Flaunting an array of different artworks including mosaics, watercolors, statues, photographs and paintings, the Curfman Gallery offers a unique aesthetic to be appreciated and admired.
Located at the south end of the Lory Student Center, the Curfman Gallery showcases art by students and locals, as well as nationally and internationally recognized artists.
â€œBecause (the gallery) is in the student center, more people have the opportunity to come in and see it,â€ said Kacy Underwood, a sophomore art major. â€œIt gets a lot of publicity.â€
When Ryan Beam needs a break from classes and schoolwork, he heads to Curfman.
â€œWhen I have 10 to 15 minutes and donâ€™t feel like studying, it is a great place to go and look at some art,â€ said Beam, a senior natural resource management major.
The gallery was named in honor of John H. â€œJackâ€ Curfman, a former CSU graphic design professor, on Dec. 5, 1985. Curfman was a prominent environmental designer within CSU and the Fort Collins community.
Curfman designed exhibits for the Hatton Gallery, located inside the Visual Arts Building and stage sets for the Lincoln Center. He also designed for local schools, gardens, playgrounds and museums.
Gallery managers continue Curfmanâ€™s legacy by bringing in a variety of exhibitions that students can analyze and enjoy.
â€œThe exhibits expose me to artists that I have not seen and expands my horizons,â€ said Shannon Ludington, a senior art major.
The current exhibition on display at the Curfman features work by Doug Russell, a contemporary artist.
According to Russellâ€™s artist statement, his drawings explore the â€œtensions between transparency and opacity, rootedness and mobility, freedom and entanglement, surface and depth and legibility and erosion of form.â€
Underwood viewed the exhibition and attended the lecture Russell gave about his work on Jan. 20.
â€œI liked hearing him talk about his work,â€ Underwood said. â€œJust using graphite and charcoal, he was very imaginative.â€
Beam also attended the exhibition and found Russellâ€™s images to be both creepy and interesting.
â€œHis organic images were surrealistic and exaggerated to make the viewer feel uncomfortable, but in a good way,â€ Beam said.
Russellâ€™s work will be on display through Feb. 27, followed by the annual â€œArt and Science Exhibition,â€ an undergraduate show that features science-inspired works of art and art-inspired scientific explorations.
The Curfman Gallery is currently accepting submissions for the exhibition, which will open March 11.
Interested students can contact Doug Sink, the Curfman Gallery director, for more information.
Next time you have 30 minutes to spare, grab a cup of coffee and go to Curfman. You will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of art thatâ€™s right under your nose.
Jaime Pritchard is a staff writer for College Avenue magazine and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South end of the Lory Student Center
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.