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.
This delightful romantic comedy, based on the beloved novel, comes to the FAC for the first time, following 500 critically-acclaimed productions worldwide. Feeling lost in the shadows of marriage and post-WWI society, two unhappy London housewives rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday away – reluctantly recruiting a pair of difficult, upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Together, among the wisteria blossoms and the Mediterranean sunshine, the four women clash — and then begin to bond and bloom — until men once again upset the balance.
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.
A delightful adaptation of the best-selling children’s book series brought to life in a genuinely comical and not strictly-for-kids musical. It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your heart just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.
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.