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RMCAD Experience

Saturday, Jun 4th

RMCAD Experience
Saturday, June 4
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Campus of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Prospective and admitted students (and family/friends!) are welcome to join us for our open house event—RMCAD Experience. Throughout the course of the day, students will be introduced to the RMCAD culture, and meet with faculty and staff.

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Cheryl Pope, The Physicality of Space

6:30 PM
Thursday, Jun 18th

The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program presents:
Cheryl Pope, The Physicality of Space
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Doors open 6:30 p.m. | Lecture 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
This event is free and open to the public.
Space is limited, please: RSVP.

Cheryl Pope is a visual artist working in sculpture, installation, and performance mediums. Her work questions and responds to issues of identity as it relates to both the private and public self. In her lecture, The Physicality of Space, Pope will discuss her work in relation to the body.

Pope will examine physicality from a variety of interrelated approaches including her experience as a boxer, her studio practice, and her performance work. Offering insights and connections between the body, experience, and exhibition, the artist will explore corporal identity at the nexus of art and design.

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 information about the VASD Program, previous guest, and upcoming events, please visit




10:00 AM
Saturday, Sep 12th

A Local Food, Art & Craft Market
Saturday, September 12 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
RSVP here.

Come join the Lakewood creative community for FARMCAD, a farmer's market featuring fresh produce, food trucks, pop up boutiques, activities, and music. The event will take place on our beautiful, historic campus once a month, starting in June and ending in September. Come discover local artists and vendors selling their handmade goods and flavorful eats.

For a list of vendors and more information, visit



Fashion Denver's Merry Market at the Mansion

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, Dec 7th to Sunday, Dec 7th

Join Fashion Denver Sunday, December 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for its annual Merry Market at the Mansion. The annual holiday fashion market will feature more than 25 local Colorado fashion businesses at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion. The holiday market continues a 10-year tradition with the mansion providing the perfect backdrop for a day of shopping and fashion fun!

There will be three fashion shows throughout the day to showcase the businesses that will be selling their designs at the market, as well as fashion giveaways. Fashion shows are at: 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Day's Events:
-RMCAD's Fashion Design program, sponsor to the event, will host a jewel collared make and take table.
-Downstairs attendees can watch members of Paper Bird perform country tunes at 3 p.m.
-Lowbrow Denver will have a large community coloring project for all to get their color on.
-After the 4 p.m. fashion show, there will be a special musical presentation by Fashion Denver founder Brandi Shigley and @Lordz of Posh.

Featured designers:
Alternate Decision Clothing
Bad Cat Mittens
Dose Apparel
Elle Muse 1961
Fashion House of Rae Marie, Rachel Marie Hurst
Gino Velardi
Heather and Hide
I GET DOWN Clothing & Apparel
ily | iley
Marie-Margot Couture
Meraki Moon
Purelux Boutique
Salwa Owens
Shae Designs
shop billie
Spirit Pervades Matter
Style Driven

Makeup by Sameera
Hair by 3 Little Birds Salon

Event artwork credit: Mallory Sherwood Engelstad.



VASD + MCA Denver’s Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

Tuesday, Dec 9th

In concurrence with MCA Denver’s current exhibition, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, the VASD Program is offering three exciting events as part of the Program’s Identity series:

Screening: The Royal Tenenbaums
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Please click here to RSVP.
Mary Harris Auditorium

About the Film
Enveloping topics of success, lineage, expectation, love and commitment, The Royal Tenenbaums presents a cinematic vision of identity situated within the family. Fraught with evolving and shifting loyalties, betrayals, and the unique and often complicated nature of familial love, this stunningly beautiful film by Director Wes Anderson features a score composed by Mark Mothersbaugh. Rated R for some language, sexuality/nudity and drug content.

Private Tour of Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 1:15 p.m.
Hosted by MCA Denver Director Adam Lerner
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany Street
RMCAD community only. Reservation is required and space is limited. Please click here to RSVP.
Reservations will close 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 8, 2014, or when filled.

About the Tour
Join the VASD Program for a private, RMCAD exclusive tour of the retrospective exhibition, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, with Museum Director and Chief Animator Adam Lerner at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Adam Lerner
Who Made the 80’s: Part Two
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany Street
Reservation is required and space is limited. RMCAD community only. Please click here to RSVP.
The general public can purchase tickets here.
Reservations will close 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 8, 2014, or when filled.

About the Lecture
Who Made the 80’s is a lecture presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver as part of the Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia exhibition. Director and Chief Animator, Adam Lerner will explain the story and ideas behind the exhibition and the three-year process to introduce the world to one of the most creative minds of the past forty years.

About Mark Mothersbaugh
As an extraordinary and boundless contemporary artist and musician, Mothersbaugh co-founded the 1980’s New Wave band DEVO and is the award winning composer of numerous films including The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, 21 Jump Street, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as the theme song for television’s Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Mothersbaugh’s prolific work spans diverse mediums including rugs, music, fashion, drawing, sculpture, video and prints. The artist’s cross-disciplinary career positions him at the intersection of art and pop culture, and exemplifies the identity of a contemporary artist as a cultural critic and nonconformist outsider. Individuals like Mothersbaugh become culture creators, able to realize a new vision of the world from their own, unfettered imagination. More on Mark Mothersbaugh at

About the Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
“Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia is the first retrospective of Mark Mothersbaugh’s work from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. This body of work presents a unique combination of cultural criticism and personal expression through drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music. But more than that, his work provides a missing link in the history of contemporary art and culture. At once an artist, musician, and tinkerer, he offers a key to understanding the current state of art, with its hybridity, subjectivity and fluid boundaries. Mothersbaugh’s work reveals his unique artistic voice and also asserts his role in the intersecting legacies that have formed contemporary culture.” – MCA Denver. More on the MCA Denver exhibition Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia at

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Paul Sullivan Screening/Lecture

11:30 AM
Friday, Nov 7th

Join us on Thursday, November 6th for a showing of the feature film, The Book of Life, and Friday, November 7th for a follow-up lecture with the film's art director and RMCAD alumnus, Paul Sullivan. Students can enjoy free tickets to the film by signing up at the Student Activities Board. Please see the following dates and times for details:

The Book of Life Movie Showing
Thursday, Nov. 6th
7:15 p.m. at the front desk, we'll carpool to the theater
Tickets are free for students only! Sign up at the Student Activities Board to reserve your ticket.

Friday, Nov. 7th
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Shore Building Lobby
There will be a Book of Life costume contest with the best costume(s) winning prizes, so dress in your best!

Paul Sullivan Lecture + Q&A
Friday, Nov. 7th
12:30 p.m. in the Mary Harris Auditorium
The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A from 1:30-2:30 p.m. after the lecture. For more information, contact Mel Kern at

Working primarily in the film and video game industries, Paul Sullivan has worked on visual development for many titles. Sullivan's professional portfolio includes the following movies and games: The Book of Life 2014, Free Birds 2013, Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, Megamind, Judy Moody and the not Bummer Summer, Tomb Raider Underworld, Tomb Raider Anniversary, Afro Samurai, X -men 3, Iron Man and Afterburner Black Falcon, among others. Sullivan's lecture will provide insight about the movie and his experience working on it—including techniques and processes.



Fall Festival

1:00 PM
Friday, Oct 24th

Students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy an afternoon of tricks and treats at RMCAD's Fall Festival on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 1-4 p.m. Join us on the Carpenter Lawn for and afternoon filled with fall activities including:
A pumpkin carving contest
Lunch served fresh from the grill
Lawn games
Tarot card readings
Campus ghost tours
Cider and s'mores
A raffle
A scarecrow-making contest.

We hope to see you there!




Friday, Oct 10th to Sunday, Nov 2nd

Emerging RMCAD artists will be featured in a group exhibition, GRAYDATION, hosted at Denver's EDGE Gallery. The exhibition will begin with an opening reception Friday, October 10 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and will run through November 2, 2014. The works will feature an exploration of the non-conforming manner of the gray area and the successive changes of gradation.

Group exhibition artists:
Alexis Acebey
Ashley Ahlene
Arlexis Gallegos
Rashelle Stetman
Joseph Brown
Bonnie Geuder
Brooke Glandt
Alison Reid

Visit for more information and directions to the EDGE Gallery.



Judy Chicago

6:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 16th

Judy Chicago: Five Decades
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Thanks to all that came to Judy Chicago's lecture! A recap video of the post-lecture book signing can be found here.

The Lecture
In celebration of her 75th birthday and in concurrence with the exhibition Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970-2014 at RedLine, Denver, Judy Chicago will present an overview of her exceptional career in a lecture titled Judy Chicago: Five Decades. Chicago’s lecture will present a vital addition to the VASD Program’s series exploring identity and will review her contribution to contemporary discourse. Chicago’s work has taken many forms throughout her career. What remains unfaltering is the artist’s continuous championship for women’s rights to free expression, her advocacy for an expanded notion of the artist’s role in society, and an unabashed emphasis on women’s contributions to art, culture, and history.

About the Lecturer
Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans over five decades. One of Chicago’s primary goals was to overcome the erasure of women’s achievements that is symbolically expressed in The Dinner Party, her monumental representation of women in Western Civilization—now permanently housed at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Her influence both within and beyond the art community is evident through her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, a number of the books authored by the artist are published in foreign editions, bringing her art and philosophy to thousands of readers worldwide.

About the Exhibition: Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970–2014
Following her introductory lecture at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, RedLine will celebrate Chicago’s 75th birthday by presenting a survey of her work, with a special emphasis on her fiber works. Curated by Simon Zalkind, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, this exhibition is part of She Crossed the Line, RedLine’s yearlong focus on female artists.

Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970–2014
Curated by Simon Zalkind
October 17–December 28, 2014
Opening Reception on Friday, October 17, 2014
Member & VIP Reception at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Public Reception at 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80205
More information at

The Identity Lecture Series
Judy Chicago: Five Decades is the second lecture in the VASD Program’s Identity lecture series. 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.

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.



Hinrichs, McCoy + Glaser

5:30 PM
Wednesday, Oct 8th

Kathy McCoy & Kit Hinrichs
Featuring a special video message by Milton Glaser
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Panel Discussion from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium

RMCAD's Graphic Design Department will host Kit Hinrichs and Kathy McCoy for a reception and panel discussion on design in the Mary Harris Auditorium.

About the Presenters:

Katherine McCoy cochaired Cranbrook Academy of Art's Design Department for 24 years, and was a Senior Lecturer at Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute of Design in Chicago and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art. She is a AIGA Medallist and an elected member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Kansas City Art Institute. With her husband Michael, she received the Smithsonian Design Museum’s first Design Mind Award. Katherine consults in communications design for cultural and environmental clients, and writes on design criticism and history.

Kit Hinrichs served as principal in several design offices in New York and San Francisco and spent 23 years as a partner of Pentagram before opening Studio Hinrichs in 2009. His design experience incorporates a wide range of projects, including corporate communications, brand development, promotion, packaging, catalogs, environmental graphics, editorial and exhibition design. Kit’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress. He has co-chaired the Alliance Graphique Internationale San Francisco Congress, and is an AIGA medalist.

Celebrating the 100th Year Anniversary of AIGA, special limited numbered and signed posters from the 3 designers will be for sale with the proceeds benefiting the AIGA Design Archives located at the Denver Art Museum’s Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics.