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JK KELLER AND KEETRA DEAN DIXON

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Screenings:
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.

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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 moprint.org or contact Alicia McKim.

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Student Mixer at the Clyfford Still Museum

6:00 PM
Thursday, Sep 1st

Join us in celebrating the start of a new academic year at the Clyfford Still Museum! The Clyfford Still Museum will be opening its doors after hours just for RMCAD students, staff, and faculty. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and live music on us—all while exploring the amazing work of Clyfford Still that has been hidden from the public eye for more than 30 years. Sign up for short tours throughout the evening and get to know the people that will become your family for the next 3-4 years. Enter our raffle at the door for the chance to win 1 of 3 free memberships to the Museum, as well as a foundations kit, which will include all of the essentials for your first year of classes at RMCAD.

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016
Venue: Clyfford Still Museum (1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204)
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Attire: Dress to impress

Sign up below!

Image courtesy of Clyfford Still Museum website.

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Centennial Celebration


Wednesday, Sep 7th to Friday, Nov 4th

Phil Steele: Centennial Celebration
Denver Artist • Teacher • RMCAD Founder
Opening: September 7, 5-9 p.m.
Panel Discussion: September 7, 6-7 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: September 7 - November 4, 2016


Of all the work Philip J. Steele produced in his lifetime, perhaps his most profound creation is the educational impact he impressed upon his students and fellow instructors. A passionate educator, Steele was known for incorporating both exacting standards and playful classroom antics into his teaching style. His legacy as founder of what is now RMCAD is carried on through the artistic expression of the college’s faculty, alumni, and students today.

The Centennial Celebration commemorates the late Steele’s academic focus, artistic skill, and profound personality through an exhibition of his work. Themes and activities based on his interests will also be intertwined into the exhibition’s opening. The commemorative exhibition will open at 5 p.m., with a panel discussion from 6-7 p.m.

Mark Steele, Philip’s son, will also lead a clay figure-sculpting workshop the following day, Thursday, September 8. Working from a live model, the focus will be on sculpting the human form while recalling themes and methods inspired by his father’s love for the human figure. We will learn the art of building form and dimension using air-dry clay, which allows each participant the opportunity to keep their efforts.
Morning Workshop - Beginner level
Afternoon Workshop - Advanced level

RSVP here!

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Evasion Yoga


Saturday, Jul 16th

RMCAD's Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program is proud to present Los Angeles-based art collective Finishing School’s participatory event, titled Evasion Yoga. Three of the five member collective will guide three, 30-minute sessions of Evasion Yoga, an interactive performance exploring surveillance, privacy, and power, playfully interwoven into a yoga session. This free, public event will be held at FARMCAD: a summer art and craft market on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. on RMCAD’s campus.

About the Event
Evasion Yoga continues Finishing School’s multi-year series of projects reflecting on the semiotics of technology, surveillance, and privacy, power, and play. Participants will be introduced to restful states for the body, mind, and soul – expressed in intimate gestures derived from military evasion tactics and blended with everyday acts of privacy and safety. Please bring a mat and comfortable athletic clothing. This event is presented in conjunction with RMCAD’s FARMCAD and The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and is supported in part by 40 West Arts. The VASD Program will also unveil the 2016/17 lecture series theme at this event.

About Finishing School
Established in 2001, Finishing School is a socially-engaged artist collective that playfully explores an expansive range of subject and media territories at the many intersections of art and the everyday. The collective’s five members represent a broad range of skills and research interests. Finishing School produces interdisciplinary actions, installations, workshops, design, publications, film, studio art, performance, and new media.

Finishing School has presented work throughout the United States and internationally, including Switzerland, Israel, England, and Brazil. US institutions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, New York University, Creative Time, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Their work has also been noted in many publications, such as the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Artforum, Art Papers, Art News, and Art in America.

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Creative Mornings Denver

8:30 AM
Friday, Jul 8th

Josh and Tran Wills
Love
Friday, July 8, 2016: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus
Free and Open to the Public—register at: creativemornings.com


RMCAD is pleased to host Creative Mornings Denver with speakers Josh and Tran Wills!

Tran Wills is the personification of the term “Self Made”. Shortly after graduating from high school, Tran gained hands-on experience pursuing the path of entrepreneurship—starting her own business and never looking back. Over the course of many years running businesses, working with artists, planning events, and building up the creative community in Denver, Tran has acquired a healthy list of accolades and a keen sense for community-based marketing and brand building. Tran is currently founder of Base Coat Nail Salon and co-owner of Svper Ordinary, a hybrid retail store and art gallery located in the RiNo Art District of Denver.

Josh spends his days working as a graphic designer, thing-maker™, and creative director at Consume & Create™—a studio he co-founded in 2015. He is also a co-founder of Svper Ordinary, a hybrid art gallery and retail space located in the RiNO art district. Regardless of where he’s working or whom he’s working for, Josh sees design as an expressive language that is used to heighten connections and amplify communication. He’s usually not this serious.

About Creative Mornings

In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone. Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals.

The growing archive of past breakfast talks is humbling. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme. CreativeMornings remains free thanks to the support of local sponsors, generous venues, and longterm partners. Anyone can attend. Just register beforehand to reserve your spot. And if you need a little help convincing your boss to let you attend, we’ve got you covered. Remember to set your alarm, and we’ll see you in the morning!

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NPD Denver 2016

9:30 AM
Saturday, Sep 24th

RMCAD Hosts Denver National Portfolio Day 2016
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD)
1600 Pierce St., Denver, CO 80214
Saturday, September 24 2016
Student Check In 9:30 a.m.
Portfolio Reviews 12 - 4 p.m.


On Saturday, September 24, 2016, RMCAD will continue tradition by hosting National Portfolio Day (NPD) on its Lakewood campus. At this event, 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 9:30 a.m. Reviews will be held from 12 - 4 p.m. Check back for details and registration information.

About National Portfolio Day Events
The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978, solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. The Association consists of representatives from regionally-accredited colleges and universities, which are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The NPDA is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada.

The following institutions will be present at NPD:
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
Cooper Union School of Art
Cornish College of the Arts
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Fashion Institute of Technology
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
PrattMWP College of Art and Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art & Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
University of Kansas
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

For more information about National Portfolio Days, visit the NPDA website.

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