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Nihil Exhibition

Thursday, Nov 6th

The Philip J. Steele Gallery invites you November 6-28, 2014 to Allen Hampton's Nihil exhibition. The exhibition will commence with an opening reception Thursday, November 6, from 5-8 p.m. An artist talk will take place the following day, Friday, November 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Harris Auditorium.

About the artist:
Allen Hampton was born in 1982, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he spent the first 23 years of his life. He attained a Master's degree from the University of South Florida, and currently resides in the Tampa Bay area. Allen has exhibited in much of the United States, as well as overseas. Allen’s work focuses on a constant need to confront and understand that which does not make sense. Each piece attempts to present itself as a binary of thought processes. The works are bipolar, carrying within them feelings of extreme importance and utter uselessness. They are fully aware of their potential and impotence. Their only substantial mission is to communicate, simultaneously, each opposite end of their individual spectrum as well as the immense confusion that results from harboring such contradictory views. It is this confusion that parallels Allen’s own existence and impetus for artistic creation.

Over the past few years, the common thread running through all my work has been the personal discomfort that comes from living as what I call a “simultaneous dichotomy.” I use this term to describe an object, or person in my case, that possesses the polar opposite qualities of any qualitative spectrum at the same time. I constantly fight with myself, struggling for progression through confusion and misunderstanding. I am simultaneously hubristic and self-deprecating, right and wrong, righteous and worthless. But one thing I am not is unique.

My work has always been focused on introspection and the knowledge that can be gained through the deconstruction and analysis of the self. With this show, however, I have taken that introspection, and the resulting aggression and angst that comes from it, and turned it towards the viewer. I aim to attack intentional (and prideful) ignorance and lack of true empathy. In an age where every child is inundated with the idea that he or she is a unique snowflake, a gift unto the world, it is only through true self-deprecation that we can find objectivity, understanding, and empathy. Only through an acceptance that we are all awful, awful creatures, can we realize that there is only one sad pathetic snowflake, reproduced endlessly into oblivion. And in this acceptance we will find a universal sadness for our brothers and sisters, and for ourselves, that will allow us to create a humble utopia from a prideful dystopia.



An Ocean Without Water

Thursday, May 25th to Sunday, Jul 16th

Exhibition by Katie Torn
An Exhibition of Video Installation
Exhibition Dates: May 25 – July 16, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4-7 p.m.
Philip J. Steele’s East Gallery
RMCAD campus: 1600 Pierce Street. Lakewood, CO 80214
Free and open to the public

An Ocean Without Water is an immersive video installation that wades through manic representations of popular culture debris in order to contemplate subjects such as: hyper-capitalism; the female body; and the thin veneer of identity used to defend the status quo. Using 3D animation composited with video, Torn pairs the visuals of consumer waste with imagery of her childhood. Old toys, GIFs and screen savers mix together with plastic detritus and toxic fluids to create a lively landscape that are visual sentiments of impending doom. The videos in An Ocean Without Water will be projected on walls and displayed on HD LED TVs. Torn’s work will cover several themes: the blending of 80s and 90s nostalgia; imagined ocean floors constructed from discarded Internet and consumer culture; and an Instagram human/avatar-conflated identity that performs for a social network.



Neo Air

Thursday, May 25th to Sunday, Jul 16th

Exhibition by Julie Malen
An Exhibition of Mixed Media
Exhibition Dates: May 25 – July 16, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4-7 p.m.
Philip J. Steele’s West Gallery
RMCAD campus: 1600 Pierce Street. Lakewood, CO 80214
Free and open to the public

The sculptural works in NEO AIR play with material translation, scale, and inverted spaces to enhance the feeling of gravity, displacement, and stillness. Subjects include: soft sculptures of rock formations; a ceramic cast of Malen’s entire body; and underwater video of Olympic divers. The collection of dynamic figurative works and immersive video installation strategically utilize formal devices of surface, material and composition to enhance the plasticity of the surrounding architecture. NEO AIR investigates the illusion of stillness by contemplating the cyclical nature of cultural debris from our past that is reimagined and introduced in our present. The world that we experience is constantly on the move and at any given moment reflects temporary interaction with rapid and gradual timescales. “In this series of encounters, we find comfort in the illusion of stillness,” says Malen. “The work suggests that our perception of space is, in fact, an endless and unknowable layering of various surfaces, life forms, and timescales.”



Summer 2016 Graduation Exhibition

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Friday, Aug 5th to Friday, Aug 19th

Join us Friday, August 5th from 4 - 8 p.m. in the Philip J. Steele and Rotunda galleries for the opening reception of the Summer 2016 Graduation Exhibition! The exhibition will run August 5 - 19, 2016.



You Must Have A Really Nice Camera

Thursday, May 12th to Friday, Jul 1st

An Exhibition of Photography Work
by Patricia Lois Nuss & James Reiman
Open May 12 - July 1

Artist Reception: Thursday, June 2nd from 4 - 7 p.m.
Artist Talk with Patricia Lois Nuss in the Mary Harris Auditorium: Thursday, June 2 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Artist Talk with James Reiman in the Philip J. Steele East Gallery: Thursday, June 30 from 3 – 4 p.m.



Spring 2016 Graduation Exhibition

Friday, Apr 8th to Friday, Apr 22nd

Exhibition: April 8-22, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8 from 5-8 p.m.

Join us for the Spring 2016 Graduation Exhibition! Come celebrate the work of our graduates with an exhibition in the Philip J. Steele and Rotunda Galleries. The opening reception will feature food, beverage, and amazing work from across six departments!

Andrew Arendsen
Misha Farris
Ramona Limon
Madilyn McConnell
Latonya White

Fine Art
Eamonn Aldrich
Landon Brightwell
William Dalton Frizzell
Jade Ariana Phillips
Dayana Ruiz

Game Art
Adam Carr
Cassidy Dwelis
Brandon Jenks

Graphic Design
Jesus Alvidrez
Sofia Drum Bento
Karley Ford
Charles Foster Glore IV
Lea Greenwood
Jacqueline Kemp
Jaime Suh
Adison Young

Laura Barbosa
Emily Calimlim
Gabriel Casillas
Elizabeth Cavanaugh
Kitty Evans
Jessica Harris
Thea Hunt
Tim Kehoe
Molly McCraw
Jacquelyn Moore
Jennifer Ober

Interior Design
Bree Halax-Winans
Ashlyn Hendrix
Analiese Simmerman



53rd Annual Student Exhibition

Thursday, Feb 25th to Friday, Mar 25th

Philip J. Steele Gallery
Opening Reception: February 25, 2016 | 4-7 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: February 25, 2016 | 5:30 p.m.

The 53rd Annual Student Exhibition, featuring work from each of RMCAD's degree programs, will run from February 25 - March 25, 2016.



Resolutions Exhibition

Thursday, Jan 7th to Friday, Feb 12th

Exhibition Dates: January 7- February 12, 2016
Philip J. Steele Gallery

Resolutions features more than 100 paintings by members of the Pastel Society of Colorado.




Tuesday, Oct 6th

An installation by Claudia Mastrobuono
Rude Gallery
October 6 - December 16, 2015
Artist Talk: October 8 | 11 a.m.
Opening Reception: October 8 | 5 - 7 p.m.



Faculty Gallery Exhibition: Steam

Monday, Aug 24th to Monday, Nov 16th

The Faculty Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Steam, by artist and Foundations Faculty member Kimberly Putnam. The exhibition will run from August 24 – November 16, 2015. An opening reception will be held September 3 from 5-7 p.m. on the first floor of the Texas building.

The Exhibition
Self identity is a manifestation of beliefs that define who we are rather than what we look like. I am a woman. This is how I identify myself. My work is a self-reflection, looking deep within to find the soul of the woman known as me. This is not an easy thing to do because it means pulling off and away all that is safe and expose the rawness underneath. This is the focus of my work.

The content of my art is portraiture, specifically portraiture of women. I often use myself as the model. I would not consider my portraits as traditional in any sense of the word. The overarching concepts within the portraits deal with objectification and non-objectification of the female form with an exploration into the idea of the male gaze.

In John Berger’s book Ways of Seeing he speaks of how over the course of time women have learned to view themselves through their male counterpart’s ‘gaze.’ Simply stated, we have learned to objectify ourselves based on the male standards of beauty. As a response to this, my work shows the presence of femininity and the removal or manipulation of the female form either literally or metaphorically.