Colorado Art History
with an emphasis on representational art
This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Colorado Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.
Following the links to Resource Library articles and essays are a listing of museums in the state which have provided materials to Resource Library for this or any other topic.
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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:
Colorado Masters of Photography
Scene Colorado/Sin Colorado
We recommend that researchers always search within Resource Library for additional material. Please see TFAO's page How to research topics not listed for more information. As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 434 pages including the state's name.
Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:
Anasazi Heritage Center
Aspen Art Museum
Colorado Plein Aire Artists
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Denver Art Museum
Foothill Arts Center
Harmsen Museum of Art
Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art
Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver
Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center
(above: aerial view of Denver Art Museum building designed by Gio Ponti. Photo © 2005 John Hazeltine)
Other online information:
American Museum of Western Art The Anschutz Collection website. Accessed August, 2015.
Broadmoor Art Academy, from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Accessed August, 2015.
Broadmoor Art Academy list of artists, from David Cook Galleries. Accessed August, 2015.
Chicano Art in Colorado: An Overview, by George Rivera, Ph.D.; from Latina/o Art Community. Accessed August, 2015.
Colorado (sampling of artists and works connected to state) from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.
Colorado State Capitol, touring the rotunda, from FOX31. Accessed August, 2015.
Frank Mechau (1904-1946) is a 2016 exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center / Taylor Museum which says: "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." Accessed 2/17
List of artists in Colorado from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015
Prints by Dean Babcock (1888-1968) of Estes Park, Colorado is a 2017 exhibit at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery. Cori Sherman North, curator of the exhibit, says in her essay: " This exhibition presents a retrospective of Babcock's career as an artist and aims to encourage a wider appreciation for the artist's life and work." Accessed 9/17
Review of Pike's Peak Vision: The Broadmoor Art Academy , 1919-1945; from DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Accessed August, 2015.
Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams is a 2012-13 exhibit at the Denver Art Museum which says: " Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams marks the first time that Adams' paintings will be displayed together at a major art museum; and the Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue for this important exhibition that highlights his greatest paintings of Colorado." Accessed 3/17
Sally Elliott: Metaphors and Memories
is a 2017 exhibit at the Loveland
Museum/Gallery which says: "Sally Elliott has been exhibiting
locally and nationally for over thirty years. She was a founding member
of Front Range Women in the Visual Arts and is a long time member of Spark
Cooperative Gallery in Denver where she exhibits yearly. Elliott was a recipient
of a 2004 fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts and a Boulder
Arts Commission Grant (1992). From 1999 to 2011, she was on the Drawing
and Painting faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder." Also
see artist's website
From Palmer Divide Productions. Historic Artists of the Pikes Peak Region is a 90 minute video produced, written and directed by Jim Sawatzki, Palmer Divide Productions, in association with The Pikes Peak Arts Council & the Smokebrush Foundation. A 9 minute online video presentation is presented on the website. Accessed May, 2015.
Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:
Pikes Peak Vision: The Broadmoor Art Academy, 1919-1945, by David J. Wagner (Foreword), Stanley L. Cuba (Preface), Elizabeth Cunningham (Preface), 196 pages, Publisher: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (May 1, 1990). ISBN-10: 0916537102. ISBN-13: 978-0916537104. Google Books says: "Catalog of an exhibition held at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and other museums, Oct. 6, 1989-Nov. 18, 1990."
Significant Colorado Women Artists, By National Museum of Women in the Arts (U.S.). Colorado Committee, Colorado Committee, National Museum of Women in the Arts (U.S.), Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. Published by National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1988. 34 pages
Colorado Springs Fine Art Center: History of Collections, 1986, Marshall Sprague, Historian, "Colorado Springs Fine Art Center-Its Formative Years" (pp. 14-42
The Evolution of Landscape Painting in Colorado, 1820-1900, By Patricia Trenton. Published by University of California, Los Angeles, 1980. 622 pages
Colorado Women in the Arts, May 1979, Published by Colorado Women in the Arts, 1979. 196 pages. Google Books says: "Catalog of an exhibition held in Arvada, Colo. during May 1979."
Colorful Colorado Artists: The State's Art History, By Ray D Espinoza. Published by Espinoza, 1978
Musick medley; intimate memories of a Rocky Mountain art colony, By Archie Leroy Musick. [The Broadmoor Art Academy] Published by , 1971. 121 pages
Rocky Mountain Artists' Colony School of Expression and Dramatic Art: For Men, Women and Children. Published by Bayless, 1925
Carol Cruickshanks: "Colorado Modernists in the Kirkland Museum" American Art Review September-October 2006 (Volume XVIII, Number 5)
Cori Sherman North, "Colorado Rockies: Art from the Moffett Collection" American Art Review, May-June 2008 (Volume XX, Number 3)
Paul Piazza: Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center: History of Collections, 1986, Paul Piazza, Director, "Introduction" on History of Center (3 pages)
Katharine Smith-Warren: "Women Artists in Colorado" American Art Review March-April 2001 (Volume XIII, Number 2)
Historic Artists of the Pikes Peak Region is a 90 minute video produced, written and directed by Jim Sawatzki, Palmer Divide Productions, in association with The Pikes Peak Arts Council & the Smokebrush Foundation. A 9 minute online video presentation is presented on the website.
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