Founded in 1936, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum is committed to innovative, educational and multidisciplinary arts experiences, building upon our history as a unique cultural pillar of the Rocky Mountain region. The recent 2007 museum addition, designed by nationally recognized architect David Owen Tryba, complements and enhances the original structure designed by New Mexican architect John Gaw Meem in 1936. The addition features nine permanent collection galleries, two traveling exhibition galleries, and an unprecedented Tactile Gallery. The expanded 132,286 square-foot facility hosts major international traveling and changing exhibitions and features works from the FAC’s significant permanent collection.
ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers Photographs by James Balog
ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers celebrates the exquisite beauty of remote Arctic and alpine landscapes at the same time as […]
A Naturalist and an Artist
John James Audubon painted and cataloged the birds of North America. In 1821, Audubon moved to New Orleans and spent […]
The stunning straw appliqué work of artists such as Jean Anaya Moya continues a centuries-old European tradition that was introduced […]
FAC Legacy Series: Myron Wood’s Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe
A prolific photographer of the Southwest from the late 1940s through the late 1980s, Myron Wood is perhaps best known […]
Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico
This new, first-of-its-kind exhibition not only features some of the most exquisite paintings by O’Keeffe, it also takes in a […]
El Mac: Aerosol Exalted
Oct 3, 2015-Jan 10, 2016 El Mac (Miles MacGregor) is an internationally renowned graffiti artist whose gorgeous large-scale works blur […]
René Magritte/Springs Surreal
Oct 24, 2015-Feb 7, 2016 The focal point of this exhibition will be three René Magritte Surrealism paintings on loan […]
Don Coen: The Migrant Series
Colorado artist Don Coen’s The Migrant Series is a magnificent group of 15 large-scale realistic portraits of migrant farm workers. […]
FAC Legacy Series: Frank Mechau
This exhibition is the third major offering in the FAC Legacy Series, which began with original exhibitions dedicated to the […]
A Reservoir of Occurrences: Stephen Batura
Stephen Batura has become well-known as a Colorado artist whose subject matter has remained close to home. His exquisite paintings […]
All New Women
This innovative exhibition pairs the esteemed portraiture of John Singer Sargent with provocative self-portrait photographs by contemporary artist Cindy Sherman, […]
Additional Art on Display
Eric Bransby 75th Anniversary mural
The Fine Arts Center commissioned Bransby, now 94, to create his final mural that tells the story of the FAC with nods to the Broadmoor Art Academy, music, dance, theatre, arts education and recognizable figures like Boardman Robinson and Martha Graham, in commemoration of the FAC’s 75th Anniversary. Permanent installation on view in the Smith Gallery hallway.
Floyd D. Tunson’s Haitian Dream Boats
Manitou Springs artist Floyd Tunson’s work often responds to political or social injustice, with Haitian Dream Boats as no exception. Motivated by the fleets of makeshift vessels attempting to flee Haiti’s Duvalier regimes and the subsequent tragedies that often befell the refugees, Tunson was inspired to construct a dozen boats with materials he had on-hand. On view now above the main gallery hallway.
The Mashburn/Marshall Tactile Gallery
One of the first galleries of its type in the country, the Tactile Gallery was established in 1981, the brainchild of docents Peggy Marshall and Mary Mashburn. As a prototype for their bold plan, they used the Mary Duke Biddle Gallery for the Blind in the Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art. The founders set about creating a space where all patrons could be self-sufficient and able to enjoy the full experience of the art.
A quick look at our exceptional exhibitions
Pieces made of light, steel, glass, paint and clay have graced our galleries at the Fine Arts Center. Works that speak from past generations to ours and our generation to the next. Some of our recent exhibitions have included:
- Chihuly Rediscovered – The Denver Post said this dazzling display of Dale Chihuly’s work packed a “visual punch.”
- Continuance: Charles and Collin Parson – A father-and-son exhibition showcased provocative contemporary works of illumination and steel.
- Pamela Joseph’s Sideshow of the Absurd – This Aspen artist combined kinetic carnival gadgetry with commentary and insights into societal outsiders.