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Eric Bransby Documentary

Art for the People: Eric Bransby, American Mural Artist

Eric Bransby
This beautiful documentary film exquisitely renders the life and work of renowned mural artist Eric Bransby through his art and the people who shared his life. A respected and admired artist known for his dozens of extraordinary murals in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Utah, as well as his contributions as an educator, inspiring several generations of students, Bransby was an authority on the history and technique of mural painting.

Cinematographer and filmmaker Jay Kriss was working to complete a documentary on the life and work of Eric Bransby when Kriss passed unexpectedly in 2016. With the help of Jay’s family and the original film sponsors, Kathy Loo, Jim Raughton, El Pomar Foundation, Humanities Kansas, and Colorado Public Television, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College was able to acquire Jay’s original footage. A team of local film editors, screenwriters, musicians, dancers and artists worked to bring his vision to fruition.

View the 57 minute film here

Eric passed September 23, 2020 at the age of 104. He will be remembered as a dedicated, inspiring and caring teacher and an integral part of the FAC’s rich history.

Film Credits

Directed by

Nancy Bentley, John Atkinson

Written by

Nancy Bentley

Produced by

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Executive Producers

The Kriss Family, Katherine Loo, Jim Raughton, PhD, Humanities Kansas, El Pomar Foundation

Film Concept & Cinematography

Jay Kriss


Eric Risher

Assistant Editor

John Atkinson

Consulting Story Editor

Aaron Burns

Consulting Editor

Tom Shepard

Assistant Producer

Darcie Hannigan