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Frank A. Mechau

Rethinking Regionalism: 20th-century Art and Visual Culture in the American West Symposium

December 6, 2019 - December 7, 2019

Organized by Rebecca Tucker, Ph.D. and Dr. Julianne Gavino, Ph.D. 

Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy (the precursor to the current Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), this two day symposium will provide a forum for new inquiries, challenges, and reassessments of 20th-century art and visual culture in the American West. The Academy’s founders and early leaders created a vibrant center for Regionalist art in a part of the West known for its natural beauty. In the 1930s and 40s, teachers from Europe and the East flocked to Colorado to provide instruction for students from across the country. The students and teachers of the Broadmoor Art Academy were admired practitioners of preeminent art movements of the first half of the 20th century. 

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This symposium presents a reimagining of themes and issues of 20th-century Art and Visual Culture in the American West seeking to answer some of the following questions:  

  • What marks the various stages and styles of art in the West? 
  • What alternative stories might a renewed look at the artists, teachers, and students produce? 
  • In what ways would a reexamination of early instructional practices change existing narratives? 
  • How do contemporary issues alter our understanding of art in the West? 
  • How might critiquing, revising, or updating our understanding of 20th-century Western art help us envision new histories and futures? 

 Schedule of Events: 

Friday, December 6 

 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation: Dr. Anne Hyde, University of Oklahoma 
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College: Music Room 

 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception 
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College: Smith Family Gallery 

 Saturday, December 7 

 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Registration & Breakfast 
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts CenterMain Space 

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts CenterScreening Room 

 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Session I: Presentations
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center: Screening Room 

“Entertaining to the Eye:” Behind the Scenes of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theater Lounge Murals 

 Jonathan Frederick Walz, Ph.D., The Columbus Museum

“It Does Need a Photographic Department”: Laura Gilpin at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 

 Louise Siddons, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Teaching Lithography through the Colorado Landscape 

Olivia Armandroff, University of Delaware

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break 

12:45 – 2:15 p.m. Session II: Presentations 

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center: Screening Room 

O’Keeffe in Colorado: A Contemplation of a Continuous Narrative 

Andrew Jay Svedlow, Ph.D.University of Northern Colorado

But What Did She Really Look Like?: 20th Century Cover Art for Helen Hunt Jackson’s Ramona 

Jessy Randall, Colorado College

Touching Nether-Regionalisms: White Male Heteronormativity in Kenneth Adams’ The Three Peoples Mural 

Maxine Marks, University of New Mexico

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Refreshments & Break

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center 

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Session III: Presentations 

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center: Screening Room 

Circulating and Cultivating Modern Art in the West 

Berit Potter, Ph.D., California State University, Humboldt

Modernist Art Pedagogy in the Middle West 

Barbara Jaffee, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Reimagining End of the Frail 

Melynda Seaton, Ph.D., Texas A&M University-Commerce

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks 

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center: Screening Room 

 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. Reception

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College: Smith Family Gallery 

 

Symposium events will take place at the Fine Arts Center and Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus

Free and open to the public

Supported by Inasmuch Foundation

Image: Frank A. Mechau, Wild Horses (detail), fresco, 1935, commissioned by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

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Start:
December 6 @ 7:00 pm
End:
December 7 @ 5:00 pm
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