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.
FAC Legacy Series — The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center museum has curated significant exhibitions dedicated to historic and contemporary regional art. The FAC Legacy Series celebrates the art that continues to represent the spirit of Colorado and the American West through solo exhibitions of work by artists who have worked and/or taught at the FAC.
FAC Legacy Series: Frank Mechau
Frank Mechau (1904–1946) is among the greatest artists associated with the early 20th century development of Colorado art. Mechau commanded […]
Gary Emrich: Promise
A Colorado-based artist, whose work combines photography and film, often incorporating found objects and imagery. His work is elegant, playful, […]
A Reservoir of Occurrences
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, […]
Under the Big Top
Captivating audiences of all ages for two centuries, the spectacle of the circus has also inspired visual artists to capture […]
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, venerability 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.
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.