The Sensational Inflatable Furry Divines by Max Adrian
August 24 to November 13
Max Adrian is a visual artist whose soft-sculptural work playfully considers queer ideas of sexuality and identity through Craft. Greatly influenced by LGBTQ+ history, drag, puppetry, street theater, and other forms of radical performance, Adrian sews highly tactile sculptures that reference his performative influences with connotations of costume, nightlife, and sexual scenarios. His sculptures are intricately sewn using materials like faux fur, faux leather, and spandex. The push and pull between the trepidation and the desire to touch is a key element to Adrian’s work, especially being made from materials that beg for interaction. Adrian simultaneously conjures images of children’s playhouses and red-lit dungeons with his work as a method of posing questions about how we learn to communicate and share ourselves with others. The resulting objects are social lubricators, activating imagined relationships we might have with them or with each other.
Adrian is a current graduate student at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia, where he is pursuing an MFA in Fibers and Material Studies. He holds a BFA in Fiber and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute. He was awarded a 2015 Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design for his proposal of an intensive study of theatre design and puppetry among such places as Chicago, Prague, and India. Adrian’s practice has received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (New York, New York) and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Columbus, Ohio) as well as a variety of residency programs including the Charlotte Street Studio Residency (Kansas City, Missouri), Second Sight Project (Columbus, Ohio), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Tennessee), Lighthouse Works (Fishers Island, New York), and Millay Colony for the Arts (Austerlitz, New York).
Voice by Gregg Deal
January – Present
Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) is a provocative contemporary artist. Much of Deal’s work deals with challenging Western perceptions of Indigenous people, touching on issues of race, history, and stereotype. With his work—paintings, mural work, performance art, filmmaking, and spoken word—Deal critically examines issues and tells stories that affect Indian country such as decolonization and appropriation.
Most recently, a photograph of Deal was included in the December 2018 National Geographic Society Magazine article, “Native Americans are recasting views of indigenous life.” He was Native Arts Artist-in-Residence at the Denver Art Museum in 2015-2016 and 2017 and Artist-In-Residence at UC Berkeley for the 2017-2018 school year. His art has been exhibited nationally since 2002.
Deal has lectured widely at prominent educational institutions and museums, including the Denver Art Museum; Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.; and Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. His television appearances have included PBS’s The Art District and The Daily Show.
Second Rotation by Diana Baumbach, in collaboration with Jessica Kondrath
February 26, 2020 to Summer 2020
Second Rotation brings together the work of Diana Baumbach and Jessica Kondrath in a choreography and print exhibit. Baumbach is a visual artist based in Wyoming, while Jessica Kondrath is a choreographer/dancer based in Long Beach. Both artists took inspiration from lunar cycles, gravitational pull and the weightlessness of space to create this new multi-media project. Kondrath choreographed movement, while Baumbach created digital projections cast atop the dancers. Additionally, this exhibit features custom printed patterns that were integrated into their costumes. Presented as an exhibition, Second Rotation will make visible the creative dialogue that took place across the country between these two artists. Together they use the language of movement, adornment, light and image to explore the cyclical nature of life. A film of the Many Moons performance will be presented on a wall-mounted flat screen TV which will be lent by the artist for the duration of the exhibition.
You can find more about Diana Baumbach here.
America! America! by John Hitchcock
July – December
John Hitchcock is a visual artist whose work explores the intersection between cultures through the land, language and visual symbols of the Great Plains. Hitchcock draws from his experiences growing up on native land that sits adjacent to Fort Sills in Oklahoma, which serves as the current homelands of the Comanche, Kiowa and Apache Nations. He utilizes drawing and printmaking processes to convey personal symbols and layers of thoughts about removal, displacement, and belonging. The artwork examines notions of safety, security and protection, not just of country, but our environment and flora and fauna.
The base for Hitchcock’s imagery in America! America!, revolve around the relationship between U.S. Military base Fort Sill, The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Reserve, Medicine Park, Oklahoma and his families Comanche Tribal Land. All of these communities have shaped and contributed to the building of the American landscape and the development of contemporary tribal perspectives. Hitchcock uses images of beads, bombs, floral patterns to speak about issues of Indigenous historical trauma. Many of the images are interpretations of stories told by his Kiowa/Comanche grandparents and abstract representations influenced by beadwork, land, and culture.
In addition, Hitchcock investigates the complicated history of the U.S. Military and their relationship to Native People through the imagery of the helicopter. Those seen in America! America! are each named after the Comanche, Kiowa and Apache people by the U.S. Military. Hitchcock investigates how the helicopters have a duality, one to honor the military service of our Native people and second, to create a dialogue about the issues of war and assimilation. The images refer to positive and negative themes; cultural pride and fear.
You can learn more about John Hitchcock here.
The 2019 Student Art Exhibition
December 4th – February 8th
The Curfman Gallery is proud to present the 2019 Student Art Exhibition, the longest running exhibit on the Colorado State University campus. Over 200 works were submitted and only 46 were selected for this show.
Dr. Yang Wang was the ASIANetwork-Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Luther College. Her research and teaching focus on the role of Chinese art in establishing global modernism and the international arena of contemporary art. Her ongoing book project, Provincializing National Art in Maoist China: The Chang’an School of Ink Painting, 1942–1976, examines the confluence of regionalism, neotraditionalism, Cold War politics, and landscape painting in the early People’s Republic of China.
Djamila Ricciardi is a proud Denverite who has a great love for all forms of creative expression. She is a creative thinker with a human-centered approach. Djamila finds fulfillment sharing ideas and working collaboratively with others. Since joining RedLine in 2014, Djamila has had an amazing time getting to know her fellow staff members and fabulous volunteers who make the big dreams of this non-profit art space possible. She believes it is possible for art to have a positive and lasting impact on every individual and that each person and every creative act reminds us of our shared humanity.
The 21st Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition
September 20th – November 1st
The Curfman Gallery is proud to present the 21stColorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, the only international poster exhibition of its kind in the United States and one of a growing number of similar exhibitions around the world.
The exhibit began in 1979, backed by the Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Art’s graphic design sect. It is a biennial exhibition calling renowned and novice artists from all over the world to display international poster designs to an American audience. Each exhibition on campus features posters created by 70 artists from around 25 countries.
The LSC arts program is hosting an opening reception at the Curfman Gallery, equipped with cash bar and catered food, on September 20thfrom 6-9pm. This event is open to the public and offers an opportunity to purchase the posters on display.
Anamnesis by Isadora Stowe
July 17 – Sept. 3
Isadora Stowe is a multi-media American visual artist whose artwork focuses on the narrative of environment translated and coded into complex psychological landscapes. Her strong interest is in visual narratives, created out of symbolic code, or personal syntax, that explore memory as it relates to the construction, negotiation and interpretation of the sense of self.
Isadora Stowe grew up in the Southwest border region, influenced by the interrelationships between borders and divisions, real or imagined. She is inspired by how this affects the development of self and the constructs of the concept of home or place. She creates a visual universe within an artwork or art installation that can be explored and interpreted anew on each viewing.
Anamnesis will be open until September 3rd. For more information on Isadora Stowe, click here.
Course by Rose B. Simpson
The Duhesa gallery is currently exhibiting Rose B. Simpson’s Course series. Simpson describes this exhibit as the manifestation of her most recent self challenges and discovery.
“The chapters of our lives engage lessons in our own personal evolutions. Charting our own courses, we accept those challenges with agency and apply what is learned to the level ups and graduations and acceptances to new strata of consciousnesses. One day it is easy, the next, rough.” -Rose B. Simpson
Simpson will have an artist reception in the Duhesa gallery on April 23rd, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Learn more about Simpson here.
Leventis & Craig
Forgotten Spaces: The Intimate and the Impersonal
Andrew Leventis and Morgan Craig, two incredible painters, exhibited some of their pieces in the Curfman Gallery from April 16th until June 14th. We will be hosting an opening reception on April 16th from 4:30-6:30p.m. catered food and drinks. Come check it out for a look into these amazing artist’s work.
Learn more about Leventis and Craig:
Art & Science: Spring 2019
The Art and Science Exhibition featured the work of faculty, staff and students with a focus on science and art or science manifesting as art. The exhibit opened on February 26th at 4:30p.m. for an opening reception, at which our Juror’s presented the following awards:
Award for Excellence
Lauren Faherty, ACGT
Eisen Tamkun, Disperse
Mark Dineen, Bronze Drawings
Kathleen Eddy, Estuary
September 25 – November 2, 2018
The Curfman Gallery is excited to host 5 LOCALS, an exhibition featuring the exciting work of five local artists. The artists represented in this exhibition were selected by LSC Arts Program staff to represent some of the most exciting artwork being made in the region. Artists were chosen on the basis of technical mastery, intellectual rigor, and conceptual depth. The exhibit aims to introduce the public to artwork that reflects our local community, through photographs, to maps, and more.
Below are some photos of our opening reception. Thank you to those who stopped by!
The LSC Arts Program at Colorado State University is excited to announce the 2018 annual Student Art Exhibition. A wide range of artwork created by CSU students in a variety of 2 and 3-dimensional media will be on display in the Curfman Gallery. All students are eligible to submit artwork.
Sarah Sense fuses together cinematic and historical imagery of both Cowgirls and Indian Princesses in an effort to reveal how generalizations of Native North America impact these cultures, whether individually or wholly. This project, which spans 14 years in the making, takes on the current political landscape by addressing lines of identity that are blurred by Hollywood depictions. Sense includes images of the Bayou Teche, the largest water way residing on the Chitimacha Reservation, at which the landscape photos in this series were captured.
The Student Art Exhibit at the Lory Student Center is the longest running exhibit on the Colorado State University campus. The call for this exhibit was open to all Graduate and Undergraduate students, but only the finest art was chosen. Out of the 420 pieces submitted a mere 60 were selected. The Lory Student Center Arts Program is proud to present the greatest art that Colorado State University has to offer in 2017. We hope you enjoy this exhibit and appreciate these artist’s creative efforts.
Lynn Boland joined CSU as the director of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art in July 2017. He brings more than 20 years of experience in various academic and university museum roles and at many levels, including student intern, development officer, and gallery preparator. Since 2009, he had been the Pierre Daura Curator of European Art at the Georgia Museum of Art and adjunct professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Georgia. His publications have received awards from the College Art Association (CAA), the Art Libraries Society (ARLIS), and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), among others. Boland received his undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Georgia and a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, with a specialization in 20th century art.
The only exhibition of its kind in North America featuring the world’s top poster artists and designers returns to CSU Sept. 20 with a lecture in the University Center for the Arts by honor laureates Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding, whose work will be shown in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art. The main opening for CIIPE, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History, will be held Sept. 22 in the Visual Arts Building and Lory Student Center’s Curfman Gallery, where posters also will be on display until Oct. 27th.
Saturated Stories was an exhibition held in the Duhesa Gallery and featured the work of two Diné (Navajo) painters, Nani Chacon and Jaycee Beyale. The exhibit featured their individual work and their collaborative murals.
#HandsOffMyHeritage was an exhibition in the Duhesa Gallery of the Lory Student Center featuring 10 Native American artists addressing different aspects of the appropriation of Native culture. The LSC Arts Program collaborated with the Native American Cultural Center to bring the exhibition to campus.
The Colorado De’VIA Exhibition explored social justice and gave guests an opportunity to learn more about the deaf experience through different artwork and media.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – to Friday, October 14, 2016
Stop by the LSC to view the art work of Shelby Shadwell and Davana Robedee exhibited together in the Curfman Gallery. Both artists look at physical objects and create an experience for the viewer as a way to form connections. This exhibition will be in the Curfman Gallery until October 14, the gallery is open Monday though Saturday from 12 pm to 7 pm.
For more information about Davana Robedee visit her website here
For more information about Shelby Shadwell visit his website here
R I G H T E O U S took place in the Hallery and featured art student Jackson Aldern. Jackson pulled together over two years of work to create this exhibition, one piece was featured in both the 2016 Student Exhibition as well as R I G H T E O U S.
The Student Art Exhibit at the Lory Student Center is the longest running exhibit on the Colorado State University campus. The call for this exhibit was open to all Graduate and Undergraduate students, but only the finest art was chosen. Out of the 202 pieces submitted a mere 32 were selected.
Being one of the founders of the Downtown Artery, Amy has played a chief role as the Director of Operations since the Artery’s birth. Amy earned her BFA from Colorado State University in 2012 with an emphasis in printmaking. She has turned her focus to screen printing and is currently in the process of establishing her own retail line called Peculiar Press LLC. In her free time, Amy bites her nails, draws weird faces and appendages, and drinks a lot of coffee.
Avalon Clare received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in 2008. She refers to her vibrant portraits of humans and animals as “digital drawings” because her process involves traditional pencil drawing on paper before being finished with digital line and color in Adobe Illustrator. Avalon is a Fort Collins native who lived in Philadelphia for 10 years, and she is very excited to be a part of the community of artists at the Downtown Artery. She is inspired by feminism, Lisa Frank, horses, bright colors, Patrick Nagel, animal print, interpersonal relationships, and strong women.
This exhibition featured Cannupa Hanska Luger, through the use of ceramic mixed media works artist Cannupa creates socially conscious work while representing his mixed genetic background of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikata, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian. Cannupa embodies the cyclical nature of art and life in his work, in his artist statement he describes this cycle, “There seems to be a harmony between creation and destruction, one defines the other. A block of clay is destroyed to create a sculpture”. He creates art with the understanding that eventually the clay he uses breaks down and is returned to the earth. He emphasizes the representation of life
See more of his artwork at www.cannupahanska.com
This exhibition featured Moriah Hummer, a local artist inspired by female empowerment. As the title “From Comics to Canvas” alludes, Moriah is the author of the comic “Flat Track Furies”, a comic about a monster/crime fighting roller derby team. In a world dominated by male superheroes Moriah is striving to create a comic and a form of art that empowers women. Since the creation of Flat Track Furies Moriah has begun creating portait style sketches of women from all different backgrounds. Using a combination of digital painting and a comic style Moriah creates strong women, she combines the fun and light-hearted nature of comics with fine art and feminism to tell the story of the woman she creates.
For more info about “Flat Track Furies” click here
The Curfman Gallery will be hosting Wild Morphologies on Tuesday, November 10th, 5-7pm featuring the work of Carla Aspenberg and Taryn McMahon.
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This Project is sponsored by a grant from the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, a premier supporter of the arts and culture and CSU.
Using vibrant colors that awaken the soul, mixed media artist, Alyssa Hinton, invokes a theme of spiritual awakening through her unusual southeastern Native American imagery. Her work is a provocative portrayal of the folklore and history surrounding her roots, utilizing tradition and vision with a contemporary edge.
Alyssa’s unique convergent art form has a universal appeal and an earth conscious message. Her textured narrative works speak to the preservation of both the ecology and indigenous culture, incorporating designs and concepts from southeastern mound culture.
Alyssa earned her B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art and her M.A. in Art & Design from North Carolina State University. She has studied internationally at the University of Grenoble, Parson’s in Paris, Beijing University, and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She was born in Philadelphia in 1962 and now lives in Durham, North Carolina.
The LSC Arts Program at Colorado State University is excited to announce the 2015 annual Student Art Exhibition. A wide range of artwork created by CSU students in a variety of 2 and 3-dimensional media will be on display in the newly renovated Curfman Gallery from April 14th to May 15th. All students are eligible to submit artwork.
The 9th Art & Science exhibit aims to showcase the place where art and science meet. A call for submissions went out to students, faculty, and staff looking for works of art that reference scientific concepts or pieces of science that look like art. The resulting juried collection shows us that fine arts and the sciences are not at odds with one another, but in fact they are often one and the same.
Artists 4 Art seeks to showcase the work of local artists that not only create art but have also made their careers as art advocates in Northern Colorado. Each artist featured was invited to exhibit as part of group who are working to make our community a place where art can thrive and be accessible to the public. The resulting exhibition is a diverse look into local art makers and supporters.
MAX AYARS & LAURA TRUITT
Co-founders Max Ayars and Laura Truitt started Artisan Framing as an entrepreneurial venture that allows them to continue to be tied to the arts. They have bi-monthly shows that focus on Fort Collins and emerging area artists, and offer a wide range of picture framing services. They’ve enjoyed doing framing for local artists and CSU faculty and staff which allows them to be connected to the art community in Fort Collins. Their next show features local artist Marc Leverette’s larger than life portraits, with an opening reception on February 6th.
Hamidah Glasgow is the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography. The Center hosts approximately 17 exhibitions annually and features the work of emerging and established artists from around the world. The Center has been recognized as one of the prestigious nonprofit photography centers in the United States. Ms. Glasgow’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, portfolio reviews, contributions to publications and online magazines and the hosting of regional conferences.
I am the founder/ operator of Mad Deer Press, a public printmaking studio located within the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins providing studio access and exhibit space for local artists. We are pleased to offer a resident artist program in addition to visiting artist talks and workshops. Our studio offers etching, relief, monoprint, polymer plate, screen print and polyester plate lithography. Find us on Facebook or look us up at www.MadDeerPress.weebly.com.
As a student at Colorado State University my MFA emphasis in Sculpture was completed in the Fall of 2007. During that time I was offered the opportunity of employment at CSU as the Programs and Exhibition Coordinator at the University Art Museum. My work has continued professionally and creatively since that time. I have a strong appreciation and care for the museum at CSU and the creative practice.
Marc Leverette initially began his photography career while a student in south Florida. By 1998, at the age of nineteen, he had won Photographer of the Year from the Professional Photographers of Southwest Florida. That same year, as well as the following, he was awarded both Commercial Photographer of the Year and Illustrative Photographer of the Year from the same organization. In 2000 Marc pursued graduate studies in the northeast, earning an MA from New York University and a doctorate from Rutgers University. After a brief period in academia, where he published several books on popular culture, Marc settled down in Fort Collins and returned to his love of image-making. Marc works extensively with local artists and bands to create images that represent their efforts.
As part of my commitment to Community Arts, I am the publisher of the NorthernColoradoArtNews blog (northerncoloradoartnews.blogspot.com). This blog hosts announcements, reviews, and dialogue for artists of all disciplines in Northern Colorado. I am also excited to be teaching an Internship Seminar class through CSU’s LEAP Institute for the Arts this Semester. During this class, students from CSU form partnerships with Artists and Organizations in the Northern Colorado Community.
I have lived and worked in Fort Collins since 2006. After receiving my MFA in Drawing at Colorado State University I have been actively involved in the arts – locally and elsewhere. Specific to Fort Collins, I was the Executive Director at the now defunct artists’ residency, ART342 for 3 years. I also served on the curriculum committee for the Arts Incubator of the Rockies and participated in corresponding workshops and programs. By teaching as an adjunct lecturer and occasionally jurying shows, I supplement my income as a professional artist. I believe when artists advocate for fellow artists, make challenging work and engage in critical discussion, a community like Fort Collins can and will support contemporary art.
Stanley Scott lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado. He holds a BFA from Baylor University and a Master’s degree in printmaking from Colorado State University. His work has been shown and published internationally and has been featured in several respected national and international juried exhibitions. He works primarily in drawing and printmaking processes, as a fine artist and illustrator but he feels equally at home with a paintbrush or skill saw. He has installed art exhibitions professionally for the last thirteen years, most recently at the Lincoln Center art gallery, CSU’s Hatton Gallery, the Loveland Art Museum. He currently serves as manager for the Community Creative Center galleries at the old Carnegie Library in downtown Fort Collins. He has taught independent studio art classes and workshops, including printmaking classes at Anderson Ranch, and at the college level for the last five years. He serves as an adjunct with several colleges in the Front Range; teaching art appreciation and studio foundation courses, from intro and advanced drawing, to figure drawing and painting courses.
I am a recent graduate of Colorado State University majoring in art education. Being a Fort Collins native, I have loved the opportunity to grow up in a city so dedicated to the arts. I developed my passion for art through my high school art classes, where my art teachers inspired me to be a teacher myself. I have since then dedicated myself to sharing and feeding my passion for art in the community. My experiences have included many volunteer hours in art classrooms of all levels, an internship with Beet Street and Arts Incubator of the Rockies, and working through the CSU Lory Student Center Arts Program and the Curfman Gallery managing art in the collection and assisting in the setup of exhibitions. As I become an art teacher, I hope to share my passion in art with my students, and present them not only with a new way to view the world, but also themselves.
Contemporary Colorado is the inaugural exhibition in the new Curfman Gallery. Boasting 50 works from over 30 of Colorado’s top artists, this exhibition was juried by the MCA Denver’s Nora Burnett Abrams. Come join us in celebrating the exhibition and the artists on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30pm in the Curfman Gallery.
Artists represented in the exhibition are:
Adan De La Garza
Native Now highlights some exciting Native American artists, both up and coming and established, in our newly renovated Duhesa Gallery. Curated by Melanie Yazzie, professor of printmaking at CU Boulder, this exhibition hosts prints, paintings, and sculptures from across the country.
Exhibit: October 16th, 2014- April 24th, 2015
The Curfman Gallery will be hosting Fauna Hodel on Tuesday, September 1st, 5-7pm for a discussion of the current exhibit in the gallery. Beyond Color: A Life Journey Using Art to Transcend Culture tells the remarkable story of Fauna Hodel, a woman who was born Caucasian but grew up believing she was black. The exhibition immerses visitors in Fauna’s experiences using the many artistic links in her life: cinema, fashion, music, writing, architecture, sculpture, photography and film.
Fauna Hodel will be on campus for a reception and book signing at the Curfman Gallery on Sept. 1, 5-7 p.m. She will return to campus at the end of the month as a speaker during the annual Diversity Symposium, Sept. 23-25.
Beyond Color is sponsored by CSU’s Department of Journalism and Media Communications, Culturs Club and the Curfman Gallery. The exhibit was developed by Culutrs.guru Global Multicultural Magazine, an online publication devoted to uncovering hidden diversity as well as the nuances of cultural communication in the 21stcentury.
Submissions for this exhibit came to a close in January and we exhibited the best of the best art with a conceptual element relating to science, or is science that is manifesting as art or in an aesthetically pleasing way. The opening reception was Tuesday, Feb 25 at 4:30pm. The awards for excellence went to Lauren Faherty for her piece “ACGT” and Eisen Tamkun for “Disperse.” Mark Dineen won the Juror’s choice award for “Bronze Drawings” and Kathleen Eddy was awarded the honorable mention for her piece, “Estuary”