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VASD Program Presents: Dr. Tor Wager + Shawn Preston

6:00 PM
Thursday, Oct 6th

Seeing and Feeling as Conceptual Acts
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6 p.m.

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

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.



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
RSVP Here.

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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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.



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!



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.



Creative Mornings Denver

8:30 AM
Friday, Jul 8th

Josh and Tran Wills
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:

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!



NPD Albuquerque 2017

10:00 AM
Sunday, Dec 3rd

RMCAD Hosts Albuquerque National Portfolio Day 2017
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel
5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Student Check In 10 a.m.
Portfolio Reviews 12 - 4 p.m.

On Sunday, December 3, 2017, RMCAD will host National Portfolio Day (NPD) in Albuquerque at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. 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 10 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.

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



RMCAD Happy Hour + Campus Tours

4:00 PM
Wednesday, Jun 1st

NAFSA attendees, please join us for a happy hour with campus tours at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) Wednesday, June 1st from 4 - 7 p.m. We will be providing shuttle service to our historic campus from the convention center (Less than 10 minutes). Enjoy campus tours, food, drinks, and music during your visit while getting to know the community members that make RMCAD a leading art + design school.

RSVP today!




Saturday, Sep 17th
2016 DATES:
June 18th ~ 10-2 p.m.
July 16th ~ 10-2 p.m.
August 20th ~ 10-7 p.m. (In collaboration with West Colfax MuralFest)
September 17th ~ 10-2 p.m.

After a fantastic and successful first season, FARMCAD is returning for the summer of 2016! Join us on the campus of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design for art, craft, fashion vendors, local eats, music, and entertainment!

Once a month, RMCAD transforms it's beautiful 23-acre campus into a summertime festival for all ages. Check out goods from local vendors ranging from vintage clothing and accessories, flowers and succulents, paper goods, and skin care products, grab some food from a variety of food trucks and vendors, or just hang out in the grass and listen to some live music! Let your kids explore the Kids Zone and enjoy a beautiful summer day with your family and friends.

Vendors include:
A&E Creations - Native American Artwork 100% Hand Crafted
Art of Kaitastic - I'm a 2D Animation student that focuses on aspects of Character Design and Visual Development for story telling.
Athena Project
Beadwork Bandit - Handmade Jewelry
Being Eunoia - Arts + Crafts out of recycled materials
Chaz Kraizer Works - Air-brush paintings, metal-work paintings, magnets. Masks. Hand-painted clothing. Commissions accepted.
Color Sweet Designs - Handmade American Girl Doll Dresses , pants ,tops ,sweaters coats and all accessories.... I also have some Jewelry one of a kind wire wrapped cabachons
Drew Austin Designs - Functional ceramic wares for the home such as mugs, cutting boards, and coasters as well as smaller items like keychains.
Evan Mitchell Art & Illustration - I am a freelance illustrator and artist. I will be selling prints of my illustrations and possible a couple original pieces.
Fosco - Original design t-shirts and fine art for sale
La Catrina Imports - I'm starting with this small business selling Mexican crafts. Everything is made in Mexico by artesians from different parts of Mexico.
Molly Lynne Illustrations - Original illustrations, prints, handmade postcards, stickers
Namlo International - The goal of Namlo international is to help develop sustainable communities and improve the quality of life for people in poor, remote villages in Nepal + Nicaragua. Selling items such as handicrafts, Cotton/Dhaka Shawls, Cashmere scarfs, coffee and potteries from Nicaragua, Tea from Nepal, Jewelry and paintings from Nepal and Nicaragua.
Originals by Suzanne - I sell note cards and magnets, which I designed, and photographs that feature my photography.
Patterns & Pops - fashion truck
Stiletto Hippie - Nature inspired jewelry, art and decor
Summer Snow Shave Ice - Snow Cones
The Funky Trunk - Mobile Boutique selling handmade goods, vintage wares and fair trade items from around the world Truck
The Navigator Handmade - Handmade vintage map jewelry, trinkets, and home decor



Housing Event, June 18

9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 18th to Saturday, Jun 18th

Make yourself at home! Attend RMCAD’s housing event on June 18 to get assistance in finding housing, meeting a roommate, and learning more about Denver’s cultural offerings.

At this event, you’ll take a guided shuttle tour around Denver to see a variety of neighborhoods and get a feel for the housing options available to you*. If you’re looking for a roommate, there will be plenty of time to mingle with other students who are also looking for accommodations. Additionally, you’ll have access to RMCAD staff members and apartment leasing agents who can answer any questions you might have and assist you with your transition to College.

The event will be held concurrently with FARMCAD, a monthly art and craft market held on RMCAD’s Campus. You’ll have time to shop and enjoy lunch from a food truck while you get a feel for campus life.

Have questions about this event? Contact Admissions Support or (303) 753-6046.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP.

RMCAD is pleased to partner with the Denver, Lakewood Holiday Inn. Please contact this hotel for availability and discounts.

*Space is limited on shuttle tours, so each student may bring only one guest.