Joy Armstrong named Fine Arts Center's next executive museum director and chief curator

Joy Armstrong, longtime curator of modern and contemporary art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, is now development director at Inside Out Youth Services.

Joy Armstrong, the current curator at the Fine Arts Center, was named Thursday as the institution's next executive museum director and chief curator.

Her tenure won't begin until Blake Milteer, the FAC's current executive museum director and chief curator, leaves the position to move to Scotland within the next six months.

"I consider Colorado Springs to be my home. I love this community," Armstrong said. "There are so many people here doing remarkable things. It's incredibly special for me to be able to continue to contribute to the community in this way."

Armstrong curated Pamela Joseph's "Sideshow of the Absurd" exhibit in 2013, co-curated "Continuance: Charles and Collin Parson" in 2014 with Milteer and recently brought in large-scale graffiti works in "El Mac: Aerosol Exalted."

"It's about honoring everything Joy has accomplished here at the FAC already, in both curatorial and administrative capacity," Milteer said. "It's continuing the momentum that we've really built over the past several years. Joy's been a big part of that."

Armstrong was hired at the FAC in 2010 as a curatorial assistant. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Denver and a master's in art history from Kent State University in Ohio. "I think we offer a diverse array of programming," she said. "I want to continue that, but it's also essential to honor the history of the Fine Arts Center and give the community the richest experience of the FAC. My particular interest is contemporary art and I'd love to bring in more artists to create site-specific installations in the gorgeous second floor galleries."

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