When the Broadmoor Art Academy began 100 years ago and grew into the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center ( FAC ), it was big news covered by national publications including Time magazine and the New York Times.
“It was such a significant occurrence nationally. For this to be built in the ’30s, in the Depression, in the West, and to be so multidisciplinary—it was unheard of,” says Erin Hannan, director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.
For a century, the FAC has challenged expectations in the artists it has welcomed and the pieces it has acquired. As the organization continues its growth in programming, education and artist engagement, here’s a highlight album of some of the noteworthy artists and works that have helped shape the creative center.
“I think we’re in this really unique and special place, particularly now that we’re part of Colorado College,” Hannan says, “to continue a rich legacy of what has come before us and also really be a part of the evolution of where Colorado Springs is going.”
All photos courtesy of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College unless otherwise noted.
The multidisciplinary FAC grew in prominence as a curatorial leader and art school by acquiring renowned works and employing influential artist-instructors such as Mary Chenoweth, Bernard Arnest and Jean Charlot.
Celebrate the Broadmoor Art Academy Birthday
Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Free open house to celebrate the BAA’s official birthday and open the FAC Legacy Series Exhibition: The Broadmoor Art Academy and Its Legacy, 1919-1970, featuring hundreds of works.