Pueblo’s cultural scene is on the rise, and at its hub is the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. This fall, head to southeastern Colorado to view the Arts and Conference Center’s portrait exhibits. From the new to the old, to everything else in between, there’s artwork to delight all interests.
For lovers of modern art, Rise: Jenny Morgan Self Portraits is sure to bring praise. Morgan is known for her perfectly executed self-portraits, whose surfaces are sanded and stripped to reveal physical and spiritual wounds. Doing so creates an incredible psychological depth and pushes the boundaries of figurative painting. This show opened in September and will run through January 15th, 2017.
On another floor of the same building is the exhibit, Carl Link: Illustrative Portraits. Unlike Morgan, whose work is very modern, Link was a classical portrait artist, commercial illustrator, and art educator born in Munich, Germany in 1887. He became well known for his portraits of rodeo cowgirls, Native Americans, and especially the world of dance and theater. Carl Link: Illustrative Portraits will run through December 31st, 2016.
To add to the portrait theme, the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center has pulled from its own collection of portraits for an exhibit that will run through January 7th, 2017. With a strong focus on people from the west, subjects include larger-than-life figures like Doc Holiday and Puebloans of great philanthropic stature.
A trip to Pueblo is not complete without a visit to the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. Jim Richerson, who became CEO of the center in 2014, has done an incredible job making it a world-class facility. As he said in a 2016, Livability.com article, “The lighting, peoples, and landscapes of Pueblo have always drawn those with an artistic bent.”