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EXPANDED GREGORY ALLICAR MUSEUM OF ART UNVEILS NEW COLLECTIONS
by Jeff Dodge
Thanks to several major gifts, the University Art Museum has a new name, a new look, and twice as much gallery space to accommodate the museum’s permanent and growing collection.
The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, which was renamed in conjunction with a $2.2 million gift from an anonymous donor, unveiled its expanded space in early September, including five new galleries.
Three of the new galleries are dedicated to displaying the recently donated Hartford- Tandstad collection, which ranges from important portraits of nobility to images of the natural world to the decorative arts. Linny Frickman, director of the museum, said the collection primarily consists of European art from the late Renaissance through the 19th century, and is a collection that could not be amassed today. The other two galleries feature the museum’s extensive African art collection and rotating exhibitions from both traveling and permanent collections.
The museum has grown from 4,000 to approximately 10,000 square feet; Frickman said the new space and collections represent an improved learning tool, across many disciplines, for both the campus and all of Northern Colorado.
“In keeping with our strategic plan to honor diverse cultures, times, and peoples, we’ve expanded the scope of exhibitions and cultures we are honoring,” she said.
The new and remodeled spaces provide an exquisite display of the Harford-Tandstad collection throughout three galleries based on these themes: Global Encounters, Approaching Nature, and Dialogues With Power.
“The Hartford-Tandstad Collection was so important because it spurred the expansion,” Frickman said. “It gave us the type of works that we simply would not be able to collect. But the really exciting part is that, because of the expansion, we now have room to display our African and Native American collections. I love that we will be able to demonstrate a broad range of cultures.”