The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center or FAC is a 132,286 square feet American Art center located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The art center was established by Alice Bemice Taylor, Elizabeth Sage Hare and Julie Penrose in 1936. The center was built as a combination of several functions including being a museum, performing arts venue and an art school for the city of Colorado Springs.
The FAC building was designed by John Gaw Meem, a New Mexico architect, who later earned a Silver Medal for the building?s design during the Fifth Quadrennial Pan American Congress of Architecture. The building?s exterior also features prominently two different murals created by Eric Bransby and Boardman Robinson. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has also been a part of the National Register of Historic Places.
The center for arts contains notable exhibits including a large collection of Southwest Spanish Colonial and Native American artworks. The FAC also features several glass sculptures for its permanent collection including different pieces of glass works like chandeliers and paintings. Works of famous artists can also be found in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center including the works of Richard Diebenkorn, Walt Kuhn, Claes Oldenburg, Ansel Adams, John James Audubon, John Singer Sargent and Georgia O?Keeffe.
Visitors can check the different artworks from around the world and learn new things when visiting the art gallery. Aside from the art gallery and permanent exhibit, visitors may also check the regular performances by the museum?s performing arts department ?SaGaJi Theater? or have lunch or dinner with the art gallery?s two dining facilities named ?Amuze? and ?The Deco Lounge?. FAC visitors can also visit the local gift shop called ?Luma at the FAC? which sells different souvenirs including ornaments and children?s toys.
Longer staying guests may also enroll at the Bemis School of Art where in notable artist Robert Beauchamp also finished his degree.
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