A one-time Fine Arts Center curator and Gallery of Contemporary Art Director from 1992-2006, Gerry Riggs died on Jan. 3 in Pegosa Springs. A Community Tribute to Gerry Riggs is scheduled for Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. at the Gallery of Contemporary Art on the UCCS campus.
He is credited for transforming the gallery at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs into one of the region's most important art spaces, and the only one dedicated to contemporary art. He was also an advocate for all local art.
The event is free and open to the public.
There will be speaking by university and community members followed by an open mic and live music from Pagosa Springs and Colorado Springs artists. Lots of Gerry memorabilia will be on hand including his fine art photography.
The community is invited to bring mementos such as objects and photographs to share at the the event. Persons wishing to bring items are asked to contact the Tribute Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org for coordination details.
- Gazette: Art activist urged others 'to let their artistic side shine', Jan. 5, 2009
- Independent: 10 Years at the Heart of Colorado Springs Contemporary Art Community, from 2002 by Noel Black.
- Atomic Elroy remembers Gerry on his blog.
- You can learn more about Gerry at this tribute blog.