The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, founded in 1936, calls itself a unique cultural pillar of the Rocky Mountain region.
In its early days the center, then the Broadmoor Art Academy, operated from the home of philanthropists Julie and Spencer Penrose. Alice Bemis Taylor later established the Taylor Museum as an independent entity and donated her Southwestern art collection and 6,000 volumes of books on Americana. In the 1930s, such luminaries as Martha Graham performed at the center.
The permanent collection of art began to grow in the 1950s and 1960s, bringing works by Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent and Jamie Wyeth. The Bemis School of Art for Children emerged in the 1960s.
More recently, architect David Owen Tryba, a Colorado Springs native whose mother had been a docent at the center, designed the FAC Modern, a major 48,000-square-foot addition to the center that opened in 2007. Tryba said the project was a labor of love for him, noting that as a teenager he learned to drive in the Center’s parking lot.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 W. Dale St.
Colorado Springs CO 80903