FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 13, 2020) — The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (FAC) is excited to present “Small Glimpses, Many Times,” an exhibition of new work by sculptor and mixed media artist Nancy Lovendahl, on view Mar. 14–Aug. 2, 2020.
For over thirty years, Lovendahl has investigated the human relationship with landscape, drawing inspiration from the mountainous panorama that surrounds her home and studio in Old Snowmass, CO. She has exhibited widely throughout Colorado as well as internationally, most recently in Germany and China.
The exhibition title, “Small Glimpses, Many Times,” references meditative, repetitive practices found in Buddhist philosophy. In this new body of work, Lovendahl uses repetition and scale to invite viewers to examine their own perception of the world around them. She has constructed the form of a mountain (Garett Peak, which rises above her home in Snowmass) from memory, repeating the form in two and three dimensions and various media, including cast resin and Tyvek.
Lovendahl views the mountain form as a metaphor that allows her to explore the difference between the object itself and her concept of it. Through the process of iteration and repetition, she aims to offer new ways of seeing and understanding. Lovendahl hopes that this work will prompt viewers to examine their own perception and assumptions, making space for unity and connection.
“My hope is to bring people together to talk about how we can have vastly different takeaways after sharing a common experience,” Lovendahl said. “The link that I’m pursuing at this moment is the division between citizens while there is so much connecting us—we keep walking away with isolated and different perspectives about what we all share. The goal is unity. I know it’s a leap—I’m asking for people to be very self-reflective, but I believe that if we can collectively identify as the human race, there’s a lot of hope for re-connection.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog (available for purchase in the FAC Museum Shop) organized by independent curator and writer Joy Armstrong. It features essays by Margo Ann Crutchfield, Curator at Large at Virginia Tech University’s Moss Art Center; Genna Moe, Executive Director of the Art Base, an exhibition and education space in Basalt, Colorado; and Mike McClung, Denver-based artist, writer, and owner of the Michael Warren Contemporary gallery. The catalog also includes an interview between Armstrong and Lovendahl.
About Nancy Lovendahl
Nancy Lovendahl grew up in the Chicago area and studied ceramics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before moving to the western slopes of Colorado in the 1970s. Her artwork can be found in private and public collections, including The Smithsonian Institution in Wash., DC and Keramikmuseum Westerwald in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany. She has been the recipient of multiple Colorado Art in Public Places commissions as well as two public art commissions in Texas. Lovendahl teaches at institutions such as The Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO. She exhibits nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions at The Red Gate Gallery Residency in Beijing, The National Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia and the Art Base, in Basalt, CO. Lovendahl is represented by Michael Warren Contemporary, in Denver and lives in Old Snowmass, CO with husband, jewelry designer Scott Keating, their dog and cat. She works in studios in Old Snowmass and Denver, CO.
About the FAC Museum
The FAC Museum’s permanent collection of over 20,000 objects showcases the rich history and vibrant contemporary cultures of the Southwest and the Americas, containing works of art from Native America (Pueblo, Plains, Plateau, and Great Basin cultures), Hispanic and Spanish Colonial New Mexico, and 20th-Century America.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
The story of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (FAC) begins with the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy 1919. A museum, performing arts theatre, and community art school, the FAC is a pillar in the cultural community of the Rocky Mountain West providing innovative, educational, and multi-disciplinary arts experiences designed to elevate the individual spirit and inspire community vitality. The FAC and Colorado College recognize and honor the original inhabitants of the land on which it resides. For more information about the FAC, visit fac.coloradocollege.edu or follow on Facebook @CSFineArtsCenter.