October 26 – January 6, 2019

While most readers might associate Peanuts with the game of baseball, other sports also figured prominently in Charles Schulz’s comic strip. Schulz created over 250 football-themed Peanuts comic strips and his “Fall Classic”—Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown just as he runs up to kick it—became a rite of autumn in American pop culture.

Schulz’s other football-themed strips are equally memorable for Peanuts aficionados. Who can soon forget the “Mad Punters’” exuberant capers, Woodstock’s valiant gridiron efforts, Marcie’s total ineptitude at the game, or the passion and ferocity which marked Peppermint Patty’s play?

The Sunday and daily strips in this exhibition demonstrate the fun Schulz had with the sport and explore his wonderful world of Pigskin Peanuts.

Kick off your visit to see Pigskin Peanuts opening on October 26 at the Museum of Art | Fort Collins as part of the Eye Center of Northern Colorado Exhibition Series.

Programming Highlights Include:


Friday, October 26, Noon

Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts by Benjamin Clark, Curator, Charles M. Schulz Museum.

Admission fee applies, FREE to members.


Saturday, November 3, 1:00-4:00pm

Developing your own simplistic characters is trickier than it looks. In this workshop we will explore using basic shapes in two-dimensional designs and adding exaggerated features and components to help create unique, appealing, and engaging characters. Instructor: Julie Rowan-ZochAges 7-12. $20 members, $25 non-members.


November 5, 19, 26, December 3 4:30-5:30pm each week.

Ages 7-12. $10 for members, $15 non-members.Price per class and includes supplies.


Friday, November 9, 6:00-8:30pm

Led by Poet Kathleen Willard. $10 for members, $15 for non-members.Price includes admission, two drink tickets, light snacks, writing workshop, and open mic. RSVP Required. No door sales. www.moafc.org/events or call 970-482-2787 to register.


Sunday, November 11, 2:00-5:00pm

Create silly monsters, spaceships, bugs or animals out of a football shape. Then play cartoonist and make a cartoon panel with your character and a talk bubble. Workshop offered by local bestselling children’s author, Natasha Wing, who will also talk about how Charles Schulz came up with some of the characters for his Peanuts comic strip. Ages 7-12. $15 for members, $20 for non-members.


Thursday, November 15, 6:30pm

Join us for this evening of jazz and Charlie Brown favorites as interpreted by the Spencer Zweifel Trio. $10 for members, $15 for non-members.


Friday, November 16, 6:00pm

Margaret Sharkoffmadrid lecture on Illustration in the 20th century.

Admission fee applies, FREE to members. www.moafc.org/events


Friday, November 30, Noon

MOA Director, Lisa Hatchadoorian, on the life of Charles Schulz and the impact of Peanuts. $50. Price includes lunch at Jay’s Bistro, presentation, admission and tour of the exhibition. www.moafc.org/events Sponsored in part by Marilyn Cockburn and Carol Ann Hixon and Gary Hixon Designs.


Tuesday, December 4, 6:00pm

Come hang out with the Peanuts gang and other cool teens, eat free pizza and do a hands on art project.www.moafc.org/events Sponsored in part by Slyce Pizza.

www.moafc.org/events to register for all events or call 970-482-2787


Pigskin Peanuts is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California. It is sponsored locally by Eye Center of Northern Colorado, City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, and RE/MAX Advanced.


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 $6.00 for adults; $5.00 for students with ID and seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 7-17. Children 6 and under and museum members are always free. For more information, visit www.moafc.org. 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.