights, 2013

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art announces the opening of two new exhibitions on Friday, February 5: Inhabiting with Mary Hood & Marilee Salvator and The Map(ing) Project featuring 21 Native American and indigenous artists. Both exhibitions are part of Mo'Print 2016 (Month of Printmaking), a state-wide biennial celebration of printmaking. Programs connected to the exhibit include an artist residency, artist lectures and a two-day symposium, Indigenous Ways of Being, in collaboration with the Women's & Ethnic Studies (WEST) program at UCCS.

A gallery talk with artist and Map(ing) Project creator Mary Hood will take place at 5 pm followed immediately by a reception until 9 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

The exhibits will be open to the public through March 19, 2016. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment.

GOCA121 is located at 121 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, in the Plaza of the Rockies, south tower.


Read more: 2 Month of Printmaking Exhibitions at GOCA121

Jenene Nagy: Disappear Here

GOCA at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

January 29 - March 12, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday January 29th from 5-8pm; Artist Talk with Jenene Nagy at 5pm
The Crystal Land - acrylic, Mylar, mirrored Plexiglas, wood - 2014

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art announces the opening of GOCA’s new exhibit ‘disappear here’ by Los Angeles-based artist Jenene Nagy on January 29 at the campus GOCA1420 gallery, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment.

An artist talk with Jenene Nagy will take place at 5 pm followed immediately by a reception for the artist until 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available throughout campus for this event.

About the Exhibit

Jenene Nagy frequently works on monumental scale and employs familiar materials sourced from the built environment – drywall, 2x4’s, housepaint, and plexiglass – to theatrically transform interior space. Her architectural “interventions” appear as deconstructed paintings in space, and simultaneously deconstructed interior space itself. Floors are raised, walls are taken apart, painted color is chaotic and unifying – artifice but with honesty about materials and the labor involved. Through her installations, Nagy involves viewers in dialogue with manipulated interiors, spotlighting a negotiation between the individual and surrounding architecture that is often overlooked. Jenene Nagy is in residence at GOCA during the month of January working alongside UCCS students to realize a site-specific monumental installation in our 2,800 square foot campus GOCA1420 space.

About the Artist

Jenene Nagy is a visual artist living and working in Southern California. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona in 1998 and her MFA from the University of Oregon in 2004. Nagy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Portland Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany, and Dam Stuhltrager in NY, among others. She has received grants from the NY Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Ford Family Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Oregon Arts Commission. Her work was named by the Huffington Post as one of the Northwest’s Top Ten Exhibition Picks of 2010. Along with a rigorous studio practice, Nagy is one half of the curatorial team TILT Export:, an independent art initiative with no fixed location, working in partnership with a variety of venues to produce exhibitions. From 2010-11 she was the Curator-in-Residence for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon and currently serves on the Board of Directors for ARTPAPERS. Nagy’s work is represented by PDX Contemporary Art and Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver, Colorado.

GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries, one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location that opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.


Julie Comnick: Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra

Firehouse Art Center

January 27 - February 28, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, February 12 from 6-9 PM
  • Artist Talk & Violin Performance: Sunday, February 28 at 3 PM

Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra is a painting and video project which explores the gradual dissolution of culture in contemporary society through the symbolic ruin of a personal and cultural icon, the violin. Using the violin as a metaphor, Comnick intends to raise questions about the relationship between increasing technology and diminishing cultural heritage. The audience is invited to consider what makes the instrument precious in his or her own experience, and the impact of its loss.

“We are all haunted by our unrealized pursuits, and anxiety is the material of our collective nightmares. I am interested in iconography as a social construct, and the images that endure in our collective memory. How does personal observation inform common experience? How are images tied to memory and social consciousness? And what is the role of pictorial representation in visual culture?”

“For a period of nine months I solicited violins beyond repair from instrument shops nationwide. After collecting nearly one hundred violins, I piled them in a mountaintop clearing and burned them at dusk. Observing the site from six o’clock p.m. to six o’clock a.m., the documentation of the event is the source material for the series of large-scale paintings that depict the pile of violins in various phases of ruin: at sunset, illuminated by the lowering sun; at nightfall, in stages of burning; and at dawn, the charred remains. A video accompanies the paintings, documenting the pile from sunset to sunrise.”

Julie Comnick’s paintings and drawings engage the pictorial languages of representation and narration to pose questions about social circumstances and practices. Her exhibition record includes solo shows nationally at contemporary venues including Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa AZ; Space Gallery, Denver, CO; The Gallery at Flashpoint, Washington, DC; Zg Gallery, Chicago IL; and Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT; group exhibitions internationally; and reviews in prominent publications including the Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, and Dialogue Magazine. Her work has been supported by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Julie lives in Prescott, Arizona, where she holds the position of Studio Arts Faculty in the Arts & Letters department at Prescott College, teaching interdisciplinary courses in painting, drawing, art theory and public art. She received an MFA in Painting from Montana State University and a BA from The Evergreen State College.

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave
Longmont, CO 80501

Natural Shift

Fort Collins Museum of Art

January 22 - March 20, 2016

Rachel Stevens, Gust, 2010, steel, fabric

The Fort Collins Museum of Art invites you to step into the beautiful world of Natural Shift. Opening Friday, January 22, this group sculpture exhibition gathers together four artists from around the country to explore nature, change and adaption through varied and unique sculpture. Artists include: Leigh Taylor Mickelson (Ossining, NY), Jerry Monteith (Carbondale, IL), Charlotte Nichols (Fort Collins, CO) & Rachel Stevens (Las Cruces, NM). From steel to copper, wood and clay, these four contemporary artists present a look at nature that is full of hidden beauty, resilience and adjustment. The exhibition is on display at the Fort Collins Museum of Art through March 20, 2016 and features more than 25 original sculptures, a Guide by Cell audio tour of select artworks in the exhibition and kidfriendly labels and activities so the entire family can have fun in the exhibition.

Be sure to visit our new ART.EDU.OSITY hands-on education center during this exhibition as we will have new art projects, workshops and interactive activities for all age groups where you can learn about nature and form through the artwork in Natural Shift. This exhibition is partially sponsored by the Eastham Family, City of Fort Collins, Coloradoan and KRFC.

About The Fort Collins Museum of Art

The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for students with ID and seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 7-18. Children 6 and under and museum members are always free. For more information, visit or connect with the Museum on Facebook. The mission of the Fort Collins Museum of Art is to engage our community in cultural experiences that promote an awareness and appreciation of the visual arts. To offer our audiences the highest-quality art experiences, the Fort Collins Museum of Art presents a diverse series of exhibitions, community events, publications, and educational programs for children and adults. The Fort Collins Museum of Art seeks to enrich the cultural life of the region and advance community understanding of the power of the visual arts to foster life-long learning, social interaction, and personal inquiry.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524