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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 We look forward to seeing you on campus Friday!



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.




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.




9:45 AM
Saturday, Jun 7th

On Saturday, June 7 from 9:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., RMCAD will host RMCAD Create Day. Prospective students can participate in workshops led by faculty to gain experience and build an understanding of the creative possibilities in art and design. Family and friends will also be able to interact with faculty and the admissions department. After the event, there will be an optional campus tour and an opportunity to meet with the admissions team.

Attendees will participate in two workshops The first workshop will be a session on Portfolio Development, where students will learn how to professionally document their work and assemble a portfolio for college admissions. Students will choose which session they would like to attend for their second workshop. Options include:
Draw!: Students will engage in fun drawing exercises with our Illustration faculty.
Design!: Students will learn the basics of Photoshop from our Graphic Design faculty.
Admissions Meet + Greet: Spend some quality time one on one with an Admissions Counselor to learn about the next steps.
Portfolio Development Workshop: Learn how to professionally document your work and assemble a portfolio for college admissions.

This event is free of charge.

Click here to RSVP.



Adobe Speaker Paul Trani to present at RMCAD

12:30 PM
Friday, Mar 14th

RMCAD is thrilled to welcome Adobe Senior Worldwide Creative Cloud Evangelist and RMCAD alumnus Paul Trani to campus on March 14, 2014. Trani will present on the current and future role of Adobe tools in design. The presentation will be held in the Mary Harris Auditorium from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Paul Trani has worked with Adobe as a writer and trainer for over a decade. His passion for educating and training designers has led him to Top Author status on and enabled him to create a robust stream of content for AdobeTV, Creative Cloud Learn and his own website. Before he joined Adobe, Paul worked as an interactive designer, trainer and author. He graduated from RMCAD with a BFA in Illustration.

Trani’s presentation will detail the “Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Creative Cloud”. He will discuss tips and updates to help users in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Eects, Edge Tools and Services and more.

The presentation is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. There is no charge for attendance. However, RSVP is recommended. Click here to register. Learn more about Paul at Adobe Events.



Franco Mattes, What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen

7:00 PM
Thursday, Mar 20th

Franco Mattes
What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:00 p.m. lecture
Mary Harris Auditorium

Click here to RSVP

About the Lecture
Franco Mattes’ lecture What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen will present a selection of the collaborative works of Eva and Franco Mattes. These works often elicit complex conversations about the ethics of detachment in virtual interactions and the murky differentiation between reality and simulation. Utilizing the Internet’s global and virtual space to create many of their artworks, the Mattes subvert assumed conceptions of identity, truth and the knowing engagement and participation of the viewer. As creative provocateurs, Mattes’ lecture will engage the audience in common conversations in art discourse addressing reality and authenticity, and then will problematize and obscure any and all of those expectations.

About the Lecturers
Franco Mattes is one-half of the artist duo Eva and Franco Mattes. Originally from Italy, the artists work collaboratively in Brooklyn, NY. They create artworks in a combination of mediums including performance, video and the Internet. The Mattes’ artworks present falsities and misinformation, deliberately misrepresent and obfuscate, and often require their unwitting viewer’s reactions to complete the pieces. The artists’ works are exhibited nationally and internationally. Some past exhibition locations include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Site Santa Fe, the Sundance Film Festival, MoMA PS1, Performa, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, The New Museum in New York, Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt, and the 2001 Venice Bienniale, in which they created a computer virus titled Eva and Franco Mattes are the founders and co-directors of the international festival The Influencers held at the CCCB, Barcelona, Spain. In 2006 the Mattes’ works were awarded the New York Prize from the Italian Academy at Columbia University.

Franco Mattes is the forth and final visitor for the VASD Program Interventions lecture series. This series examines the possibilities and types of interventions existing in the cultural realm today. Interventions are ruptures in systems or moments of directional change that often create new perspectives – like a New Year’s resolution or a political revolt. Historically, art and design interventions have run concurrently with, and sometimes led, new ways of seeing the world.

The Interventions series began in September 2013 with London-based artist/designer Daniel Eatock’s lecture Subject to Change, followed by Micah White’s lecture The Future of Protest, and then architect Nader Tehrani’s lecture The Architecture of Installations in January 2014. To see these and other past VASD lectures, please visit the VASD YouTube page.

The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program is an interdisciplinary initiative that is culturally inclusive, intellectually expansive, and ultimately enriches the RMCAD and the larger Denver-metro community experience. An integral part of the educational mission of RMCAD, the VASD Program fosters vision, creativity and innovation by bringing leading national and international artists, scholars and designers to campus each year. The Program provides direct access to contemporary art, design and culture, and inspires appreciation and critical inquiry through diverse and challenging artistic visions.

All VASD lectures are free and open to the public; however, RSVP is highly recommended due to limited seating. Click here to reserve your seats.

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Joan Kresek, Paintings Inspired by China and the New Year of the Horse

Thursday, Feb 6th to Thursday, Mar 6th

Don’t miss Paintings Inspired by China and the New Year of the Horse, an exhibition by RMCAD Online Faculty member, Joan Kresek. The exhibit will run from February 6 to March 6, 2014 at the Donna Moravec Gallery. Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Kresek will also host a painting workshop on Friday, Feb. 21, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Donna Moravec Gallery: Art & Design, CCA, Lowry Campus, at 9202 E. Severn Place, Bldg 901 North Quad Denver, CO 80230

At top: Joan Kresek, The Real Red One with a Laughing Buddha (detail), 24" x 24", Acrylic Paint on Canvas, 2014