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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

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.



Steamroller Print Event

10:00 AM
Saturday, Apr 23rd

Mo'Print and RMCAD will host a steamroller print event on RMCAD's campus Saturday April 23 at 10 a.m. Come have your woodblock inked and print pressed by a two ton steamroller. Free to watch, $20 for block printing.

For more information on the event, visit




7:00 PM
Thursday, Apr 14th

This event is SOLD OUT

On-Stage Conversation with Lanny DeVuono
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Lecture begins at 7 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus

About the Event
The VASD Program is honored to close out the year’s Humor series by hosting Miranda July in an on-stage conversation with Lanny Frances DeVuono. The discussion will focus on July’s use of humor, which employs a complexity of emotion that exposes something deep and raw about our humanity, communities, and relationships.

About Miranda July
July’s work has exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Biennale, and in two Whitney Biennials. July wrote, directed, and starred in two, feature-length, award winning films: The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know. Her fiction has been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and many other publications, and collected in the book No One Belongs Here More Than You. Her New York Times Bestselling novel The First Bad Man was published last year. July has created a number of interactive works, including web and email-based projects, a geosocial networking app, and her recent participatory performance titled New Society.

About Lanny Frances DeVuono
DeVuono is a Denver-based artist, art writer, and associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of Colorado Denver. DeVuono has received numerous awards for her work, including a Fulbright Fellowship and a Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Grant. She has written about contemporary art in past publications, including Art News and New Art Examiner. Drawings by DeVuono are currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver through June 5, 2016 in the exhibition titled Critical Focus: Lanny DeVuono. More information is available at

Humor Lecture Series
An Evening with Miranda July is the seventh and final presentation in the VASD Program’s yearlong Humor series. Throughout fall 2015 and spring 2016, the series has focused on the application of comedy, parody, irony, play, and wit as instruments of communication and experimentation in art, design, and culture. As a fundamental element of the human experience, humor crosses nations and histories. Humor exists in a boundary-blurring space where joy and anguish meet, allowing creators to reveal the severity and ridiculousness of contemporary life.



Jim Woodring // Making LIght

Thursday, Mar 24th

Further updates will be available on the VASD website.

Making Light
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

About the Lecture
Woodring is an instinctive artist who seldom analyzes his methods, but in this lecture he will shine a light on processes and principles that have heretofore operated in the shadows. Woodring’s vivid imagery contains a wealth of historic and contemporary references, enabling him to discover rich visual languages in his wordless comics. In this lecture, Woodring will share many of his obscure influences and inspirational touchstones to help explore what makes his work so inexplicably, and often darkly, humorous.

About the Lecturer
Jim Woodring is a cartoonist whose comics, drawings, and paintings intermingle themes of humor and horror. Based in Vashon Island, just outside of Seattle, WA, Woodring depicts worlds from his unique vision fluid with hallucinations and surrealistic absurdity. These strange and immersive images have been published in multiple acclaimed books, including The Book of Jim and Weathercraft. His celebrated ‘Frank’ stories take readers deep into a persuasively drawn world, which The New York Times described as “half unshakable nightmare, half Chuck Jones cartoon filtered through the Bhagavad Gita.” Woodring was awarded the Artist Trust Gap Award, a United States Artist Fellowship (with Bill Frisell), an Inkpot Award at the 2008 Comic-Con International in San Diego, and the 2010 Literature Genius from Seattle’s The Stranger.