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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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Andrea Zittel: How to Live?

6:00 PM
Tuesday, Oct 3rd

The VASD Program Collapsing Time Lecture Series
Doors at 6 p.m. | Lecture at 6:30 p.m.
RMCAD's Mary Harris Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public.


ABOUT THE LECTURE
Since the early 1990s, Andrea Zittel has used the arena of her day-to-day life to develop and test prototypes for living structures and situations. Using herself as a guinea pig, she constructs an understanding of the world at large using these isolated experiences. The experiments have at times been extreme—wearing a uniform for months on end, exploring limitations of living space, and living without measured time—yet one of the most important goals of this work is to illuminate how we attribute significance to chosen structures or ways of life and how arbitrary such a choice can be. Rather than deny the personal significance of these decisions, Zittel uses her work to try to comprehend broad values such as “freedom,” “security,” “authorship,” and “expertise.” Zittel is interested in how qualities, which we tend to feel are concrete and rational, are often subjective, arbitrary or even outright invented.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Renowned artist Andrea Zittel currently lives in Joshua Tree, Calif. After receiving her BFA from San Diego State University, and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, she established her practice in New York. There she founded A-Z East, a small row house in Brooklyn turned into a showroom and testing grounds for her prototypes for living. In 1998 she moved back to the west coast, eventually settling in the High Desert region next to Joshua Tree National Park where she founded A-Z West in 2000. A-Z West is the current site of her studio practice, as well as other ongoing living experiments including the Wagon Station Encampment and the Institute of Investigative Living. In 2002, Zittel cofounded High Desert Test Sits, a series of experimental art sites in the High Desert that supports works by both emerging and established artists.

Zittel’s work has been included in major group exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and the Whitney Biennial. She has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria in New York, and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, among others. Her survey exhibition "Critical Space" traveled to the New Museum in New York, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Locally, you can see a permanent installation of Zittel’s Planar Pavilions at the U.S. General Services Administration’s Denver Federal Center at 6th Ave and Kipling.


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Faculty Lecture Series


Thursday, Sep 14th to Thursday, Apr 19th

Get To Know Your Faculty!
Enjoy 15 minute lectures from two different members of the RMCAD community, followed by a Q+A session.
Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Mary Harris Auditorium
Lunch will be provided
These private events are exclusive to RMCAD students, faculty, staff and alumni only.


Fall A
September 14: Jaime Carrejo + Joshua Field
October 12: Scott Wakefield + Amber Cobb
Fall C
October 26: Julie Puma + Darlene C. Ritz
November 16: Larry Kresnek + Neely Patton
December 7: Randy Brown + Benjamin Hummel
Spring A
January 11: Alison Leedy + Robb Fladry
February 8: Frank Varney + Sarah Gentry
February 22: Shari Fleming + Matt Harris
Spring C
March 8: David Collins + Alicia McKim
March 22: Yenni Tawahade + Joan Kresek
April 19: Theresa Clowes + Brizida Ahrnsbrak

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NPD Denver 2017

9:30 AM
Saturday, Sep 23rd

RMCAD Hosts Denver National Portfolio Day 2017
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD)
1600 Pierce St., Denver, CO 80214
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Student Check In 9:30 a.m.
Portfolio Reviews 12 - 4 p.m.


On Saturday, September 23, 2017, RMCAD will continue tradition by hosting National Portfolio Day (NPD) on its Denver 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.

Institutions attending:
Arcadia University
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
California College of the Arts
College for Creative Studies
The Cooper Union School of Art
Cornish College of the Arts
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Fashion Institute of Technology
Iowa State University College of Design
Kansas City Art Institute
Laguna College of Art + Design
Lesley University, College of Art and Design
Maine College of Art
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
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
Texas Tech University
University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art & Design
University of South Dakota

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

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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
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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 https://drafthouse.com/Denver.

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.

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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.

Description via https://creativemornings.com/talks/carly-howett.

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

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