Chad Colby

Chad Colby
Professor of Art & Design


  • Traditional oil painting – materials and technique 
  • Contemporary art 
  • Studio art 


  • Master of Fine Arts, Painting, The American University, 1998 
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1994 


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About Chad Colby

Chad Colby is a professor in the Department of Art & Design at Fort Lewis College. He joined the college in 2002 and currently serves as the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research in the Arts & Humanities. He has successfully completed two sabbatical projects – one during the 2011-2012 academic year in western Mexico and another in spring 2019. Both sabbaticals involved solo exhibitions of new creative research. Prior to Fort Lewis, Mr. Colby was an instructor at various colleges in the Denver metropolitan area, including the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Mr. Colby was the fall 2007 Featured Scholar at Fort Lewis College. He has received other awards and distinctions, including an Artist Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts (2002) and the Best of Colorado exhibition at the Denver International Airport (2006). He is involved in the Council on Undergraduate Research, helping investigate models of support for undergraduate research in the arts and humanities disciplines at Fort Lewis.

Awards & Workshops

Colby's Work Selected for Colorado's Public Art Collection
Two paintings by Art and Design Professor Chad Colby were recently selected from a highly competitive field of 568 artists for display in Colorado Mesa University's Escalante Hall. Colby's paintings titled "Testwork" and "Retriever Room," will also become part of the State of Colorado's Public Art Collection.

Artist Residencies
Since 2016, Professor Colby has been selected to participate in 4 residency programs, including the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Each of these opportunities has given Colby the opportunity to focus solely on creative projects in an environment that combines artists from different genres including music, literary, and the visual arts.

Painting Best Practices Workshop
During the summer of 2016, Professor Colby took part in the "Painting Best Practices" workshop. Colby's goal is to refresh his knowledge of painting supplies and materials, to pursue his ongoing interest in the chemistry and archival properties of oil painting, and to understand how the chemistry of painting and related materials are evolving. Colby notes, this workshop "will support both my studio practice and teaching" and will link "current research and future workshops related to limiting or eliminating solvents from the painting studio.

Recent Exhibitions

"Upcoming Predictions of Current Conditions." New and recent work. Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art, Western New Mexico University, Silver City NM, 2019.

“Texas National 2018.” National Juried Exhibition (Jed Pearl, Juror) at Stephen F. Austin State University, 2018.

“Chromatic.” International juried exhibition at the Linus Gallery, Los Angeles CA, 2015.

"Coleigma Epitera,” Drawing and painting installation at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, 2013

“Structure,” National juried exhibition at the Arc Gallery, San Francisco, 2013

"Strange Glue: Collage at 100,” International juried exhibition of collage-based work at the Thompson Gallery, Cambridge School of Weston, Massachusetts, 2012

"A Classification of Things, Part 2," Drawing installation (group exhibition), Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2011

“Paintpresent,” International Juried Painting Exhibition, at the Lexington Art League, Kentucky, 2009

“30th Annual Paper in Particular,” National Juried Exhibition, Columbia College, Missouri, 2009

More paintings, artist statement and CV

From the "Palimpsest Series", oil and mixed media on wood, 2014
Copyright, Chad Colby