OPENSTAGE THEATRE POSTERS: THE EARLY YEARS

Sep 17 - Oct 15, 2022

Celebrating 50 Seasons of OpenStage Theatre

OpenStage Theatre & Company is one of the community theatre presenters housed here at The Lincoln Center. OpenStage Theatre & Company has received numerous awards, including the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Colorado Henry Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season, OpenStage Theatre & Company has produced over 350 shows that have been represented by over 300 posters. The posters exhibited here were created by the Company’s most renowned designers from Fort Collins including Donna Braginetz, Bob Coonts, John Gravdahl, Gene Hoffman, Dale Rosenbach, Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie.

Fort Collins is sometimes called “Poster City USA,” not only because the number of local professional creatives in the field is astounding, but also because it is home to the biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE). CIIPE is a collection from the world’s most distinguished poster artists and designers and one of only a few international invitational poster exhibitions in the world. Hosted by Colorado State University’s Department of Art and Art History, CIIPE was co-founded in 1979 by CSU faculty and designers Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie, along with Northern Colorado artist Bob Coonts, and is considered one of the finest contemporary poster exhibitions in the world today. This exhibit is adjunct to the main CIIPE exhibits, which are hung in both the Curfman Gallery, in Lory Student Center and Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts Building, while the CIIPE Honor Laureate: Apex Lin exhibition at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art. CIIPE runs September 23–November 4. Learn more at art.colostate.edu/events/ciipe-2022.