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Hasan Elahi


Wednesday, Sep 24th

Hasan Elahi
Surveillance, Data, and Learning to Love Big Brother
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm, Lecture begins at 7:00pm
Mary Harris Auditorium


The Lecture
Hasan Elahi’s lecture will discuss his ongoing creative explorations into the consequences of living under constant surveillance. In 2002, the FBI suspected the artist of being a national security risk—this erroneous supposition of his character led to intensive investigations and months of interrogation. Through this harrowing experience, Elahi conceived of an extensive online database, primarily made up of camera phone images called “Tracking Transience,” which publicly displays a thorough, yet intentionally selective, depiction of almost every aspect of his life. Twelve years later, the voluntary and involuntary contribution to a massive public database of personally identifying information has become a norm of contemporary life. In an overview of Elahi’s work, the artist will explore the creative choices he made to both subvert and engage big data.

About the Lecturer
Hasan Elahi is an artist based in Baltimore and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland. His work examines issues of surveillance, transport, border, and frontiers through a variety of media and has been exhibited at SITE Santa Fe, the Sundance Film Festival, The Hermitage, and the Venice Biennale.

Elahi has presented lectures at the Tate Modern, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, TedGlobal, and the World Economic Forum. Awards for his artistic achievement include grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, Art Matters, and the Ford Foundation/Phillip Morris National Fellowship. Reviews of Elahi’s work can be found in The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, CNN, and Al Jazeera, among many others. The artist also appeared on The Colbert Report in 2008.

The Identity Lecture Series
Elahi’s lecture will begin the VASD Program’s year-long consideration of Identity. Over the 2014-2015 academic year, the Program’s lecture series is investigating the ways creative thinkers are presenting, challenging, and manipulating the subject of identity in art, design, and culture. Examining identity is pertinent in many facets of contemporary life, including the incessant development and intimate integration of technology into daily life, the ease of travel and relocation, the changing recognition and validation of nontraditional gender roles and sexuality, the shifting perceptions of race, ethnicity, and immigration, and the increasingly normative occurrence of holding several different careers in a lifetime. By surveying a section of creative viewpoints on this subject, this VASD lecture series explores various manifestations of today’s protean self.

VASD Program
The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program explores critical, diverse, and creative inquiry. This interdisciplinary initiative enriches the academic experience at RMCAD and serves the greater Denver-metro community. For more on VASD, click here.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Screening

6:30 PM
Wednesday, Sep 3rd

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium


In celebration of RMCAD’s Welcome Week and the launch of the VASD Program’s lecture series, Identity, RMCAD will be hosting a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Harris Auditorium. This screening is presented in collaboration with Student Life, the VASD Program, and the RMCAD Foundations Department.

Enveloping topics of gender and sexuality, artistic and political freedom, and the human search for loving partnership, Hedwig and the Angry Inch presents a cinematic vision of identity through animation, music, and costume.

Hedwig is born a boy in East Berlin with dreams of becoming a glam rock star and escaping to the West. He falls in love with an American G.I. and agrees to a sex-change operation in the hopes it will lead to the fulfillment of his envisioned stardom. The operation is botched and so is the relationship. Hedwig finds (now) herself searching for her true other half, creative freedom, and artistic validation while on her U.S. tour in the not-so-glamorous venues of seafood restaurants. Her struggling tour follows the big time, arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis—a young boy who had once loved and sought mentorship from Hedwig, only to steal her songs, her heart, and her spotlight.* Hedwig belts out her tumultuous life story with humor and high-energy punk and rock inspired ballads in the tradition of David Bowie and à la Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Rated 'R' for sexual content and language.

Identity
Over the course of the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 semesters, the VASD Program will explore topics of identity. This lecture series investigates the ways creative thinkers are presenting, challenging, and manipulating the subject of identity in art, design, and culture. Examining identity is pertinent to many facets of contemporary life including the incessant development and intimate integration of technology into daily life, the ease of travel and relocation, the changing recognition and validation of nontraditional gender roles and sexuality, the shifting perceptions of race, ethnicity, and immigration, and the increasingly normative occurrence of holding several different careers in a lifetime. By surveying a section of creative viewpoints on this subject, this VASD lecture series explores various manifestations of today’s protean self.

*Anonymous, storyline of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Killer Films/New Line Cinema, IMDb, accessed August 4, 2014, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0248845/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Image: New Line Cinema

Join Us for the Fashion in Focus Event, August 23

11:00 AM
Saturday, Aug 23rd

Thanks to all who attended! Catch a glimpse of the event's highlight video!

Join RMCAD on August 23, 2014 for the Fashion in Focus event! This launch party will celebrate RMCAD's two newest undergraduate programs, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Photography and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. The event, titled Fashion in Focus, will include photography and styling workshops, a social mixer and a fashion show.

Workshop sessions include:
Fashion Editorial: Working With Models in Natural Light and Fashion
Fashion Design Workshop with Celebrity Fashion Stylist & Image Consultant Dean Hall
Fashion in the Studio: Lighting and Conceptual Interpretations

The day will conclude with a mixer and a fashion show. Featured designers include Jeannie Galioto, Caroline Smith, Salwa Owens and Tanya Notkof. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the Fashion in Focus website.

June Registration Workshop

11:00 AM
Friday, Jun 6th

RMCAD will hold a June Registration Workshop on Friday, June 6 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. At this event, attendees can connect with RMCAD’s key faculty and administrators, including program chairs, admissions counselors, financial aid advisors and members of our executive team. Come ready to have your questions answered! If you have completed your portfolio or have artwork you would like to present to our faculty, you may do so at this event.

The event will take place on RMCAD’s campus, located at 1600 Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 80214. When you arrive, please go to the first floor of the Texas Building, where our Registration Team will meet you.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing fvezzali@rmcad.edu. We look forward to seeing you on campus Friday!

Jeffco Professional Development Day

8:30 AM
Wednesday, Aug 13th

RMCAD will again partner with the Jefferson County Public School District to host a Professional Development Day for art educators. The event will take place at RMCAD on Wednesday, August 13, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Participants can earn Professional Development credits by engaging in workshops throughout the day.

Attendees can participate in three workshops. The following workshops have been confirmed:

  • Paper Fashion
    Inspired by the popular TV show Project Runway, participants in the Paper Fashion workshop will create one-of-a-kind garments and accessories using simple construction techniques and recycled paper.
  • Printmaking (CLOSED)
    In this workshop, participants will learn how to create a simple Collagraph plate to make unique prints.
  • Pinhole Cameras
    This workshop brings participants back to the basics. Attendees will explore the history of pinhole cameras and create their own to take home.
  • Raku Fire
    Raku firing is a process in which pottery is fired at a low temperature and then moved, while hot, to a closed container filled with combustible materials, such as paper and sawdust. In this workshop, participants will learn about Raku glazes and fire tiles in a Raku Kiln.
  • Guerrilla Knitting (CLOSED)
    Inspired by graffiti and street art, participants in this workshop will learn a basic crochet technique and the history behind yarn bombing.
  • 3D Chalk Art Perspective Showdown
    Working with pastels, participants will learn the fundamentals of 3D perspective chalk art and compete in a perspective showdown. Participants will be grouped together in teams and judged by RMCAD Outreach.

Registration for this event has closed.

Watertower Art + Craft Market

10:00 AM
Saturday, Jul 19th

Thank you to all who attended the Watertower Art + Craft Market! More than 450 community members visited campus to enjoy food, music and the artwork of talented vendors. Keep an eye on the Watertower Art + Craft website for information about next year's market.

The annual Watertower Art + Craft Market took place on campus, July 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

2014 Assessment in the Arts Conference - Engaging Assessment: Assessment as a Community Experience


Saturday, Jul 19th to Sunday, Jul 20th

Thank you for your interest and support for the 2014 Assessment in the Arts Conference. Due to unforeseen changes in resources and staffing, this year's conference will not take place. At this time, it is unknown whether the conference will return in 2015. We encourage you to check back for future updates.

2014 CHALK ART FESTIVAL

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 31st to Sunday, Jun 1st

What: Denver Chalk Art Festival
Where: Larimer Square, downtown Denver

When: May 31, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and June 1, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

RMCAD is thrilled to return as a sponsor of the Denver Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square. The school will also send a team of students to participate in the event. Denver Chalk Art Festival is a free event in which artists fill Larimer Square with chalk paintings. This year’s festival will be held May 31 and June 1, and will feature live music, vendors and a kid’s corner.

RMCAD is proud to present the Chalk Art Festival’s Youth Challenge. This component of the event features a dozen talented groups of youth and students from Colorado schools and organizations. All will compete for cash prizes that will go to their respective schools’ visual arts departments.

In previous years, RMCAD’s team of students has taken home the People’s Choice Award for their unique designs. We hope to experience more success this year and look forward to seeing you at the Denver Chalk Art Festival May 31 and June 1!

For more information click here.

RMCAD Welcomes Illustrator Will Terry to Campus

4:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday, May 16th to Saturday, May 17th

RMCAD has paired with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), to bring illustrator Will Terry to campus for a special presentation and workshop.

Will Terry is a popular children’s book illustrator and blogger who has illustrated over seventeen children’s books. His illustrations have also appeared in national advertisements for Sprint, Pizza Hut and Citibank, and large publications such as Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, and Time.

The lecture will be Friday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. and will focus on Terry’s career and past work. The intensive workshop will be all day Saturday, May 17 and will feature portfolio reviews that evening.

For more information about the event click here. For more information on Will Terry click here.

Image detail courtesy of the artist.

Military Art Lecture On Campus

9:00 AM
Tuesday, Apr 8th

RMCAD is pleased to welcome military war artist, Mike Fay to campus on Tuesday, April 8, at 9 a.m.. Mike will give a special lecture in the Mary Harris Auditorium about his career in art and the history of artists in the military.

Mike, an ex-Marine and artist, is an expert in the subject of military art. He received his MFA in Illustration at the University of Hartford and currently has been working on a series of exhibitions centered on the Joe Bonham Project. The project embodies efforts of wartime through illustration to document the struggles of U.S. service personnel undergoing rehabilitation after traumatic war injuries.

His work has also been recognized by large publications such as the New York Times, Guardian (UK) and Fox News. His work has been shown at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

This event open to the public. For more information about Mike Fay click here

Image courtesy of the artist.

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