CSU-Pueblo alumni artwork on display in Fine Art Gallery

The art department will be showing alumni artwork in the Fine Art Gallery until Feb. 27. Photo by Daniel Potter.
Frank Nemich’s “The Load” and other alumni works will be on display in the Fine Art Gallery until Feb. 27. Photo by Daniel Potter.

The art department at CSU-Pueblo is currently showcasing a gallery of alumni artwork in Hoag Hall in celebration of past and future Pueblo artists. The showcase includes the work of art alumni who attended CSU-Pueblo between 1950 and 2013.

The department will also host a reception for the show Feb. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in CSU-Pueblo’s Fine Art Gallery, which is located in Hoag Hall.

The reception is open to the public and there will include an opportunity for guest to purchase artwork from the displayed collection. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go to fund scholarships for future CSU-Pueblo art students.

“A History of Making: Celebrating 7 Decades of Art Alumni” is scheduled to run until Feb. 27.

A similar collection of art was shown in the 1980s at CSU-Pueblo. That show, however, included significantly fewer years of artwork.

Gallery Coordinator Caroline Peters said the time period was not only chosen to express appreciation for multiple decades of CSU-Pueblo’s alumni artwork, but also to show the public that CSU-Pueblo art students have continued to produce art long after graduation.

The pieces displayed in the gallery are made with a variety of mediums and techniques that were either learned in or inspired by art coursework at CSU-Pueblo.

Many of the pieces are available for purchase, while others are for show purposes only.

“The Load,” an impressive sculpture that casts a shadow in the far center of the gallery, was created by 1998 graduate Frank Nemich.

Hanging from the ceiling in the far left center of the gallery is an intricate wire design called “Undergarment for a Macho Woman.” Diane Sandusky, who graduated from CSU-Pueblo in 1980, is responsible for this piece.

Other works include textured acrylic painting “Strata” by 1999 graduate Mark Monack and an oil painting entitled “Tucson” by Tom Durham.

The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The art department currently only has two art scholarships offered to CSU-Pueblo students, and funding is very limited. “The purpose of the reception is to raise money for art scholarships for new students,” Peters said.