Broadmoor Art Academy - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

In 1919, the Broadmoor Art Academy was founded with a vision of creating a new art institution of national stature. The Academy was originally located in a converted mansion on the corner of Cascade and Dale in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The building had previously been the home of the school's founders, Spencer and Julie Penrose - the owners of the Broadmoor Hotel. Art instructors and students alike brought their diverse styles and talents to Colorado, lured by the exquisite landscapes that only the west affords.

The Academy engaged prominent artists as instructors including John F. Carlson, Robert Reid, Birger Sandzén, Ernest Lawson, Boardman Robinson, George Biddle, Randall Davey, Ernest Fiene, and Peppino Mangravite. These artists helped to attract a diverse student body and to garner recognition for the Broadmoor Art Academy in the American Art centers of the East and Midwest.

In 1934, the Academy moved in to a new expansive facility with classrooms, studios, a performing arts theater, music room, library, and a number of galleries. From that point forward, the Academy became known as the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Although it appeared toward the end of the heyday of American art colonies, the Broadmoor Academy and its successor institution, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, functioned for more than a generation as an important cultural center in the Rocky Mountain West. It was a nationally recognized art colony on par with those in Santa Fe, Taos, Woodstock and Provincetown.

This page illustrates works of art created by many of the artists who were associated with the Broadmoor Academy during their careers.

Ernest Lawson 1873-1939
Little Ranch, Colorado, circa 1925-1930
 
oil,
12 x 16 inches
Reference: 26421
Jenne Magafan 1916-1952
Deserted Street, 1946
 
oil,
24 x 30 inches
Reference: 25885
Ethel Magafan 1916-1993
Springtime (Mountain Landscape), circa 1960
 
tempera,
30 x 48 inches
Reference: 26114
Archie Musick 1902-1978
Untitled (Cowboy and Cattle on the Range, Colorado), circa 1940
 
oil,
30 x 36 inches
Reference: 18008
 
Charles Bunnell 1897-1968
Untitled (New York), 1951
 
oil,
30 x 12 inches
Reference: 13378
Charles Bunnell 1897-1968
Untitled (Sacred Family), circa 1950
 
oil,
23 ½ x 18 ¾ inches
Reference: 24584
Doris Lee 1905-1983
Untitled (Colorado Mountain Town)
 
oil,
12 x 22 ½ inches
Reference: 25826
Ethel Magafan 1916-1993
Mountains Above the Meadow (Colorado), circa 1950 - 1970
 
tempera,
22 x 30 inches
Reference: 24571
 
Victor, Colorado, 1942
 
oil,
29 ¾ x 32 ½ inches
Reference: 18920
Mary Chenoweth 1918-1999
Untitled (Bicycle with Orange Slice Wheels), circa 1960-70
 
oil,
51 ¼ x 67 ½ inches
Reference: 26292
Ward Lockwood 1894-1963
Untitled, circa 1960
 
mixed media,
16 ½ x 21 inches
Reference: 14890
Charles Bunnell 1897-1968
Untitled (Colorado Landscape with Buttes, Prairie and Sky), 1926
 
oil,
16 x 20 inches
Reference: 15789
 
Charles Bunnell 1897-1968
Untitled, 1956
 
oil,
18 ¾ x 23 ¾ inches
Reference: 13411
Frederick Shane 1906 - 1992
Artists Sketching (California), 1949
 
gouache,
20 ¼ x 29 ¾ inches
Reference: 21678
Charles Bunnell 1897-1968
Untitled (Abstract Expressionist Composition in Yellow & Blue), 1958
 
oil,
29 ¾ x 23 ¾ inches
Reference: 19547
Charles Bunnell 1897-1968
Untitled (Colorado Mining District), 1951
 
oil,
23 ½ x 18 ¾ inches
Reference: 13421