(This slide show contains images from the time of the opening on the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and images of art and articles from The Fine Art Center School’s heyday in the 1930s and 40s under Boardman Robinson. Thanks to Blake Wilson for the Life magazines and all those noted in the [...]

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(“Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center” by Clarence Coil, date unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 013-85.)

Long view of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with the lawns, trees and paths on the Monument Valley Park side. A couple with a dog are walking up the path [...]

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(“[Boy at Fine Arts Center]” by Myron Wood, 1960. Image Number: 002-5808. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District. All right reserved.)

Can’t imagine the guards were too happy about this, but…

“Small boy wearing only shorts stands on couch trying to grab bowl of fruit in framed still life painting at the [...]

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This month we’re bringing a special fall arts show to the airwaves, highlighting all kinds of creativity in the region.

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We bring back Western Skies with a look at arts in the region. We take the time to look at the Colorado Springs scene, film production as an economic driver, the Broadmoor Art Academy, and more.

You can download the episode here, or listen online:

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The new Charles Bunnell exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center isn’t dazzling. But it is amazing! Bunnell was a hugely important figure in the history of the Broadmoor Academy and tended to absorb all of his influences with a fluidity of style the both imitated and expanded beyond them. What you get [...]

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Photographer and UCCS Instructor Carol Dass‘s exhibit Mother at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is yet another great example of the ways that our local arts organizations are digging into the rich [...]

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If we could order you to do one thing, which we can’t, it would be to go to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and see the Floyd Tunson show before it closes this Sunday. Watch the feature we put together on Tunson in his studio above.

If you’ve already seen it, see [...]

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Portrait of Fred Stewart Bartlett (1905-1988), former director of the Fine Arts Center for 15 years from 1956 until 71. Caption written on the back of the photograph reads, “Fred Bartlett with maintenance staff hanging exhibition.”

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Artist Rex Ray: Native Son

On November 12, 2012 By

Here’s another hand-to-the-forehead discovery about a native of Colorado Springs who went on to become an amazing artist: Rex Ray (neé Michael Patterson) was born in 1956 and grew up in Colorado Springs. Like so many before and since, he left in his teens and moved straight to San Francisco, spent his [...]

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Of all the hidden treasures we try to bring you on The Big Something, few rate as highly as the reclusive local artist Floyd Tunson. A long-time art teacher at Palmer High School, Tunson has been “retired” for over a decade during which time he has devoted himself full-time to his first love. Now [...]

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There’s a lot to look forward to at the Fine Arts Center this fall, not the least of which is the Floyd Tunson Retrospective Son of Pop, which opens on October 27. But we also want to implore you to see, if you haven’t already, the spectacular current batch of exhibitions, a startling [...]

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Of all the hidden treasures we try to bring you on The Big Something, few rate as highly as the reclusive local artist Floyd Tunson. A long-time art teacher at Palmer High School, Tunson has been “retired” for over a decade during which time he has devoted himself full-time to his first love. Now [...]

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 This Friday at 5:30 p.m., the Fine Arts Center will unveil the long-awaited mural by Eric Bransby, the last living descendant of the Broadmoor Academy/Fine Arts Center school masters including Thomas Hart Benton, Boardman Robinson and Jean Charlot. Working in a style that originated with the social realists of the new deal, but with [...]

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Samuel James stopped by KRCC for an In Studio performance. Have a listen! He’ll perform tomorrow night, April 7th, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 7:30pm.

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The Haunted Windchimes stopped by KRCC today promoting their newest release Out with the Crow. The played a few songs and chatted with Jeanette. Click the play button to listen!

Don’t forget: KRCC Concerts presents The Haunted Windchimes at the Fine Arts Center, Friday April 6th, 7:30pm. KRCC is SOLD OUT of member discount tickets, [...]

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A major exhibition of Colorado artist Terry Maker’s work is currently on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center through June 3rd, 2012. Reckoning combines a staggering representation of varied process and scale – from a giant snake made of shredded money to the delicately precise candied cross sections – Maker displays her [...]

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Few people outside the arts community remember the Colorado Springs-based artist Archie Musick. Musick arrived via freight train in 1924 and began to study at the Broadmoor Art Academy. He quickly became one of the region’s most inventive painters, blending landscape and surrealist visions with a minimal Japanese style. Shortly after World [...]

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This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered this year. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic. Here are some of the conversations that took place this year [...]

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Of Art and War

On November 14, 2011 By

Ghost Army

Wartime subterfuge is as old as the Trojan Horse. But during World War II, the Army created a top-secret troop of artists called the Ghost Army to use fake arsenals, sound effects and other sleights of hand to trick the Germans. One of the artists in the troop, George Vander Sluis, [...]

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In the above video, produced by the Pikes Peak Library District, Katherine Scott Sturdevant talks about renowned Southwest photographer Laura Gilpin.

Below, in a video produced by Jim Sawatzki of Palmer Divide Productions, Blake Milteer of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Leah Davis Witherow of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and Jeffery Brown, [...]

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(Scans and photos of moths, caterpillars, bats, the landscape and culture of Sonora, Mexico all by Joseph Scheer)

KRCC’s Interview With Joseph Scheer.

It’s hard to remember the last time we heard someone complain that there’s nothing to do in Colorado Springs. The fall arts season is barely underway and it’s already [...]

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Swedish-born painter Birger Sandzén called Colorado’s scenery a paradise for painters. You can see this paradise reflected in his works in the Sandzén in Colorado exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center through January 8th, 2012. The Above video is an excerpt from a Sandzén documentary produced by Joshua Hassel which airs [...]

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