Billie Grace Lynn, White Elephant I , 1, 2007, ripstop nylon, chiffon, electric fan, 10 x 6 x 8 feet
Billie Grace Lynn, White Elephant I , 1, 2007, ripstop nylon, chiffon, electric fan, 10 x 6 x 8 feet

June 9 – August 20, 2017

Main Gallery

Members Only Opening Reception: Thursday, June 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, June 6.

Exhibit Admission: $5; free for Museum members
EXHIBIT FREE DAYS: Thursday, June 22 and Tuesday, July 18
Free admission during Night on the Town on Fridays, June 9, July 14, and August 11 from 6 – 9 pm

BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art explores the medium of inflatable art with imagery that is figurative, conceptual, and abstract. These 21 inflatable sculptures connote fun and whimsy while challenging our everyday, grounded perspective.

This exhibition features artists who use air as a sculptural medium, creating inflatable objects typically associated with advertising, children’s entertainment, or holiday decorations. In the true spirit of Pop Art, this format is appropriated by a diverse group of artists who use it to explore complex subjects such as identity, materialism, and war. Playing with scale, color, and the inherent light-heartedness of balloons, the selected artists produce a wide variety of sculptural forms from Lewis deSoto’s sleeping Buddha to Claire Ashley’s colorful abstract shapes. This traveling exhibition includes major works by Claire Ashley (Chicago), Lewis deSoto (Napa, California), Patrick Flibotte (New York), Billie Grace Lynn (Miami), Guy Overfelt (San Francisco), Momoyo Torimitsu (Tokyo), and Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

BLOW UP engages a fascination with inflatables and investigates the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating movable sculpture. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms.


Strings in the Gallery
Friday, July 14, 6 – 8 pm
Free Event

Sights and sounds come together in a spectacular evening of art. Enjoy musical performances by the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra while taking in the art featured in the Main Gallery.


Down the Rabbit Hole
Thursday, August 10, 7 – 9 pm
Tickets: $20 ($16 Museum members) Ticketing information will be coming soon!

Big inflatable pink bunnies have taken over the Museum, and we’re venturing down the rabbit hole! Join us for an out of this world celebration inspired by the BLOW UP exhibition featured in the Main Gallery. Enjoy musical performances, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and house beverages, and a variety of fun activities while taking in the creative genius behind these remarkable inflatable works of art. Attendees must be age 21+ to consume alcohol.


Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

This exhibition was made possible by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.

This exhibit’s appearance at the Loveland Museum is made possible by the generosity and support of Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts.