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HIDCOTE and Lawrence Johnston:
The American Who Transformed 20th-century English Garden Design
Talk by Ethne Clarke, Garden Historian
May 4, 2015 at 4:00pm
Cornerstone Screening Room
Sponsored by the Art Department's Harold E. Berg Endowment
Ethne Clarke, an internationally known garden historian, author of Hidcote: The Making of a Garden will speak at Colorado College on Monday afternoon, May 4, at 4:00 p.m. in the Screening Room in the Cornerstone Art Center. The famous early-20th-century gardens at Hidcote in the Cotswolds, recognized as the epitome of the classic English country garden style, were actually designed by an American, Lawrence Johnston. He was one of the so-called “Henry James Americans,” who lived their lives between Europe and the United States. Hidcote was the first garden to be taken into the custody of England's National Trust. Clarke has researched not only the garden, but also Johnston's life, the social and intellectual milieu of his era, and the contemporary influences on his garden-making.
Ethne Clarke is a professional horticulturist and the author of fifteen books on landscape history and gardening including The Art of the Kitchen Garden, Making a Herb Garden and with Rosemary Verey, The Scented Garden. Her biography of Cecil Pinsent, Infintiy of Graces, is the first biography of the English architect who created many of the best-loved villas and gardens in Tuscany, such as La Foce (for Iris Origo) and I Tatti (for Bernard Berenson). Formerly the editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening and garden editor for Traditional Home, Clarke has also contributed to The American Gardener, Horticulture, Pacific Horticulture, Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, Hortus, Homes and Gardens, Country Life, and RHS The Garden. Resident in England for 30 years, she was the recipient of the 1987 Angel Literary Award for Art of the Kitchen Garden. Clarke has a Master of Philosophy in Art and Design from De Montfort University, Leicester, England.
Heather Oelklaus, Print Workshop Supervisor, is having a solo show at
the Sangre De Cristo Arts and Conference Center!
Assistant Professor of Photography
has been selected to participate in the upcoming show
The opening reception will be on Friday, March 6th from 5:30-8:00pm at Republic Plaza (370 17th St. Downtown Denver, CO).
Her work will be up until May 5th.
Extending the Line: Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner
Extending the Line is part of Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Week (January 26-30) a fifteen-year-old event featuring a week of thematically related art, performances, lectures, and discussions. This year’s theme, What’s My Line? explores connections between theater, dance, mathematics, and visual art.
Emma Powell: Juggling Butterflies
November 24 – December 17, 2014
Emma Powell (Assistant Professor of Art) introduces her photography to Colorado College with this one-person exhibition. Fascinated by the history of photography, Powell incorporates historic processes and devices into her contemporary practice. Past projects have included archaic technologies such as wet plate collodion process and old Kodak cameras. Her recent work navigates the fine line between reality and fantasy, using self-portraiture to articulate personal narratives. Using a cyanotype process, Powell creates a backdrop in which archetypal universal symbols combine and collide.
Closed November 26 -- 30 for Thanksgiving Break
Reopening for regular hours December 1 -- 17
Scott Johnson's Mute Earth
at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
MUTE EARTH will consist of original works created by Scott Johnson specifically for the MOA galleries and will include site-specific installations and large-scale objects as well as a series of photographic pieces. Johnson will utilize the entirety of the MOA main exhibition galleries, multimedia galleries and atrium for this unique exhibition.
Scott Johnson is well known for his work with a wide range of materials and for his thought-provoking sculptural installations. MUTE EARTH will explore the complex relationship between modes of representation and perception with regard to landscape and architectural space. The installations presented as part of this exhibition are the result of Johnson’s literary research, experimentation with new materials and direct observation of natural phenomena and cultural artifacts, places, and structures. A Colorado native, Johnson incorporated regional phenomena and elements of the Colorado landscape into his conceptual threads for the works created for this exhibition.
Museum of Outdoor Arts 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, Colorado 80110
Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush
Heather Oelklaus: One of a Kind
July 29 - November 9, 2014
at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Heather Oelklaus, Heal (detail), 2014, Chemigram, 50 x 51 inches, edition of one, Courtesy of the artist
Colorado Springs-based artist Heather Oelklaus explores her subjects through historic photographic processes. Although Oelklaus employs vintage techniques, many of which date back to the beginnings of photography itself, her compositions frequently speak the language of abstract painting or motion pictures. But it is Oelklaus's combination of these extremely difficult technical processes with contemporary subjects and objects that is truly
ONE OF A KIND
The title of the show suggests the singular nature of many of Oelklaus's images. In an era in which most of us understand photography as infinitely reproducible, her photographic works emerge from intensive processes that result in a single original image.
Andrew Ramiro Tirado: Open
June 21 - September 28, 2014 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
For Open, Tirado has made a series of extraordinary large drawings that fill the FAC's magnificent, soaring El Pomar Gallery. The subject is what Tirado describes as one of our "primary tools" for connection and disconnection - the human hand. These exquisitely drafted images represent the hand in all its complex physicality, elegance, power, vulnerability, and expression. But these drawings are just the beginning of an exhibition that unfolds over time - the artist's process will be "open" and visible to viewers as Tirado creates a new, large-scale sculpture in the gallery throughout the show's duration. This is an experience that visitors will want to witness again and again.
Jean Gumpper Recognized in the Colorado Springs Business Journal
For "depth" and "community presence," among other qualities of her work, Jean Gumpper, Visiting Professor in the Colorado College Art Department, was recently named among the best artists in the Pikes Peak Region.
Read John Hazlehurst's article in the Business Journal
Artists/Artist Teams Selected for 16th Annual Art on the Streets
2014-2015 exhibit will feature eleven artists including Colorado Springs locals Andy Tirado and Sandy Friedman
Colorado Springs, CO – Downtown Colorado Springs and Community Ventures are pleased to announce the selection of artists for the 2014-2015 Art on the Streets juried sculpture exhibition. Now in its 16th year, Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places, while turning the streets of downtown Colorado Springs into a yearlong outdoor sculpture gallery.
A national call for artists attracted proposals from artists in four countries, 21 states and 16 Colorado cities. Artists were selected through a jury process in which artistic quality served as the primary criteria. This year’s jury included Blake Milteer, Museum Director and Chief Curator for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; local architect Michael Collins, and award-winning visual artist Jimmy Descant. Selected artists each receive a $1,000 honorarium. In addition, artists are eligible for a $10,000 Juror Award and a $1,000 People’s Choice Award.
The 2014-2015 exhibit will be on display June 2014 through May 2015 throughout Downtown Colorado Springs. The eleven artists selected for the exhibit are:
Dee Briggs, Pittsburgh, PA
Timothy D. Cassidy, New York Mills, MN
Steven Durow, Fruitland, MD
Atomic Elroy, Petaluma, CA
Sandy Friedman, Colorado Springs, CO
Steven Huffman, Ottumwa, IA
Suzanne Kane, Las Cruces, NM
James Alan Murray, South Portland, ME
Michael Shewmaker, Hilo, HI
Andrew Tirado, Colorado Springs, CO
Adina Ana Vomisescu and Juliana Morar, Toronto, Canada
Art on the Streets is a program of Downtown Colorado Springs, through Community Ventures, Inc. The program is supported entirely by private contributions, including founding sponsor U.S. Bank, with additional support from Colorado Creative Industries, Boettcher Foundation, and many other corporate and individual donors. All of the artwork in the exhibit is for sale, and purchase inquiries are welcome.
Opening reception for exhibition and Panel Discussion with exhibition artists and CC faculty. Includes performance by students from From Fringe to Spotlight, taught by professor Idris Goodwin.
From its roots within the urban American experience of the 1960-70s, contemporary hip-hop culture has evolved into an expressive language that transcends cultural and national boundaries. Formerly subversive modes of expression, such as graffiti, rap, appropriation, and breakdancing have now become flexible strategies for personal and political communication that spans all racial, national, and economic groups. From March 24 – May 8 2014 Colorado College will explore the ways in which the hip hop strategies of remix, mash-up, appropriation, and protest allow for the creation of new cultural hybrids within the shifting terrains of the mainstream. The project will include a gallery exhibition, public art projects, lectures, performances, films, and discussions.
The exhibition component of the project will focus on three contemporary artists Ruben Aguirre iROZEALb, and Jaque Fragua. The artists employ strategies drawn from street art practices and hip-hop culture within the context of fine art. The exhibition will uncover the tensions created when graffiti motifs are removed from lived, public spaces and realized into two-and three-dimensional forms. Themes addressed include: an examination the relationship between the self-definition inherent in the creation street art and the drive toward individual expression of Abstract Expressionism; the power of poetic insurrection within public spaces; and the creation of hybrid identities through cultural appropriations.
Thursday, March 27, 4:30 – 6:30pm
IDEA Space in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
As part of the state-wide marking of the 100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre - an event which sparked the modern labor movement - GOCA has invited six artists who address the concept of protest through their varied artistic practices.
Bradley Flora | LaToya Ruby Frazier | Scott Johnson | Lane Hall & Lisa Moline | Dareece Walker
Reception: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 5 - 9 pm at GOCA 1420 (The campus gallery at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway - parking is free after 4pm) Centennial Hall Room, 201.
Artist Talks @ 5 pm | Performance @ 7 pm
Exhibit Dates | January 31 - March 22, 2014
Historian Howard Zinn declared Colorado's historic Ludlow Massacre as "the culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history". As part of the state-wide marking of the 100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre - an event which sparked the modern labor movement - GOCA has invited six artists who address the concept of protest through their varied artistic practices. Hailing from regional and national locales and contributing photography, mixed-media, video and performance works, the artists are, through their works, expanding upon an event that resonates heavily today in our cultural consciousness.
A multidisciplinary performance will take place in the gallery on Friday, January 31, at 7 p.m. titled "Resistance and Rebellion: Remember the Past to Carve the Future" featuring Ensemble Peak Frequency, the Ormao Dance Company, Psychoangelo, and vocalist Tim Eriksen performing works associated with acts of social and political resistance, rebellion and oppression.
Huge Hands: Coburn Exhibit by Andy Tirado
Andy Tirado, the 3D arts supervisor for the Colorado College art department, has sculptured a series of massive hands using a very appropriate CC material – reclaimed redwood from the deck outside the studios at Packard Hall, which houses the art department.
Tirado provides tech support for the art department, supervises the sculpture shop, and teaches a spring woodworking adjunct class. He also will be teaching sculpture at the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass this summer.
The four sculptures, all of which depict right hands (Tirado is left-handed; he uses his right hand as a model) are enormous – one is 13 feet long and weighs more than 300 pounds – and take up nearly all the space in Coburn Gallery, where they have been on exhibit. However, the huge hands, constructed from redwood, alder, and steel, all materials Tirado scrounged for, will soon be moved to make way for a new exhibit.
Check out the full article by Leslie Weddell at the link below:
Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk
Wednesday, January 22, 4:30pm at IDEA Space
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
Carl Reed's work showcased. The Denver Botanic Gardens will be highlighting the artistic work of twelve Colorado sculptors in an outdoor exhibit entitled "Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture."
Opening May 4 at 9 am and running through January 12, 2014, the exhibition showcases the work of artists Emmett Culligan, Kim Dickey, Linda Fleming, Nancy Lovendahl, Terry Maker, Robert Mangold, Patrick Marold, Andy Miller, Pard Morrison, Carl Reed, Yoshitomo Saito, and James Surls, in cooperation with Goodwin Fine Art, Robischon Gallery, and the William Havu Gallery. Supporting the exhibition are UMB Bank, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Today we regard the work of participating sculptor Carl Reed, Professor of Art, Emeritus at the Colorado College, who has just completed a sculpture titled Water Ring with Outliers, consisting of three separate elements created and placed specifically for a site in the gardens.
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