Museum Hours & Admission

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.

Questions? Contact the Box Office at 719.634.5583

Guided Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the FAC Galleries! Choose from a variety of tour programs or have a custom designed tour. Available for adult and student groups. Contact us to help you plan your visit: 719.476.2444 or

Mobile Tour

The Son of Pop Mobile Tour gives you access to exclusive video commentary, photos and more—all you need is a pair of ear buds and your web-enabled mobile device.

Exhibition Catalog

The official 120-page, full color catalog for Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop features an introduction by FAC Museum Director Blake Milteer, a foreword by the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa and an interview with the artist. Now available for purchase at the FAC Box Office: $25 FAC Members, $30 Non-members.

CATALOG | Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop

Exhibition Sponsors

Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop is supported by:

The Anschutz Foundation

Ron Brasch and Una Ng-Brasch

Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
Members of the Fine Arts Center


Floyd Tunson, Untitled 96 (version 1) 2005. Mixed media (detail). Image courtesy of the artist.

Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop | Oct. 27 - Jan. 20, 2013

"You will experience all the beauty, intensity, humor, and toughness in Tunson's work." — Blake Milteer, Museum Director

Members Only Preview: Oct. 26, 5-7p | Featuring a special presentation with Floyd Tunson and Blake Milteer.

For over four decades, Floyd Tunson (born 1947) has been among the most highly regarded and influential artists in the Rocky Mountain region. He has achieved a rich and diverse body of work via media such as painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking – often combining the language of these various media in single works.

The exhibition reflects the scope of Tunson’s career and work. It will include various bodies of work through which Tunson has addressed concepts such as cultural identity, American social history, pop culture, art history, and the beauty of pure abstraction. The exhibition centers upon the bold installations Hearts and Minds, Delta Queen, Haitian Dream Boats, and Pop-up Rodeo. Other works in the exhibition relate to these installations, yet speak of their own aesthetic and conceptual concerns. Included are the Endangered series’ beautifully-rendered portraits of African-American youth, the Nubian series’ abstract dialogue with the crossroads of Africa, and the Synchro-Mesh series’ reflection of Tunson’s travels in the American south. Tunson’s Remix series and other select works look to a synthesis of popular culture and art historical imagery with the artist’s equally critical and reverent eye.

Tunson says that from one direction he sees “the terror of chaos, man’s inhumanity to man, mortality, and the unknown. From another direction, the human condition seems like a magnificent, orderly evolution of extraordinary beauty” and he states that the totality of his work reflects his “quest to comprehend and express these forces and their interconnectedness.”

Tunson received his BA from Adams State College in 1969. Over his career he earned a reputation as one of the region’s most influential art teachers for three decades while simultaneously creating his own work and exhibiting nationally. Tunson’s art is included in the collections of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Denver Art Museum, the Kaiser-Permanente Corporation, the Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art, and many private collections nationwide.

This will be Tunson’s first major survey of his life’s work to-date. The exhibition is organized to reflect the confluence of Tunson’s themes and media over four decades, will occupy the entire second floor as well as the main corridor and have an accompanying full-color catalogue with an essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

Rocky Mountain PBS's Arts District featured Floyd Tunson: Son of Pop on an episode that aired Feb. 28, 2013.

Photo Album: Son of Pop Members Preview

PHOTO ALBUM | Members Preview

Son of Pop Mobile Tour


Members Preview Q&A | Oct. 26, 2012
VIDEO I | Floyd D. Tunson shares his creative process for picking materials when creating art, his views on humor and technology.

VIDEO II | Tunson discusses his experiences growing up in the Rocky Mountain West, and visiting the South as a young man.

VIDEO III | Pieces like We're Holding Mrs. Cleaver for Ransom and Raw Deal from the late 1980s and early 1990s are discussed.

VIDEO IV | Pieces from Tunson's Nubian Series and The Wrestlers are discussed.

VIDEO V | FAC Museum Director Blake Milteer highlights Tunson's newest work, The Ancestors; Tunson draws connection to his Universal Bunnies.

VIDEO VI | Final question that brings the work of Andy Warhol into context with the work of Tunson.


Floyd Tunson discusses the importance of an Arts Education:

INTERVIEW | Listen to Floyd Tunson's artist profile on KRCC's Western Skies.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW | Studio Visit: In the Hotbed of Nothingness with Floyd Tunson

Wine Dinner + Artist Talk | Jan. 11, 6-9p | Invite your friends!
$65; $60 FAC Members | Buy tickets online

Enjoy a special five-course wine dinner featuring some of Colorado's own local wines and artist in conversation: wine maker Tyrell Lawson of Two Rivers Winery and Kahil Winery, plus artist Floyd Tunson. Menu and event details.

Free Family Adventure Day | Nov. 17, 10a-1p | Invite your friends!
Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place

Spend the day being creative with your family! Bemis instructors will lead hands-on art activities that explore themes and media present in the Son of Pop exhibition. Create shadow boxes from found objects, pop art collages, and Nubian clay sculptures. All ages and skill levels welcomed! More information about Family Adventure Day.

Ormao Dance Company Fall Gallery Performances
Nov. 4 | 5:30p; 7 p | Buy tickets online: $25; $15 students & children
Nov. 9 | 5:30p; 7p; 8:30p
| Buy tickets online: $25; $15 students & children

Inspired by the Son of Pop exhibition, Ormao Dance Company has collaborated with five choreographers and composer Glen Whitehead to present a very special series of site specific movement and music that will be performed in the FAC galleries. Themes explored include generations, freedom, cultural awareness, racism, and history. Details.

Educators' Open House | Nov. 1, 3:30-5p | RSVP online

This special event for educators features guided tours of Son of Pop and highlights the various FAC educational programs and discounts available for educators. Themes and concepts presented in Son of Pop include American social history, art history, pop culture, cultural identity, and the beauty of pure abstraction. Plus, be entered to win a free FAC Membership and tickets to an upcoming performance. RSVP online and share this event.

Members Only Preview | Oct. 26, 5-7p

This exclusive event for FAC Members includes appetizer, cash bar, live music from the Kim Stone Trio, and a special presentation featuring artist Floyd Tunson and FAC Museum Director Blake Milteer at 5:30 p.m. Join the conversation on Twitter: follow @FineArtsCenter and use #SonOfPop.

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

Son of Pop Writing Response | View a selection of art from this exhibition and share your written thoughts and reflections. Poems or short stories strongly encouraged!

Journey Into Writing | Combine the visual verbal arts in a unique tour that includes a Ekphrastic writing activity. Create poetry and short stories inspired by the pieces in Son of Pop. This tour expands our ability to look, communicate and respond with writing what our eyes see.

Take a class at the Bemis School of Art | Below are upcoming classes that teach the artistic media reflected in Tunson's work. 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 to take photos like Tunson.

Learn to draw like Tunson. Learn to paint expressively like Tunson.
Learn to paint abstractly like Tunson. Learn to create a found sculpture like Tunson. Learn to make a collage like Tunson.

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