Masks Project 2015
Fort Collins Museum of Art
April 3 – May 1, 2015
- Open admission day: Friday, April 10 (sponsored by Guaranty Bank and Trust)
For the 11th year, the Fort Collins Museum of Art’s Masks Project has attracted both professional artists, whose creativity is their economic main stay and recreational artists, who respond to their need to express their creativeness in ingenious styles. The result is an exhibition of 200 pieces of unconventional art opening during the First Friday Gallery Walk, April 3.
Masks originated in 2003 as fund-raising event for the Museum. It now encompasses the popular exhibition, the celebratory Masks Grand Gala, and a tribute to the 2015 Honorary Chairs, Don and Donna Beard. These components provide a significant portion of the Museum’s operating budget as well as an engaging community art event.
Lisa Hatchadoorian, Executive Director for the Fort Collins Museum of Art, says of Masks, “This is my first Masks experience, and I will say it is overwhelming and wonderful. The project brings together artists and a community eager to explore and experience the world of art in an entirely appealing project.
“We deeply appreciate the contributions of our artist community – mostly from Fort Collins and surrounding cities – as well as the support of our sponsors,” she continued. “The beginning of each completed mask is a relatively simple clay template designed by Molly Babcock, an art teacher in the Poudre School District. Adding much time and talent, our artists donate their work to the museum to be sold through silent and live auctions.” New for this year is online bidding for the silent Masks auction. “Online bidding,” says Gloria Boresen, “will give more people a chance to win the bid for their favorite mask. It also offers people who can’t experience Masks in person the exciting prospect of buying a mask.”