The FAC explores the enduring,
yet evolving, role of families.

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Tuesday-Sunday | 10a-5p
Closed Monday

General Admission is $10; Free for for FAC Members. The third Tuesday of every month is Public Free Day.

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Pieter Hugo, The Hyena Men of Abuja, Nigeria, 2005, digital c-print. Courtesy of The Progressive Corporation. Hugo was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1976, and lives and works Cape Town, South Africa.

A Family Affair:
Selections from the Progressive Art Collection

| Feb. 23 - May 19, 2013

"Sometimes joyous, sometimes heartbreaking, these works demonstrate the power of art to question, teach, urge us to take risks, and ultimately help us grow."
Joy Armstrong, FAC Assistant Curator

This exhibition features an outstanding selection of works from the Progressive Corporation's contemporary art collection, encompassing media from painting and sculpture to digital photography and video, all embracing the theme of family.

The diversity of objects eloquently reflects the countless associations with the idea of family and what it means to each of us. While some works address the trauma of dysfunctional relationships, illness, or regret, such as TR Ericsson’s Everyday is Like Sunday, others offer ruminations on childhood memories, as in Emilia Faro’s works. 

Artists Margot Quan Knight, Mitch Epstein, and Stuart O’Sullivan deal with the passage of time and its profound impact on our relationships with our parents, our memories, and ourselves.  Alix Smith’s elegant States of Union photographs refer to the conventional representations of families by artists such as Norman Rockwell while addressing the present controversy surrounding same-sex couples. 

“The viewer will undoubtedly relate on a personal level to some works and be challenged by others, but ultimately come to a place of deeper understanding after approaching unfamiliar concepts with an open mind.” said FAC Assistant Curator Joy Armstrong.

The Fine Arts Center is pleased to partner with the Progressive Corporation for this exhibition. In 1974, Progressive started collecting contemporary art as a way to advance their unique workplace culture. Today, their collection includes more than 7,800 artworks displayed in Progressive offices countrywide. For over 30 years, art at Progressive has continued to provoke and foster passionate discussion among their employees. The collection seeks out emerging as well as internationally established artists in a variety of media with the goal of promoting diversity, inspiring creativity, challenging viewpoints, and encouraging discourse in the workplace and beyond.

Photo Album: Mother Members-Only Preview

PHOTO ALBUM | Members Preview


Slate.com | --> Traditional Families—Who Also Happen To Be Gay
Feb. 4

Indy Blog | A peek at the Fine Arts Center's upcoming Families and more
Jan. 28

Press Release | FAMILIES: FAC explores the enduring, yet evolving, role of families
Media Kit | Families (includes news release and images with credit information)
Jan. 29, 2013

Members-Only Preview | Feb. 22, 5-7p

This exclusive event for FAC Members includes appetizers, cash bar, and a special panel discussion featuring artist Carol Dass, Instructor of Photography at UCCS, Kristin Rogers and H. Scott Westover, the Progressive curators of A Family Affair, and Joy Armstrong, FAC Assistant Curator. A short Q&A will follow the discussion. Join the conversation on Twitter: follow @FineArtsCenter and use #families.

Families | Feb. 22-May 10

The FAC's 2013 multidisciplinary project, Families, will examine the subject of family through theater, the visual arts and art education. In addition, other public programs will include presentations by individuals from a variety of backgrounds including artists, humanists, clerics, historians, sociologists and others. It will be our intention to encourage dialogue and conversation by representing a range of viewpoints.

The FAC offers many and diverse opportunities to engage deeper with themes presented in A Family Affair. From classes and workshops to educational tours to writing reflections, browse some of the options below to dig deeper:

Take a class at the Bemis School of Art | Below are upcoming classes that teach the artistic media reflected in A Family Affair. The Bemis School of Art offers three semesters of classes and workshops in 20 different disciplines taught by professional instructors for students of all ages and abilities.


Learn about photography.

Discover ceramics, sculpture and mosaics as an artform. Engage with writing & introspective art forms.

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