Avenir Museum Gallery

Current Exhibition: March 27, 2017 – August 11, 2017

Tying the Knot


Wedding apparel is prized, preserved, and passed down in every culture. When bridal gowns enter a museum collection, they continue to tell stories of apparel artistry, from humble country weddings to lavish society affairs. Tying the Knot presents exquisite examples from the Avenir Museum’s extensive collection of wedding attire.

Thursday Evening Lecture Series – March 30, 2017

In conjunction with the March 27 opening of our bridal exhibition Tying The Knot, the Avenir Museum is delighted to welcome back Department of Design and Merchandising alumna Lauren Lotspeich (‘16) to speak about the modern bridal apparel industry. Upon graduation, Lauren spent three months in the UK, interning with Coppernob Fashion, Ltd. in London, where she specialized in several components of wedding gown design and construction. Lauren now works at Denver’s Brilliant Bridal as an alterations and bridal gown reconstruction specialist, even occasionally transforming wedding gowns into special apparel for celebratory life events such as baptismal dresses or evening wear. Come hear the backstory about saying 'yes to the dress'.

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Avenir Museum, Classroom 157, 216 East Lake Street, UCA-East building - Campus Map
Cost: FREE and open to the public


Location and Hours

The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is our flagship location, featuring exhibitions from our extensive collection of textile and historic costume artifacts.

  • Location: 216 E. Lake Street, University Center for the Arts-East building - Campus Map
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free; self guided
  • Closed for University Holidays, Fall, Winter and Spring Breaks
  • Contact: (970) 491-1983
  • Parking: There is no dedicated visitor parking for the Avenir Museum. On-street parking is located in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Center for the Arts and the Avenir Museum.

Past Exhibitions

  • Fall 2016 – Layers of Meaning: Color and Design in Guatemalan Textiles, Part 2
  • Spring 2016 – Layers of Meaning: Color and Design in Guatemalan Textiles, Part 1