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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.



Creative Industry Week

Monday, Apr 11th to Friday, Apr 15th

Join the RMCAD community and Colorado's creative industry leaders for a week of networking, guest lectures, and creative collaboration. The week's events include a career fair and networking reception, portfolio reviews by industry leaders, and a lecture hosted by the VASD Program.

RSVP here!

Creative Industry Week lineup:

Monday April 11
• 7:30 a.m. Kick-off breakfast: Texas Lobby
• 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Resume Writing Workshop: Triboro 102
• 5-7 p.m. Animation + Game Art Festival: Mary Harris Auditorium

Tuesday April 12
• 1:30 p.m. Business in the Arts: What are you worth?: Triboro 102
• 3-5 p.m. Portfolio reviews for Graphic Design, Animation, Illustration, Fine Arts: CLI

Wednesday April 13
• 11:45 a.m. Alumni Guest Lecture with Brian Nugent: Triboro 102
• 4-6 p.m. Career Fair: Philip J. Steele Gallery
• 6-8 p.m. Soiree: Rotunda

Thursday April 14
• 1:30 p.m. Errez Design, It's Personal, It's Business. The Journey of Starting a Design Business : Triboro 102
• 3-5 p.m. Portfolio Reviews for Interior Design, Fashion Design, Commercial Photography: CLI
• 7 p.m. VASD Guest Miranda July: Mary Harris Auditorium

Friday April 15
• 11:45 a.m. Next Day Q+A with Miranda July: Rotunda, Carpenter Lawn

List of guest speakers:

Brian Nugent
After graduating from the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in 2004, Brian Nugent began his career as a Los Angeles-based freelance visual effects artist working in the Motion Picture Industry. He has traveled the globe working on the world's most acclaimed commercials and films including: Iron Man, Avengers 2, Benjamin Button, X-Men First Class, Batman v. Superman, 300, The Hobbit, and Captain America franchises.

Errez Design
Ruben Gutierrez is an architecturally trained creative designer who formed Errez Design Inc. in 2009 with his wife, Katie. Errez Design is an interior design and architectural design office combining artistic vision with practical logistics. Every project is inspired by the tastes and preferences of the individual client, resulting in spaces that are both beautiful and uniquely representative. This young, eclectic firm has worked on a number of projects to critical acclaim and wide-spread recognition.

Miranda July
Miranda July is an artist, writer, and filmmaker whose work has been 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.



Creative Industry Launch

11:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday, Dec 8th to Wednesday, Dec 9th


Join the RMCAD community and Colorado’s creative industry leaders for two days of networking, guest lectures, and creative collaboration.

Industry leaders will review portfolios and provide career advice to RMCAD students; the series of events will culminate with a Creative Connections Soiree to allow for networking. We hope to see you there!

December 8th
11:30 a.m. - Private tour of RedLine exhibition Greenscapes with artist Jim Green
1:45 p.m. - Fashion Design Lecture | Megan Timlin, owner of Whorl Boutique
4:00 p.m. - Graphic Design Lecture | Joshua Wills, Consume & Create Studio

December 9th
11:45 a.m. - Illustration Lecture | Michael Keen, program director at Art Gym Denver
4:30 p.m. - Portfolio Reviews
6:30 p.m. - Creative Connection Soirée: Cocktails + hors d’oeuvres




7:00 PM
Wednesday, Nov 11th

Ironoia: The Mistrust of Things
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus. Map.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

About the Lecture
There has been much talk of irony as an aesthetic penchant, an affectation of hipsters, and a failure to be earnest or true to oneself. But this critique of irony is hardly new—we’ve been hearing it incessantly for two decades – and it is not even really clear what irony is, anyway. A concept that is millennia old has slipped through many different meanings over time.

Combining his expertise in video games, philosophy, technology, and cultural critique, Ian Bogost will present a revised theory of irony that addresses the failure to earnestly encounter the outside world. In this lecture Bogost will ask and, at least in part, answer a series of questions that orient objects at the center.

About the Lecturer
Dr. Ian Bogost is an author and award-winning game designer. He is the Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Bogost is also founding partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio, and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where he writes regularly about technology and popular culture.

Bogost’s video games about social and political issues cover topics as varied as airport security, suburban errands, pandemic flu, and tort reform. His independent games include Cow Clicker, a Facebook game that was the subject of a Wired magazine feature, and A Slow Year, a collection of video game poems for Atari VCS, Windows, and Mac, which won the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 IndieCade Festival. Bogost is currently working on a forthcoming book about living playfully in an age of irony.

The Humor Lecture Series
Throughout the fall 2015 and spring 2016 this lecture series will focus 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.

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 information, to watch lectures from our past series, and to explore the Program archive, please go to our website at




6:30 PM
Tuesday, Oct 27th

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Doors: 6:30 p.m. | Performance: 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition reception immediately following performance
Mary Harris Auditorium
RMCAD campus

Free and open to the public.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

About the Performance
Informed by mythological stories, melodrama, soap operas, R&B, and music videos, artist Kalup Linzy presents a special live musical performance titled A Lullaby, A Job, and an Ass to Hope For. As Kaye, the protagonist from his full length video Romantic Loner, Linzy will perform original songs interspersed with video interludes and will be accompanied by Ben Darwish on keyboard. With equal parts admiration and satire, Linzy’s performances address both the sincerity and absurdity found in the complexities of family, race, gender, romantic entanglement, and celebrity.

About the Exhibition
Art.Jobs.Lullabies. (Lakewood-Denver, Colorado Edition)
October 19, 2015 - November 24, 2015
RMCAD’s Philip J. Steele Gallery will feature an exhibition of videos and works on paper by Linzy (some works attributed to the characters featured in his videos) in conjunction with his VASD Program performance.

About the Artist
Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York, Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy's best-known work is a series of videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera and imbue them with art world drama.

Linzy’s work has received many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, an Art Matters Grant, and The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency. His work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, and MoMA PS1. Institutional collection of his work includes Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In summer 2010, Linzy appeared alongside James Franco on the long-running ABC soap opera General Hospital in a storyline that incorporated performance art.



October HarvestFest

4:00 PM
Friday, Oct 30th

To celebrate the successful launch of this summer's FARMCAD farmer's market, we will host a special HarvestFest celebration here on campus specifically for students, faculty, alumni, and staff Friday, October 30 from 4-6 p.m.

PB&J Truck and Meatball will be offering their standard menus, along with caramel apples. Strongwater Small Batch Spirits and Botanicals will be mixing seasonal cocktails with HarvestFest souvenir cups in Rotunda (21+). Special activities will include:
-Ghost tours
-Scarecrow building contest with a $50 prize
-Free face painting and henna tattoos
-Guessing games with prizes
-Live music
-Dog Halloween Costume Contest with a $50 prize for best costume!

If you plan on attending, please RSVP here to help us ensure we have enough refreshments!

Please email Shelley Fladry at with any questions.

*All dogs must be leashed, curbed and are not allowed in academic areas! If an animal is being disruptive, you will be asked to remove it​ from campus.



Decoding Humor in Art + Design

7:00 PM
Tuesday, Sep 29th

Dr. Peter McGraw + Chelsey Delaney present an on-stage conversation:
Decoding Humor in Art + Design
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Doors 6:30 p.m. | Event 7 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus.

This event is FREE and open to the public, however seating is limited.
Please RSVP here.

About the Lecture
Great comedy is an art form, but what makes an artist a great comedian? Join two humor experts as they hash out the interplay of art, design, and comedy. We will explore what makes something funny, the benefits (and costs) of pursuing humor within art and design, and how humor enhances the creative process.

About the Lecturers
Dr. Peter McGraw, a marketing and psychology professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, directs the Humor Research Lab (HuRL), and is the co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.
Chelsey Delaney leads User Experience at Planned Parenthood Federation of America at its new Digital Products Lab. She completed her Master of Design thesis on the intersection of humor and interaction design in 2011 at Carnegie Mellon University. She regularly writes and speaks about humor and design.

The Humor Lecture Series
This on-stage conversation lays a contextual groundwork for the VASD Program’s yearlong Humor lecture series. Throughout fall 2015 and spring 2016, this series focuses 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.



Condom Couture Goes Hollywood

7:30 PM
Friday, Oct 9th

Welcome to the 3rd annual Condom Couture Fashion show! Condom Couture is an annual fundraising event for Women’s Health and a full runway fashion show featuring one-of-a-kind fashions created from condoms. Yes, condoms!

Darlene C. Ritz, Chair of the Fashion Design program, will be judging the costume designs, and several Commercial Photography students will shoot the event. This year's theme is Condom Couture Goes Hollywood!

The event will be held at the newly renovated Glenn Miller Ballroom on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, Friday, October 9, 2015. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Who is Women’s Health?
Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center is a nonprofit reproductive healthcare provider with clinics in Boulder and Longmont. The Mission of Women’s Health is to provide accessible, confidential and comprehensive gynecological and reproductive healthcare, including sexual health services and education.

To find out more information on the event, please download:
2015 Call to Fashion

Or contact:
Brittany Burton
(303) 440-9320 (x39)



Museum of Outdoor Arts: Student Installation

5:30 PM
Thursday, Aug 20th

On August 18, 2015, RMCAD students will install a temporary outdoor public art piece at the iconic Brookfield Properties' Denver skyscraper, Republic Plaza, located at 370 17th Street. The sculpture will be installed on the building's north outdoor plaza pedestal at 17th and Tremont and will be on display through November 2015. There will be a public opening reception at the property on August 20 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

The project is a product of the Museum of Outdoor Arts' (MOA) Design and Build Program, in which temporary public art is created from design to installation. MOA worked with stakeholder Arts Brookfield to commission the Experimental Studies summer class at RMCAD to design, build, and install this temporary public art piece. Pike's Peak or Bust, is a large-scale temporary sculpture that pays homage to the Colorado Pike's Peak Gold Rush of the 1800's (see rendering above). The sculpture was constructed over an eight-week period by eight participating students overseen by faculty members.

"MOA's Design and Build program has been operating for nearly 25 years," said MOA President and Executive Director Cynthia Madden Leitner. "We work with various stakeholders in the community to secure a site and realize a piece of site-specific public art. We are fortunate to have collaborated with Arts Brookfield and Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design on this year's project."

Since 1991, MOA's Design and Build program has provided an opportunity for young artists, students and creative minds to express their creativity in collaborative art projects. Assisted by university instructors and professional artists, Design and Build participants produce exciting and original site-specific art works for public spaces in the Denver metro area. Interns find creative solutions to practical challenges as they master the skills to transform their creative ideas into finished pieces.

The program generates temporary public art and exhibitions while offering lessons in collaborative teamwork, problem-solving, and aesthetic and technical considerations. From concept to installation, students must consider a variety of elements including environmental concern, safety, budgeting, project design, proposal writing, maquette making, construction, and installation.

Arts Brookfield is a program of Brookfield Properties and invigorates public spaces through the presentation of free cultural experiences in Brookfield's premier buildings around the world. By commissioning, producing, and presenting world-class works of art, Arts Brookfield supports creativity and innovation in the fields of music, dance, theater, film, and visual art. As a result, Republic Plaza features year round indoor and outdoor art exhibitions for the enjoyment of its tenants and surrounding community.

The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to making the visual and performing arts accessible to everyone by implementing its mission of "Making Art a Part of Everyday Life". MOA receives partial funding from the City of Englewood, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) of Arapahoe County, and the Xcel Energy Foundation. MOA owns and operates Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in collaboration with its tenant AEG Live-Rocky Mountains, and is home to art studios and indoor galleries at its main headquarters on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center at 1000 Englewood Parkway, Suite 2-230, Englewood, CO 80110.

Information courtesy of Museum of Outdoor Arts Press Release.
For more information on MOA, visit:
Press Contact: Tim Vacca,



Gotta Play

7:00 PM
Tuesday, Jul 21st

Gotta Play
Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker
Tuesday, July 21 | Lecture at 7 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

About The Lecture
Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker will discuss their collaborative video work in which they playfully use the inherent properties of everyday objects to generate incisive and poetic social criticism. The lecture will present Conlon and Harker’s exploratory process, the influence of their geographic context, and the importance of elements such as sound, rhythm, narrative, and humor to create both a visual impact and sociopolitical commentary. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Now? Now!, featuring work by Conlon and Harker. The artists will also present at MCA Denver’s Mixed Taste series on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Please contact the Biennial of the Americas and MCA Denver for details regarding these events.

About The Lecturers
Donna Conlon (Atlanta, 1966) and Jonathan Harker (Quito, 1975) live and work in Panama City, Panama. Conlon and Harker have exhibited their collaborations widely, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; El Museo del Barrio, New York; and Palais du Tokyo, Paris. They have also participated in the 43rd Salón (Inter)Nacional de Artistas, Medellín, Colombia; Mercosur Biennale, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Pontevedra Biennale, Spain; and the Havana Biennale. Their collaborations are also included in public collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Tate Modern, London.

Humor Lecture Series
Gotta Play is the first lecture previewing the VASD Program’s upcoming series exploring humor. This lecture series focuses 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. Existing in a boundary-blurring space where joy and anguish meet, humor allows creators to reveal the severity and ridiculousness of contemporary life.