The Richard Blackwell Gallery

Current Exhibition: January 16 – July 17, 2018

ORANGE: a short history of orange in fashion

The vitality of orange is all around us – in fashion, art, advertising, sports, and nature. ORANGE invites you to consider the vibrancy and psychology of the color orange in fashion design, as one cultural aspect of the 20th century — a color embraced by Colorado Agricultural College (forerunner to CSU), the Roaring '20s, the counterculture '60s, Yves Saint Laurent, and, the Denver Broncos!

Thursday Evening Lecture Series - May 3, 2018

Come hear how orange — the color of vitality and the unconventional — appeared in broad pendulum swings across 20th-century fashion, and learn the back stories of the bold apparel featured in the current exhibition. Why is "Aggie Orange" back in a big way?!

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

  • Summer-Fall 2017 – The Allure of the Moroccan Caftan
  • Spring 2017 - Garden Party
  • Fall 2016 – Evolution of a Colorado Clothing Designer
  • Spring 2016 – Mr Blackwell: 'artist of subtle witchery'