Once upon a time, Colorado Springs was an acclaimed summer arts colony that attracted famous artists from around the world.
They flocked west during the years of 1919 to 1945 to spend time at the Broadmoor Art Academy, better known now as Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. A four-part lecture series by the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs will feature four local experts shining a light on the institution's history.
"Too many citizens of Colorado Springs are not aware of the enormous influence the 'other' Academy had in helping to define early modern art and establishing the foundation for today's Fine Arts Center," said Al Rohr, vice president of the Alliance and chairperson of the lecture series. "There was actually a time when the Springs was mentioned in the same breath as New York City and Santa Fe relative to leading the art movement."
Artist, historian and educator David Alvarez will speak about the early years Tuesday at Penrose House. Blake Wilson, owner of The Art Bank and an authority on the Academy, will speak about the art on March 8 at First Lutheran Church. Leah Davis Witherow, curator at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, will dive into the characters at the Academy on April 12 at First Lutheran Church, and architectural historian and consultant Chuck Benson will end the series with a lecture about the evolution of the Academy on May 8 at Penrose House.