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 Year of Georgia O’Keeffe

 2015 has bloomed with a Georgia O’Keeffe celebration

Please join us for a year-long immersion into the legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe. The mother of American Modernism, O’Keeffe defined our contemporary image of the Southwest and became one of the most enduring artists of our time.

The FAC, which was founded in 1936, has deep roots in both sacred Southwestern and Modernist American art. We celebrate her work and her spirit by hailing 2015 as the Year of Georgia O’Keeffe, and we have built much of our multi-disciplinary programming throughout the year around her artwork and the themes her work evokes.

At the heart of the celebration will be the international traveling exhibition, Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico, which runs June 27–Sept. 20, makes the FAC exhibition, its in its only showing in this region. This new, first-of-its-kind exhibition will include more than 40 magnificent paintings by O’Keeffe and her contemporaries – artists she influenced and who influenced her.

Partnerships & Community Deals

Jade O'Keeffe

Performing Arts

June 4-14 | Rough Writers new play festival featuring plays related to O’Keeffe themes



Mar 14 – Jun 7 | Myron Wood: A Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe  Photo Exhibition

Jun 26 | Exclusive FAC members opening for Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still Life Art in New Mexico

Wine & Watercolor


July 9 | Ladder to the Moon concert – SOLD OUT!
Jul 18 | Family Tour, O’Keeffe Inspired – Free with paid admission to exhibition
Jul 17 | Sashay fashion event
Aug 29 | O’Keeffe in Her Own Time and Place, 1 day symposium – SOLD OUT
Aug 29 | Black Iris Ball
Sept 5 | Wine and Watercolor: Western Landscapes, workshop/party
Sept 10 | Ladder to the Moon, Redux concert
Jan 9, 2016 | Wine and Watercolor: Urban Landscapes, workshop/party

Art Classes

Aug 3-7 | Big Poppies, mixed  media
Aug 7-9 | Petals, Paper and Light, mixed-media
Aug 5-26 | The Great Southwest, watercolor
Aug 8 | Alfred Stieglitz and His Muse, an art history class
Aug 8 | O’Keeffe Expressionist Painting, 1-day workshop
Aug 15 | Georgia O’Keeffe – On My Mind floral design workshop
Aug 29 | O’Keeffe in Her Own Time and Place, 1 day symposium
Aug 29 | Colors of O’Keeffe: Painting on Metal with Glass Enamel Powders

Sept 5 | Wine and Watercolor: Western Landscapes, workshop/party
Sept 12 | O’Keeffe Expressionist Painting, 1-day workshop
Sept 12 | Georgia O’Keeffe – On My Mind floral design workshop

Oct 10 | O’Keeffe Expressionist Painting, 1-day workshop
Oct 17 | Georgia O’Keeffe – On My Mind floral design workshop

Community Partnerships

  • June 13-27 – KCME Festival of the American West
    A Festival of the American West, featuring Air Force Academy Band Concert at 21C, and music from the new album, Elena Ruehr: O’Keeffe Images (orchestral music inspired by O’Keeffe)
  • Through Sept 13 – Rich Designs Home
    Get $5 off admission to the O’Keeffe exhibition with a purchase at Rich Designs Home of $50 or more. (Promo code provided upon purchase)
  • July 17-Aug 17 – Ghost in the Machine
    The Commonwheel Artist Co-op hosts this exhibition, of works by instructors at the FAC’s Bemis School of Art. All of the works are inspired by the timeless art of Georgia O’Keeffe.
  • Opening July 25 – A Sense of Calm: Work Inspired by Agnes Martin
    This Cottonwood Center for the Arts exhibition will feature minimalist work inspired by Agnes Martin, who was featured in a group exhibition with O’Keeffe (Illumination: The Paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, Agnes Martin & Florence Pierce), and who was considered a minimalist. Martin considered herself to be an abstract expressionist. The work is set out to expose the essence, essentials or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts.
  • For a limited time, members of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center can get $1 off admission to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO. Don’t miss their contemporary Southwestern art exhibition, Colors of the Southwest, on display through September 27th. The exhibition features life and perspectives of the Southwest, with artists and subjects native to the southwestern lifestyle. This collection of over 90 pieces showcases the genre of such renowned artists John Nieto, Frank Howell, R. C. Gorman and more. Special offer valid through Sept 27, must show FAC membership card.
  • Aug 29 – UCCS SymposiumO’Keeffe in Her Own Time and Place
    Free and open to the public, this symposium will explore the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe from several dimensions featuring lectures by local experts in women’s and ethnic studies, art history, anthropology, and cultural geography.
  • Dates TBD – PPLD 21C Myron Wood’s Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Sept 2 – The Geologic Story of Georgia O’Keeffe Country by Kirt Kempter Colorado College Southwest Studies Aficionados Luncheon

    Wednesday Sept 2 noon-1:30p
    Gaylord Hall at Worner Student Center, 902 N Cascade Avenue 80903
    Cost is $17 –  cash or check at the door.

The Mining Exchange — A Wyndham Hotel

Community Deals

Lodging Stay-and-Play Packages

Antler’s Hilton: 4 S. Cascade Ave., 955.5600,

Cheyenne Mountain Resort: 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 538.4000,

The Mining Exchange — A Wyndham Hotel: 8 S. Nevada Ave., 323.2000,

Old Town Guesthouse: 115 S. 26th St., 632-9194,


Food and Drink

(Visit any of our participating O’Keeffe partners and get a discount code for $5 off admission to the exhibition.)

The Blue Star: Meza Mist, ancho, tequila, gin, chamomile simple, washed with San Andres mezcal, garnished with lemon twist. 1645 S. Tejon St., 632.1086,

Bar del Lago at The Broadmoor: Light of Iris, featuring Bombay Sapphire, blueberry lilac simple syrup, Noilly Prat dry vermouth and Grand Mariner.  1 Lake Ave., 577.5774,

Gold Camp Brewing Company: Georgia’s Agave Amber Ale — channeling O’Keeffe’s time in the Southwest, this citrus amber ale finishes smooth and sweet with a malty fruitiness (available June 24.); Georgia’s Red Poppy Ale — Inspired by O’Keeffe’s Red Poppy series, this Irish Red ale has a caramel malt flavor with a hint of toffee, a dry finish with poppy overtones (July); Georgia’s Cactus Flower American Wheat — with a touch of spicy wheat accompanies a prickly pear bite, this clean-flavored ale brings to mind O’Keeffe’s yellow cactus flowers (later in the summer). 1007 S. Tejon St., 695.0344,

The Keg Lounge: Georgia O’Peach, a drink with Jager peach schnapps and orange juice. 730 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685.9531,

NEW! The Mona Lisa: Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy, a Georgia O’Keeffe inspired 4-course Fondue Dinner, including a Garden Fresh Green Salad with an Apricot Ginger Dressing, a Cheddar Cheese Fondue in a Beer Base with Hickory Smoked Bacon & Flower Petal, a Traditional Meat Platter and a White Chocolate Fondue with Lavender. All for $36 a person! Served in the “O’Keeffe Dining Room” by request. 733 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-0277,

Nosh: 1887, Lime juice, lemon juice, Bourbon, cinnamon simple, pineapple juice, garnished with mint leaf. 121 S. Tejon St., 635.6674,

Pizzeria Rustica: O’Keeffe Pizza, with local chicken sausage, red peppers and fresh spinach.  2527 W. Colorado Ave., 632.8121,

The Principal’s Office at Ivywild: Georgia OOOHH!!! – a summer-style drink with tequila and rosemary, savory notes with a spice from the tequila. It is a refreshing, boozy drink, that looks like the Santa Fe sunset. (Available all summer.)  1604 S. Cascade Ave., 368.6100,

Summit at The Broadmoor: Red Canina, a refreshing mix of gin, orange bitters, grapefruit, rosemary and topped off with New Mexican sparkling wine.  1 Lake Ave., 577.5896,


The Anschutz Foundation El Pomar Foundation Ent Federal Credit Union Inasmuch Foundation The Mary K. Chapman Foundation John and Margot Lane Foundation The Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation