Andrew Plimer, "Portrait of Miss Lockwood," 1788, watercolor on ivory, Courtesy Hartford/Tandstad Collection
Richard Cosway, "Portrait of Lady Augusta Murray," 18th century, watercolor on ivory, Courtesy Hartford/Tandstad Collection
The genre of the miniature portrait thrived in England and continental Europe from its birth in the 16th century through the mid-19th century, when the advent of photography led to its demise. Today the word miniature is commonly understood as something that is exceptionally small, but the word originally meant the art of painting images in books with water-soluble pigment. The word miniature derives from minium¸ a red pigment used in manuscript illumination. In the 16th century a specialized group of painters developed the art of the portrait miniature. Their sources were the small scale paintings found in manuscripts and the tradition of antique portrait medallions revived in the Renaissance. Typically created in an oval or round format on a vellum or ivory support, the portrait miniature became widely popular. Originally utilized by the English monarchy as a means of bestowing favor upon a subject, the portrait miniature’s uses blossomed. Worn as a sign of loyalty, as jewelry, or carried privately like a snapshot of a friend or lover, these exquisitely detailed images continue to fascinate today.
Museum Hours: Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closed on University Holidays.
The exhibitions and programs at the University Art Museum are sponsored, in part, by the FUNd Endowment at Colorado State, the City of Fort Collins’ Fort Fund, the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Fund and Colorado Humanities.
Opening reception Friday, February 17, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Hawaiian Quilts from the Henry and Angela Hite Collection
Originally brought to the islands by New England missionaries, Hawaiian appliqué quilts are unique for their “snowflake” designs. Imbued with the myths and traditions of the native Hawaiian population and references to the plant life and mythology of the islands, Hawaiian quilts are among the most visually striking of all quilt designs.
Guest Curator, Elizabeth Akana is one of Hawaii’s premier quilt historians as well as a quilter, teacher and lecturer. She has been demonstrating the art of Hawaiian quilting since 1972 and has taught and lectured throughout the United States, New Zealand and Japan. As a guiding force behind the Hawaiian Quilt Research Project which documented hundreds of historic quilts throughout the islands, she has been an advocate for the preservation of this cultural art form. Her quilts are included in many private and corporate collections, and have been accepted in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions.
The University Art Museum’s annual Master of Fine Arts Exhibition marks the culmination of a three year degree program in the visual arts that fosters individual research and a creative studio practice. Students in the program focus on a particular area of study and complete a mature body of thesis work that emphasizes professional levels of conceptual, formal and technical achievement in their chosen field – art work that is situated within the discourse of contemporary art practice. This year’s exhibition features the work of Maxwell Ayars, Nicholas Croghan, Jamie Davis, Wendy W. Franzen, Laura Grossett, Eli Marco Hall and Laura Carpenter Truitt.
These ensembles perform an evening of delightful vocal music from the Old and New Worlds! The Concert Choir, directed by Ryan Olsen, performs a set by Spanish and Latin American composers, including Alberto Grau, Pablo Casals, Javier Bustos, Cristobal de Morales, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Juan Perez de Bocanegra, and others. In the second half of the concert, the Chamber Choir, directed by James Kim, presents works by German composers such as Heinrich Schutz, Brahms, and Bach, in addition to music by 20th century composers.