GAMA Features Summer Exhibits and Scavenger Hunts and Welcomes Brenda Biondo

GAMA features summer exhibitions and scavenger hunts,
welcomes photographer Brenda Biondo for artist talk in September

Brenda Biondo, works from the series “A Legacy of Shadows.” Images courtesy of the Center for Fine Art Photography and the artist

The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art (GAMA) at Colorado State University (CSU) opened Media Mixed: Experimenting with Materials this month in the institution’s Main and Americas galleries. Curated by Director and Chief Curator Lynn Boland and museum interns Megan Allbrooks, Diana Del Valle, and Lex Lupton, the show joins the MFA Thesis Exhibition 2022 (closing July 31), the Artists Support Ukraine Foundation Ready-to-Print Exhibition, and Brenda Biondo: Legacy of Shadows as the most recent exhibition to open in the space.
Media Mixed draws from GAMA’s collection of contemporary art and looks at the myriad ways that artists push the boundaries of media and materials. Selections include works by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, Op artist Bridget Riley, and West Coast Minimalist and Fort Collins local De Wain Valentine, who cultivated the use of plastics in fine art. The show also highlights Larry Bell, Rufino Tamayo, and Shan Goshorn, among others, as well asa 2022 purchase of Enrique Chagoya’s Pyramid Scheme(2009) through the Dale Pruce and Leslie Walker Latin American Art Acquisition endowment. Media Mixed will remain on view through December 18, 2022, with a gallery talk scheduled for late October.
Audiences can also explore Brenda Biondo’s solo exhibition, Legacy of Shadows, presented in partnership with the Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP). The traditional, non-Photoshopped photographs in the show evoke the fracturing of nature through layers of refracted light. To create these works, Biondo places rolled, cut, and/or folded pieces of blank, white paper on the ground and captures the shadows cast by plants in the landscape.

Sheila Pinkel, XRay 6(light bulb), 1977-1983, xeroradiography/archival inkjet print, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, CSU, gift of the artist, 2015.3.2.

Community members are invited to a free artist talk and reception for Legacy of Shadows on Thursday, September 1 at 6 p.m., hosted in partnership with C4FAP. Biondo will give a lecture in the Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center, followed by a closing reception for the exhibition in the same space.Brenda Biondo: Legacy of Shadows ends September 4.Support for Brenda Biondo: Legacy of Shadows,Media Mixed,and related programming is generously provided by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, FUNd Endowment at CSU, and Colorado Creative Industries.
To complement current exhibitions, invite close-looking, and fuel visual exploration, GAMA has also launched a new program called “Scavenger Hunt Sundays.” These self-guided quests are designed to inspire visitors of all ages to investigate the museum. Scavenger Hunt sheets are free at the front desk each Sunday and are available