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.

Birger Sandzen 1871-1954
Silent Waters (Colorado), 1923
 
oil,
36 x 48 inches
Reference: 26523
Birger Sandzen 1871-1954
At the Timberline, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, 1937
 
oil,
30 x 40 inches
Reference: 27020
Birger Sandzen 1871-1954
Aspens by the Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, 1933
 
oil,
14 x 12 inches
Reference: 28283
Ethel Magafan 1916-1993
The Meadow Beyond (Colorado Mountains), circa 1970
 
tempera,
40 x 66 inches
Reference: 27019
 
Charles Bunnell 1897-1968
Untitled (Manitou Colorado with Pikes Peak View), circa 1928-1929
 
oil,
22 ¼ x 26 ¼ inches
Reference: 25856
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
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
Storm Over Victor (Colorado Mountain Town), 1946
 
oil,
24 x 18 inches
Reference: 25869
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
The Way War First Comes, 1940
 
watercolor,
15 ¼ x 24 ½ inches
Reference: 25859
Charles Bunnell 1897-1968
Untitled (Abstract), 1956
 
oil,
18 ¾ x 23 ¾ inches
Reference: 13411