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Andy Warhol's art on display June 26 - Sept. 25

August 24, 2009

Legendary pop artist Andy Warhol's photographs of public personalities and a collection called 'Warhol's Flowers,' which consists of large, silk screened works in psychedelic, fluorescent pigments, are on display at the University Art Museum through Sept. 25.

One of America's most famous artists 

Through Warhol's Lens and Warhol's Flowers

University Center for the Arts
University Art Museum
1400 Remington Street 
June 26 - Sept. 25

Museum hours

Tuesday - Saturday
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Admission is always free. 

Warhol's visit to CSU in 1981

Some of us in the Colorado State University and Fort Collins' communities may remember the legendary pop artist Andy Warhol visiting the CSU campus in 1981. 

He was among other prominent American artists brought to campus through the Special Visual Arts Program organized by collectors John and Kimiko Powers.  

(At right: Warhol on lawn of the Visual Arts Building in 1981)

The Art Department collaborated with Warhol on the creation of three soup cans for the opening of the Warhol at Colorado State University Exhibit. Upon his arrival at the Art Building on Sept.1, 1981, Warhol signed the soup cans.

One of the massive cans which resided on the Department of Art front lawn until 1986 was installed at the University Center for the Arts in September of 2008. 

First exhibit features rarely seen Warhol photographs  

Beginning Friday, June 26, the University Art Museum will display Through Warhol’s Lens, featuring a recent gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation Photographic Legacy Program of photographs by the legendary Pop artist.

To honor the 20th anniversary of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, in 2007, the Colorado State University Art Museum became one of a number of American educational institutions to receive a gift of original Polaroid and black and white photographs by Andy Warhol. The program’s purpose is to provide broad public access to an important but little known body of Warhol’s work.

Iconic images

The Colorado State University gift includes Warhol’s photographs of notable public personalities such as:

  • Truman Capote
  • John Denver
  • Martha Graham
  • Mick Jagger
  • Edward Kennedy
  • Paloma Picasso

The Photographic Legacy gift includes two pictures of Denver photographer Mark Sink, photographed by Andy Warhol during his visit to Colorado State University in 1981.

Andy Warhol is arguably one of the most famous American artists, yet his photography has rarely been seen or studied.  Warhol was a prolific photographer and photography was a central tool for his creative process where iconic images - such as those of Jackie, Elvis, and Marilyn - were derived from pre-existing photographs that he painstakingly chose and edited.

Second exhibit features original silk screens on loan to CSU

The second exhibit, Warhol's Flowers, features 10 original large silk screened works on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Warhol's Flowers are important images from Warhol's body of work; the first use of the image, in 1964, was the focus of Warhol's first solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. 

The paintings, based on photographs of hibiscus blossoms, were replicated in psychedelic, fluorescent pigments manufactured at the Day-Glo Corporation

The exhibition, Warhol's Flowers, compliments the vibrant display of colors in the neighboring Annual Flower Trial Gardens at CSU.


For more information, call (970) 491-1989 or visit

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603