FAC_2The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center announced Friday that it has named new leadership staff as part of a deal with Colorado College to take over its management responsibilities.

The finalization of the deal, which was made public in an announcement Aug. 25, was part of the FAC’s four-year strategic plan to support “the missions of both organizations while expanding innovative learning opportunities, arts programming and cultural resources for the greater Colorado Springs community,” according to a news release announcing the alliance.

CC Associate Art Professor Rebecca Tucker was named museum director and will oversee “all operations of the museum including curatorial and educational programs,” according to the FAC’s announcement.

Tucker, a graduate of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, has been a CC art professor since 2003. She focuses on Southwest and museum studies

Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator of CC’s interdisciplinary experimental arts program, was named the FAC’s director of academic engagement and will continue as the curator of the IDEA Space (a position she has held since 2006).

Hunter-Larsen, a graduate of both Colorado College and the University of Colorado Boulder, “will work with the FAC curatorial team to develop innovative approaches to curating, and to build educational connections between the museum, the community and the campus,” according to the announcement.

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“One of the important goals of our alliance with Colorado College is to be able to expand our museum staffing,” FAC President and CEO David Dahlin said in the release. “By adding these CC employees to our existing museum team, we are beginning the integration process and gaining the capacity to dream big.”

Briget Heldmous will remain the assistant curator at CC and will now hold the same title at the FAC.

In the announcement, the FAC staff also stated their intent to add a curator for its Southwest art and ethnographic collection in the coming months.

As a result of the deal, Joy Armstrong, who has served as the FAC’s acting museum director and chief curator, was named curator of modern and contemporary art.

Other FAC management and staff will continue in their current capacities, according to FAC Media Relations and Outreach Manager Amanda Weston. She said the organization currently employs 34 full-time and 15 part-time staff members.

“The museum team at the FAC has been under-staffed for some time, and this provided much-needed staff resources to bolster the museum program going forward,” Weston said of the partnership. “We are embarking upon a strategic planning process that will create some exciting new opportunities and possibilities for the FAC in the future.”

CC and the FAC invite community members to provide input on these plans and the broader four-year strategic plan during a series of listening sessions:

– Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:30-9 a.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Music Room, 30 W. Dale St.

– Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4:30-6 p.m., Colorado College’s Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St.

– Monday, Sept. 26, 7-8:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Music Room, 30 W. Dale St.