June 3, 2020 – September 5, 2020

This month we welcome our summer artist-in residence to the south gallery, Barbara Rudlaff. Rudlaff will work throughout the summer on a series of 12″x12″ oil portraits of lesbians within her social circle wearing their protective face masks. The portraits provide an opportunity to discuss queer identity and achievement, our current health crisis, and the relationship between identity and presentation. Chat with Barbara and observe her process every Saturday from 12-5pm, and share your own selfie with us all summer with the hashtag #seenatfirehouse!

Rudlaff has owned her own portrait painting business for over ten years and has been a painting and drawing instructor both privately and for the Grumbacher Paint company for 6 years. She is the Chair of the Public Art Commission in Lafayette, Colorado, and regularly volunteers for art organizations and festivals as well as Boulder County LGBTQ organizations. She believes art plays an important role in community involvement and enhancement and has contributed artwork to fundraisers for the Boulder County AIDS project, Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter and the Fort Collins Art Museum.