The world is spinning away with big breaks today, and that extends all the way down to our little art backyard. Here's what's new with the scene.
First, a portrait of President Obama, painted by local artist Sarah Boardman, was unveiled yesterday. The portrait will hang with other presidential paintings in the State Capitol.
Read more about it here.
The work, which dates all the way back to the late 1300s, was given to the FAC on permanent loan from the Kress Collection (which gifted a large portion of its holdings to the Denver Art Museum, resulting in its spectacular Cities of Splendor show.)
If you think this work doesn't fit the FAC's collection, you're right. According to museum director Blake Milteer, this is the only work of its kind remaining at the FAC. Back in the day, the museum used to hold a fair amount of European art, but deaccessioned it when it decided to focus on its strengths: art of the West, Southwest and Native America.
Lastly, UCCS' Galleries of Contemporary Art have set up the Gerry Riggs Exhibition Fund, built in honor of Riggs, the gallery's longtime curator who passed away in 2009. The fund will launch a special annual exhibition starting next year.