The Richard Blackwell Gallery

Current Exhibition: January 17 – May 19, 2017

Garden Party


Winter and early spring in northern Colorado are rather muted seasons in terms of color, but the Avenir Museum's vast collection contains literally thousands of floral motifs in apparel and textiles. Garden Party presents a survey of 150 years of women's apparel influenced by flowers.

Thursday Evening Lecture Series - May 4, 2017

It’s a Garden Party, and you’re invited! The Avenir Museum’s current Garden Party exhibition celebrates 150 years of floral influence on women’s apparel – from dainty prints of small sprigs in the post-Civil War era to velvet burnouts in the 1920s to bold explosions of 1960s flower power. The floral designs all have their own appeal, but they also link textiles and apparel back to the realms of botany and horticulture, and the sources of some fibers and vegetal dyes. Please join us for an interesting evening to learn about some of these direct connections between what’s in your garden and what’s in your wardrobe. Here's a bonus: on your way to the Avenir, you can take a peek at the various CSU annual and perennial gardens spring plantings here at UCA, to see what summer holds in store!

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 – Evolution of a Colorado Clothing Designer
  • Spring 2016 – Mr Blackwell: 'artist of subtle witchery'