RRCC Presents "The Graham and Barbara Curtis Collection"

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June 18, 2015

Red Rocks Community College Presents The Graham and Barbara Curtis Collection

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College is hosting an exhibit of The Graham and Barbara Curtis Collection from June 18 through August 11, 2015 in the Susan K. Arndt Gallery located at RRCC’s Lakewood campus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 6 pm.

The exhibit features 82 Colorado-centric prints from the Curtis Collection depicting a range of themes from early expeditions into Colorado, including scenic views, the movement of settlers, life of the Native Americans and the early development of Denver and beyond. These works offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of Colorado, and bring its historical landscapes and personalities to life. Many of the prints, which range in date from as early as 1822 to 1885, are the work of very well known artists, who demonstrate their artistic skill and perspectives on travel through the Old West through the visual medium.

The collection includes the diaries and surveys of early explorers and members of Western expeditions in America, which intrigued Graham R. Curtis, a local geologist. Curtis began collecting prints when, during the 1976 Bicentennial, he gifted family and friends each with an original print from the Western explorations of the 19th century. He received an overwhelmingly positive response, so he and his wife Barbara, an elementary school teacher, began collecting in earnest.

Amassing this comprehensive collection of just over 350 original prints was a true labor of love. The collection contains multiple works from such well-known artists as Albert Bierstadt, Karl Bonder, George Catlin, Thomas Moran, A.E. Mathews, Seth Eastman, Charles Bird King, Alfred Jacob Miller and John J. Audubon. It encompasses works ranging in subject matter from studies of quickly vanishing indigenous people to landscapes, flora and fauna, migrations, and early settlements. Other than in the Library of Congress, nowhere does there exist such a complete representation of 19th century exploration into the Western United States.

More about Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 15,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

The Curtis Historical Exhibit at RRCC

Thursday, June 18, 2015