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Thursday, October 11, 2018
:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium
Lunch will be provided!

What does it take to succeed in a creative career? Get advice from the abstract artist and gallerist Doug Kacena!

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About the Artist


Denver contemporary abstract artist, Doug Kacena, received his undergraduate education in Fine Art (Painting) and Art History (Modern & Contemporary American Art) from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  He engaged with the arts at a young age and was first published at age 11 in “A Day in the Life of America”. Kacena began showing in galleries during his collegiate studies in Boulder.  After college he continued showing regionally and nationally and later becoming the co-founder and director of Gallery 13 (Denver) in 1999.  Doug believes strongly in supporting  art in the community and has taught art and art therapy to developmentally disabled adults through the state of Colorado.  He also volunteered as a Steering Committee member, judge and coordinator for the People’s Fair and CHUN Mural project from 2000-2017. In 2000, he founded Denver Artists Services Association (DASA) a not-for-profit organization providing guidance for artists.  In 2000, Doug started designing handmade Tibetan and Nepalese Rugs  and to this day he has had 8 lines produced.  In addition to his artwork, Doug is a talented designer working in print, commercials and film. In 2017 he designed an official flight patch for SpaceX-10 and NASA, and produced “Come to Play” which was nominated for a Heartland Regional Emmy in 2006.  Doug is very active in the Colorado arts community. He is the Co-Owner of Artuvus Studios, partners with 1261 Gallery and Abend Gallery in Triptych, Co-Owner and Director of K Contemporarygallery in Denver.  He is the former Gallery Director of Evergreen Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Evergreen, Colorado, and is represented by the Mike Wright Gallery in Denver, Colorado. His most recent project “Crossover” is the subject of an upcoming PBS Special in production with Colorado Public Telivision (CPT12).

About the Wayfinding Series

The Wayfinding Series connects students to local creative professionals. With equal parts inspiration and honesty, speakers will share their path towards a successful creative life and all of the twists and turns involved in that journey. Addressing career-focused issues such as industry trends, relevant skills, making connections, and professional fulfillment, speakers will highlight that there is no one way to find and live a successful, creative career. Speakers will represent a variety of creative employment opportunities, connecting to multiple academic departments and revealing that professional creatives are found in diverse and sometimes surprising fields. Questions? Contact Nicolle Dale.


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