The Civil Rights Era Fuels Colorado Artist’s Work

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Artist Floyd Tunson came of age during the Civil Rights era. The African-American visual artist was a junior at Denver’s East High School when the March on Washington happened. That event, and subsequent protests in Denver, shaped Tunson’s paintings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed media works. Art critic Michael Paglia once described a Tunson retrospective as being “in the elite category of the greatest shows ever devoted to any contemporary Colorado artist.” CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman visited Tunson in his Manitou Springs studio.