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RMCAD to host Mo’Print Steamroller Printing Event

10:00 AM
Saturday, Apr 12th

RMCAD is thrilled to host the Mo’Print Steamroller Printing Event on campus, Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. At this event, a steamroller will drive over custom-created woodcut printing blocks and fabric to create unique large-scale works. At least two prints of each block will be made. One will be sold at a silent auction with proceeds to benefit the Invisible Museum.

The Steamroller Print Event is a great opportunity for students, artists and the community to join together in a cooperative setting to celebrate the art of printmaking. In addition to hands-on printmaking activities, the event will feature music, food trucks and much more. The Mo’Print Steamroller Printing Event is free and open to the public.

To help participants prepare for the event, RMCAD and AIGA will be sponsoring a ‘Carve your own Colossal’ workshop with master printmaker Mark Lunning. Attendees will learn how to carve and prepare a printing block using traditional tools. The workshop will be held Sunday, March 23, 2-4 p.m. and will be free to RMCAD students and AIGA members.

For more information about the Mo’Print Steamroller Printing Event visit or contact Alicia McKim.

RMCAD to Host K-12 Educator Open Forum

4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 12th

Tuesday, May 12th
4-5:30 p.m.
On the campus of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Texas Building, Room 114
Refreshments and snacks to be served

RMCAD is excited to host an Open Forum for all Colorado K-12 educators. The Open Forum will focus on current and prospective RMCAD resources for K-12 educators, including a discussion of master’s programs, certificate options, workshops, and educator community outreach.

Colorado K-12 Educators are encouraged to present topics for continued education workshops and campus events. RMCAD has hosted Professional Development Days workshops for Jefferson County Public schools—Douglas County Public Schools and Denver Public schools will be addressed as well. Please join us and let us hear your thoughts!

Spring 2015 Graduation

6:00 PM
Friday, Apr 24th

Congratulations graduates! The Spring Class of 2015 will be celebrated with a graduation ceremony in the Denver Performing Arts' Seawell Grand Ballroom Friday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m.

Address for the Seawell Grand Ballroom:
1101 13th St
Denver, CO 80204

This term's graduates:
Alexis Acebey
Tiffany Adams
Haley Aochi
Graham Ayers
Aaron Blair
Joseph Brown
Sidney Calimlim
Allysha Dunbaugh
Miles Dawson
Jenna Dwyer
Jordan Fickling
Arlexis Gallegos
John Hardin-Leeth
Katelin Hollacher
Darcy Huber
Alison Hughes
Thomas Lincoln
Catherine Llewellyn
Matthew Martines
Ellaura Martinez
Ryan Mathews
Michaela Molleur
Christian Myer
Daidre Ogden
Tera Proper
Preston Sawyer
Caitlin Schmidt
Megan Stack
Paige Coffer
Lindsay Tebeck
Angelica Valdez
Emily Walter
Janice Warriner
Marie Weimer
Skylar White
Yoshiko Yujiri
Melanie Zunic
Ricardo Avalos, Jr.
Staci Day
Daniel Lewandowski
Adam Zinkgraf

O.P Makeup Workshop + Studio

2:00 PM
Tuesday, Mar 31st

O.P Makeup Workshop
Tuesday, March 31 | 2-4 p.m.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
$10 for students, $25 for industry professionals

O.P Makeup Studio
Thursday, April 2 | 6-8 p.m.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
$10 for students, $25 for beauty enthusiasts
Ticket cost good for purchase of product
Please bring your own makeup/brushes, you'll be practicing application and will want your own materials!

Register here!

Osvaldo Perez of O.P Makeup Studio will host two separate on-campus workshop and studio sessions to discuss makeup techniques with students and industry professionals. Osvaldo Perez (better known as O.P) has been part of the beauty industry for over 25 years. He was trained by the House of Chanel, YSL, Christian Dior and Guerlain. To see video footage of O.P's work with Miss Universe Contestants, click here.

The first O.P Makeup Workshop on March 31 is open to students and industry professionals. It will include student attendees from Red Rocks Community College and Paul Mitchell, among other cosmetology institutes. Workshop fees will be donated to RMCAD's Fashion Design Scholarship. The following topics will be covered:
-The Theory of Makeup
-Color Theory and Color Harmony
-How Light Affects Makeup
-Cosmetic Highlighting and Contour
-How to Apply Artificial Lashes
-Monochromatic Techniques
-Classic Eye/Mature Eye Application Techniques

O.P Makeup's second studio session, April 2, will include a happy hour of appetizers and drinks. The studio will feature professional tips for everyday makeup application and is open to the general public. The session cost is $25 toward product.

About O.P:
While living in South Beach, Florida in the 80's, OP began to be involved in editorial work. House of Chanel in the 90's noticed his talent and offered him a position as a National Makeup Artist. In the mid-90's, O.P had the opportunity to meet his mentors, Dominique Montetouis and Heidi Hoartz—the creators of Beaute for the House of Chanel. In 1994, Dominique gave O.P his passport as "Citizen of the World" for House of Chanel, where he and other "Citizens" meet to collaborate for Chanel Beaute.

In 2010, O.P decided to leave Chanel and start a new venture as the Executive Director of Beauty School of America, where he noticed that what was challenging for many makeup artists was to produce a well blended finished makeup. He found that there was a great need to create a professional quality luxurious line of makeup that would produce a polished look. So, he created O.P Makeup Studio Cosmetics, a one stop shop for affordable luxury cosmetics.

In 2012, O.P started O.P Makeup Studio Productions. He hired Celebrity Makeup Artists to produce the ultimate dream team, "All my team members are stars in their own right, they do top current celebrities makeup.

O.P Makeup Studio Productions have produced many fashion shows such as the Cancer Society Luncheon for the past 2 years, Make a Wish Foundation, Cefin, and many local and National shows. His biggest accomplishment is Miss Universe 2014, where they gave him the opportunity to show the world his mission statement "Making the World More Beautiful One woman at a Time" and now he can claim "Making The World More Beautiful One Woman At A Time."

During his years of experience, O.P developed his own techniques. He wants to share his techniques with the world. His approach to educating everyone is to keep it simple and easy. He has created a method of instructions that anyone can follow and enjoy doing.

Makeup Artistry: Two words. "Makeup" equals technique, while "Artistry" is the individual combining colors that express the customer's personality. All products were researched and tested by O.P personally to insure that they meet his high expectations.

Denver Broncos Digital Media Talk

11:30 AM
Wednesday, Feb 25th

Ben Hunt, Director of Digital Media for the Denver Broncos, will present a talk sharing his experiences and careers in sports on Wednesday, February 25 at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Harris Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided; the lecture is free and open to the public.

About the Lecturer
Ben Hunt is entering his 12th season working in digital media and sports. He is now the Director of Digital Media for the Denver Broncos where he oversees the club’s websites, social media, e-communication, mobile app development, and all web technologies. Prior to joining the Broncos, Hunt began his work in sports and digital media as a student at Marshall University, leading to an internship and as a graduate assistant for Marshall’s Sports Information office. In 2007 he joined the San Antonio Spurs as e-news coordinator, advancing in 2008 to interactive content coordinator and promoted in 2011 as manger of interactive content.

Event Contact:
Dave Hoblick, Director of Outreach

Month of Photography Denver: Student Exhibition

4:00 PM
Wednesday, Mar 18th
Photo by: Dan O'Neill

As part of the Month of Photography Denver, RMCAD's Commercial Photography department will host an exhibition of student work in the school's Rotunda building beginning Wednesday, March 18 at 4 p.m.

An exhibition by Commercial Photography student Jacob Holschuh, For Me, the Future..., will also be featured in Spivak through March 20, 2015. Holschuh explains: For Me, the Future... is a portraiture series that investigates individuals from all walks of life. I introduce myself to people in public settings and carry on a conversation. I document their expressions as they speak about their needs, desires, feelings and personal agendas’ in terms of the future. I also ask them to write down a brief statement; their handwriting reveals a sense of touch and is a window to their humanity.

A closing reception for this exhibition will be held March 20 from 6-10 p.m. To view the online Month of Photography publication, visit

On-Campus Workshops with Colorado Photographic Arts Center

9:00 AM
Saturday, Feb 14th

RMCAD will partner with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center to host two workshops sessions in February and March. Current RMCAD students can receive scholarships for these workshops to attend for free. To apply for a scholarship, please contact Randy Brown at

Workshop #1:
Wet-Plate Collodion
Saturday & Sunday: February 14-15, 2015
9am – 4pm
Instructor: Jeff Graves
Tuition: $202.50 for members, $225 for non-members. Add $30 Materials Fee
Location: Darkroom at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
To register for this workshop, please click here.

In this hands-on two-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of making Wet-Plate Collodion, Ambrotype, and Tintype positives—including history; mixing and handling chemistry; exposure and development process; and troubleshooting techniques. Everything needed to make wet plates will be supplied.

About the Instructor:
Jeff’s interest in photography started in 1994. While fulfilling his artistic needs with canvas and oils, Jeff decided to start photographing subject matter that he wanted to paint. About a year later Jeff developed his first roll of black and white film and never looked back. Currently, Jeff works primarily with large format cameras printing in silver, platinum/palladium, and wet plate collodion making black glass ambrotypes. Jeff’s images have appeared in numerous juried venues and institutions including The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Center for Photographic Art, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Black and White Spider Awards, PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Black and White Magazine, View Camera Magazine, as well as numerous juried art festivals.

Workshop #2:
Digital Workflow Basics: From Capture to Output
Saturday & Sunday: March 14 – 15, 2015
9 am – 4 pm
Instructor: Frank Varney
Tuition: $247.50 for members, $275 for non-members
Location: Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Level: Intermediate, Advanced
To register for this workshop, please click here.

In this workshop, students will gain a comprehensive technical understanding of how to produce high quality digital images from capture to ink-jet print. Topics include RAW vs. JPEG workflow, camera controls, software choices, and the basics of color management. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a photo walk, calibrate their monitors, and make an ink-jet print during this 2 day workshop. This class is taught from the perspective of RAW capture using an integrated workflow between Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students should provide their own laptops and DSLR cameras. If you do not have one please let us know. Lunch and printing paper is provided.

About the Instructor:
Frank Varney has been an active corporate location and fine art photographer, as well as a collegiate level photography instructor for over 30 years. He worked as an assistant instructor in 2013 and 2014 for the National Geographic Expeditions Wyoming’s Cowboy Country Photography Workshops. Frank holds an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College and a BA in Communication Arts from University of Denver. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including AARP The Magazine, ELLE, Glamour, First for Women, and Ladies Home Journal, along with The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (by Christopher James, Delmar Cengage Learning, 2008) and Photography for the 21st Delmar Cengage Learning, 2006). He was Technical Editor for Perfect Digital Photography 2nd Century (by Katie Miller, Edition (by Jay Dickman and Jay Kinghorn, McGraw-Hill 2009).

Mykki Blanco

6:30 PM
Wednesday, Jan 21st

Mykki Blanco
Sexual Politics and the Logistical Business Strategies in Independent Music
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
RSVP here.

About the Lecture
Sexual Politics and the Logistical Business Strategies in Independent Music will present an autobiographical narrative highlighting the artist’s professional strategy and artistic journey to his current position in independent music. The lecture will also address the politics of sexuality and gender within the music and entertainment industry. With brazen and unapologetic passion, Blanco confronts conventional presentations and assumptions about rap, gender, sexuality, and artistic categorization. This lecture will examine a diverse path to a creative life, one of risk and bold, independent action. In our current environment of self-defined and self-constructed identity, Blanco publicly critiques and engages sociopolitical issues through his own sexuality, physicality, performance, and voice.

About The Lecturer
Mykki Blanco is the stage name of poet, performance artist, and rapper Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. The Blanco pseudonym and persona were developed, in part, from experiments with cross-dressing that fueled sexual empowerment, gender fluidity, and artistic declaration. Though expressed primarily through contemporary hip-hop, the artist creates, bends, and playfully challenges notions of identity through various creative projects. In 2011, he published his first book of poems “From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys.” He also began performing in two musical projects including crushing industrial rock under the name No Fear, and glamorous, ghetto-fabulous riot grrrl rap under the name Mykki Blanco. Blanco’s work received critical acclaim from media outlets including the Guardian, The New York Times, SPIN, and Pitchfork, among others. Blanco tours internationally and lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City.

Next Day Q&A Session with Mykki Blanco
Thursday, January 22, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Triboro 102
This casual Q&A session will allow students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to continue to discuss the ideas presented in the previous night's lecture with VASD Program guest Mykki Blanco.
Pizza provided.

Join the VASD Program at a performance by Mykki Blanco
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Larimer Lounge
2721 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
Tickets and details at

The Identity Lecture Series
Mykki Blanco is the third lecturer in the Program’s Identity lecture series. This series investigates the ways creative thinkers are presenting, challenging, and manipulating the subject of identity in art, design, and culture. We began the series with artist Hasan Elahi followed by a lecture by Judy Chicago. By surveying a section of creative viewpoints on this subject, this VASD lecture series explores various manifestations of today’s protean self.

VASD Program
The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program explores critical, diverse, and creative inquiry. This interdisciplinary initiative enriches the academic experience at RMCAD and serves the greater Denver-metro community. For more on VASD, click here.

Fashion Denver's Merry Market at the Mansion

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, Dec 7th to Sunday, Dec 7th

Join Fashion Denver Sunday, December 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for its annual Merry Market at the Mansion. The annual holiday fashion market will feature more than 25 local Colorado fashion businesses at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion. The holiday market continues a 10-year tradition with the mansion providing the perfect backdrop for a day of shopping and fashion fun!

There will be three fashion shows throughout the day to showcase the businesses that will be selling their designs at the market, as well as fashion giveaways. Fashion shows are at: 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Day's Events:
-RMCAD's Fashion Design program, sponsor to the event, will host a jewel collared make and take table.
-Downstairs attendees can watch members of Paper Bird perform country tunes at 3 p.m.
-Lowbrow Denver will have a large community coloring project for all to get their color on.
-After the 4 p.m. fashion show, there will be a special musical presentation by Fashion Denver founder Brandi Shigley and @Lordz of Posh.

Featured designers:
Alternate Decision Clothing
Bad Cat Mittens
Dose Apparel
Elle Muse 1961
Fashion House of Rae Marie, Rachel Marie Hurst
Gino Velardi
Heather and Hide
I GET DOWN Clothing & Apparel
ily | iley
Marie-Margot Couture
Meraki Moon
Purelux Boutique
Salwa Owens
Shae Designs
shop billie
Spirit Pervades Matter
Style Driven

Makeup by Sameera
Hair by 3 Little Birds Salon

Event artwork credit: Mallory Sherwood Engelstad.

VASD + MCA Denver’s Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

Tuesday, Dec 9th

In concurrence with MCA Denver’s current exhibition, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, the VASD Program is offering three exciting events as part of the Program’s Identity series:

Screening: The Royal Tenenbaums
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Please click here to RSVP.
Mary Harris Auditorium

About the Film
Enveloping topics of success, lineage, expectation, love and commitment, The Royal Tenenbaums presents a cinematic vision of identity situated within the family. Fraught with evolving and shifting loyalties, betrayals, and the unique and often complicated nature of familial love, this stunningly beautiful film by Director Wes Anderson features a score composed by Mark Mothersbaugh. Rated R for some language, sexuality/nudity and drug content.

Private Tour of Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 1:15 p.m.
Hosted by MCA Denver Director Adam Lerner
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany Street
RMCAD community only. Reservation is required and space is limited. Please click here to RSVP.
Reservations will close 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 8, 2014, or when filled.

About the Tour
Join the VASD Program for a private, RMCAD exclusive tour of the retrospective exhibition, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, with Museum Director and Chief Animator Adam Lerner at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Adam Lerner
Who Made the 80’s: Part Two
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany Street
Reservation is required and space is limited. RMCAD community only. Please click here to RSVP.
The general public can purchase tickets here.
Reservations will close 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 8, 2014, or when filled.

About the Lecture
Who Made the 80’s is a lecture presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver as part of the Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia exhibition. Director and Chief Animator, Adam Lerner will explain the story and ideas behind the exhibition and the three-year process to introduce the world to one of the most creative minds of the past forty years.

About Mark Mothersbaugh
As an extraordinary and boundless contemporary artist and musician, Mothersbaugh co-founded the 1980’s New Wave band DEVO and is the award winning composer of numerous films including The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, 21 Jump Street, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as the theme song for television’s Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Mothersbaugh’s prolific work spans diverse mediums including rugs, music, fashion, drawing, sculpture, video and prints. The artist’s cross-disciplinary career positions him at the intersection of art and pop culture, and exemplifies the identity of a contemporary artist as a cultural critic and nonconformist outsider. Individuals like Mothersbaugh become culture creators, able to realize a new vision of the world from their own, unfettered imagination. More on Mark Mothersbaugh at

About the Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
“Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia is the first retrospective of Mark Mothersbaugh’s work from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. This body of work presents a unique combination of cultural criticism and personal expression through drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music. But more than that, his work provides a missing link in the history of contemporary art and culture. At once an artist, musician, and tinkerer, he offers a key to understanding the current state of art, with its hybridity, subjectivity and fluid boundaries. Mothersbaugh’s work reveals his unique artistic voice and also asserts his role in the intersecting legacies that have formed contemporary culture.” – MCA Denver. More on the MCA Denver exhibition Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia at

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