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March 13, 2009
Colorado State University celebrates the opening of the University Art Museum, one of the centerpieces of the new University Center for the Arts, with a ribbon-cutting and reception from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 2.
The campus and local communities are invited to the free opening reception and exhibits, as well as a variety of opening week events and an art alumni reunion at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St. in Fort Collins.
The museum, located in the old Fort Collins High School, completes the renovated historic structure and brings diverse exhibitions and programs from CSU's Department of Art to the multi-disciplinary center which also houses the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. In a single facility, easily accessible to both campus and community, visitors can explore both the visual and performing arts.
"The museum will establish an integrated learning environment emphasizing enhanced creative synergies among the artistic disciplines within the School of the Arts. This will raise regional, national and internationally awareness of the level of excellence in the present undergraduate and graduate programs in art, dance, music and theatre," said Gary Voss, chairman of the Department of Art and co-director of the School of the Arts.
Located through the UCA's historic entrance, the museum features four discrete galleries that offer flexibility for the installation of small or large exhibitions in a 4,000 square-foot space. It also features a small gift shop with work by graduate and undergraduate students. The museum is augmented by teaching facilities and an additional 4,000 square feet of state-of-the-art collection storage facilities and exhibition preparation spaces.
The exhibition, storage and preparation areas are equipped with museum-standard climate control systems, lighting and security and are designed to safely exhibit and store works of art at ideal temperature and humidity levels. The proximity of teaching facilities for art history allows access for coordinated study of the collections.
"The opening of the University Art Museum is a milestone for the visual arts and CSU," said Museum Director Linny Frickman. "Having a home for our growing permanent collection and museum-standard exhibition spaces for this collection and for incoming loans and traveling exhibitions, has been the dream of many faculty members, alumni and friends of the Department of Art for decades. We are delighted to realize the dream and even more delighted to do so at the University Center for the Art where our visitors can partake of programming in multiple arts disciplines."
The new University Art Museum has a 12-month schedule with rotating exhibitions that honor diverse cultures and aesthetic traditions. Open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the museum initially features three exhibits:
"Reflection, Refraction, Reconfiguration: Images from the Collection of Polly and Mark Addison" April 2-June 13
Contemporary art collectors and museum donors, Polly and Mark Addison, generously loan a selection of works of art from the late 20th century and early 21st century to inaugurate the large gallery in the museum. The exhibit looks at art works that - through the lens of the camera, through digital manipulation, or through the hands of the artist - reconfigure imagery in order to reflect upon contemporary issues. The exhibition features works by a number of important contemporary figures from around the globe including Mel Chin, Jeanne Dunning, Jana Sterbak, Mona Hatoum and William Kentridge.
"African Art: Highlights from the Permanent Collection," April 2-Sept. 25
Composed of objects from the University Art Museum's permanent collection, this exhibit features pieces that illustrate the rich artistic traditions of Africa. Examples of jewelry, textiles and sculpture, generously donated by the Carlen, DeVore, Garst and Udall families, will be featured in the museum's central gallery.
"A Floating World: The Art of the Japanese Print," April 2-June 13
The first exhibit in the museum's intimate gallery examines 19th-century Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Ukiyo-e, which means "pictures of a fleeting, floating world," capture the changing nature of modern society in Japan. The works on display in this exhibition came to the museum through the generous gifts of George and Alice Drake and Editha Todd Leonard.
In addition to these three exhibitions, recent and promised gifts to the museum will be showcased in the back gallery.
In addition to the ribbon cutting and opening reception on Thursday, April 2, the opening celebration includes a gala dinner, a keynote speaker and a symposium all in conjunction with an Art Alumni Reunion.
Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603