We haven’t been up to Denver yet, but we can’t wait to see Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs (on view now at the Denver Art Museum through January 1, 2012).

No one has captured the loneliness and beauty of post-WWII Colorado Springs quite like Robert Adams. [...]

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Charles and Bee

On September 8, 2011 By


In 1970, under the leadership of Bee Vradenburg, the Colorado Springs Symphony hired Charles Ansbacher as its new conductor and music director. At that time the symphony was nary a glimmer of what it would become with Vradenburg and Ansbacher at the helm over the next 20 years. This Friday, a free [...]

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(“Mrs. Penrose and Nurses” by Stan Payne, March 14, 1951. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 004-10811.)

Fine Arts Center

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On this date in 1936, John Gaw Meem’s new Fine Arts Center building opened amid pomp heretofore unseen west of the Mighty Mississip. Bringing with it the promise of the West as a new cultural frontier with a week-long opening gala celebration complete with avant-garde exhibits and performances, featuring the groundbreaking works of [...]

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We recently visited Eric Bransby’s studio and spoke with the artist about his newest mural project commemorating the Fine Arts Center’s 75th anniversary. Bransby also discusses his history at the Broadmoor Academy and Fine Arts Center School in the 1940′s. In addition to the video below, we’ve put together a slide show to allow you [...]

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Artist and Colorado College alumnus, Emilio Lobato, returns to his artistic roots in a career retrospective at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In this video we speak with curator Tariana Navas-Nieves and the artist himself about the exhibit.

Emilio Lobato: Mi Linda Soledad is on exhibit through May 15, 2011 at the Colorado [...]

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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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Southern Colorado is no stranger to the armed forces. With a collection of military installations, it’s not uncommon to see uniformed men and women around Colorado Springs and beyond. This month, we take a look at some of the issues concerning the military, from the very worst, to perhaps, some of the very best.

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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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([Boy and Sculpture] by Mryon Wood, August 1960. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-5809.)

Small boy sits on lap of one of two seated metal sculpture figures at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Sign at left advertises gallery talk. Photo identified on back as “Fine [...]

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(Slide show contains images of the first Broadmoor Academy catalog from 1921 and images by artists who taught at the Broadmoor Art Academy. Catalog and images courtesy of Blake Wilson and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center).

When you think of great southwestern arts colonies, you probably think of Taos and Santa Fe, [...]

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On January 17, 2011 By

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KRCC is licensed and regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). There has been some “deregulation” of broadcasting, but non-commercial stations still have a long list of regulations that must be followed. Violation of FCC rules may lead to the suspension of KRCC’s license and/or severe fines.

KRCC is licensed as a non-commercial, educational radio [...]

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One of the most consistently overlooked aspects of Colorado Springs culture is its rich art history. During the first half of the 20th Century, Colorado Springs was second to none among arts colonies west of the Mississippi. Blake Milteer, Curator of 19th -21st Century Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center offers insight [...]

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Remembering Fred Schumm

On December 27, 2010 By

Last week, we learned of the recent passing of Fred Schumm, whom we had the great good fortune of interviewing earlier this year, at his home in Cherry Hills, NJ . Schumm, a Springs native, conceived of and built marvelously artful and one-of-a-kind playground sculptures for the parks in Colorado Springs.

Following World War [...]

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(“Book Sale” by Myron Wood, August 1960. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, Special Collections. Image Number: 002-5818.)

Women pore through rows of books on table in front of the multi-paned windows. Photo identified on back as “Book sale, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado.”

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Following World War II, Colorado Springs native Fred Schumm enrolled in the Fine Arts Center where he met photographer Myron Wood. They became great friends and Myron documented Fred’s fantastical playground sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent Parks. Craig Richardson spoke with Fred Schumm, now 85 and living in New Jersey, about the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Myron Wood and the playground sculptures he constructed while working for the city. Shortly after the sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent parks were completed, Schumm was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study art in Italy.

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(“Woman Looking at Painting” by Myron Wood, 1960. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District. Courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-5813.)

Woman wearing hat with tie-around scarf, studies painting at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Man seated below watches the woman.

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(“Untitled” by Herman Raymond, 1959. Oil on linen. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Gift of Dennis and Ruth Rouss O’Rourke in honor of Lillian Bueno McCue, 1992.3)

We were saddened to learn of the death of the wonderfully eccentric local artist Herman Raymond on Monday at the age of 85. Though he’s [...]

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Sometimes it’s easy to take some of the more incredible aspects of our local culture for granted: The Garden of the Gods, the chapel at the Air Force Academy and The Fine Arts Center come to mind. Composer and Colorado College Professor Stephen Scott would fall into that category for us: his Bowed [...]

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We ran both of these slide shows last November, but thought you might like to see them again as Mr. O’Meallie has a new show opening this Friday, March 26 at the Fine Arts Center as part of the Conflict/Resolution exhibition.

The first slide show is about the toys and toy concepts O’Meallie [...]

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You Saw It Here First!

On October 2, 2009 By

Tonight’s opening at the Fine Arts Center features a series of photographs by Peruvian photographer and video artist Diego Lama. We featured these photos as one of our first posts on The Big Something back in may. Check them out again here and then go see them (they’re big!) along with all the other [...]

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Lavender Film Fest Previews

On September 18, 2009 By

Congratulations are in order for the Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival. This weekend’s festival marks their 10th, yes TENTH! year here in Colorado Springs and they’ve brought us so many great gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender films over the years, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aimee and Jaguar, Trembling Before [...]

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