Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College is unveiling its new exhibits rotation showcasing new items and artifacts in its two permanent galleries, one dedicated to Ben Nighthorse Campbell and the other, “Treasures of the Southwest: Hispanidad!” featuring the center’s own collection of fine art, textiles and more. A third gallery features the traveling exhibit, “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective.”
An opening reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Center’s Museum. The exhibits will remain on display throughout 2019.
This rotation will display Campbell’s collection of honors and awards presented to him by Tribal Nations. While in Congress, Campbell worked to pass legislation and bring awareness to Native American businesses, legal services, education and conservation concerns.
“Treasures of the Southwest: Hispanidad!” will feature examples of huipiles, a traditional garment worn by indigenous women from central Mexico to Central America; also a beautiful display of charro outfits and other various artifacts round out this exhibit featuring the Center’s Hispanic collections.
The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists developed the traveling exhibit, “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective,” featuring the plant in the botanical art of 20 artists. Botanical illustration was the only way to record the world’s plants before the invention of photography. This display seeks to merge the beauty of art with the realism of science, spurring curiosity and further information about the cannabis industry in Southwest Colorado.
For more information, call 247-7456 or visit http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu.