Calendar of Events

May 23, 2012

Art Exhibition: Small Worlds: European Portrait Miniatures

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.

Start: January 28, 2012 11:00 am
End: June 9, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, University Center for the Arts
University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins, CO, 80524, United States

Avenir: Hawaiian Quilts: God in Expression, Elizabeth Akana, Guest Curator

Hawaiian flag quilt, circa 1890

February 17 – August 2, 2012

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.

Lang Lang Chinese Tree Blossom, circa 1992

Silversword, circa 1984

Lobelia, circa 2002

Start: February 17, 2012 11:00 am
End: August 2, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Avenir Gallery in the UCA
1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins, CO, 80523, United States

Art Exhibition: MFA Thesis Exhibition

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.

Start: April 13, 2012 11:00 am
End: June 9, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, University Center for the Arts
University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins, CO, 80524, United States

M.A. Oral Defense, Anthony Henner, May 23, 2012, noon to 2:00PM, C 349 Clark

Mr. Henner’s professional paper title is: “Religion, Climate Change, Policy Entrepreneurs and Issue Framing: The Case of Climate Wise and Fort Collins, Colorado.” Interested faculty and graduate students are invited to attend.

Start: May 23, 2012 12:00 pm
End: May 23, 2012 2:00 pm
Venue: Clark C 349
Clark Building, Fort Collins, CO, 80523, United States
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