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Local Stand-Up Night

6:30 AM
Wednesday, Sep 2nd

The Humor Series Launch Party
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Event begins 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus

The VASD Program launches its yearlong Humor Lecture Series with an evening of stand-up comedy. This event is FREE and open to the public, however seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

Hosted by comedian Byron Graham, this event features stand-up sets by Hippieman, Christie Buchele, Zac Maas, Jordan Wieleba, and Kevin Klatman. Drinks, refreshments, and door prizes will be offered throughout the evening. More information, including comedian bios, can be found at the VASD website.



National Portfolio Day 2015-16

11:00 AM
Saturday, Sep 26th

On the campus of:
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
1600 Pierce St., Denver, CO 80214
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Student Check In: 10:00 a.m.
Portfolio Reviews: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, RMCAD will continue tradition by hosting National Portfolio Day (NPD) on its campus. At this event, area students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) accredited colleges to discuss and review artwork. Check-in begins at 10:00 a.m. Reviews will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Students interested in learning more about RMCAD can attend a tour at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

The following institutions will be in attendance:
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
Cornish College of the Arts
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Kansas City Art Institute
Laguna College of Art + Design
Lesley University College of Art and Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Parsons School of Design
Pratt Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Francisco Art Institute
School of Visual Arts
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Kansas Departments of Design & Visual Art
Washington University in Saint Louis
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design



Doug Block Screening, Follow Up Q+A

Wednesday, Oct 29th to Thursday, Oct 30th

Award-winning director/producer Doug Block will be screening two of his films, 51 Birch Street and 112 Weddings, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Denver's Sie FilmCenter. Free to RMCAD students, faculty and staff, the screenings will also be followed by an on-campus Q&A session with Block the following day. Attendees must RSVP to be admitted to the screenings; to RSVP, click here.

51 Birch Street screening @ 5 p.m.
Watch trailer here
112 Weddings screening @ 7 p.m.
Watch trailer here

The next-day Q&A with Block will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in RMCAD's Center for Learning Innovations.

A bit about Doug Block:
Doug Block is a New York-based documentary filmmaker who has won increasing international recognition as a master of the autobiographical film form. With a long body of highly acclaimed work as both director and producer, his films have won countless awards, screened in dozens of leading film festivals and been shown in theaters and broadcast on television throughout the world.



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.



Decoding Humor in Art + Design

7:00 PM
Tuesday, Sep 29th

Dr. Peter McGraw + Chelsey Delaney present an on-stage conversation:
Decoding Humor in Art + Design
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Doors 6:30 p.m. | Event 7 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus.

This event is FREE and open to the public, however seating is limited.
Please RSVP here.

About the Lecture
Great comedy is an art form, but what makes an artist a great comedian? Join two humor experts as they hash out the interplay of art, design, and comedy. We will explore what makes something funny, the benefits (and costs) of pursuing humor within art and design, and how humor enhances the creative process.

About the Lecturers
Dr. Peter McGraw, a marketing and psychology professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, directs the Humor Research Lab (HuRL), and is the co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.
Chelsey Delaney leads User Experience at Planned Parenthood Federation of America at its new Digital Products Lab. She completed her Master of Design thesis on the intersection of humor and interaction design in 2011 at Carnegie Mellon University. She regularly writes and speaks about humor and design.

The Humor Lecture Series
This on-stage conversation lays a contextual groundwork for the VASD Program’s yearlong Humor lecture series. Throughout fall 2015 and spring 2016, this series focuses on the application of comedy, parody, irony, play, and wit as instruments of communication and experimentation in art, design, and culture. As a fundamental element of the human experience, humor crosses nations and histories. Humor exists in a boundary-blurring space where joy and anguish meet, allowing creators to reveal the severity and ridiculousness of contemporary life.



Condom Couture Goes Hollywood

7:30 PM
Friday, Oct 9th

Welcome to the 3rd annual Condom Couture Fashion show! Condom Couture is an annual fundraising event for Women’s Health and a full runway fashion show featuring one-of-a-kind fashions created from condoms. Yes, condoms!

Darlene C. Ritz, Chair of the Fashion Design program, will be judging the costume designs, and several Commercial Photography students will shoot the event. This year's theme is Condom Couture Goes Hollywood!

The event will be held at the newly renovated Glenn Miller Ballroom on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, Friday, October 9, 2015. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Who is Women’s Health?
Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center is a nonprofit reproductive healthcare provider with clinics in Boulder and Longmont. The Mission of Women’s Health is to provide accessible, confidential and comprehensive gynecological and reproductive healthcare, including sexual health services and education.

To find out more information on the event, please download:
2015 Call to Fashion

Or contact:
Brittany Burton
(303) 440-9320 (x39)



Museum of Outdoor Arts: Student Installation

5:30 PM
Thursday, Aug 20th

On August 18, 2015, RMCAD students will install a temporary outdoor public art piece at the iconic Brookfield Properties' Denver skyscraper, Republic Plaza, located at 370 17th Street. The sculpture will be installed on the building's north outdoor plaza pedestal at 17th and Tremont and will be on display through November 2015. There will be a public opening reception at the property on August 20 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

The project is a product of the Museum of Outdoor Arts' (MOA) Design and Build Program, in which temporary public art is created from design to installation. MOA worked with stakeholder Arts Brookfield to commission the Experimental Studies summer class at RMCAD to design, build, and install this temporary public art piece. Pike's Peak or Bust, is a large-scale temporary sculpture that pays homage to the Colorado Pike's Peak Gold Rush of the 1800's (see rendering above). The sculpture was constructed over an eight-week period by eight participating students overseen by faculty members.

"MOA's Design and Build program has been operating for nearly 25 years," said MOA President and Executive Director Cynthia Madden Leitner. "We work with various stakeholders in the community to secure a site and realize a piece of site-specific public art. We are fortunate to have collaborated with Arts Brookfield and Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design on this year's project."

Since 1991, MOA's Design and Build program has provided an opportunity for young artists, students and creative minds to express their creativity in collaborative art projects. Assisted by university instructors and professional artists, Design and Build participants produce exciting and original site-specific art works for public spaces in the Denver metro area. Interns find creative solutions to practical challenges as they master the skills to transform their creative ideas into finished pieces.

The program generates temporary public art and exhibitions while offering lessons in collaborative teamwork, problem-solving, and aesthetic and technical considerations. From concept to installation, students must consider a variety of elements including environmental concern, safety, budgeting, project design, proposal writing, maquette making, construction, and installation.

Arts Brookfield is a program of Brookfield Properties and invigorates public spaces through the presentation of free cultural experiences in Brookfield's premier buildings around the world. By commissioning, producing, and presenting world-class works of art, Arts Brookfield supports creativity and innovation in the fields of music, dance, theater, film, and visual art. As a result, Republic Plaza features year round indoor and outdoor art exhibitions for the enjoyment of its tenants and surrounding community.

The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to making the visual and performing arts accessible to everyone by implementing its mission of "Making Art a Part of Everyday Life". MOA receives partial funding from the City of Englewood, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) of Arapahoe County, and the Xcel Energy Foundation. MOA owns and operates Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in collaboration with its tenant AEG Live-Rocky Mountains, and is home to art studios and indoor galleries at its main headquarters on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center at 1000 Englewood Parkway, Suite 2-230, Englewood, CO 80110.

Information courtesy of Museum of Outdoor Arts Press Release.
For more information on MOA, visit:
Press Contact: Tim Vacca,



Gotta Play

7:00 PM
Tuesday, Jul 21st

Gotta Play
Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker
Tuesday, July 21 | Lecture at 7 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

About The Lecture
Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker will discuss their collaborative video work in which they playfully use the inherent properties of everyday objects to generate incisive and poetic social criticism. The lecture will present Conlon and Harker’s exploratory process, the influence of their geographic context, and the importance of elements such as sound, rhythm, narrative, and humor to create both a visual impact and sociopolitical commentary. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Now? Now!, featuring work by Conlon and Harker. The artists will also present at MCA Denver’s Mixed Taste series on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Please contact the Biennial of the Americas and MCA Denver for details regarding these events.

About The Lecturers
Donna Conlon (Atlanta, 1966) and Jonathan Harker (Quito, 1975) live and work in Panama City, Panama. Conlon and Harker have exhibited their collaborations widely, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; El Museo del Barrio, New York; and Palais du Tokyo, Paris. They have also participated in the 43rd Salón (Inter)Nacional de Artistas, Medellín, Colombia; Mercosur Biennale, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Pontevedra Biennale, Spain; and the Havana Biennale. Their collaborations are also included in public collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Tate Modern, London.

Humor Lecture Series
Gotta Play is the first lecture previewing the VASD Program’s upcoming series exploring humor. This lecture series focuses on the application of comedy, parody, irony, play, and wit as instruments of communication and experimentation in art, design, and culture. As a fundamental element of the human experience, humor crosses nations and histories. Existing in a boundary-blurring space where joy and anguish meet, humor allows creators to reveal the severity and ridiculousness of contemporary life.



Summer 2015 Graduation

12:00 PM
Friday, Aug 21st

Seawell Grand Ballroom
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
14th and Curtis Streets
Denver, CO 80204

Please join faculty, staff, family, and friends in honoring the Summer 2015 graduating class Friday, August 21. The ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.



Drop City Screening

4:00 PM
Wednesday, Sep 9th

In celebration of instructor Clark Richert's return to RMCAD, the Philip J. Steele Gallery is proud to present a screening of Drop City—the first feature-length documentary film about the pioneering artists community that influenced a generation.

The screening will take place Wednesday, September 9th from 4-6 p.m. in Mary Harris Auditorium.