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Living Gallery

Monday, May 4th to Friday, Jun 26th

Studio: May 4 - June 26
Exhibition Reception: July 2 from 4 - 7 p.m.
Exhibition: July 2 - July 31

The Philip J. Steele Gallery will be transformed into a studio space for two months as four RMCAD faculty members use the gallery to create artwork. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to look into the creative process of four studio mates:
Katie Caron (Art Education)
Patricia McInroy (Fine Arts: Photo/Video)
Julie Puma (Foundations)
Frank Varney (Commercial Photography)

At the culmination of the studio experience, an exhibition of work created will be on display.



Many Paths

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday, May 11th to Thursday, Aug 6th

Exhibition: Alumni Gallery
May 11 – August 6, 2015
Opening Reception: May 14th, 2015, from 5 - 7 p.m.

The Alumni Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is pleased to announce the exhibition, Many Paths, by artist Robert Martinez. The exhibition will run from May 11 – August 6, 2015. An opening reception will be held May 14th, 2015, from 5 - 7 p.m.

The Exhibition
“There are many paths to the top of the Mountain”

I find that most people want to classify or label things into distinct groups. “Are you a Western Artist or a Native American Artist?” “Are you Chicano or Indian?” “Are you a Classical painter or do you consider yourself contemporary?” I found that in my life there seems to be no Black or White but varied shades of grey…or blue…or red...or?

I was born into a part of a few varied cultures & backgrounds; Scots-Irish, French-Canadian, Spanish, Mexican & Northern Arapaho. So “mixed” is literally in my blood. Growing up in the middle of a predominantly White, small town in Central Wyoming, which is itself in the middle of a Native Reservation which is shared by two tribes, gave me first-hand experience with complex issues in my environment. Those issues influence the subject matter and themes of my work. I start with an idea and pull from those realities to create a combination of old, new, classic and contemporary.

Highlighted in my work is the figure. For some of my pieces I have to ask myself and the viewer, “What would that look like as a person standing right in front of me? What would their expression be?” I then “flesh out” that individual using the commercial airbrush & acrylic paint to create my foundation. Following that I use classical oil glazes to create a rich luminous depth to my chosen hues. My technique also draws from different directions, mixing the modern airbrush application along with traditional brushwork.

My Native Heritage and its imagery are predominant as I find the legends, myths, problems and issues in Indian Country are central to my life. As subject matter I try to both illustrate our culture and draw attention to its concerns. The imagery of Mexican & Western culture also influence my work a great deal.

Based in my mixed heritage, influenced by my diverse environment, using the various classic and contemporary techniques, I create images from many paths seeking the top of the mountain.

The Artist
Robert Martinez was born in Central Wyoming amidst the Wind River Reservation in the small city of Riverton. He grew up a part of many different cultures as his lineage is Spanish, Mexican, Scotts Irish, French Canadian and Northern Arapaho. He graduated High School at 17 and through a scholarship attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. In 3 years he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Painting & Drawing and minoring in sculpture, becoming the Youngest Native American to graduate from RMCAD at that time.

As he was brought up in the center of the reservation, his native heritage remains a constant inspiration and source of ideas for his work. Living in Wyoming amongst the hard working people of the west and experiencing their issues also influence his creations. The past and present often resonate strongly in Wyoming and those historical chords echo throughout his work.

Much of Robert’s current work uses the historical imagery, myth’s and stories of the West & Arapaho Culture to create images that have a statement on the issues of today. Using intense vibrant color, he paints striking imagery that is confronting and engages the viewer.

The renaissance masters and their work with the figure, contemporary fantasy illustration’s heroic images, & native artists’ use of color have deeply influenced Robert’s style. Robert often sketches his idea into a complete finished pencil drawing making it an exquisite piece in its own right before transferring the idea to canvas. He then uses the contemporary airbrush to create a richly hued under-painting in acrylic. Using classic oil painting and techniques, he stresses the often pure color glazes to reinforce the play of light and dark of the subject to finish the piece.



Ellie Travels

Monday, May 11th to Thursday, Aug 6th

Exhibition: Faculty Gallery
May 11 – August 6, 2015
Opening reception: May 14th, 2015 from 5 - 7 p.m.

The Alumni Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is pleased to announce the exhibition, Ellie Travels, by artist and adjunct online faculty member, Teneka Washington. The exhibition will run from May 11 – August 6, 2015; an opening reception will be held May 14th, 2015 from 5 - 7 p.m.

The Exhibition
Travel has always been an important part of my life. I began traveling around the US with my grandmother for family reunions at the age of one year old. In the ninth grade I had the opportunity to travel to England and Scotland, and this experience lit a spark within me. I was over taken with the history that surrounded me in the form of churches, castles, and monuments. Wherever I traveled I never failed to bring Ellie, my plush elephant I have had since I was seven, along for the journey. She initially stayed in my hotel rooms, but one day I thought instead of me in the photos, why not Ellie?

I began photographing Ellie with the many interesting and note worthy sites, attractions, and monuments that I visited. Some of the sites that I have photographed Ellie with include the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, and Stonehenge. What began as a way to remember places I have been, has transformed into an opportunity to tickle the travel bone of those who view my photos and arouse interest in these historical sites.

Learning about the history and culture of others helps to create a more sympathetic human being that is filled with compassion and understanding. I hope my photographs will encourage people not only to take interest in these monuments, cultures and countries, but inspire them to want to travel and experience these places for themselves.

The Artist
My name is Taneka Washington I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA., and I continue to enjoy the sunshine that LA offers daily. I received my BA from Occidental College with a double major in Art History and Psychology. I knew I enjoyed art and hoped to make turn it into a career. As with most freshly graduated art history majors, I began volunteering at a famous center for art, and spent five years at the J. Paul Getty Villa. I then received my MA in Art History with an emphasis on Roman Art from California State University, Los Angeles. I was chosen to be an education Intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, an adventure that was one of the most amazing times in my life!

I eventually moved to Washington State for a few years where I enjoyed the countryside, trees, and wild animals while teaching Art History at Lower Columbia College. As much as I enjoyed the solitary life in the country, I wasn’t quite done with city life yet. I was given the opportunity to teach an Art Appreciation course for SUNY New Paltz in Jinan, China and I gladly accepted. This afforded me the opportunity to combine two of my interests, teaching and travel.

After returning home to Los Angeles from China, I somehow found myself working in Production and have been doing so for the past year. I worked freelance on numerous commercial shoots and am currently working for the television show Castle. I love film and would love the opportunity to be a Historical Advisor on a period film and/or TV show. While working in production is interesting, I found myself missing interacting with people about art and have began teaching art history courses online.

I love to travel and take photographs of historical monuments with Ellie my plush elephant. So far I have been to 20 countries with Italy, Costa Rica, Croatia, and the UK being some of my favorites. I am most proud to have pictures of Ellie at the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and Machu Picchu. I hope to one day publish a book of my photography.



Professional Practice Class Show: Disequilibrium

6:00 PM
Friday, Jan 30th

Emerging artist Marie Weimer presents Disequilibrium, an exhibit examining the relationship between migraines, motion, and light. Disequilibrium opens January 30, 2015 at Edge Gallery 3658 Navajo Street and runs through February 15, 2015. The gallery hours are Friday 6 -10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

About the Exhibition:
Disequilibrium is part of our experiences and memories; we have all felt unstable at some time in our lives. For instance, migraines are an overwhelming sensation that makes lights, sounds, and movement intense and debilitating. The disequilibrium migraines cause in our body affects our experience of the world and enacts the urge to shut everything out in order to relinquish its hold on our reality. Migraines are a somewhat common occurrence for me and I became interested in recreating the experience of a trip I took to the airport with a migraine. This experience is a disorienting memory of bright lights, cars, movement and everyday sounds that seemed louder than usual; there was no place to rest from the noise and debilitating lights. Focusing on everyday objects and capturing fragments of them with sound and video helped me convey the sensation of the migraine which often makes people more susceptible to motion sickness by affecting eyesight. The motion in my photo series Volatile Motion shown alongside the video Migraine establishes the connection of migraines to motion in an experimental process that is dependent on light, time and sound. The process of long exposures allows for interesting lines, abstraction of the human figure, transparency and layered textures. These elements of migraines and motion go hand in hand with their distortion of the usual day.

About the Artist:
Marie Weimer is a BFA candidate for 2015 at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design majoring in Photography and Video. Weimer began her interest in photography at Pickens Technical College during her junior year of high school. Since graduating high school she has been focused on exploring various mediums to inform her work further.



Nihil Exhibition

Thursday, Nov 6th to Wednesday, Dec 10th

The Philip J. Steele Gallery invites you November 6-28, 2014 to Allen Hampton's Nihil exhibition. The exhibition will commence with an opening reception Thursday, November 6, from 5-8 p.m. An artist talk will take place the following day, Friday, November 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Harris Auditorium.

About the artist:
Allen Hampton was born in 1982, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he spent the first 23 years of his life. He attained a Master's degree from the University of South Florida, and currently resides in the Tampa Bay area. Allen has exhibited in much of the United States, as well as overseas. Allen’s work focuses on a constant need to confront and understand that which does not make sense. Each piece attempts to present itself as a binary of thought processes. The works are bipolar, carrying within them feelings of extreme importance and utter uselessness. They are fully aware of their potential and impotence. Their only substantial mission is to communicate, simultaneously, each opposite end of their individual spectrum as well as the immense confusion that results from harboring such contradictory views. It is this confusion that parallels Allen’s own existence and impetus for artistic creation.

Over the past few years, the common thread running through all my work has been the personal discomfort that comes from living as what I call a “simultaneous dichotomy.” I use this term to describe an object, or person in my case, that possesses the polar opposite qualities of any qualitative spectrum at the same time. I constantly fight with myself, struggling for progression through confusion and misunderstanding. I am simultaneously hubristic and self-deprecating, right and wrong, righteous and worthless. But one thing I am not is unique.

My work has always been focused on introspection and the knowledge that can be gained through the deconstruction and analysis of the self. With this show, however, I have taken that introspection, and the resulting aggression and angst that comes from it, and turned it towards the viewer. I aim to attack intentional (and prideful) ignorance and lack of true empathy. In an age where every child is inundated with the idea that he or she is a unique snowflake, a gift unto the world, it is only through true self-deprecation that we can find objectivity, understanding, and empathy. Only through an acceptance that we are all awful, awful creatures, can we realize that there is only one sad pathetic snowflake, reproduced endlessly into oblivion. And in this acceptance we will find a universal sadness for our brothers and sisters, and for ourselves, that will allow us to create a humble utopia from a prideful dystopia.



Biennial Faculty + Staff Exhibition

Thursday, Oct 9th to Wednesday, Oct 29th

The Philip J. Steele Gallery invites you Thursday, October 9 from 5-8 p.m. to the opening of the 2014 Biennial Faculty + Staff Exhibition, Even After Everything.

The rich, creative accomplishments of our online and on-campus faculty and staff serve as a strong foundation for our college. The exhibition showcases art and design works created by members of our RMCAD community with themes that range from investigations into the peculiarities of nature to art commissioned for Mercedes-Benz.

We also invite you to join us for two gallery talks, where the exhibition's artists give students and the public an in-depth look at the process and philosophy behind their work. Hosted in the Philip J. Steele Gallery:
Monday, October 20 at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m.