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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.

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



Summer 2017 Graduation

12:00 PM
Friday, Aug 18th

Graduation Ceremony
Friday, August 18 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Kenneth King Academic and Performing Arts Center
Auraria Campus
855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204



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.



Colorado Designer Clam Bake

6:00 PM
Thursday, Jan 26th

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 | 6-9 p.m.
Englewood Civic Center - Hampden Hall
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, CO 80110
RSVP here

While there are no actual clams nor will we smoke out the venue, this speaker series stews the pot of design leaders, design thinkers, and design makers, who all got their start right here in Colorado. Join us and our mile high designers, Nick Spriggs (Design and Branding Partner at Vector), Willie Petersen (Advertising/Editorial Photographer), and Sara Blette (Founder of Make My Notebook), as they take us on an inspirational journey that explores the pathways, the work, the challenges, and the opportunities of their career growth and success.


Nick Spriggs
He is responsible for the creative vision of all design projects at Vector Media Group. He is driven by the desire to bring design thinking to his clients’ needs and problems to create ownable, intuitive and beautiful solutions that speak directly to his clients’ audiences. His award winning work spans the gamut from major app and website redesign initiatives for some of the world’s largest consulting groups, luxury hotels, and law firms, as well as brand and product experiences for City and State agencies, educational institutions, start-ups and world-leading photographers. Originally from Australia, Nick first moved to Colorado to study at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. After graduating in 2003 Nick moved to New York City and worked his way up through various agencies before becoming a Partner at Vector Media Group in 2014.

Willie Petersen
Willie Petersen (Founder of Willie Petersen Creative) is an award-winning commercial photographer based in Denver, Colorado. He worked as an art director in New York City for a decade before discovering his real passion in photography. Willie now works with many agencies, magazines and companies to help bring their visions to life.

Sara Blette
Dreams don’t happen unless you get them out of your head and onto paper. Or at least that’s what Sara Blette, interior designer, product developer, art director, super mom, and owner of Make My Notebook, discovered. Finding pleasure in the simplicity and beauty of paper was easy for this avid writer, but finding the perfect book to collect all her musings, drawings and notes proved difficult. "There was a lack of high quality, eco-friendly, handmade notebooks on the market. I knew that there had to be others like me that were passionate about paper- and it really sparked something inside of me."

Have a drink, meet friends old and new, and get inspired!
6:00-7:00pm | Mix-n-mingle
7:00pm - 9:00pm | Presentations

Aiga Colorado
The Denver Architectural Foundation



Adobe Creative Jam

7:00 PM
Thursday, Feb 16th

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 7-10 p.m.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
1600 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214
RSVP here

Please join us for a Creative Jam, an inspiring two-part design experience that demonstrates and celebrates creativity. The Adobe Creative Cloud team will host the Creative Jam presentations. This one-hour design showcase highlights the work of 3 local creative leaders. At the same time, in the next room, student design teams will be competing in the Creative Jam tournament, a 3-hour design charrette showdown. This event will have two categories: motion design and graphic design. Once the Creative Jam presentations wrap, tournament participants will take the stage to share their creations with you. As part of the audience, you’ll vote on each submission and select the People's Choice winner. There will also be Grand Prize winners decided by a group of Judges!

Local creative leaders will be on site and would love to see your work. The reviews are a 1-on-1 opportunity to meet for 15 minutes with a creative professional before the main event. Getting feedback is valuable in knowing how to attract new clients and represent your work. Sign up here: and we will provide you with the exact time and place of your review.


7:00 p.m.
Doors open. Settle in, and meet your fellow creative community. Free soda and food available.
The tournament will be in full swing—pop your head in and see how it’s developing. Portfolio reviews will be taking place for those who reserved a spot before the event.

8:00 p.m.
Creative Jam Talks begin. Sit back as local creative leaders walk you through their personal creative process.

9:00 p.m.
Creative Jam tournament competitors share their solutions, inspired by a theme announced just 3-hours before. Audience and Judges vote. Awards follow.

9:30 p.m.
Everyone socializes and gets to meet the teams.



Naomi Clark

Thursday, Feb 9th

Apprehending Play: Systems That Shape Leisure
Thursday, February 9, 2017
6:00 p.m. Doors open
6:30 p.m. Lecture begins
Tickets available here.

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
Games have sometimes been described as the aesthetic form of systems, much as music might be considered the aesthetic form of sound. In a complex world full of natural and man-made systems, educators increasingly turn to games to nurture comprehension. At the same time, games are oftentimes narrowly perceived as serving one principal function: filling up and enhancing our leisure time to escape from productive concerns. Naomi Clark has been designing, writing, teaching, and thinking about games for more than twenty years. Recently she's become interested in the tangled relationship between humans and our games: what kind of fantasies emerge from interaction with game systems as distinct from marketing messages or authored stories? And what do these fantasies tell us about our culture? What would it mean to cultivate a more nuanced appreciation of games through an understanding of why certain forms of play satisfy and engage our sensory-cognitive faculties? What would happen if—as players or creators, or both—we sought to develop tastes that were less driven by satiating our needs and anxieties?

About the Lecturer
Game designer and scholar Naomi Clark is Assistant Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Game Center. Clark’s 20+ years of designing and producing games began while working on early online games in the 1990s. As an editor for the online magazine Word, she co-designed one of the web's first multiplayer games, Sissyfight 2000. She then went on to produce software toys and online games for LEGO®. Clark has worked as a game designer, producer, and creative director at New York studios on projects including Gamelab, Rebel Monkey, and Fresh Planet. Her writing about games can be found in collections such as Videogames For Humans (edited by Merritt Kopas) and in the co-authored textbook A Game Design Vocabulary. Clark’s 2014 cooperative card game Consentacle, which explores the complex issues of sex and consent, as well as her keynote address at the 2014 Queerness and Games Conference, are just two examples that highlight her ongoing contributions to critical discourse in the arts by challenging and discussing issues of gender, equality, and taste in the gaming industry.



Dario Robleto

6:00 PM
Thursday, Dec 1st

Thursday, December 1, 2016
6:00 p.m. Doors open
6:30 p.m. Lecture begins
Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD's campus

Purchase tickets and register here.

About the Lecture
Artist Dario Robleto will present a performative lecture expanding on the artist's extensive research into the heartbeat. Part storytelling, part original research, and part rare sound archive, this lecture weaves together topics as diverse as the earliest attempts to record the heartbeat as sound and image, the heartbeat and brainwave recordings currently on a probe heading for the edge of the Solar System, pre-Edison sound recordings, and recent developments in the history of the artificial heart. The result is a creative intertwining of multiple histories of human exploration, in both outer and inner space. This event will include a short post-lecture reception with the artist.

About the Lecturer
Robleto lives and works in Houston, Texas and has exhibited and given lectures on his work both nationally and internationally. In 2015 he joined a distinguished team of scientists as the artistic consultant to “Breakthrough Message”—a multi-national effort that aims to encourage intellectual and technical debate about how and what to communicate if the current search for intelligent beings beyond Earth is successful. Learn more about Robleto here.




6:00 PM
Thursday, Nov 3rd

Feeling New
A lecture presented by Institute for New Feeling
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Doors: 6 p.m. | Lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD Campus

About the Lecture
Presenting a number of diverse media works – including video, virtual reality, SEO marketing, wellness products, and therapy sessions – Institute for New Feeling will highlight recent projects that investigate “wellness” as a shifting, slippery intersection of capitalism, technological innovation, and the body. Alongside this lecture, Institute will allow attendees to sample their new perfume line, A Collection of Air Qualities. This event will include a short post-lecture reception with the artists.

About the Speakers
Institute for New Feeling (IfNf) is a three-person collaborative founded by Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt, and Nina Sarnelle. The artists are based in Los Angeles, California and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Their work takes the form of objects, installations, and digital publications that offer treatments, therapies, retreats, research studies and wellness products crafted to address life in the modern world. Institute has exhibited their work nationally and internationally.

The Senses Lecture Series:
This year’s VASD Program lecture series will present a variety of perspectives highlighting the extraordinary aspects of the most common element of our humanity: the senses.

Sensual experiences are simultaneously ordinary and mysterious. They constitute and construct our everyday life – allowing us to navigate, understand, and interact with the world – and are delicately complex, malleable membranes bridging our inner selves to the exterior environment. But the senses can also be deceived, altered, heightened, distorted, damaged, and augmented, affecting our interpretation and perception of reality, self, and environment. Advances in science and technology, as well as the enigmatic occurrences of clairvoyance and intuition, expand empirical knowledge beyond the corporal limitations of the traditional five senses.

Contemporary artists, scholars, and designers are creating and studying ways to stimulate and satiate the multifaceted senses, influencing our interactions and knowledge of the world and of our selves.



First Friday Event

5:00 PM
Friday, Oct 7th

October 7, 5-8 p.m.
Screen Print T-Shirt Event at Philip J. Steele Gallery 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Events at RMCAD

Philip J. Steele Centennial Celebration Exhibition***
Where: Philip J. Steele Gallery at RMCAD
The Centennial Celebration commemorates the late Philip J. 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.

***We will be screen-printing a limited edition Philip J. Steele illustration onto t-shirts during this October 7 First Friday event from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Bring a shirt or large piece of paper, and we will do the rest!

Black Cube at RMCAD
ROAM is a large-scale sculpture by Black Cube Artist Fellow, Jon Geiger. This 26-foot, abstracted, neon tumbleweed consists of five neon forms—illuminated individually to create a perpetual rolling movement. The sculpture is installed on the rooftop of the Texas Building on the beautiful RMCAD campus.

Commercial Photography Student Show
Where: Rotunda Gallery
Join us in celebrating the RMCAD Commercial Photography Department Annual Student Show. Randy Brown, Chair of Commercial Photography, will jury participating students into the exhibition.