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.
As a salute to the cartoon’s 50th anniversary, the Fine Arts Center is proud to present one of the most […]
James Surls and Charmaine Locke
Born in East Texas, James Surls has been creating works since the 1970s. Along with his wife, artist Charmaine Locke, […]
Colorado Springs Debutante Ball Committee Acquisitions
For half a century, the Colorado Springs Debutante Ball has been committed to the recognition of young women and their […]
The FAC collecting mission focuses on art produced in the Americas. We are committed to celebrating the existing quality of […]
Claudia Mastrobuono and Jodi Stevens
East meets West in this collaboration between visual artists Claudia Mastrobuono and Jodi Stevens. Their site-specific installation, Limen, will pay […]
Colorado artist Don Coen’s The Migrant Series is a magnificent group of 15 large-scale realistic portraits of migrant farm workers. […]
A photographer of Rock Musicians for over 35 years, Larry Hulst brings the history of rock-n-roll to the Fine Arts […]
FAC Legacy Series: Mary Chenoweth
A long-time Colorado Springs resident, Mary Chenoweth was one of the region’s most prolific, multifaceted, yet understated artists. Hired on […]
Floyd Tunson, Bunky Echo-Hawk and Dáreece Walker
Issues of social justice and racially motivated violence have been tragically at the forefront of the news in the past […]
Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik
Hailing from the Pikes Peak Region, visual artists Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik prove that art is inherently powerful […]
Additional Art on Display
Lacuna by Andrew Ramiro Tirado
Lacuna means a gap, pause or blank space. In relation to the monumental sculpture, the title is suggestive of something incomplete, perhaps in formation. “There is an unmistakable and powerful human element inherent in the iconography of the hand involving ideas like connection and touch, vulnerability and strength.” –Andrew Ramiro Tirado
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 Glass Gallery.
Mural art in our restaurant, Taste
Kenneth Adams, American (1897–1966), Dancers or The Ballet, ca. 1936, Oil on canvas mounted to wall
Andrew Dasburg, American (1887–1979), Untitled Fresco, 1937
Ward Lockwood, American (1894–1963), Fresco Pertaining to a Western Theater, 1936
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.
Deco Lounge/First Friday Art Parties
The Deco Lounge is one of the coolest spaces in the building with an art deco vibe accented by Dale Chihuly’s Blue Sapphire Chandelier. It is open before theatre performances, during intermissions and by request. The Deco Lounge also functions as a gallery, showcasing and selling the work of Colorado’s finest artists with First Friday Art Party events and displays managed by the FAC Museum Shop.
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.