Past Exhibits

Splendors of Japan <> April 1 – June 25, 2011 <> Main <> 1,104 visitors
The Splendors of Japan exhibit features items from local collectors including a traditional Japanese room, Boy and Girls’ Day Celebration dolls, traditional and modern wood block prints, and Netsuke.

 Photos of Japan <> 2011 <> Hall
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 The Wonders of West Africa <> July 1 – August 31, 2011 <> Main <> 539 visitors
The Wonders of West Africa exhibit features a wide range of objects including masks, textiles, sculpture, and jewelry from 13 West African nations.

 Faces of Haiti through Art and Photography <> July 1 – September 3, 2011 <> Hall
Faces of Haiti through Art and Photography is a unique exhibition of photography by Ray Tollison, focusing on the Haitian people and humanitarian projects in post-earthquake Haiti mixed with a colorful blend of primitive and fine Haitian art and crafts.

ART4U&ME: Toys & Games from Around the World <> September 10 – October 29, 2011 <> Main <> 490 visitors
ART4U&ME Toys & Games from Around the World exhibit focuses on the toys with which we grew up and our memories of them.  The exhibit includes interactive area and display items.  We cannot resist playing with toys no matter our age.

Tibet Rooftop of the World <> November 5, 2011 – January 14, 2012 <> Main <> 523 visitors
Tibet: Rooftop of the World is a three-part show that honors both Tibet’s past and present, as well as its impact around the globe, new exhibit on Tibet seeks to go above the highest region on Earth’s social and political strife to celebrate its traditions and its beauty.  The main portion of the exhibit includes more than 45 Losel dolls collected by museum co-founder Jeanne Nash, who died last summer.  One of the largest collections of its kind in the country, the dolls were all made by Tibetan monks in exile, Hofseth said.  The dolls serve as both an ethnographical record – preserving traditional crafts, as well as representing various regions, rituals and heritages – as well as works of art.

 Celebrations of Faith <> December 1, 2011 – January 31, 2012  <> Village Arts
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Melanesia: A Voyage to the South Pacific  <> February 3 – April 21, 2012  <> Main <> 719 visitors
Melanesia: A Voyage to the South Pacific showcases masks, sculptures, textiles, dwellings and other cultural artifacts from the islands northeast of Australia, including New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.  Visitors are invited to steep themselves in the region’s rugged terrain, ancient traditions and evolving lifestyles as Melanesians have increasing contact with the West.  All items in the collection are provided by local collectors, including Martha Denney, Co-Founder, Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures and retired Director of International Education at Colorado State University; John Roberts, Co-Founder, Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures and retired U.S. Foreign Service; and Heidi Cross, Co-Founder, Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures.

 Beads and Baskets: Universal Expressions of Culture <> May 4 – August 21, 2012 <> Main <> 1,050 visitors
Beads and Baskets: Universal Expressions of Culture features an extensive collection of beads and baskets – from ancient to modern, rare to common, around the corner to around the world.  The exhibit’s combination of beads and baskets illustrates how cultures are learned and preserved through the development of objects, providing visitors a fascinating way to learn about the world around us.  Every bead and basket in the exhibit has a story to tell via its materials, geographic origin, creation story, intended purpose, and cultural significance.  The 11-week Beads and Baskets exhibition also incorporated lectures, programs, and workshops run by local artists.

Native American Art of the Four Corners <> September 7, 2012 – January 5, 2013 <> Main <> 1,712 visitors
Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures, an Intercultural Resource Center will showcase Native Indian art of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah with both traditional and modern art forms highlighted. The wonderful exhibits from this area will include pottery, jewelry, kachinas, fetishes, baskets, and woven rugs, made from artists from the Navajo, Ute, Apache, Hopi, and Zuni nations and will include artwork from New Mexican Pueblos.  Pottery made by famed artists Lucy Lewis and Maria Martinez was on display.

Painted Door Art from Kwa Ghong <> Nov 2 – Dec 31, 2012 <> Hall
The Doors of Life Collection is painted with oil on hollow salvaged wood doors.  As we venture through our days, we continue to open doors in order to pass from one phase to the next.  These doors express the some of the phases of life: Mingle, Flow, Community, Group Hug, and Invest.

Nativities from Around the World <> November 28, 2012 – January 5, 2013 <> Village Arts
Nativities from Around the World November 28th to January 5th From India to Argentina and Palestine to Russia the exhibit features over 70 Nativity sets from more than 30 countries around the world, each with its own unique style. Made from myriad techniques and materials, these artistic, folk art dioramas provide a glimpse at the many different cultural representations of the birth of Jesus.

 Birds of a Feather: Flights of Fancy <> February 1 – April 13, 2013 <> Main <> 700 visitors
Birds of a Feather: Flights of Fancy the art and artifacts on display range from egg-to-bird and showcase collections of artists’ fanciful-to-practical interpretations of our feathered friends.  “Humpty Dumpty” sits among a display of decorated egg shells in a range of sizes from all over the world.  The exhibit also tells stories of mythical and exotic bird lore.  From beginning to end, this colorful exhibit will bring a smile to your face!

Caravanserai: Art on the Silk Road  <> May 3 – August 17, 2013 <> Main <> 1,232 visitors
Caravanserai: Crafts from the Middle East and North Africa aims to broaden understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse artwork from the Middle East and North Africa regions.  The exhibit showcases Fort Collins as a crossroads of cultures, as all the artworks are on loan from regional collectors who include Global Village Museum founders, Colorado State University faculty and staff, and Northern Colorado residents.

 Faces of Fort Collins: Our Global Community <> June 15 – December 31, 2013 <> Hall
Faces of Fort Collins: Our Global Community Fort Collins has an incredible array of connections to cultures throughout the world- personified by our citizens’ engagement and links around the globe. Photographs and biographies of more than 25 residents provide a glimpse into many of the cultural heritages and globally diverse populations that make our community vibrant.  This photographic exhibit, presented by Intercultural Educator Martha Denney and Photographer Betsy Meredith Hudgins is sponsored by the Intercultural Resource Center of the Global Village Museum with assistance from Fort Fund and the City of Fort Collins.

 The Legacy of the Andes <> September 6 – November 23, 2013 <> Main <> 872 visitors
The Legacy of the Andes Encompasses foods, ceramics, fiber art, medicine, engineering and the arts of the Andes, this fascinating exhibit demonstrates how South American culture continues to shape our lives every day.  The exhibit is designed to give visitors the feeling that they are walking through Andean villages and seeing the cultural life and daily activities of the people.  Several activities are available for both children and adults.

 Celebrations around the World & International Santas <> December 5 – February 22, 2014 <> Main <> 821 visitors
Celebrations Around the World & International Santas focuses on cultural holidays celebrated in other countries.  Jack Curfman, legendary exhibition designer and art professor for whom a gallery is named at Colorado State University, is the guest curator and exhibition installer for the show.  Curfman explains that “the art, artifacts, dolls, decorations, and masks are displayed in the order of the months of the year in which the holidays are celebrated.”  The exhibit will have 12 stations representing a month of the year with artifacts from one or more selected countries.  Some festivals are familiar, but many are not so well known.

 Africa through Art <> January 3 – March 22, 2014 <> Hall
Africa Through Art reveals the beauty, triumph, and splendor of the African people.  The nonprofit Simwatachela Sustainable Agricultural and Arts Program (SSAAP) is exhibiting African objects, which includes paintings, woodcarvings and garments for sale.  Proceeds from sales directly benefit the nonprofit SSAAP and help indigenous underprivileged citizens of both Zambia and Sierra Leone, the nations which SSAAP serves.

 India Thali: A Feast for the Senses  <> March 7 – May 17, 2014 <> Main <> 914 visitors
What is a Thali? In Indian cuisine, it is a plate that presents the consumer with a well-balanced variety of foods.  To engage, stimulate, and satisfy the senses – through taste, smell, visually.  We present India to you in its myriad and multitude of smells, sights, sounds, and tastes.  Guest Curator Maya Jairam presents a veritable feast for the senses which will engage your mind, body, and spirit. Dig in and enjoy, you may just want a second helping!

Small Faces ~ Cultural Masks & Heads  <> April 4 – September 20, 2014 <> Hall
“Shrunken” heads, miniature masks and a 300 BC Roman head fragment are featured in a fascinating new exhibit, Small Faces ~ Cultural Masks and Heads.  Used in drama or dances, as disguises or decorative objects, masks are handcrafted in many countries. Indonesia, South and Central America, the United States and Africa are among the many cultures represented through human, animal, demon and mythical images, made of mediums from wood to fur and caribou hide.

Alaska – Enduring Traditions <> June 6 – September 20, 2014 <> Main <> 1,322 visitors
Alaska – Enduring Traditions explores the incredible culture of the Alaskan Natives who have survived for millennia in their harsh, yet beautiful, land of snow and ice, sky and sea.  Discover the traditional lifestyles and rich heritage of Alaskan Natives as shown through their hunting and fishing practices, home life, celebrations, and art. A whale baleen, fishing tools, hunting weapons, ivory carvings, sculpture, fabric dolls, and photographs are included in this eye-opening exhibit, which explores cultural groups, theories of prehistoric migration, and contact with western civilization.

 Mexico: Objects for Living, Objects for Life <> October 3, 2014 – January 24, 2015  <> Main <> 1,968 visitors
Mexico: Objects for Living, Objects for Life showcases the rich history and traditions of Mexico through the artistry of its diverse population with a focus on objects used in both everyday life and for special or religious occasions.  Objects featured include alebrijes or nightmare/dream animals from Oaxaca, ceremonial yarn paintings or nearikas from the Huichole people used in their peyote ceremonies, and vintage pottery tree of life candleholders.  Rooms within the exhibit reflect different settings, such as a festival area representing marketplace stalls and shops and a quiet area highlighting religious pieces.

Peaces Around the World: Uniting Humanity One Peace at a Time <> Oct 3, 2014 – Feb 28, 2015  <> Hall
Peaces Around the World: Uniting Humanity One Peace at a Time asks people “What does peace mean to you?” and “What does it mean to people throughout the world?”  “Peaces of the World” shares personal perspectives on peace through portraits and dialogue from across the globe. This enlightening exhibit features the work of photographer Gretchen Johnson.

 Wild Kingdom Revisited: Warren & Genny Garst International Collection  <> February 6 – June 20, 2015 <> Main <> 1,514 visitors
For 25 years the Garsts spent nine months a year shooting film footage for “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.”   Through their personal snapshots and enlightening journal entries, and Warren’s stunning wildlife photographs, we invite you to transport back to the couple’s adventures as they traveled through six regions of the world.  Enjoy your visit to cultures from hidden corners of the globe.

Women of the World <> March 7 – September 26, 2015  <> Hall
“Women of the World,” an exhibition of paintings by artist Rebekah Merlino.  This series represents “women and their cultures in modern times from all over the world.”  Rebekah Merlino is a US Army veteran who served in Afghanistan. “The experience opened my eyes to how some women outside the US live,” says Ms. Merlino. “I began the series with the story of Afghani women and continued with other cultures.”

Destination Southeast Asia <> July 3 – October 24, 2015  <> Main <> 1,669 visitors
Selected Southeast Asia collections reflect the interplay of cultures, religions, arts, and lifestyles from this region.  The exhibit showcases artifacts that focus on the wealth of culture and history from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, and Malaysia.  Exhibit curator, John Roberts, stated, “The importance of understanding other cultures helps us understand our own.”  Let yourself be transported to Southeast Asia through the stories of intriguing artifacts 18 community members share with their collections.

Global Lens of Fine Photography <> October 2, 2015 – February 27, 2016  <> Hall
From the deserts of Morocco to the highlands of the Andes, Coca’s photographs inspire exploring the world.  Visitors to the Museum can investigate traditional indigenous cultures, “meet” people from remote villages of Guatemala, wander the streets of Croatia, and pass through the byways of Peru.

Nativities Around the World <> November 6, 2015 – January 22, 2016  <> Main <> 2,288 visitors
Nativities Around the World showcases more than 250 remarkable nativities of artistry and value represents over 60 countries.  Fashioned by hand or manufactured with natural materials (such as pounded bark, nuts, clay, silver, straw, & leather), the figures reflect the cultures of their creators.  The collection is on loan from 28 community members who generously share their miniature to large scale nativities.

China’s Imperial Treasures Art & Artifacts <> February 5, 2016 – June 18, 2016  <> Main <> 2,703 visitors
Capture the essence of Chinese culture with unforgettable treasures from the 5-foot jade dragon boat to the minuscule paintings on rice grains. China’s Imperial Treasures: Art & Artifacts represents abroad array of treasures portrayed in several different materials such as jade, bronze, porcelain, silk, agate, silver, ivory, and wood. Rich with traditional motifs, scenes from daily life, and cultural symbolism each treasure in will provide an awe-inspiring visit to China within Fort Collins.

Encounters:  Images and Words <> March 4, 2016 – June 25, 2016  <> Hall
“My intent is to convey the personal significance of the many persons and places I have encountered in these countries. The selection of photos and poems is both a retrospective and an expression of gratitude for all the opportunities presented to me over the years.” James Boyd, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar Philosophy Department, Colorado State University.

 Bring me back a souvenir!  Global Travelers & Grand Memories <> July 1, 2016 – October 22, 2016  <> Main <> 1,258 visitors
Be charmed by charms, awed by aprons, mesmerized by magnets, and bedazzled by Forney Transportation Museum’s International bicycles!  A family friendly exhibit with multiple interactive activities for all ages throughout exhibit.  From bells and coins to potholders and beer coasters, the Main Gallery exhibit showcases over 30 unique souvenir collections by international travelers who make their home in Northern Colorado.

Cartography Around the World:  Past and Present <> July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016  <> Hall
Discover how the art of cartography has changed and improved over time. Maps not only show destinations but worldviews, populations, climates, topography, and border changes over the years.

 Europe ~ Tales & Traditions <> November 4, 2016 – February 22, 2016  <> Main <> 1,051 visitors
Northern Colorado’s European roots are being honored in this unique exhibit.  We have opened our Main Gallery to six organizations, groups, and individuals to display their European heritage with photographs, textiles, and carvings.  Each will showcase their heritage passed down from generations.  In addition, you will be zapped with the holiday spirit in our European Christmas Market exhibit showcasing nutcrackers, real gingerbread houses, nativities, and santas.

Painting the World Beautiful <> January 6, 2017 – June 29, 2017  <> Hall
Painting the World Beautiful transforms, the Museum’s Hall Gallery into a panorama of breathtaking scenes from around the world. On display are the exquisite works of three local artists: Don Vogl, Rosalie “Rosie” Sinnett, and Joe Flores.

 Korean Embroidery ~ A Master of Tradition <> January 6, 2017 – March 25, 2017  <> Studio
On display is the elaborate artwork and handicraft of Jungji Doh, who was recently bestowed the title of “Master in Korean Traditional Embroidery.”    The designation is one of the highest honors an embroidery artist in Korea can achieve.  “I love embroidery because it is closely integrated with our daily life and culture,” said Doh.  “Hundreds of years ago, Korean embroidery involved a labor-intensive process of reeling, dyeing, and weaving silk threads into fabric and designing patterns.”

Egypt:  Gift of the Nile <> March 3, 2017 – June 17, 2017  <> Main <> 2,211 visitors
Egypt ~ Gift of the Nile is full of unique art and artifacts include Egyptian wedding jewelry, camel saddles, papyrus prints and illustrations, exquisite inlaid treasure boxes, textiles and clothing, furniture, currency, and a replica of the Rosetta Stone.  Visitors learn about ancient Egypt through its pharaohs, temples, mummification processes, and hieroglyphics.

 Kodomo no Hi – Japanese Children’s Day <> April 7, 2017 – May 27, 2017  <> Studio
In honor of Children’s Day, a Japanese National Holiday, Kodomo no Hi on May 5, the Museum features Japanese Hina dolls in traditional display.  The holiday celebrates happiness for children and promotes respect for parents.

 India ~ Exposures & Images <> June 2, 2017 – September 30, 2017  <> Hall
Revealing photographs of Indian faces and scenes captured by photographer Marti Tharp.

A to Z Global Folk Art <> July 1, 2017 – October 21, 2017  <> Main <> 2,189 visitors
An exceptional collection of “art that is felt with the heart” honors everyday art that embodies and reflects cultural identity.  The remarkable exhibit will feature global folk art collected by over 20 contributors in Northern Colorado.  Examples include wood-carved slingshots from West Africa, a tapa cloth purse from Fiji, a Hindu goddess from Bali made from antique coins and gilded tree bark, and a Mikoshi puppet head from the mountains of western Japan.

Life in Istanbul ~ Village of Millions <> September 1, 2017 – December 30, 2017  <> Hall
Bringing Turkey’s wonders to the West, Life in Istanbul ~ Village of Millions showcases the vibrant and colorful paintings of Gabrielle “Gabby” Reeves, a native of Casper, Wyoming.  Reeves moved to Istanbul in 2011 after receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Wyoming.  Working primarily in oil and watercolor, Reeves vividly captures the stratified and surreal nature of life in Istanbul and the life of the city itself.  Reeves’ paintings using multiple media are often representations of an Istanbul fading away due to development and urban sprawl.

Nativities & Trees:  Global Traditions <> November 3, 2017 – January 20, 2018  <> Main
Nearly 300 one-of-a-kind nativities are showcased, all on loan from travelers or collectors in Northern Colorado.  Versions of the crèche are found in countries on every continent.  The unique visions and perspectives by different cultures are amazing and eye-opening.  Ranging in size from miniature to large-scale, the nativity treasures are crafted or manufactured from a variety of materials including wood, stone, ceramic, and metal.  More exotic sets feature fabrics, gourds, and even seeds.  Rare, collectible, and antique nativities will augment the eclectic display.  The Main Gallery exhibit also features holiday trees with decorations.

Photographic Colors of East Africa <> Jan 5 – Mar 17, 2018  <> Hall
From lions and giraffes in Tanzania to indigenous cultures in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, Gerald Olsen’s photographs capture the vibrant and fascinating nature of East Africa.  “I have used nine different cameras over the years,” said Olsen.  “I concentrated on the faces of people and the wildlife in Africa.  I got close to lions, but never had a problem.  That said, I’ve had three close calls with elephants who were not pleased that we got so close to them.”

Bags Packed Headed to the Rockies: Legacy of Fort Collins <> Apr 6 – Apr 28, 2018  <> Hall
A fascinating historical exhibit curated by graduate students at Colorado State University.  Bags Packed and Headed to the Rockies:  The Legacy of Immigration in Fort Collins highlighted the valuable contributions of immigrants to the culture of modern Fort Collins, the exhibit will focus on various ethnic communities from the 1850s through the end of the 20th century.  The project is by graduate students in the Public History class taught by Thomas Cauvin, Assistant Professor in CSU’s Department of History.

Colors of East Africa <> Feb 2 – May 19, 2018  <> Main
Colors of East Africa, an exceptional showcase of eight countries along the Great Rift Valley, continues through May 19 at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures.  The exhibit features art and artifacts on loan from over 40 collectors and international travelers in Northern Colorado.  Many items reflect the intersection between the wildlife and the indigenous cultures, such as a loin cloth fashioned from fish vertebrae and a Maasai shield & weaponry.