6 ways to experience the arts this week

October is Arts Month in Colorado and the Pikes Peak region. In celebration, the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS and the Galleries of Contemporary Arts have more than 20 performances, exhibitions and cultural events planned for the upcoming month.

Below, see six ways you can experience the arts this week.

Oct. 27: Fireside Dialogues with Dylan Harris, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Photo credit: M12 Studio

Starting at 5:45 p.m., an outdoor fire on the Ent Center for the Arts lower sculpture green will be lit by using wood gathered by the artists at Section 16, a burned area in Black Forest, Colorado. Each Fireside Dialogue is an opportunity for sharing knowledge, stories and wisdom about our regional forests, trees and woodlands.

The Oct. 27 event will feature Dylan Harris, Assistant Professor in the UCCS Department of Geography & Environmental Studies. His work is with the stories we tell (and don’t tell) about climate change, focusing specifically on intersections of climate justice, energy, and ideologies of empire. More specifically, he has done extensive work in communities in Appalachia and Alaska, listening to and telling stories to communities often at the front lines of climate change where it is sometimes difficult to talk about it.

The Black Forest Institute is part of the wide-ranging exhibition The Space(s) Between, and is part of GOCA’s Art WithOut Limits Public Sculpture program.

Oct. 25: Prologue: Discussion and book signing with P. Carl, author of “Becoming a Man”

P. Carl is a scholar, theatre historian, dramaturg and author of the critically acclaimed book “Becoming a Man,” about his own journey through gender transition. Carl is the former head of the theatre forum Howl Round and is a Professor of Theatre at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He will join the UCCS and Colorado Springs community for a discussion about the book and his development of the text into a stage play. Carl will sign books in the lobby after the event.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kevin Landis at [email protected].

Oct. 29: One-day pop-up exhibition “Giving Back, Moving Forward” celebrating the artwork of Betty Ross

Betty Ross is a pillar of the Colorado Springs arts community and was the subject of a major exhibition at the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art in late 2017. She has lived and worked in the Pikes Peak region since 1976, working as UCCS Theatreworks’ Costume Designer for many of the past decades alongside her robust practice as a studio artist.

Join the Galleries of Contemporary Arts for a one-day pop-up exhibition celebrating the art of Betty Ross at the Ent Center for the Arts. Proceeds of the art sale will benefit the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art’s Active Artists & Exhibitions Fund. Works available in this very special event include Betty Ross’s signature watercolors, acrylics, collages including a myriad of fabrics, fibers, and papers collected on her travels.

Ongoing: The Windmill Project

The Windmill Project is comprised of 2,000 8-foot tall posts with wind-activated components that turn small generators powering LED downlights. When installed outdoors, the site-responsive sculpture illuminates the wind’s movement across the landscape and visualizes “a living body of light”. The Windmill Project has been extended and will now be on view through October 2022.

In addition to being part of Art WithOut Limits, curated by Daisy McGowan, the work is also connected to a larger project, The Space(s) Between, a multi-site exhibition taking place during the 2020–2021 season in collaboration with University of Denver’s Vicky Myhren Gallery and featuring outdoor artworks between Colorado Springs and Denver along the I-25 corridor.

Until Oct. 29: EPA: Environmental Performance Agency

On Oct. 1, visiting artist collective Environmental Performance Agency (EPA) opened its new exhibit at GOCA Downtown. The new exhibit, titled “Undesirable Plants Declare: A Participatory Public Review,” brings the Environmental Performance Agency’s work to the unceded territory of the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho Peoples, to investigate the diverse multispecies lifeways and teachings of spontaneous urban plants (aka weeds). Viewers will be invited to discover how to become present, grounded and engaged with the land around them.

The exhibition will be on view through October 29, 2021. Admission for all events and regular gallery hours is free and open to all.

Until Dec. 12: High + Low: D. Dominick Lombardi Retrospective

High + Low: D. Dominick Lombardi is a 45-year retrospective exhibition curated by T. Michael Martin, featuring 20 distinct chapters of the career of the artist.

A common thread throughout Lombardi’s work is his interest in blending qualities of highbrow and lowbrow art, and experimentation with various media. The exhibition begins with the Cyborgs, a science fiction based series depicting half human/half machine beings. It continues through his East Village days, his earliest forays into sculpture and kinetic art, and the repurposing of a multitude of found materials. A pivotal point in his art career was the Post Apocalyptic Tattoo series, which was prompted by his concerns for the environment and how it would impact our future. After the downturn in the economy in 2008, he began the Street Urchin series that focused on the marginalized victims of that era. Most recently he has explored the social issues of our time referencing the roots of human morality. 

The exhibition is on view from Aug. 19–Dec. 12, 2021 at the UCCS Galleries for Contemporary Art.

October is Arts Month in Colorado and the Pikes Peak region. Each week, we’ll showcase some of the many opportunities to enjoy art, performances and cultural experiences through the arts at UCCS.