Anonymous gift transforms art museum

This painting is part of the Hartford-Tandstad Collection that will be housed in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art.
This painting is part of the Hartford-Tandstad Collection that will be housed in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art.

Thanks to a transformational gift from an anonymous donor, CSU’s newly expanded and improved art museum has a new name.

The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art will officially open Sept. 10, 2016, with a public event. The new and improved museum is part of the University Center of the Arts at 1400 Remington St.

The new name, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, is a meaningful selection by the lead donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The museum project began in spring 2015 and was completed through the generosity of numerous supporters, including the $2 million anonymous gift.

“We are beyond grateful for this extraordinary gift from an art supporter and parent of a CSU alumnus, and for the outpouring of support we received from others throughout the campaign,” said Linny Frickman, director of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art.

Space for remarkable collection

The driving force behind the 6,000 square foot expansion was the 2011 promised gift of the Hartford-Tandstad Collection made up of more than 200 works of art, including major works by pivotal figures in the history of European art, and an extensive art research library. The project includes additional exhibition galleries to house the collection, providing the CSU and Northern Colorado communities with remarkable cultural programming, stunning exhibitions and extensive research opportunities.

“Thanks to outstanding support from donors, the new facility will be a game changer for us, allowing us to continue our robust program of rotating temporary exhibitions, as well as a permanent showcase of our collection,” Frickman said. “The displays enhance our ability to deliver and solidify our mission as a teaching museum.”

Official opening in September

Although the expansion is complete, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art will remain closed through the summer in order to receive and install the Hartford-Tandstad collection. Additionally, comprehensive renovations have begun on the original galleries, creating a much-needed learning center space for workshops, presentations, and public outreach.

The collection was formed by Torleif Tandstad and the late Larry Hartford, originally of Los Angeles, who relocated to Fort Collins in the 1980s. The collection was donated to CSU in cooperation with the Tessa Foundation and its creators, David G. and Sharon L. Neenan.

In addition, the museum’s permanent collection continues to grow in other focus areas including global contemporary, African and Native American art.

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