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The theme of anonymity was proposed as a show idea by local artist and independent curator Liz Szabo more than a year ago. Liz and UCCS Sculpture Instructor Sean O’Meallie assisted Director Gerry Riggs in inviting 150 regional artists to participate. 85 artists were versatile enough to hear the call and deliver the 102 works that make up the show.
The artists were asked to produce work outside of their usual style or medium and to register each work under a separate pseudonym. They were also asked to price their work reasonably to encourage sales. All proceeds go directly to the artists, in keeping with museum’s mission of providing a forum for contemporary art and artists. When a purchase occurs, the artists have been asked to donate 25% back to the museum to assist the museum through the current state and national cuts in art funding, allowing the artists to deduct that amount from their income taxes. For this show, we are posting prices on the labels to encourage viewers to become collectors.
Exhibition support was provided by the Colorado Council on the Arts, a state agency funded through the National Endowment for the Arts; the UCCS Student Government Association on behalf of the Student Body; Gallery Advisory Council member Esther Beynon Metzger and Alfred Metzger; Elaine Bean of the Stonehouse Agency; Springs Magazine; and the Gallery’s membership.