Oct 21, 2010

Thanks for voting us the Best Of 2010!

The Colorado Springs Independent and its readers have singled out the Fine Arts Center for a few awards in the most recent Best of Colorado Springs issue. Thanks. We're honored!

Cultural White Knight

The Fine Arts Center’s very own Tim Muldrew was dubbed the Indy’s very first “Cultural White Knight” for his contributions to the community’s arts and cultural scene. Muldrew, who joined the FAC in September of 2009, is currently sharing Interim Director duties for the performing arts department with Chris Sheley. Muldrew was cited for his collaborative nature from his time at the Colorado Festival of World Theatre to working on fundraisers for the Care and Share food bank and the Southern Colorado AIDS Project. Tim was honored and flattered with the honor, but on being informed that he was named the 2010 Cultural White Knight, he joked, “Gee, I don’t have any armor. I guess I need to go out and get some.”

Best Cultural Attraction & Museum
Best Art Exhibition

“For years, readers have named the FAC the area’s top cultural attraction and mseum, and when they opined on their favorite art exhibition, the 74-year-old institution cleaned up there as well … readers had one idea in common when they voted for NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration, Conflict | Resolution, William Kentridge: The World is Process, and even 2008’s blockbuster, The Baroque World of Fernando Botero … with an approach that includes lectures, discussion sessions and family days, the FAC has broadened its reach beyond art exhibits, plays and Bemis Art School classes.”

INDYPICK Under-the-Radar Cowboy

Hans Paap’s “Portrait of a Cowboy” was featured as an Indy Pick. The painting, a part of The American West: Cowboys from the Collection, is “subtle at first, with time, everything about this work grows wonderfully strange. It’s both colorful and dimly cast. Its composition is simple but strikingly immediate; a half-imposing character sitting right in front of you, likely on a rock over on a high vantage point. In contrast, the background is oddly indistinct, pastel hills and blotchy clouds … the work feels incredibly dramatic.”

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