Celebrating 50 Years of Philanthropy. For half a century, the Colorado Springs Debutante Ball has been committed to the recognition of young women and their families, providing them with a year of meaningful experiences and culminating with an event befitting the grandeur of this tradition. Since the first Ball, held in December of 1967, the Debutante Ball Committee has generously contributed the annual proceeds to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s museum acquisitions fund. With cumulative donations totaling nearly $600,000 to date, it has been made possible for the Fine Arts Center to make some of its most significant purchases for the permanent collection.
Whatever your artistic interest and whatever your age or skill level, we have classes to drive your passions at the Fine Arts Center’s Bemis School of Art, a year-round facility. Experienced artists and art instructors, large studios and limited class size create a motivational and supportive environment to explore and develop your talents.
East meets West in this collaboration between visual artists Claudia Mastrobuono and Jodi Stevens. Their site-specific installation, Limen, will pay homage to the natural environment of the Colorado Springs area through Mastrobuono and Stevens’ mastery of common commercial materials.
A long-time Colorado Springs resident, Mary Chenoweth was one of the region’s most prolific, multifaceted, yet understated artists. Hired on as an instructor at the Fine Art Center’s well-respected school in 1953, Chenoweth created a breadth of work over the years in a variety of media to include printmaking, woodcarving and painting.
A photographer of Rock Musicians for over 35 years, Larry Hulst brings the history of rock-n-roll to the Fine Arts Center in his exhibition Front Row Center. With iconic images of Rock Gods from AC/DC to Carlos Santana and Willie Nelson to David Bowie, Hulst captures dynamic moments from a generation’s greatest musicians.
Colorado artist Don Coen’s The Migrant Series is a magnificent group of 15 large-scale realistic portraits of migrant farm workers. The series was painted between 1992 and 2012 and seeks to, as Coen describes it, “raise the awareness of the average American to this overlooked, perhaps even invisible, yet vital part of our society.” He intends it as a “humble expression of gratitude” for America’s migrant workers.
The exhibition Force/Resistance seeks to stimulate dialogue around the complex relationships between systems of power and violence in the United States. The artists in the exhibition address a range of issues including racial profiling, mortality, racially motivated conflict, and legislative oppression.
Featuring selections from the FAC’s Native American and Spanish Colonial collections, this exhibition explores the many ways that objects tell stories. Stories explored through the objects include – morals, lives of the saints, origins, commodification and trade, collecting practices, cultural contact, disruption and destruction.
For more than half a century, the name Florence Foster Jenkins has been guaranteed to produce explosions of derisive laughter. Not unreasonably so, as this wealthy society eccentric suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. Nevertheless, she received extraordinary fame, and the climax of her career was a single concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944. Famously, it sold out in two hours. Souvenir, by turn hilarious and poignant, tells her story.