Francis Drexel Smith Was One of the Most Impactful Artists in Colorado Springs! Now, See His Work

Have you explored any unique exhibits lately? On Friday, December 13th, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is pleased to present, Francis Drexel Smith: A Legacy on Canvas.

Born to a wealthy Chicago family in 1874, Francis Drexel Smith came to Colorado Springs in 1900. Like so many other well-to-do emigrants from the East and Midwest, he came for his health, recovered and stayed for a lifetime. During five decades as a professional artist in Colorado Springs, Smith completed hundreds of canvases and was a key supporter and contributor to the nascent arts community.

Smith was a member and officer of the Colorado Springs Arts Society, the city’s first artists’ association, a founder and board chair of the Broadmoor Art Academy and a founding trustee of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. He maintained his studio there for nearly 20 years.

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is committed to building a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak region by preserving and sharing our cultural history and accomplishes this mission through innovative exhibits, educational outreach and programming, and preservation of its object and archival collections.

This exhibition will feature more than 20 of Francis Drexel Smith’s paintings, many executed between 1920 and 1945. In conjunction with the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Broadmoor Art Academy, the exhibit is on display until January 4, 2020.

Don’t miss this insightful look at one of the area’s most influential artists at Francis Drexel Smith: A Legacy on Canvas. General admission is free. For more information, please contact the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum at (719) 385-5990 or

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Event Time/Date:
Friday, December 13, 2019—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

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