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Contemporary Fort Collins Artists Erika Osborne & Ron Kroutel on View
May 17 @ 8:00 am - July 14 @ 5:00 pm
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.