Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Sloan's "Disassembling the Past," 2014
To help with its upcoming John James Audubon
and Kevin Sloan
exhibit, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
received a $20,000 Art Works
grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
. This is the first NEA grant the FAC has been given in nearly five years.
Art Works grants were awarded to 919 nonprofits nationwide
including: the Denver Art Museum
, which received $25,000 for its upcoming Super Indian: Fritz Scholder 1967-1980
; $60,000 for the Detroit Institute of Arts
for a Diego Rivera
and Frida Kahlo
exhibit; and the usual biggies, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
, Whitney Museum
, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art
and Washington D.C.'s Phillips Collection
Back at the FAC, A Naturalist and an Artist: John James Audubon and Kevin Sloan
opens March 7 and will feature over 40 large-scale hand-colored engravings by Audubon, along with works by Sloan, a contemporary realist painter from Denver who will not only help museum director Blake Milteer
pick the Audubons, but create a new piece "in direct response to one of the Audubon selections."
Per the press release: “The idea of expanding from the familiar into unfamiliar realms and creating completely original works for — and sometimes, during — exhibitions is becoming a hallmark of our work at the FAC,” Milteer said. “Bird fans, of course, will love this exhibit, but so will those who appreciate the intersection between realism and contemporary art.”
I, for one, can't wait.