Colorado Springs isn’t only famous for its beautiful outdoor destinations, but is also the hometown of talented artists known in America. Here’s a list of few of the most recognized artists who used to live in the city of Colorado Springs:
Artus Van Briggle, Painter and Art Potter
Artus Van Briggle was a notable painter, but he was more famous for his Art Nouveau style pottery which became foundational to the American Art Pottery. He and his wife, Anne Loiuse, established the Van Briggle Art Pottery in Colorado Springs In 1901. And even long after their death, the Van Briggle studio continued to produce art pottery made by younger talented artisans until it finally closed in 2012. Some of the pottery artists that worked at Van Briggle include Nellie Walker, Clem Hull, Fred Wills, and Craig Stevenson.
- Charles Ragland Bunnell, Painter and Muralist
Bunnell was born in Kansas City, Missouri on January 17, 1897, but he was more deeply associated with Colorado Springs ever since he moved to the city in 1915 until his death in September 1968. He’s well known for his bold cubist-influenced abstracts and many commissioned murals in abstracted figurative styles. And in the 1950’s until his death in 1968, he dedicated his time working in abstract expressionism style. He was also noted for his Western landscape arts that were typically vivid in color.
- Charles Monroe Schulz, Cartoonist
Most famous for his “Peanuts” comic strip, Schulz was born on November 26, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Colorado Springs in 1951 when he married Joyce Halverson. Besides being famous for the creation of his adorable Peanuts characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Schulz was also considered one of the most influential cartoonists that inspired younger cartoonists like Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes. Schulz died in his sleep on February 12, 2000 after suffering from his colon cancer.