The Museum of Art | Fort Collins has plenty of masks behind its doors closed due to Covid-19.  To be exact, 215 community art masks are sheltering in place until it’s safe to open MoA to the public.  While MoA’s doors are closed, the public can see the Masks Exhibition online via Facebook and Instagram (@moafortcollins).

This is the 16th year of the Masks Exhibition and Benefit. The annual exhibition is a crowd favorite that over the years has raised more than $1.6 million dollars to support the museum’s mission. During that time, Masks artists, most of whom live in Northern Colorado, have designed and donated over 2,750 masks.

The annual Masks auction will be online May 6 and run through June 28. You can register, bid on and see all Masks at https://app.bidcoz.com/moafc/masks. Auction details will be posted on MoA’s website, social media and sent out via email.

Depending on public health and safety concerns, MoA plans to open mid-June and host Masks Exhibition opening and closing events.

Masks artists, exhibition title sponsors: DaVinci Sign Systems and the Eye Center of Northern Colorado, and long-time sponsors such as ReMax Advanced, The Youth Clinic and Blue Federal Credit Union, donors, mask collectors and visitors to the exhibition have supported the museum’s mission through this vibrant community art event.

“Our mission,” said Lisa Hatchadoorian, MoA executive director, “is to spread the power of visual arts. What better way than with an exhibition like Masks, which is still growing in popularity and highlights the extraordinary diverse creativity of our community. People love seeing the variety of the masks designed and donated by professional artists, who make their living through art, and those community artists who want to take a walk on the creative side of life.” Hatchadoorian continues, “We’re doing our part in keeping MoA online. Please help us keep MoA open, too.”

People, businesses and organizations can make a donation today to the Museum of Art Fort Collins at https://moafc.org/donate/ Help us bridge the gap between when our last visitor came through our doors to the day we welcome our first visitors back.

The museum also is hosting digital art events, among other things, a weekly online art class, MoA Art Snack for Kids, and an Artist2Artist Masks House Concert. Details can be found on the museum’s website (moafc.org).