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Visual Arts Museums complete the University Center for the Arts

March 31, 2009

Colorado State University is celebrating the openings of the final two spaces in the new University Center of the Arts located in the old Fort Collins High School. The University Art Museum and the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising will open their doors during the next two weeks and invite visitors to tour CSU's art and historic clothes and textile collections.

Four discrete galleries

The University Art Museum has four discrete galleries that offer flexibility for the installation of small or large exhibitions that will allow some 3,000 objects including Japanese prints, Warhol photographs, African sculptures and contemporary art to rotate through the space.

The museum is equipped with museum-standard climate controls systems, lighting and security all designed to safely exhibit and store works of art at ideal temperature and humidity levels.

Milestone for visual arts

"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."

Collections at the new museum continue to grow in:

  • modern and contemporary art
  • international and national work
  • non-Western art including African, Oceanic and Japanese works

Avenir Museum

A richly textured and colorful slice of history will be celebrated with the opening of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University on Thursday, April 9. The newly renamed museum is home to a collection of 12,000 artifacts including historic clothing, lace, textiles, accessories and chairs. A selection of objects representing textiles from around the world spanning more than 100 years of history will be on exhibition to celebrate the opening.

The inaugural exhibition, Window to the World, will open with a free public reception from 7-9 p.m., April 9. The exhibit will run through Sept. 1. Window to the World features a representative sampling of the museum's artifacts from around the world, including Central Asian clothing, richly embroidered and embellished garments from China and Japan, late 19th century American quilts, apparel and textiles from India and 19th century fashionable dress.

The grand opening will honor the Avenir Foundation's gift of $1.25 million to rename the museum.

Saturday, April 11

Avenir Museum workshop on care and handling of vintage clothing and textiles, Behind Closet Doors, and tour
9:30 - 11 a.m.
Avenir museum's administrative offices in Room 136.
The workshop is free, but RSVP is required. (970) 491-1629.

Wednesday, April 22

Avenir Museum inaugural lecture, Material Culture: Window to the World by Patricia Crews, the Willa Cather Professor of Textiles and director of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
7 p.m.
Room 136, in the Avenir Museum administrative offices, directly east of the University Center for the Arts.

2009 University Art Museum Grand Opening events
Thursday, April 2

Ribbon Cutting and Opening Reception
7-9 p.m.
University Center for the Arts (UCA), 1400 Remington Street

Friday, April 3

Museum open hours, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Keynote Guest Artist Lecture, Mel Chin - “New Beginnings at the End”
5 p.m., Griffin Concert Hall, UCA

Little Secrets: Significant Works - A Gala Fundraising Dinner and Auction
7 p.m., Reservations required, $100 a seat
Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, UCA 

Saturday, April 4

Museum open hours, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Annual Front Range Symposium in the History of Art
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Room 158, UCA

Graduate Student Open Studio Tours
3-5 p.m., Visual Arts Building

Hatton Gallery History of the Art Department Exhibition
5-7 p.m., Visual Arts Building

Sunday, April 5

Art Department Open House
1-4 p.m., Hatton Gallery, Visual Arts Building

April 2-4

Art Department Alumni Reunion
(Deadline to register for the reunion was March 25) 


*all events free admission except “Little Secrets”

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.

School of the Arts

Contact: Kimberly Sorensen
Phone: (970) 491-0757