Erika Osborne creates artworks in a variety of media that raise awareness and communicates the nuances of the many environmental issues present today in the American West. Equally, her artwork delves into our cultural and personal connections to place and environment. Her artistic focus explores environmental degradation and the hope for a sustainable future as well as our connection to place in a world where the environment is loved and abused simultaneously.

Osborne received her BFA from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Art & Art History Department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Osborne has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with over ten solo exhibitions and over 60 group exhibitions in recent years – including shows at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Chautauqua Institute. Erika is currently represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

Growing up in Chicago, Ron Kroutel attended The Art Institute of Chicago for studio art courses in painting and drawing and The University of Chicago for academic courses. In 1966 he took a position at Ohio University where he eventually became chair of painting, drawing and foundations for many years. Nationally and internationally exhibited with over 39 solo exhibitions, Kroutel has been awarded three Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, an Arts Midwest NEA Fellowship and numerous prizes and awards. Kroutel recently relocated to Fort Collins from Athens, Ohio. His paintings feature humans interacting with nature and man-made landscapes in an emotionally charged space. These will be exhibited in our Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery.

Erika Osborne & Ron Kroutel will open to the public at the Museum of Art | Fort Collins on Friday, May 17, and continue through Sunday, July 14, 2019. Fun hands-on educational projects for the entire family will also be in our Art.Edu.Osity Creative Space for the run of the exhibition.

Rock Tree Sculpture Workshop

Sunday, June 2nd 1-3:00pm

Instructor:  Elizabeth Morisette, Education Coordinator, Museum of Art | Fort Collins

Create a tree sculpture using wire and rocks. These sculptures can then be used to decorate your patio, garden and windowsill.

Ages 15+

Cost:  $15 MoA member; $20 non-member


House Concert with Liz Barnez

Thursday, July 11th 6:30pm

Come hear the acoustic swamp groove of eclectic musician Liz Barnez. Her music incorporates elements of folk, New Orleans R&B, jazz, country and a bit of pop.

Cost:  $20 member; $25 non-member

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 under and museum members are always free. 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

Erika Osborne, Homage to Converse Basin, 2009, charcoal on vineyard stakes, 84 x 180”

Erika Osborne, The Chasm of Bingham, 2012, oil on linen, 48 x 90”

Roy Kroutel, Leaping In, 2012, oil, oil bar, dry pigments on canvas, 60 x 48″