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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.



Masterclass with Floyd Norman

10:30 AM
Wednesday, May 17th

Masterclass with Floyd Norman
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium, RMCAD campus
RSVP here

RMCAD is thrilled to present a masterclass with celebrated animator Floyd Norman. This event is part of the Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program and is offered in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and Clyfford Still Museum. The artist will also be in attendance for a screening of Floyd Norman: An Animated Life at Alamo Drafthouse as part of film/Still, a partnership between Alamo Drafthouse and Clyfford Still Museum.

Norman will share the tales and triumphs that make up his more than 60 years of creative contributions to animation. From the hand-drawn production cels for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty to the computer-aided animation in Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., Norman has been a part of Disney’s cinematic magic for decades. This special masterclass presentation will touch on the artist’s extensive animation history and his craft as well as the limitlessness of imagination for lifelong learners and creators. An audience Q+A with Norman will immediately follow the masterclass presentation.

Screening of Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Unit #850, Littleton, CO 80120

Tickets are $8 for non-RMCAD community members and can be purchased at

Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 81 years old, see how Disney legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney continues to impact animation and stir up “trouble” after the company forced him to retire at age 65. Norman will be in attendance for an introduction before the screening and staying for a Q+A after.

About the Artist
Cartoonist and animator Floyd Norman has been drawing and telling stories with humor and delight for all of his 81 years. His celebrated career began in 1956 as the first African-American animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. While there he contributed both his technical skill and infectious sense of wonder to Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, and Robin Hood. In addition to Disney, Norman has worked at Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and Pixar. Norman’s extensive career also includes creative contributions to Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.; and multiple television shows such as The Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Robot Chicken. In 2007 he was named a Disney Legend and he was recognized with an Inkpot Award in 2008. Norman’s enduring, exuberant passion for storytelling, imagination, and art continues to inspire, enchant, and challenge artists and audiences around the world.



Creative Mornings: Beyond

8:30 AM
Friday, Apr 14th

Creative Mornings: Beyond
Speaker: Dr. Carly Howett
Friday, April 14 | 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

About the Speaker:
Dr. Carly Howett is a Senior Research Scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder Colorado. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Oxford in 2005, and has been working on New Horizons since 2012. Since then her main interest has been the calibration and image processing of data from New Horizon’s Ralph instrument – the color “eyes” of the spacecraft. She is also on NASA’s Cassini mission, which has been investigating the Saturn-system since 2004. Outside of work she enjoys all the forms of running, jumping and outdoor-stupidity Colorado has to offer, particularly cycling, skiing, swimming and climbing.

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Dr. Howett recently presented at TEDxBoulder. View her lecture here.



Spring 2017 Graduation

12:00 PM
Friday, Apr 21st

Graduation Ceremony
Friday, April 21 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Seawell Ballroom
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
14th and Curtis Streets
Denver, CO
RSVP on our Facebook event.



Career Fair

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Friday, Apr 14th to Friday, Apr 14th

Friday, April 14, 2017
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
In the quad of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Come meet with creative industry leaders and local employers at the Career Fair! Attire should fit the impression you'd like to give a prospective employer; come prepared with your resume/portfolio (suggestions below).

Four Steps to Career Fair Networking
by Kathy Douglas

Career Fair Prep
• Perfect your resume.
• Get your professional dress ready (typically business casual or business dress).
• Practice introducing yourself.
• Find out which employers are attending.
• Research the employers you want to meet with.
• Prepare specific and general questions.

What to Bring
• Business cards
• Padfolio, notepaper, and pen
• 10-15 resumes (depending on fair size)

During the Fair
• Walk around to meet employers alone—you might have friends at the fair who you check in with, but don't travel as a posse.
• Limit your give-away item collecting.
• Introduce yourself with a smile, a handshake (if recruiter offers a hand), and a few relevant details about yourself, your education/experience, and/or interest in the employer.
• Speak slowly and confidently.
• Be strategic—talk to your top three employers first, others if you have time.
• Take quick breaks between rounds of visits to freshen up and take a breather.
• Don't dominate recruiters, be mindful of other students waiting in line.
• Ask about opportunities and next steps if there are specific openings.
• Wait for cues from recruiter regarding resumes—some will be collecting them, others might direct you to follow up by e-mail, or apply online.
• Get the appropriate contact information and/or ask for a business card.
• Thank recruiters after speaking with them.
• Take notes as soon as you walk away from a table.

After the Fair
• Take a few minutes immediately after fair to sort through your notes and make a list of follow-up items.
• Follow up and thank recruiters of particular interest. (You don't have to follow up with everyone.)
• Follow up with online applications, or by sending a resume and cover letter to the appropriate contact.
• Reach out via e-mail or by telephone to reps who were not at fair, but who work with your level of education/field.
• Set up informational interviews with individuals at companies/organizations of particular interest to you, and with alumni in these organizations.
• Check in with your career office with specific questions.

Kathy Douglas is the Associate Director Career Development Office, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.



Starlee Kine

6:30 PM
Thursday, Mar 9th

Hearing is Listening
Thursday, March 9, 2017
6:00 p.m. Doors open
6:30 p.m. Lecture begins
Tickets available here
This event is presented in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

Mary Harris Auditorium on the campus of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
This event is FREE for current RMCAD students, faculty, staff, and alumni (and includes an option to bring 1 guest for free), but registration is highly encouraged.
$10 for the public
$5 for other students and 40 West Arts District Members

About the Lecture
Starlee Kine’s mystery-solving skills are more akin to Columbo than Sherlock Holmes as they originate in human connection and intimate conversation. Whether conversing with a Ticketmaster customer service representative about self-doubt or commiserating over heartbreak with Phil Collins, Kine transforms audio into visually vivid stories that reveal the pitfalls and triumphs of curiosity, discovery, and human universality. In her Senses series lecture, Kine will illuminate how the element of surprise is an essential component of telling a story and why the medium of radio offers up such a rich narrative experience. Similar to her ability to pull a listener into an intimate, revelatory exchange, Kine’s lecture will compel the audience to reflect on our own sincere conversations, mysteries, and desires for solutions when so much of life seems uncertain, when so many of our truths are unknown until spoken, and when that same uncertainty propels us forward.

About the Lecturer
Starlee Kine is a writer and public radio producer. She is the creator and host of the podcast Mystery Show, which was named best podcast of 2015 by iTunes. The show tackled (and solved) such age old mysteries as: ‘How Tall is Jake Gyllenhaal?’ and ‘Why is Britney Spears Carrying My Book?’ Kine is also a former producer and longtime contributor to the public radio program This American Life. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times and her true stories about almost joining a cult and waiting for artist Marina Abramović were told at the live storytelling event The Moth. She has been interviewed by Vice and Vanity Fair, and appeared on Conan with Jake Gyllenhaal, tape measure in hand, to confirm the case was closed.

Kine is the fifth and final presenter in the VASD Program's yearlong Senses lecture series.