The Governors Art Show’s concept dates back to 1978 when Loveland Sculptor George Lundeen envisioned a sculpture show in the community and invited other sculptors to show their pieces in his home. Eventually, The Loveland Rotary and, later, the Thompson Valley Rotary became involved and the Rotary Sculpture Show was conceived. The show first took place at the old First National Bank Building in Loveland. The Rotary clubs and other volunteers expanded the show to include paintings and eventually moved it to the Loveland Museum Gallery in downtown Loveland. As Loveland’s reputation as an art community grew, so did the art show. In 1990, the show became the Governor’s Invitational Art Show, enhancing the reputation of the show and to reflect the state-wide inclusion of artists.