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Fine Arts Gallery hosts works by CSU-Fort Collins’ graduate students

Fine Arts Gallery
"Liminal" by Melissa Laugen - photo courtesy of Alec Herrera
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The Fine Arts Gallery at Colorado State University-Pueblo, which features a different artistic showcase every month, has opened the fall semester with CSU-Fort Collins graduate students for several years now.

The gallery, titled “Moira,” consists of a variety of works by artists Katie Gabriel, Hazel Tully, Melissa Laugen, Kyle Vincent Singer, Andrew Meyer, Zach Miller, Sonja Allen and Maggie Adams.

Included in the exhibit are several different disciplines and different art forms including woodwork, traditional painting, sculpture, formed copper, and the intaglio printmaking technique.

Caroline Peters, CSU-Pueblo assistant professor of art, described the gallery and the benefits it provides the art students around campus. Peters is the gallery’s director.

“It’s good for our students to see these types of work,” said Peters, inviting any student who is interested in earning a graduate degree to view the level of work expected of them.

CSU-Fort Collins is one of only a few Colorado universities to feature a graduate program for visual arts, making the gallery an extremely focused collection of talent.

She also commented on the difference visible in graduate students’ works and their undergraduate counterparts, noting that at the graduate level art is really free, and students are more encouraged to use a culmination of their talents.

The gallery’s promotional photos featured Melissa Laugen’s acclaimed work “Liminal.” “Everyone comes in and sees something different in this one,” said Peters.

Local artist Bob Marsh, who performed at the Fine Arts Gallery during the spring semester, approved of the works at the gallery during a visit. “It’s refreshing to see art is alive and well,” he said.

Fellow artist Sandra Yolles commended “The Road Less traveled” sculpture by Sonja Allen. “It’s so expressive and beautiful,” she said.

Marsh and Yolles agreed that the art presented in the gallery was dynamic and a unique showcase of CSU-Fort Collins’ art program.

There will be an art reception to close the exhibit on Sept. 2 in the Fine Arts Gallery starting at 5 p.m. and is free for anyone to attend.
Many featured artists will be in attendance to talk about their work.