Highlight Hollywood supports all venues of the entertainment industry, from politics to sports to cinema to fine arts. This year, we again have the exclusive rights to introduce our readers to the 25 Best Galleries In America, as designated by the American Art Awards. The impressive AAA board, headed by president Thom Bierdz, chooses only one gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, represented artists as well as artist and client references.
Bierdz explains, “In the past, American Art Awards has honored well over a hundred galleries. We study thousands of galleries each year and nothing in Colorado compares to the 132,000 square-foot Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.
“Built in 1936, it emerged out of and expanded on the mission of the esteemed Broadmoor Art Academy to become one of the only multi-discipline arts institutions in the nation. For nearly 100 years, the FAC has been the top cultural attraction of the Pikes Peak region.
“They are an amazing rarity — a museum, theatre and art school, essentially an entire arts district, under one roof. They exhibit the world’s finest art in their galleries, produce award-winning and critically-acclaimed annual season of musicals, comedies and dramas along with special performances, stand-up comedy and concerts in their theaters, host epic parties in their Smith Glass Gallery, and offer year-round art classes taught by experienced artists and art instructors in just about every medium for all ages and skill levels. Each of their various branches create extraordinary visceral experiences and we at the American Art Awards proudly name the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center the Best Gallery In Colorado, 2016.”
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: “To provide innovative, educational and multidisciplinary, multidimensional arts experiences, building upon our history as a unique cultural pillar of the Rocky Mountain region.”
MORE ON THE STUNNING MUSEUM:
The recent 2007 museum addition, designed by nationally recognized architect David Owen Tryba, complements and enhances the original structure designed by New Mexican architect John Gaw Meem in 1936. The addition features nine permanent collection galleries, two traveling exhibition galleries, and an unprecedented Tactile Gallery. The enormous facility hosts major international traveling and changing exhibitions and features works from the FAC’s significant permanent collection.
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center museum has curated significant exhibitions dedicated to historic and contemporary regional art. The FAC Legacy Series celebrates the art that continues to represent the spirit of Colorado and the American West through solo exhibitions of work by artists who have worked and/or taught at the FAC.
FAC Legacy Series: Frank Mechau – Frank Mechau (1904–1946) is among the greatest artists associated with the early 20th century development of Colorado art. Mechau commanded national renown through his vision and virtuosity as an artist, as well as his influence as a teacher.
Mar 5, 2016 – May. 15, 2016
Gary Emrich: Promise – A Colorado-based artist, whose work combines photography and film, often incorporating found objects and imagery. His work is elegant, playful, and often humorous, drawing from icons of the historic West, early space exploration, and personal experiences.
Jan 30, 2016 – May. 15, 2016
Spreading Its Wings – Contemporary Cuban art has played an important role in the Brasch collection since 2008.
Oct 3, 2015 – Mar. 20, 2016
A Reservoir of Occurrences – Stephen Batura has become well-known as a Colorado artist whose subject matter has remained close to home. Exquisite paintings.
Jun 11, 2016 – Sep. 18, 2016
All New Women – Esteemed portraiture of John Singer Sargent with provocative self-portrait photographs by contemporary artist Cindy Sherman.
Jun 11, 2016 – Sep. 18, 2016
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Museum Hours – Daily: 10a–5p, Fridays and theatre nights: 10a–7:30p
Theatre Performances – Thursday–Saturday 7:30p, Saturday and Sunday Matinees 2p
Bemis School of Art – Monday – Thursday: 9a–5p, Friday: 9a–3p
Museum Shop – Daily: 10a–5p (Closed Mondays), Fridays and theatre nights: 10a–7:30p
Taste By Garden of the Gods Gourmet – 11:30a–2p (Closed Mon & Tues)
Pre-performance Dinner & Brunch