Museum of Art Fort Collins Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Masks Fundraiser & Exhibition

The Museum of Art Fort Collins (MoA) will open the 20th annual Masks Fundraiser & Exhibition, April 5 – June 7, 2024.

The 20th Annual Masks Fundraiser and Exhibition offers two ways to view the Masks for sale: both in person at the museum and through an online auction at

Masks artists and long-time sponsors, mask buyers and visitors have supported the museum’s mission to make this creative community event such a sustained success over the past 20 years. The fundraising goal for this year’s project is $75,000 in total. To date, the museum has raised $34,000 through sponsorships and hopes to raise $41,000 through the online auction of over 271 creative Masks from our community. The proceeds from Masks go to support the core exhibitions and educational programs of the museum.

 “The 20th Annual Masks Fundraiser & Exhibition brings the community together through creativity and art with the majority of Masks participants being non artists and utilizing their creativity to help the museum thrive,” Lisa Hatchadoorian, Executive Director of Internal Affairs at MoA, says. “The annual exhibition is a community favorite that over the past 20 years has raised more than $2 million to support the museum’s mission through our exhibitions and programs.”

During the past 20 years, Masks artists, most of whom live in Northern Colorado, have designed and donated more than 3,500 masks. Each year brings new themes as the unadorned ceramic forms leave the museum and return as a creative collection of unique masks. Professional artists, whose creativity is their economic mainstay, and recreational artists, who respond to their need to express their creativeness in ingenious styles, have created 271 masks for the 2024 Masks Fundraiser & Exhibition.

“The annual Masks Fundraiser & Exhibition is so community-focused,” says Hatchadoorian. “People love seeing the diversity of the masks designed and donated by professional artists, who make their living through art, and community artists who explore their creative side through a dizzying array of materials, themes, and styles.”