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7:00 PM
Wednesday, Feb 10th

Between the Two
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

The first Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program presentation of 2016 features JK Keller and Keetra Dean Dixon—two multidisciplinary artists/designers working collaboratively and independently in Homer, AK. For Keller and Dixon, humor is a common coping mechanism and offers occasion for merriment in failings and futility in their creative work. Their lecture will discuss the importance of intentional and accidental misinterpretation as a means of understanding the contemporary human condition.

With a foothold in graphic design and creative direction, Dixon’s work expands to involve objects, installation, and product design. Her projects are spurred by the fallibility of communication, attempts at connection, and unintended output. Dixon received the honorable ranking of Art Director’s Club (ADC) Young Gun and her clients include New York Times, among others. She acted as Design Director for installations at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and has shown at the Walker Art Center and the Smithsonian Design Museum.

Keller is attracted to the uneasy tension generated by our ubiquitous use of technology. His work utilizes entertaining misuses of technology and failures of communication that result from brute-force manipulations of appropriated material and rules-based systems. Keller received acclaimed attention for his ongoing series consisting of a self-portrait taken every day for the past 17 years called The Adaptation to My Generation and digital manipulation via an algorithm of The Simpsons, among other projects. Keller's work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center and the 2012 transmediale in Berlin among other locations.



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.



Creative Industry Launch

11:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday, Dec 8th to Wednesday, Dec 9th


Join the RMCAD community and Colorado’s creative industry leaders for two days of networking, guest lectures, and creative collaboration.

Industry leaders will review portfolios and provide career advice to RMCAD students; the series of events will culminate with a Creative Connections Soiree to allow for networking. We hope to see you there!

December 8th
11:30 a.m. - Private tour of RedLine exhibition Greenscapes with artist Jim Green
1:45 p.m. - Fashion Design Lecture | Megan Timlin, owner of Whorl Boutique
4:00 p.m. - Graphic Design Lecture | Joshua Wills, Consume & Create Studio

December 9th
11:45 a.m. - Illustration Lecture | Michael Keen, program director at Art Gym Denver
4:30 p.m. - Portfolio Reviews
6:30 p.m. - Creative Connection Soirée: Cocktails + hors d’oeuvres




7:00 PM
Wednesday, Nov 11th

Ironoia: The Mistrust of Things
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus. Map.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

About the Lecture
There has been much talk of irony as an aesthetic penchant, an affectation of hipsters, and a failure to be earnest or true to oneself. But this critique of irony is hardly new—we’ve been hearing it incessantly for two decades – and it is not even really clear what irony is, anyway. A concept that is millennia old has slipped through many different meanings over time.

Combining his expertise in video games, philosophy, technology, and cultural critique, Ian Bogost will present a revised theory of irony that addresses the failure to earnestly encounter the outside world. In this lecture Bogost will ask and, at least in part, answer a series of questions that orient objects at the center.

About the Lecturer
Dr. Ian Bogost is an author and award-winning game designer. He is the Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Bogost is also founding partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio, and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where he writes regularly about technology and popular culture.

Bogost’s video games about social and political issues cover topics as varied as airport security, suburban errands, pandemic flu, and tort reform. His independent games include Cow Clicker, a Facebook game that was the subject of a Wired magazine feature, and A Slow Year, a collection of video game poems for Atari VCS, Windows, and Mac, which won the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 IndieCade Festival. Bogost is currently working on a forthcoming book about living playfully in an age of irony.

The Humor Lecture Series
Throughout the fall 2015 and spring 2016 this lecture series will focus 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.

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 information, to watch lectures from our past series, and to explore the Program archive, please go to our website at




6:30 PM
Tuesday, Oct 27th

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Doors: 6:30 p.m. | Performance: 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition reception immediately following performance
Mary Harris Auditorium
RMCAD campus

Free and open to the public.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

About the Performance
Informed by mythological stories, melodrama, soap operas, R&B, and music videos, artist Kalup Linzy presents a special live musical performance titled A Lullaby, A Job, and an Ass to Hope For. As Kaye, the protagonist from his full length video Romantic Loner, Linzy will perform original songs interspersed with video interludes and will be accompanied by Ben Darwish on keyboard. With equal parts admiration and satire, Linzy’s performances address both the sincerity and absurdity found in the complexities of family, race, gender, romantic entanglement, and celebrity.

About the Exhibition
Art.Jobs.Lullabies. (Lakewood-Denver, Colorado Edition)
October 19, 2015 - November 24, 2015
RMCAD’s Philip J. Steele Gallery will feature an exhibition of videos and works on paper by Linzy (some works attributed to the characters featured in his videos) in conjunction with his VASD Program performance.

About the Artist
Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York, Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy's best-known work is a series of videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera and imbue them with art world drama.

Linzy’s work has received many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, an Art Matters Grant, and The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency. His work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, and MoMA PS1. Institutional collection of his work includes Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In summer 2010, Linzy appeared alongside James Franco on the long-running ABC soap opera General Hospital in a storyline that incorporated performance art.



October HarvestFest

4:00 PM
Friday, Oct 30th

To celebrate the successful launch of this summer's FARMCAD farmer's market, we will host a special HarvestFest celebration here on campus specifically for students, faculty, alumni, and staff Friday, October 30 from 4-6 p.m.

PB&J Truck and Meatball will be offering their standard menus, along with caramel apples. Strongwater Small Batch Spirits and Botanicals will be mixing seasonal cocktails with HarvestFest souvenir cups in Rotunda (21+). Special activities will include:
-Ghost tours
-Scarecrow building contest with a $50 prize
-Free face painting and henna tattoos
-Guessing games with prizes
-Live music
-Dog Halloween Costume Contest with a $50 prize for best costume!

If you plan on attending, please RSVP here to help us ensure we have enough refreshments!

Please email Shelley Fladry at with any questions.

*All dogs must be leashed, curbed and are not allowed in academic areas! If an animal is being disruptive, you will be asked to remove it​ from campus.



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.