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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
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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.

Speakers:

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. http://www.vectormediagroup.com

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. http://www.williepetersenphoto.com

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." http://www.makemynotebook.com

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

Sponsors:
Aiga Colorado
IDSA
SEGD
The Denver Architectural Foundation

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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
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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!

BEHANCE PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
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: http://tinyurl.com/creativejamreview and we will provide you with the exact time and place of your review.

EVENT SCHEDULE

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.

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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.

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Dario Robleto

6:00 PM
Thursday, Dec 1st

SOUNDS IN OUTER AND INNER SPACE: AN UNKNOWN HISTORY OF THE HUMAN HEARTBEAT
Thursday, December 1, 2016
6:00 p.m. Doors open
6:30 p.m. Lecture begins
Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD's campus

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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.

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INSTITUTE FOR NEW FEELING

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
Tickets


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.

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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. http://www.rmcad.edu/exhibition/centennial-celebration.

***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.

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VASD Program Presents: Dr. Tor Wager + Shawn Preston

6:00 PM
Thursday, Oct 6th

DR. TOR WAGER
Seeing and Feeling as Conceptual Acts
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6 p.m.
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Join us for the first event of the VASD Program’s Senses Series where we’ll explore emotions as a mental construction and the skillful deception of magic. Magician Shawn Preston will present a short stage show preceding neuroscientist Tor Wager’s lecture titled Seeing and Feeling as Conceptual Acts. Modern neuroscience suggests that sensory perception, memory, and emotion have one important thing in common: they are “conceptual acts”—creations made from a mix of experiences, thoughts, and beliefs.

Wager will present a picture, grounded in neuroscientific evidence, of how and why this constructive process occurs and how its influence relates to illusion, creativity, and art. An audience Q+A session with Wager and magician Shawn Preston will follow the lecture.

All events are free for current RMCAD students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The general public may purchase tickets here for $10 per lecture or $25 for a fall series pass. Students from other institutions are eligible for student pricing ($5 per lecture or $12 for the fall series pass). The full schedule, complete lecture descriptions, and ticketing information can be found at vasd.rmcad.edu.

About the Lecturer
Tor Wager, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the Director of the University’s Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab (CANlab). His research focuses on the brain mechanisms underlying affective experiences— including pain, stress, and emotion. The work of CANlab has been featured on NPR's Talk of the Nation, Radiolab, PBS, CNN, National Geographic, Wired, The Economist, LA Times, Science News, BBC Television and Print, and other news services.

About Shawn Preston
Based in Denver, magician Shawn Preston is a RMCAD alum and has performed his quick wit and exceptional sleight-of-hand for nearly 20 years. His ability to deceive the senses will provide unique insight into our series and Dr. Wager’s lecture.

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.

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IBM Design Thinking Workshop


Tuesday, Sep 27th

IBM Design Thinking Workshop- Envision a better way for a professional to present themselves to opportunities and land their next gig.
Open only to RMCAD Students, Alumni, and Faculty
When: Tuesday September 27, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Epic 110—Printmaking Room
Lunch and refreshments provided
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IBM Design Thinking Workshop- Industry Night hosted by AIGA
Open to AIGA Colorado Members and RMCAD Community
When: Tuesday September 27, 2016 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Epic 110- Printmaking Room
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Registration + Networking - Rotunda Building (light refreshments will be served)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - IBM Design Thinking Workshop: Design a Better Way for People to Enjoy the Experience of Eating Out.
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Photo courtesy of ibm.com/design

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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

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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

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