MAY 9, 2019


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May 9, 2019

RMCAD is proud to announce the first-ever Radiance Award Winners, Jenny Morgan and Paul Trani. The Radiance Awards are a celebration of individuals from the RMCAD community whose achievements have made an impact in the art and design world. Held on May 9, 2019, the inaugural event will include a ceremony honoring the award recipients and the opening of the Radiance Award Gallery, followed by a reception.


Honoree Jenny Morgan


Class of 2003

Fine Arts / Illustration

Jenny Morgan is a contemporary artist and painter currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Morgan’s work has received critical attention in numerous publications including articles in Whitewall, Hi-Fructose, The Village Voice, The Denver Post, and the cover feature of Juxtapoz in May 2015.

Morgan celebrated her first solo museum exhibition “Skin Deep” with The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in 2017. Her 2013 solo exhibition “How To Find A Ghost” was named one of the top 100 fall shows worldwide by Modern Painters in 2013. She has realized several portraiture commissions for publications including The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine.

Morgan has had solo exhibitions in London, New York, Colorado, Utah, Indiana, New Mexico, and has been in numerous group exhibitions including at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the 92Y Tribeca in New York City, and Postmasters Gallery in Rome. Her work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Purdue University Art Gallery, the University of Maryland Stamp Student Union Art Collection, New Mexico State University, and Flint Institute of Arts, as well as major private collections throughout the world.

We visited Jenny’s studio in 2014 to talk to her about her work and her experience at RMCAD. You can watch the full interview on YouTube.


Honoree Paul Trani


Class of 1995


As Principal Worldwide Creative Cloud Evangelist for Adobe, Paul Trani is passionate about empowering designers to create compelling content using their creativity and new technology, whether it’s traditional graphic design and branding, creating cutting-edge web content, or intuitive mobile experiences.

With over twenty years of experience Paul has become an award-winning designer, passionate public speaker, and prolific trainer. He has earned top author status on and has created a steady stream of content for Adobe during his time with the company. With over 40 countries and countless presentations under his belt he has become a sought after public speaker in the creative world.


May 9, 2019

The inaugural Radiance Awards ceremony will take place on May 9 at 6 p.m. in Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD’s campus, followed by a reception. The event will include the opening of the Radiance Award Gallery, which will feature works by the honorees. Free tickets for this event will be available to the public beginning April 1, 2019.

During their visit to campus, Jenny Morgan and Paul Trani will also participate in student-only workshops and special events.

More information to follow!



The RMCAD Radiance Award celebrates and recognizes accomplished RMCAD alumni that have made significant contributions to the creative industry. These inspirational honorees exemplify professional excellence in their field and a commitment to RMCAD’s philosophy of lifelong learning in the arts.

Honorees will receive an award of $1,000, an addition to the Radiance Award Gallery, full coverage of transportation and accommodation costs to attend award ceremony events in Denver, and a seat on the selection committee for future awards.

  1. Honorees graduated from RMCAD no less than 10 years ago.
  2. Honorees currently work in the art and design field.
  3. The inductee has a history of professional accomplishment in these areas:
    • Significant contributions to the creative industry:
      Their work has made a noteworthy addition to a renowned creative industry projects such as major films, national and international design projects, solo exhibitions at national art or design institutions, recognizable companies, brands, and organizations, etc.
    • Professional excellence in their field: 
      The inductee and/or their work has been recognized by venerated sources such as notable media and press coverage, awards, grants, residencies, etc.
    • Commitment to RMCAD’s philosophy of lifelong learning in the arts:
      The inductee represents a passion for ongoing education as reflected in their work which is culturally relevant, on the leading edge of technology, and well versed in current creative industry trends.


The RMCAD Legacy Award recognizes individuals of distinction who’s life and work embodies the RMCAD philosophy of lifelong learning in the arts and who make meaningful contributions to the campus, community, and creative industries. This award is selected by the nomination committee. Recipients are awarded annually at the Radiance Awards ceremony.