North Face of the Eiger by Richard Schilling

December 10, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Maing Gallery
Public Opening Celebration and Artist Meet-and-Greet: Friday, December 9, 6 – 8 pm 

Exhibit Admission: $5, free for Museum members
EXHIBIT FREE DAYS: Thursday, January 12 and Tuesday, February 14
Free admission during Night on the Town on Fridays, December 9, January 13, and February 10 from 6 – 9 pm

This retrospective exhibition includes more than 100 works of art including watercolor, oil, pastel and ink drawings, wood sculpture, a display of sketchbooks, and diary entries from artistic journeys and charitable associations. Seen together, these components form a narrative of a life defined by art, the love of nature, and the value of service to those in need. From the grasslands of Africa to the prairies of Nebraska, Schilling captured his encounters through beautifully wrought sketchbooks and impressionistic landscapes. With written reflections and descriptions of places and experiences, this body of work shows the discipline that guided his artistic study and the inspiration behind these remarkable paintings. Schilling’s journey encompasses the pursuit of worldly experiences; a spiritual voyage of understanding and growth; and an artistic drive that continues on through this legacy of creativity.

Dr. Richard Schilling was born and raised in Nebraska and earned his bachelor’s and doctorate of dental surgery degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Now retired from dentistry, Dr. Schilling is a lifelong artist. He has authored several articles and books about painting and sketching, including Portraits of the Prairie (University of Nebraska Press, 2011) and Watercolor Journeys, (North Light Books, 2003). Schilling has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Nebraska, New York, Texas, and Northern Colorado. He has received the Arts for the Parks Top One Hundred award twice, in 1996 and 2004, a national recognition awarded by the National Park Academy of the Arts, and was chosen Artist-in-Residence at Mesa Verde National Park in 2006. Schilling lives in Loveland, Colorado.

Exhibit Programming

A Night for Museum Members

Members–only preview reception: Thursday, December 8, 7 – 9 pm

Enjoy a relaxing evening with fellow Museum members while previewing the exhibition before it opens to the public. Members, please RSVP by calling the Museum at (970) 962-2410 by Tuesday, December 6.

Not a member? Don’t be left out. Call the Museum today to see which membership level is the best option for you. Your support helps bring quality programs and exhibits to the Museum. (970) 962-2410


Tour the exhibit with the artist!
Noon on Fridays: December 16, January 13, and February 3
Free with exhibit admission, but space is limited. Call Museum front desk for reservations:
(970) 962-2410.


Strings in the Gallery
Friday, February 10, 6 – 8 pm
Free Event
Sights and sounds come together in a spectacular evening of art. Enjoy musical performances by members of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra while taking a self-guided tour of the Main Gallery exhibit.


schilling-catalog-cover-1Exhibit Catalogue signing with Richard Schilling
Friday, February 10, 6 – 8 pm
Richard Schilling will sign exhibit catalogues and his newly released books featuring watercolor sketches created during his world travels. These special edition sketchbooks are limited in quantity and only available while supplies last.