Cottonwood Center for the Arts

Presenting Labels: Face Value on First Friday, October 2, 5-8 p.m. This juried multimedia show examines the concept of labels, and how they apply to people and products.


A label is the branding or packaging of a product. Art and design come together to elicit emotional and physical responses about the product behind the label. From craft beers and spirits to hot sauces, a perfectly labeled bottle can compel our selection as much or more than its contents. Alternatively, a label can be the way a person or a group of people is categorized, defined, or stereotyped. Unlike product branding, this label is usually negative, describing its target in a limited, narrow, overly simple way.


Cottonwood Center for the Arts is a nonprofit arts complex located in Downtown Colorado Springs. Run out of a refurbished office building, Cottonwood holds gallery spaces, artist studios, and classrooms. Our diverse programming includes monthly First Friday events, popular wheel-throwing pottery classes, and calls for entry that allows artists from throughout the region to display their pieces in juried shows.

Pictured: Work by Phil Lear. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.