10/20/2020 - 10:00 AM
11/25/2020 - 6:00 PM
Main Gallery: “Art History of the Gunnison Valley”
The Art History of the Gunnison Valley tells the surprisingly long and fascinating story of the creation of an art scene in the Gunnison Country. Beginning with the artists who arrived with the early surveys, the exhibition follows the first painters and photographers who settled in the new boom towns. With the founding of the Normal School (today’s Western Colorado University) in 1911, the Richters, Henry and Catherine, brought the culture of plein air landscape painting and nurtured a new generation of Western artists. Their most famous protégé, Ila Turner McAfee, became a core member of the Taos School, and she also painted the mural in the Gunnison Post Office.
This exhibit will also feature a virtual photographic tour created by Gunnison High School students, representing Gunnison Valley’s vast and diverse culture and rich history.