GAMA celebrates local artist’s independent vision in solo exhibition

Don Vogl, Rocky Mountain View, 2006, watercolor. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art is showcasing the solo exhibition Don Vogl: An Independent Vision, in the museum’s Works on Paper Gallery through Aug. 6.

Curated by Ron Kroutel, the show celebrates Don Vogl’s prolific output as a painter, draughtsman and printmaker, and his ability to blur the lines of a signature style in developing a total body of work. A curator and artist talk on May 25 and a closing reception on Aug. 6 will accompany the exhibition and are free and open to all.  

Don Vogl, Quartet, 1992, acrylic on fabric. Image courtesy of the artist.

Donald George Vogl (born 1929 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a distinguished, Fort Collins-based artist and a retired associate professor emeritus of fine art at the University of Notre Dame, where he taught for 31 years. After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Vogl developed an extensive practice in a variety of media outside the classroom, creating in at least a dozen artistic media including acrylic and oil painting, pastel, Raku pottery techniques, lithograph and spray paint.  

“Vogl’s oeuvre spans realistic landscapes and abstract images, but it also encompasses organic spontaneity and geometric rigor,” exhibition curator and fellow Fort Collins artist Ron Kroutel said. “Don understands art history and contemporary trends, but he has forged an impressive personal vision because of his stubborn independence of thought. This exhibition is a condensed summary of his distinguished career, but it honors his lifelong accomplishments, strong independence and personal integrity.”  

Don Vogl, Double Arch, 2005, acrylic. Image courtesy of the artist.

Vogl has shown work in 50 local exhibitions since moving to Fort Collins in 2003 and received over 30 total awards. The artist also has work in the collections at University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, and the South Bend Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana, among others.  

Throughout his career, Vogl has maintained his independent vision and used contemporary trends and theories as a foil to explore his personal point of view. Don Vogl: An Independent Vision demonstrates how the artist has employed figuration and abstraction to create a poignant, complete body of work.  

Visitors can learn more about Vogl’s work at a curator and artist talk on Thursday, May 25, at 5 p.m., led by Kroutel with Vogl and followed by a reception. This gallery event is free and open to the public with registration. Community members are also invited to a closing reception for Vogl’s exhibition on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m.  

Learn more about Don Vogl: An Independent Vision and related programming at


Ongoing support for Gregory Allicar Museum’s exhibition and programming is generously provided by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the FUNd Endowment at CSU, and Colorado Creative Industries (CCI). CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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