Contact: Lisa Hatchadoorian, Executive Director, Museum of Art | Fort Collins 970-482-2787,

Awkward Family Photos on View at the Museum of Art | Fort Collins May 18 – July 15, 2018

Fort Collins, CO: AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS, the exhibition aims to explore the perfectly imperfect moments that come with the family experience and provide a place for people to celebrate the awkwardness while taking comfort in the fact that their family is not alone. This exhibition includes over two hundred classic Awkward Family Photos and hilarious ‘behind the awkwardness’ stories from the actual families. None of this would be possible without generous participation from the awkward families who so bravely sent in their photos. It is the hope of the Awkward Family Photos’ creators that this exhibition will “bring all our families a little closer together as we acknowledge those special times when we wished we were a lot farther apart.”, the website, was launched in 2009 when Mike Bender saw an awkward vacation photo hung in his parents’ house. Realizing there were probably plenty of other people with their own awkward family pictures, childhood friends Mike Bender and Doug Chernack set out to create a friendly place where people could share their own odd family moments. The site quickly took off and became an internet sensation, receiving millions of visitors and submissions from around the world, which then morphed into a traveling exhibition.

Awkward Family Cross Stitch Sampler Workshop

Sunday, June 3rd from 1:00-3:00pm
$20 non-members / $15 members
In this two hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of cross stitch and create their own sampler using funny quotes about families. This is adult class or Adult and child class.

Pet Rock Workshop

Wednesday, June 20th from 1:00-3:00pm
$20 non-members / $15 members
Make your own pet in this two hour long workshop. This pet doesn’t need to be fed or taken for a walk (unless you want to!) Bring your own rock to decorate or choose from the rocks we have at the museum. You can even fashion your rock after some of the characters in the Awkward Family photos exhibit!

Support for this exhibition comes from: Eye Center of Northern Colorado, City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Odell Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Wilbur’s Total Beverage, Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Programming Highlights- Please go to for more information and to register for all events.

Photo Bomb Workshop

Sunday, June 24th from 1:00-3:00pm
$20 non-members / $15 members
Bring your own old photos (or use ours) to create collages to make them awkward using stickers and colored pencils. This workshop is for kids ages 7-14.

Awkward Summer Art Camp

June 25-29th. Each day from 9:00-3:00pm
Ages 8-12
$260 for the entire week.
A week full of fun art activities run by local artists.

House Concert with Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Thursday, July 12th 6:30-8:30
$ 25 non-members / $20members
Join local Ukulele Legend Danielle Ate the Sandwich as we explore the “Awkward Family Photo” exhibition in the Museum through music.

About Museum of Art | Fort Collins
The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for students with ID and seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 7-18. Children 6 and For more information, visit The mission of the Museum of Art | Fort Collins is to spread the power of visual arts. To offer our audiences the highest-quality art experiences, the museum presents a diverse series of exhibitions, community events, publications, and educational programs for children and adults.

Credit information

Like Mother, Like Daughter (Double Vision), Image Courtesy of Awkward Family Photos.