Art Week 2017

Colorado College and the Fine Arts Center are celebrating their alliance by hosting Art Week from Oct. 9-13. Art Week has more than 15 programs including lectures, demonstrations, gallery visits, and an alumni artist showcase. Programs are offered separately or as a package. The program is strategically placed in the week between Family and Friends Weekend and Homecoming Weekend. Families of students and alumni are included as participants, presenters, and artists who can show their art in hopes it will be chosen for a museum exhibit.

“This is about bringing together the Colorado Springs community, the members of the FAC, and the students, and making sure that everyone knows that there’s this resource right here,” said FAC Events Intern Emily Miller. “We are focusing on integrating artists and CC students into programming for this particular week.”

Photo by Anna Grigsby

Art Week has something for everyone. Monday included CC art class observations, two art tours—of the Brazilian exhibit and of the general museum—and a session on how to make producing art into a career by CC alumni and parent artists. Tuesday included a Southwestern art tour, a workshop at the Bemis School of Arts, and a walking tour of the art in Downtown Colorado Springs. Wednesday included a full day of visits to studios of artists around the Colorado Springs area. Thursday included lunch with artist Raven Chacon and Professor Vicki Levine, Chacon’s exhibition preview, and a workshop at the Bemis School of Art.

Today includes a lunch honoring the art department from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the sculpture garden at the FAC, a showcase of alumni artists from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Cornerstone Main Space, and finally The Fall Museum Exhibition Opening Reception to top off the week.

These final two events are open to students and the public, and they are not to be missed. The alumni showcase is the first of its kind and will include 33 alumni artists, each of whom will present three pieces of art in photo form—to avoid the hassle of transporting their art—in the FAC in hope of placing the art on display in the future. Their skills range from woodwork to embroidery, and their stories of the transition from CC to the art world prove valuable to students.

The Fall Museum Exhibition Opening Reception is happening tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the FAC. Attendees will be able to preview the exhibitions of Raven Chacon, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Steven Durow while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and conversation.

“The integration between the two institutions has definitely made this week’s program into something people should not miss,” said Miller. “Both institutions focus on the arts year-round, but this is a special time of bridging different communities.”

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