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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE

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Featuring work from Printmaking, Technical Drawing, Intro Drawing, 2D-3D Prototyping, and Ceramics in Packard Hall (Printshop, Hallway, 131 & 132) and Honnen Arts.

We also invite you to visit the Robson Gallery to see the Senior Art Minors work. Enter through the glass doors on the west site of Robson Arena.

2024 Senior Thesis Exhibition: Culminations
5/3-5/19, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Work by students concentrating in Art Studio, Design, Art History, and Museum Studies

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FEATURING Sally and the Swamp Goblins
Drinks (21+) And Free Food

Works by: Bryn Aprill • Sarah Bedell • Kasia Bednarski • Jackson Bianco • Barbara Bilić • Kieran Blood • Sienna Busby • Gavin Cardamone • Jeremy Cashion • Ren Coryell • Luca Crosetto • Kaléa Daniels • Ben Davenport • Vivienne Diggs • Rafi Donohoe • Miles Fogler • Maren Greene • Lindsey Gulau • Skylar Hennessee • Zoe Jeffrey • Teddy Kies • Max Landy • PJ Langas • Libby Lazzara • Isabella Lutes • Alex Madsen • Milo N. Miller • Anna-Taite Murphy • Will Muschenheim • Laila Pina • Gwen Rider • Kat Seessel • Teva Tannenbaum • Calvin Than • Marilyn Tokarek • Sydney Vine • Brian Whiteley

Forensic Art Workshop with Jennifer Kenyon
May 1-3, 1:00-3:00 pm each afternoon
Department of Human Biology and Kinesiology & Department of Art

Poster for Forensic Art Workshop

Learn from Forensic Artist and Visual Information Specialist Jennifer Kenyon, MFA, MSc. Workshop meets 1-3 pm from May 1 through May 3. Sign up using the QR code above. Spots are limited, first come first serve up to 6 participants. Participants will be required to attend all workshop hours.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Workshop
Sunday, April 28, 12:00-2:00 pm
Packard Hall Darkroom, Room 39

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Learn Pinhole photography, make your own pinhole negatives, and learn how to develop in the darkroom!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE


Featuring work from Sculpture, Advanced Painting, Maya Hieroglyphic Writing, and Photography in Packard Hall (Darkroom, Print Studio, Hallway, 131 & 132) and Honnen.

Block 1, 2024 - AH200 Topics in Art History: Decadence, Eroticism and Anxiety: London, Paris and Vienna, c. 1900

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An investigation of the place of art in the cultural, social, and intellectual history of three important capitals of Europe at the turn-of-the-century, a time of profound social change. We will examine how art reflects the anxieties, fears, and cultural preoccupations with erotic and gender issues such as androgyny and the femme fatale, with the psyche, the fashion for decadence, and with the undermining of the establishment. Artists studied include Toulouse-Lautrec, Redon, Klimt, Schiele, Burne-Jones and Beardsley.

Questions? Contact Gale Murray at 

Visiting Assistant Professor Martha Poggioli exhibition at John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Clocking In: 
2024 Arts/Industry Residents

March 16, 2024 - March 2, 2025

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Installation view at the Kohler Arts Center

The exhibition Clocking In presents large scale installations by artists involved in the Arts/Industry Residency program at Kohler. The current show includes installations by Edra Soto, Sahar Khoury, Shae Bishop and Martha Poggioli. The exhibition will rotate throughout the year to include Justin Favela, Harold Mendez, Ger Xiong/Ntxawg Xyooj, Harif Bey, Cathy Xiao, Lee Running, Mary Ann Kluth.

Block 5, 2025 - AH345 Topics in Art History: Rembrandt Seminar
Block 6, 2025 - AH216 Topics in Printmaking: Printmaking with Rembrandt 

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The Dean's office is piloting a new program for multi block courses. The Art Department is excited to offer AH345 and AS216 as a linked sequence. 

In these two courses, students will study Rembrandt's prints from both art studio and art historical perspectives, with the goal of linking theory and practice. 

Students who sign up for the Rembrandt Seminar in Block 5 (AH345) will receive priority enrollment in the Printmaking class in Block 6 (AH216).  

Questions? Contact Jean Gumpper at or Rebecca Tucker at 

Full course descriptions:

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE

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Featuring work from 2D Design and Collage, 3D Design, Drawing, Sculpting Objects as Narrative Devices, and Book and Book Structure in Packard Hall (Hallway and 131 & 132), Coburn Gallery in Worner, and Honnen (102 & 103).

Edith Kirsch Prize
Application Deadline Friday, March 29, 2024

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$2,000 for international travel to study Art. All continuing Colorado College students are eligible to apply. 

The Kirsch Prize is awarded to a Colorado College student to fund an independent project involving summer travel to study works of art or architecture. All continuing Colorado College students are eligible to apply. The Kirsch Prize may be combined with Venture Grants or other grants. Application Deadline Friday, March 29, 2024.

To enter, submit a proposal with a brief bibliography and relevant images to the Art Department office by March 29, 2024. Explain your interest in the subject and how you will use the prize. Projects should represent intellectual engagement with art history.

The prize will be awarded at Honors Convocation on May 7, 2024.

The Kirsch Prize was established in memory of Edith Kirsch, Professor of Art History at Colorado College from 1982 to 2004. Questions contact Ruth Kolarik:

Art Studio Minors - Share Your Work!


Call for entries! 2024 Art Studio Minor Gallery Exhibition, May 14 - 18, 2024 in Robson Gallery. Opening reception May 14, 3 - 5 pm. Contact Cheri Arfsten, for more information.

Calaya Amparo '22 exhibition at Auric Gallery
A World of Manifestations

March 1 - March 29, 2024

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Leaning Into VI, Calaya Amparo monotype
 Gallery hours Wednesday through Saturday, 12 - 5 pm. Artist Talk: March 20, 5:30 pm. Auric Gallery, 125 E. Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO.
Student work featured in Denver exhibition
March 1 - March 30, 2024 | 40 West Gallery
2024 Student Printmaking Showcase


Featuring work by Ren Coryell, Luca Crosetto, Rafi Donohoe, Laila Pina, Melissa Torres, and Alex Wollinka.

Join the artists for an opening reception on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

40 West Gallery, 6501 W. Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214
Open Wednesday through Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Abdi Osman: Artist Talk
Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 4:30 pm | WES Room in Worner
Exhibition in the FAC Museum and Packard Hallway February 8 - June 1, 2024

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A two-part solo exhibition in Packard Hall and the Fine Arts Center Museum at Colorado College. Curated by Visiting Assistant Professor Ellyn Walker. 

Join the artist and curator for a reception in the FAC on Friday, March 8, 2024 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

Read more on the FAC Website:

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE


Featuring work from Lithography, Fiber Arts, Design Workshop, and 3D Design in Packard Hall (Hallway, 132, & the Printshop), Coburn Gallery in Worner, and Honnen (102 & 103)

Talk by Visiting Fiber Fellow José Santiago Pérez
Thursday, February 8, 2023 | 4:30 pm | WES Room in Worner

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José Santiago Pérez (he/they/el) is an artist and educator based in Chicago. Their talk will contextualize his contemporary fiber-based practice in relation to the feminist concept of ‘container technologies’, the void, the material culture of plastic, and queer identity. He will also discuss recent hand-crafted work made with shimmering mylar. 

Pérez is the Fiber Fellow for Spring 2024.

Topics in Art History: Decolonizing the History of Photography
Visiting Professor Ellyn Walker
New course in Block 5 2024

Poster for Block 5 Photo Class

This course uses an overarching cultural studies approach that combines art history methods with cultural and social analyses to explore the role and impact of images in decolonial aesthetics. Combining lectures with site visits, film screenings, interactive discussion, and student presentations and collaborative activities, this course will explore the evolution of colonial and decolonizing image-based practices using diverse case studies that draw on local and global contexts. Students will build critical thinking skills around the methods of photographic representation, display, and dissemination, as well as visual literacy, analysis, and critical research and writing skills. Students will engage with the work of artists including Edward Muybridge, Man Ray, Edward S. Curtis, Claude Cahun, Ana Mendieta, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Thomas, Shelley Niro, Lori Blondeau, Meryl McMaster, Abdi Osman, Jalani Morgan, John Edmonds, and Zanele Muholi.

Tuesday, December 18, 2023
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE

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Featuring work from Sculpting Objects as Narrative Devices in the new Honnen Arts building, Room 103. Come in through the West Entrance.

2023-24 Art History & Museum Studies Senior Thesis Presentations

WES Room, Worner Center | Friday, December 15 | 3:00 pm



Milo Miller, Vessels of Divinity: A Case Study of Hildegard, Herrad, and Elisabeth as a Female Spiritual Community

Bryn Aprill, Ultimate Beauty or Ultimate Betrayal: The Ambiguous Nature of Helen of Troy

Sarah Bedell, Locating a Museum’s Role

Jeremy Cashion, Bringing Things Together: Care in Art Collection

Ben Davenport, Ducks in a Row: A Catalog of Important Waterfowl Decoys

Lindsey Gulau, The NFT: Mania or Social Movement?

Procreate Poster Workshop
December 15, 3-4 pm
Packard 124, Visual Resources Center (VRC)

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Take a break at the end of third week and join Kira Schulist for a poster-making workshop using Procreate on the iPad. We will provide the iPads! If you are interested in learning Procreate, or want ideas for making compelling posters, this hands-on workshop is for you.

Friday, December 15, 3:00-4:00 pm
Visual Resources Center, Packard Hall Room 124

Contact Kira with questions:
Jean Gumpper exhibition at William Havu Gallery
Changing Seasons

December 8, 2023 - January 20, 2024

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Changing Seasons, a show with Stephen Dinsmore, Jean Gumpper, Betsy Margolius, and Debra Salopek. Opening Reception Friday, December 8, 5 - 8 pm. William Havu Gallery, 1040 Cherokee St, Denver, CO.
AH345 Special Topics in Art History: Early Modern Visual Commodities in Global Circulation
Professor Tamara Bentley
New course in Block 4 2023

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This is a research seminar in which students working in groups investigate trade goods (their production, circulation, and reception) in order to mount an online exhibition. Our focus is on the circulation of objects between Asia (taken broadly) and Europe (especially France and England) in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In-depth case studies will include lacquerwares; gazebos, pagodas and architectural forms; gardens; ceramics; wallpaper; textiles; printed books, and furniture. Chinese, Japanese, French and British pattern books will be considered, as well as European printed books providing early ideas about China. There will be a one-day field trip up to Denver. No prerequisites or pin required to add the course. Counts for the Creativity designation. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE

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Featuring work from Advanced Printmaking, Advanced Sculpture, Art Studio Foundations: Drawing, Advanced Topics: Painting, and Advanced Topics: 2D-3D Prototyping. Visit Packard Hall, Robson Arena, and Ed's Garage on Nevada at Dale.

Dual identities: C.C. Wang's Diasporic Journey and Chinese Painting in 20th Century America
Phyllis Zhong
Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 4:30 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131


C.C. Wang (1907–2003) stands as a pivotal figure in the 20th-century art realm, recognized both as an eminent collector and a trailblazing artist in Chinese ink painting. His Sino-American heritage positioned him to bridge traditional Chinese ink painting with post-WWII American abstract art. His endeavors greatly enriched the representation of Chinese painting and calligraphy in U.S. public collections. This talk delves into the diaspora and otherness within the sphere of Wang’s existence. His avant-garde artistic ventures and art collection act as tangible expressions of his bifurcated identity, embodying elements drawn from both Chinese and American milieus.

My Scripted Body: Prosthetics of Interiority
Martha Poggioli
Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 4:30 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131


Spanning artistic production, digital hoarding, industrial manufacture, and interdisciplinary research, Poggioli will dissect a practice of making that responds to the confluence of technology, medicine, and invention in relationship to the (reproductive) body and society.

Kit Bollag-Miller ('21 Art Studio)
Unthreaded at the Denver Art Museum

October 2023

Kit is featured in this artist takeover at the Denver Art Museum and will be putting on a fashion show/performance piece. Check it out!


Unthreaded is a genre-expansive performance, elevating contemporary queer retellings of antique narratives through their hegemonic deconstruction. Balancing aesthetic nods to medieval and contemporary clothing and costumes, we invite you to join us in a time-travelling journey and learn the lesser known queer experiences and histories of: The Siren, The Knight, The Actor, and The Faggot. Unthreaded was made in collaboration between ten queer Denver-based creatives— merging fashion, dance, movement, and sound.

From CC to a Career in the Arts
Sabrina Piersol, '17 Art Studio and Classics
Monday, October 30, 2023 | 2:00 pm | Gaylord Hall in Worner

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Come hear a recent CC grad discuss launching her career as an L.A. / Aspen-based painter and museum educator (Youth & Family Programs Manager, Aspen Museum of Art). Sabrina will discuss her work and the influence that studying Humanities at Colorado College has had on her career and artistic vision.

Sponsored by the Classics Department, the Art Department, and the Career Center

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE

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Featuring work from 3D Design and Letterpress, plus some Senior Theses in Packard Hall.

Séance by Amber Mustafic ('19 Art History)
Kansas City Artists Coalition

October 6-29, 2023
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Amor Fati, hand embroidery on vintage linen, 20.5 x 15 in
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The Neo-Romanian Style: Revivalism and Modernity in the First Decades of the 20th Century in Romania
Ciprian Buzila
Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 4:30 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131

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Ciprian Buzila is a PhD candidate at Brown University, RI, whose research centers on architectural revivals and modern architecture. Their presentation is grounded in their extensive dissertation research. The talk will delve into their broader research inquiries, focusing on the architectural contributions of Nicolae Ghika-Budesti (1869-1943), one of the foremost advocates of this architectural style. 

Picture Credits: The Museum of the Romanian Peasant (former Museum of National Art), Arch. Nicolae Ghika-Budesti, 1912-1941. Photo by Ciprian Buzila, 2021. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE

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Featuring class work from Drawing, Fiber Arts, Photography: Alt Processes, Design Workshop, Graphics Research Lab

Locations are Packard 132 and Hallway, Printshop/Darkroom (Packard), Robson Gallery, Coburn Gallery (Worner)

Assistant Professor Jameel Amman Paulin featured in an interview on The Hub

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From The Hub:
This week, we are spotlighting Afro-futurist Jameel Amman as he debuts his series, honoring the ancestors. Amman’s series, titled “Mwen Sévi Lwa Vol. 1”, pays homage to not only historical figures but also to family members who have passed away.

In this interview with, the esteemed talks about the inspiration behind his breathtaking new series.

Read the full interview on at Learn more about Professor Paulin's art on his website
Unsettling Curatorial Practice In and Outside of the Museum
Visiting Assistant Professor Ellyn Walker
Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 4:30 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131

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This talk explores the curatorial as a radical and interdisciplinary methodology, focusing on critical exhibition projects, public art and site-specific interventions, and community-based collaborations as case studies to think through possibilities of the curatorial as both practice and pedagogy. 
AH200: Contemporary Black Art in the West
Visiting Assistant Professor Ellyn Walker
New course in Block 2 2023


An introduction to contemporary Black art in the West using an overarching cultural studies approach. The class utilizes art history, visual studies and art criticism methods, critical race theory, Black feminist and diasporic thought, Black studies, and Indigenous methodologies. Combining lectures with site visits, film screenings, interactive discussion, and student presentations and collaborative activities, this course will involve analyses of recent and contemporary case studies in local and global contexts. Students will build critical thinking skills around the methods, processes, polemics, and aesthetics of contemporary Black art in and across North America, as well as visual literacy, analysis, and critical research and writing skills.
Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Mikalene Thomas, Theaster Gates, Fred Wilson, Tokwase Dyson, Kevin Adonis Browne, Abdi Osman, Sandra Brewster, Jalani Morgan, Karina Griffith, and Esmaa Mohammoud, are among the artists students will engage with.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE


Featuring class work from: Digital and Analog Architectural Drawing, 2D Design, Technical Drawing, Ceramics, 3D Design

Locations are: Packard 131 and 132, Packard Hallway, and more!

Between Surfaces: Time, Score, and the Entropy Cliché
Visiting Professor A.R. Keiner
Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 4:30 pm | Worner, WES Room

Poster for AR Keiner
A.R. KEINER (Class of 2002) speaks about their work and process. A former dancer, A.R.'s practice began in formal portraiture, landscape, and interiors. After the sudden death of their son in 2012, A.R's practice shifted radically. Over the last 10 years they cultivated a social practice centering newly bereft families and their communities while their painting practice has evolved into one of poetics, fragmentation, and score-based work.
Artist Talk
Visiting Professor Luka Carter
Thursday, May 11, 2023 | 4:30 pm | Worner, WES Room

Poster for Luka Carter
Luka Carter (b. 1990, Los Angeles) is an interdisciplinary artist who lived on a boat for three years in Rockaway Beach, NY, a trailer in Bolinas, CA, and plenty of places in between. With a background in construction and cooking, Luka has a knack for making space for art in overlooked or interstitial spaces–– including an outhouse, an abandoned lot, and a van. His practice spans zines, furniture, tattoos, ceramics, clothing, and installations. 
Abstraction, fluidity, and failure at once constitute and move outwards/alongside transgender bodies. Through modular “body double” compositions, I depict the delight of pushing the body into ever-shifting and unstable terrains. The blurring of these mediums is an alchemy that I find to be a ripe metaphor for rethinking how we might embrace life patterns, identities, or disidentifications. I reject the limitations imposed by specific fields and “proper” techniques. To me, the most exciting moments come when the categorization is unrecognizable or takes on many poetic interpretations. What can be gained from belonging nowhere and everywhere?
Art for Every Day
Exhibition by Luka Carter (Alum and Visiting Professor)
May 5 to 26, 2023, at the Manitou Art Center


Opening Reception 5-8 pm on May 5
Featuring collaborations with Bri McGrew and Kingsland Editions. Print Intervention by CC's Graphics Research Lab.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE


Featuring class work from: 3-D Design, Drawing, Design Workshop, and Virtual Reality

Locations are: Packard 131 and 132, Coburn Gallery, Packard Hallway, Robson Gallery 802 N Nevada

Block 8 Course: Modern and Contemporary Art in Japan and China



This course weaves together late 19th to 21st century art with the differing political and social developments in Japan and China. This course has a strong historical perspective, examining the art and visual culture of these two East Asian countries in the context of major political shifts happened in the past century, including Colonization, Westernization, Imperialization, Radicalization, Democratization, Communist Movement, Globalism and anti-Globalism.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE


Featuring class work from: Photography, Sculpture, Books & Book Structure, and 3D Design 

Locations are: Packard 131, Packard Hallway, Packard Darkroom Rm. 39, Honnen, 802 N Nevada

New Block A Course: Art and the Environment with Andrea Bell




Interested in examining the intersections between art and the environment? AH 200 Art and the Environment engages with the histories and theories that connect landscape, art, politics, social change, and environmental catastrophe from c. 1800- today.

AH credit toward the major and minor in Art.

Edith Kirsch Prize
Application Deadline Tuesday, April 4, 2023

$2,000 for international travel to study the History of Art. All continuing Colorado College students are eligible to apply.

The Kirsch Prize is awarded to a Colorado College student to fund an independent project involving summer travel to study works of art or architecture.  The Kirsch Prize may be combined with Venture Grants or other grants.

To enter, submit a proposal with a brief bibliography and relevant images to Professor Ruth Kolarik at by Tuesday, April 4, 2023.  Explain your interest in the subject and how you will use the prize.  Projects should represent intellectual engagement with art history.  The prize will be awarded at Honors Convocation on May 16, 2023.

The Kirsch Prize was established in memory of Edith Kirsch, Professor of Art History at Colorado College from 1982 to 2004. Questions? Contact Ruth Kolarik:
Moment's Notice in Coburn Gallery (Worner)
Exhibition by Donovan Dickey-Banmally
March 3 to 22, 2023 | 9 am to 4:30 pm weekdays

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Opening Reception 4-7 pm Friday, March 3
Photographic work by Donovan Dickey-Banmally, Art Department Paraprofessional and 2019 CC Alum.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
3:00 - 5:00 pm RECEPTION and OPEN HOUSE (Packard Hallway and 131, Honnen Arts, Robson Gallery)

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Featuring classwork from 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Design Workshop.
Mental Perspectives
Visiting Professor Jon Greene
Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 4:30 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131

Poster for Jon Greene
Architectural and environmental boundaries define regions of empty space in the prints and installations I create. Linear fragments of artificial textures make up walls, cliffs, and hedges. I use synthetic materials and thinly-layer ink on paper to depict familiar surfaces. Each work follows basic principles of two- and three-point perspectives, but spatial illusions and diversions optically distort the compositions, making them ambiguous in both scale and form. My work illuminates how people observe their surroundings and the defining social, psychological, and economic barriers of society. I draw from and respond to personal experiences in psychoanalysis and a childhood of seclusion and scrutiny. My precise and rigid art practice is a symptom of that time and an effort to regulate my life.
We Make the Future
Visiting Artist Talk: Kah Yangni
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 4:00 pm | McHugh Commons
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Kah Yangni is an illustrator living in Philadelphia, PA. They make heartfelt art about justice, queerness, and joy. Kah’s artistic mission is to heal themself and others by making art that focuses on radical optimism, and the chance we have to make the world a better place. Kah uses text, vibrating color, screenprinting, drawing, Photoshop, and collage to bring these messages to life. Their art has been shared by people like Indya Moore of the television show Pose, and they’ve worked with the New York Times, Vice Media, The Washington Post, and Chronicle Books, as well as with causes like the Transgender Law Center and the Movement for Black Lives. Kah is currently working on a picture book called “Not He or She, I’m Me” by A.M. Wild, and their first picture book, “The Making of Butterflies” by Zora Neale Hurston and Ibram X. Kendi, will be released by HarperCollins in March 2023.
Isfahan, The City of Turquiose Domes
Visiting Professor Shahead Maghreby
Monday, February 13, 2023 | 4:00 pm | WES Room, Worner

Poster for Shahead Maghreby talk
A native of Isfahan, Dr. Shahead Maghreby will discuss historical masterpieces like the Great Mosque of Isfahan and the Mosque of the Shah as well as Shah Abbas' ambitious 17th-century city plan and contemporary urban solutions. Dr. Maghreby holds a PhD in Islamic Urban Design and is a Project Design Manager at Winchester Architects.

Art History - Museum Studies Senior Thesis Presentations
WES Room in Worner Center & Zoom

Friday, December 16  |  2:00 pm 

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Carter Davenport   Art History
Mary Cassatt’s Japonisme: The Ten Color Print Series of 1891 and the Influence of Utamaro’s Woodblock Prints
Kate Brush   Museum Studies
Decolonizing the Modern Museum: Curating Contemporary Native American Art Prints

Email for the Zoom link.

Please join the art department on Wed 12/14, Thursday 12/15, and Friday 12/16 to make your own set of rainbow prayer flags honoring Colorado College's and the greater Colorado Springs LGBTQIA+ community.

Supplies and assistance will be set up in Packard Hall, Room 132 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm each day. Stop by anytime during those hours to make a set of flags, have snacks, and hang out with fellow students.

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Artist Talk
Visiting Professor Natch Quinn
Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 4:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131

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A look into visiting faculty Natch Quinn’s work, including furniture, boats, interiors, architectural and information design. Discussion of his process working between both making and designing, and digital and physical fabrication.
A Bridge Over Flood Water: Material Connections
Visiting Artist Hannah O'Hare Bennett
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 4:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131

Hannah O'Hare Bennett is an artist and experimental papermaker who makes fiber based work that deals with materiality, the passage of time, and changing landscapes.  She completed a BFA in printmaking at the University of Kansas many years ago, followed by fifteen years working in sustainable agriculture and food systems.  Almost a decade ago, she returned to academia, earning an MFA in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2017.  Since then she has traveled the length of the US for residencies and teaching opportunities, and established her studio, Philyra Studio, in Madison Wisconsin.
Artist Talk
Visiting Professor Kate Aitchison
Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 4:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131

Poster for Kate Aitchison's talk

Kate Aitchison is an artist whose work is centered around ideas of landscape and the human interventions in the natural landscape, especially in regards to the manipulation of water, and ecologies. Currently working with paper she makes herself from invasive plant species and recycled materials collected from site specific areas, she utilizes the medium of printmaking to work though iterations of landscapes changed by human actions.  Aitchison graduated from Colorado College in 2010 with a BA in Studio Art and earned her MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
3:00 - 4:00 pm RECEPTION (Packard Foyer) | 4:00-6:00 pm OPEN HOUSE (Packard Hallway and 131 & 132, Honnen Arts)
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Featuring classwork from Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and 3-D Design.
Art Department reception in the Packard Foyer from 3-4 pm. Open Studios in Packard 131, 132, and Packard Hallway and Honnen Arts until 6 pm.
Floating Above the Land
Visiting Artist Talk: Allison Bianco
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 5:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131
Allison Bianco’s work creates a unique visual history of her native Rhode Island and beyond. Employing printmaking as her main medium, the land and seascapes illustrate how the space between water and land can change slowly over time, or drastically with the onset of huge storms. She links the physical change of the landscape to her shifting remembrance of place, and the nostalgia she shares with its previous inhabitants.
Colorado College Campus Collection
Art Loan Program
Colorado College’s new Art Loan Program is now live! This program is a student-led project that was created to allow students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to borrow and live with art. Learn more about the program on the new Campus Collection website:

[poster text] The Art Loan program is a student-led project that was created to allow students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to borrow and live with art. By scanning the QR code, you can select from 100 loanable piece in the Campus Collection. Artworks are limited and selections are not guaranteed. BIPOC and lower-income student receive preferene for selection, but all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply. For questions or comments, email us at
Gleaning from Nature and Data
Visiting Art Studio Professor Felicity Machado
Thursday, November 3, 2022 | 4:00 pm | Max Kade Theatre, Armstrong Hall
Felicity Machado is a multi-media artist whose work contemplates the information gleaned from site-specific ecologies and technology. Drawing upon her multicultural lens, as a Brazilian-Mexican-American, she utilizes multiple visual, linguistic, and data-driven/digital perspectives to create her work. These perspectives take the form of videos, installations, sculptures, and performances. Machado received her MFA in Sculpture Dimensional Studies from Alfred University and her BA from the University of California Davis.
Buddhism, Heaven and the Underworld: The Universes of Hunping 
Visiting Art History Professor Joey Zhao
Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 4:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131


Hunping is a type of funerary jar mass-produced in southeastern China during the third to early fourth century. The majority of Buddhist images made before the mid-fourth century exist as decorations on hunping. Scholars often consider the buddha-like figures on hunping as “a variant form of Daoist immortals,” rather than examining them through the angle of Buddhist doctrine and paradise. I argue that hunping embody the Chinese theme of “ascending to Heaven through the axis mundi” and those hunping with Buddhist images embody a proselytization strategy devised by early clergies to identify the Chinese axis mundi Mount Kunlun with its Buddhist counterpart Mount Sumeru and identify the Chinese Heaven with Trāyastriṃśa, the particular heaven right above Mount Sumeru.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
3:00 - 4:00 pm RECEPTION (Packard Courtyard) | 4:00-6:00 pm OPEN HOUSE (Packard Hallway and 131 & 132)
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Featuring classwork from Drawing and 2-D Design and collage.
Art Department reception in Packard Courtyard from 3-4 pm. Open Studios in Packard 131 and 132 and Packard Hallway until 6 pm.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
3:00 - 4:00 pm RECEPTION (Packard) | 4:00-6:00 pm OPEN HOUSE (Packard and Coburn)
Featuring classwork from Topics in Photography: Alternative Processes, Technical Drawing, and Studio Topics: Afrofuturism.
Art Department reception in Packard Courtyard from 3-4 pm. Open Studios in Packard 131 and 132, Coburn Gallery (Worner Center), and Packard Hallway from 4-6 pm.
Christa Blackwood: Short, Medium-sized, Photo artist at Large
Wednesday, August 31 2022 | 4:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 131

Poster for Christa Blackwood talk

Christa Blackwood is a photo, text and installation artist working with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. Raised in Oklahoma City and New Orleans, Blackwood now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a Master of Arts from New York University and Bachelor’s degree in Classics and Filmaking from The University of Oklahoma. Blackwood has exhibited her work since the early 1990’s, most notably at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Ogden Museum, The Houston Center for Photography, The Institute of Fine Arts NYU, San Francisco City Hall and the Contemporary Austin. Her work has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The Chicago Sun Times, The Village Voice, Lenscratch and Art Desk Magazine.

Blackwood founded and managed The Children’s Photographic Collective, offering free/low cost photo and literacy workshops to elementary through high school students in New York City and Austin, Texas from 1995-2007.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 4:00-6:00 pm

Block 8 Open House Poster

Featuring classwork from: Afrofuturism, Printmaking, Field Drawing as Naturalist Activism, Bodies in Maya Art, Techniques of Representation, and Design Thinking

Thursday, May 12, 2022 | 2:30 - 4:30 pm | Honnen Arena

Come check out the new Art Department Hand Papermaking Facility! Make a piece of handmade paper from plants or recycled textiles. Talk with the AS210 Field Drawing as Naturalist Activist class about making your art materials!

Jacques Cazaubon Seronde
Monday, May 9, 2022 | 5:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room

Jacques Cazaubon Seronde is an artist living and working in the landscapes of Northern and Central Arizona. Through his work, both as an artist and a farmer, he explores the possibilities of human expression among the facets of the older, larger world. 

Seeking to understand and witness the current change in landscapes he reflects on human experience both past and present asking, how do artistic actions transform encounters with spaces into place-based empathy? And how do habituated actions upon and with the land create culture within a landscape?

Art History, Art Studio,  Integrative Design and Architecture &  Museum Studies    
May 2-22, 2022 | Weekdays 1-5 pm | Open House: May 17, 4:00-6:00 pm


Coburn Gallery, Worner; Studio C, Cornerstone; Fine Arts Center; Ed Robson Gallery; Weber Studio, 802 Weber

ada evans / alexandra velle-loach / andrew striegl / annika furman /  
calaya hudnut / carter norfleet / chloe duffy / david flynn /  
egg klickstein / jane hatfield / kate planting / katya ogden-lord /  
kendal mcmaster / laniah moon / liza scher / lucas cowen /  
nicolas santucci / noah weber / patricia pi / shaian gutierrez /  
sutton lynch / tessa derose/ turis jessen/ william cole /  
andrew epprecht / leo fowler / olivia fortner  

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 4:00-6:00 pm


Where: Packard Hallway, 131, and 132

Featuring classwork from Field Drawing as Naturalist Activism and Topics in Photography.

Block 7 in Coburn Gallery, Worner Center (events below will be held in the gallery)
Papermaking Demo: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm
KateA_Exhibition_22.jpegKate Aitchison is an artist whose work is centered around interventions in the natural landscape, especially in regard to the manipulation of water and ecologies. Currently, she is working with paper that she makes herself from invasive plant species, and recycled materials collected from site-specific areas. She utilizes the medium of printmaking to work through iterations of landscapes changed by human actions. Aitchison graduated from Colorado College in 2010 with a BA in Studio Art and earned her MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. She is currently a visiting professor of art at Colorado College for the spring semester of 2022.
Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 2:00 - 5:00 pm | Honnen Arena

Come check out the new Art Department Hand Papermaking Facility! Make a piece of handmade paper from plants or recycled textiles. Talk with the AS210 Field Drawing as Naturalist Activist class about making your own art materials.

Andrea Wallace 
Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 5:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room

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Andrea Jenkins Wallace received her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder and is currently the Director of Photography and New Media, and VP of Artistic Programs at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Prior to that, she worked for over ten years in academia, holding tenure track appointments at Lake Forest College and Willamette University. Her film, Rochell and Brian, a documentary about teenage pregnancy, premiered at the New York International Independent Film Festival. She exhibits nationally and internationally with numerous shows throughout the Americas, Europe, China, and the Middle East.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 4:00-6:00 pm

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Where: 802 Gallery in Robson Arena; The Press in Bemis Hall*; Honnen; Coburn Gallery in Worner; Packard Hallway, 131, and 132

Featuring classwork from Studio Foundations: Drawing; Book and Book Structure; Mixed Media Lab: Drawing, Printmaking, Collage; 3-D Design; Theories, Methods, and Practices

*Masks required in The Press

Application Deadline Friday, April 1, 2022

promotional poster for applications to the Kirsch Prize

$2,000 for international travel to study the History of Art. All continuing Colorado College students are eligible to apply. Application Deadline Friday, April 1, 2022.

The Kirsch Prize is awarded to a Colorado College student to fund an independent project involving summer travel to study works of art or architecture.  All continuing Colorado College students are eligible to apply.  The Kirsch Prize may be combined with Venture Grants or other grants.

To enter, submit a proposal with a brief bibliography and relevant images to Professor Ruth Kolarik at by Friday, April 1, 2022.  Explain your interest in the subject and how you will use the prize.  Projects should represent intellectual engagement with art history.  The prize will be awarded at Honors Convocation on May 10, 2022.

The Kirsch Prize was established in memory of Edith Kirsch, Professor of Art History at Colorado College from 1982 to 2004. Questions contact Ruth Kolarik:

Agnes Walden '17 
Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 3:30 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room

promotional poster for an artist talk given by Agnes Walden

L. Agnes Walden is a painter concerned with portraiture and trans subjects. She teaches at Rhode Island School of Design as Assistant Professor in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies. Walden has mounted solo exhibitions with An Sylvia Exhibitions and AMFM Gallery in Chicago. She has been the recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, and she was recently named one of 30 "Rising Stars" by Saatchi Art in 2021. Walden holds a BA from Colorado College and an MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and paints in New York City.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 4:00-6:00 pm

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Where: Packard Hallway, 131, and 132; Mod Pod at 801 N Nevada Ave

Featuring classwork from Advanced Painting, Studio Foundations: Drawing, and Topics: Space/Place/Moment

Visiting Professor Bryan Ortiz 
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 5:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room


bryan ortiz is a multidisciplinary artist currently living in Columbus, Ohio. Through work in paint, sound and installation, and event organizing, bryan engages with topics of collective strength and community building, migration and displacement, transcultural identities, and decolonial aesthetics. 

He is a member of Colectivo Rasquache, a transcontinental/transborder collective of artists who are organizing workshops and exhibitions in Mexico and across the U.S. 

Most recently, bryan has exhibited works in Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Ohio, Charlottesville, Virginia, and digitally in Puebla, Mexico.

He holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and a BA from California State University, Los Angeles. 

The International Block Print Renaissance Then and Now: A Centennial Celebration of Block Prints in Wichita, Kansas, 1922-2022
February 26 - August 7, 2022 | Wichita Art Museum


Artist Jean Gumpper will be included in the upcoming show The International Block Print Renaissance Then and Now. Additionally, one of her prints has been chosen for the cover of the exhibition catalog! You can read more about this exhibition on the Wichita Museum of Art website.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 | 4:00-6:00 pm

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Where: Packard Hallway, 131, and 132; Coburn Gallery in Worner; Mod Pod at 801 N Nevada Ave

Featuring classwork from AS205: Painting, AS210: Mixed Media Lab, AS212: Design Workshop, AS220 Photography

Friday, December 17, 2021 | 2:00-3:30 pm | WES Room in Worner

List of thesis presenters and presentation titles

Ada Evans: Toxic Sublime Photography: David T. Hanson and David Maisel

Katya Ogden-Lord: Lalla Essaydi: Redefining Female Identity

Lucas Cowen: Kvelling in the 21st Century: Decolonizing Arts Activism

Email for the Zoom link.

Thursday and Friday, December 16 & 17, 2021 | 2:00-4:00 pm | Packard 124 


Participants will have access to the computer programs ( i.e. Illustrator and Photoshop) on the computers in the VRC as well as high-quality sticker paper for free. Sofie Miller will be there to guide those who have questions about the programs or mechanics of printing the stickers. Come for as little or much time as you want!

Visiting Professor Stephen Chalmers
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 5:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room 


Visiting Professor Stephen Chalmers will present two of his projects: Pearl Bryan, which documents a 19th century murder, called "the crime of the century" at the time but now largely forgotten, and Unmarked, which documents the locations where victims of serial murder were found. During this presentation, Chalmers will focus on the process behind his photography, in particular, his use of Freedom of Information Act requests, court transcripts, newspaper archives, and other sources to drive his creative process.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 4:00-6:00 pm


Where: Packard 131 and Hallway, 802 Gallery in Robson Arena, Coburn Gallery in Worner, Mod Pod at 801 N Nevada Ave

Featuring classwork from AS301: Advanced Printmaking, AS214: Sculpture, AS110: Topics in Virtual Reality

Visiting Professor Joe Baker

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 6:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room


Visting Professor Joe Baker and REMS Professor Dwanna McKay will present Connections, Belonging, and Indigenous Identity in Museum Spaces, a talk exploring the role of Indigenous artwork and culture in Western museum spaces. 

Jeremiah Houck, Assistant Director of the Bemis School of Art

Friday, November 4, 2021 | 3:00-6:00 pm | Honnen Arts

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This drop-in, not-for-credit mini-workshop covers some of the clay construction techniques required for kiln-fired or element-eroded pieces. Whether you want them to last forever, or to disappear after a strong rainstorm, this 3-hour session will get it all started. Come for as much or as little time as you’d like. All skill levels are welcome, and all supplies are provided. Sponsored by the Art Department.

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Visiting Professor Aaron Tobey

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 4:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room

AaronTobeyPoster.jpegVisiting Professor Aaron Tobey will present his research on the role of oil, power, and architectural technologies in the Arabian Peninsula from 1960 to 1990.

Visiting Professor Conrad Cheung

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | 5:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room


Artist and writer Conrad Cheung will discuss three recent bodies of work, co-authored with actors, playwrights, academic philosophers, psychologists, architects, and other artists: queer architecture, conspiratorial parafictions, and ecological counterlegacies. United by their argument for radical empathy as a vital democratic norm, the three series of projects span a wide range of research questions, including how we might open up queer possibilities in the built environment, how we might better grapple with our post-truth epistemic regime, and how we might leave behind better legacies for species that persist after human extinction.

Visiting Professor Nina Elder

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 5:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room


Artist Nina Elder travels to some of the most environmentally impacted, geographically distant, and economically important places of the globe where she researches how the natural environment is changing through human-centered activities.

This performative lecture weaves together unlikely associations between piles of rocks, military secrets, glaciers, obsolete communication technology, meteorites, frayed ropes, and the need for curiosity.

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2020 - 2021

“Anyone can make a print. And there are so many ways to make a print, that there’s no reason not to do it.” So says Kate Aitchison ’10, the visiting art studio faculty member who taught Summer Session’s Block A Printmaking course. Handmade prints are personal expressions of creativity, even democracy. They’re also affordable to create, portable, and easy to store. Student video intern Bergen Hoff ’22 took the course and made this video.


Sam Cadigan ’21, a Colorado College art major with a concentration in integrative design and architecture, has received an honorable mention in the Parsons School of Design  Role Models Competition for her senior thesis, Mourning Walk.

Read more on the CC News & Events page.

Friday, February 19, 2021 | 3:00 pm | Zoom

Diana Munoz
From Pessimism to Solace:
The Evolution of Gustav Klimt's Pregnant Icon

Minnie Hutchins
The Experimental House at Muuratsalo as a Manifestation
of Alvar Aalto’s Architectural Philosophies

Emily Miner
Making a Virtual Exhibition:
Reinterpreting the 2017 Whitney Biennial


The program will run for about an hour and a half.

Zoom link to join (3:00 pm Mountain Time):

Contact Meghan Rubenstein, Visual Resources Curator, if you have trouble joining this event.

Columbus, OH | October 23, 2020


Jameel Paulin
Artist. Socialist. Afrofuturist.

My work is primarily about transformations: new worlds, new relations, and new forms of being. It is about how descendants of the African diaspora have transformed the very grounds of being, meaning, and relatedness through the framework of afrofuturism. As a visual artist who grew up during the overlapping eras of 'golden age of hip-hop' and the digital age, my experience of afrofuturism has primarily been shaped by the evolution of personal digital/information technology and hip-hop music. I use the emergent technology of virtual reality to create immersive audio-visual worlds influenced by afrofuturist themes and West African symbolism. By embracing the digital media, and creating digitally immersive realities, that are visually akin to the sonic environments of Coltrane, J Dilla, and Flying Lotus, I aim to situate hip-hop aesthetics within a tradition of black liberation aesthetics and to employ a kind of "hip-hop" method within my own creative practice.

Jean Gumpper | Minneapolis, MN | October 17 - November 28, 2020


Jean Gumpper's works will be displayed at an exhibition in the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. These works will consist of Gumpper's reductive woodblock prints with water imagery.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 3:00 pm MT

Panelists include Maxwell Bennett '12, Teddy Benson '13, Luka Carter '13, Lela Wulsin '14


Join a panel of CC alumni art majors as they share how they have continued to explore their interests in a creative career as well as their advice for current students and recent alumni.

Students can RSVP in Handshake for the zoom link.

Alumni can email Andrea Culp for the zoom information.

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2019 - 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Session 1: 10:00 am-1:00 pm| Session 2: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Colorado College, Packard Hall, Room 39 (lower level West end), 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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In this hands-on workshop participants will explore printmaking and photographic possibilities as they learn exposure, development, and printing with photopolymer plates. Photopolymer plates are "etched" by ultraviolet light and developed in water to produce a plate that can be used for intaglio printing. Artists will be encouraged to produce a straight print and multiple experimental prints during this 3-hour-long guided workshop. We are offering two 12-person sessions for this workshop located in Colorado Springs. Please email Heather Oelklaus, Colorado College Printshop Supervisor, at to reserve your spot.

Exploring personal history through photopolymer plates can be insightful. We will use a photo from your collection (hardcopy or digital file) to make a polymer plate and will encourage you to express yourself through various printing techniques.

All materials will be provided by the Colorado College Art Department. Free and Open to the public.

Featuring Professors Jean Gumpper and Kate Leonard

Arvada, CO | Jan 16 - Mar 29, 2020


The 528.0 Printmaking Exhibition will feature two exhibitions of printmaking works. Jean Gumpper and Kate Leonard are participating print educators in this exhibition.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 6-9 pm | 3D Arts Building


Come celebrate the 3D Arts Facility and help usher the program into the next phase of its life!

Athanasiou Geolas, Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University

Monday, November 11, 2019 | 4:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room


In 2014, anthropologist Joe Dumit published "Writing the Implosion" in which he articulates a teaching-practice developed by Donna Haraway. An implosion examines the cultural strings knotting things, stories, and places - binding, for instance, your white-cotton t-shirt with plantation agriculture and posters of James Dean. As Dumit points out, Haraway's implosion method reveals how deeply entangled we are with a dangerous world and in so doing produces a strong feeling of discomfort. This lecture will consider what kinds of questions it becomes possible to ask when feminist cultural studies implodes the work of architecture. By examining a series of full-scale drawings, I will offer a theoretical position replacing "agency" with "comfort" as a guiding concept to make sense of the world. Following Sara Ahmed and others, we'll consider the "room-making devices" that produce worlds more comfortable for some than others.

Artist talks | Worner WES room | November 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm


Artist's talk with Internationally acclaimed artist Chakaia Booker and master printer Justin Sanz of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.

Artist Chakaia Booker will speak about her work and career. Chakaia received a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University and an MFA from the City College of New York. She was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2000, awarded the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. Booker's work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.

Brooklyn-based artist and printer Justin Sanz exhibits locally and internationally. His work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Spencer Museum, Davis Museum, and various private collections. He currently works as an educator, master printer, and workshop manager at the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City.

Booker has been collaborating on prints at the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (EFA RBPMW) for the past 10 years. Sanz will speak about collaborating on prints with Booker, the history of EFA RBPMW and how the workshop functions today, his collaborations with artists, as well as his own work.

Scott Johnson | Santa Fe, NM | Opens October 11, 2019


Center for Contemporary Arts, Tank Garage Gallery, 1050 Old Pecos Tr., Santa Fe, NM

Johnson explores the concept of 'fissures' in both its technical and theoretical forms-clefts in the landscape, breaks in social/cultural fabric, the splitting of atoms, and fragments in memory-in a continuing exploration of how terrestrial space is represented, navigated, and perceived.

pt.2 Gallery, Oakland, CA| June 15 - July 5, 2019


Opening Reception: June 15, 2019, 12-10 pm. Artist talk at 4 pm.

Read more about the exhibition in Hyperallergic:

Learn more about Basil Kincaid and view his work:

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2018 - 2019

Hannah Ryan, Visiting Professor, Art Department

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 4:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room


In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, and among the thousands of structures in its path was the studio of New Orleans photographers Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. Both born and raised in the Lower Ninth Ward, the duo had been documenting the culture of Louisiana for decades, increasingly with an eye toward injustice. As the waters receded, Calhoun and McCormick gained reentry to their studio, only to find everything-from equipment negatives-ruined. As the city recovered, they embarked upon an innovative process of making prints from the damaged negatives, the resultant photographs impossibly catching and freezing in time this destructive event. Calhoun and McCormick generated a series entitled it "Right to Return." The process and resultant images have altered their perception of destruction, and they no longer consider the images damaged.

Koichi Yamamoto, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 3:30 pm | WES Room, Worner Center


Koichi Yamamoto, associate professor of art at the University of Tennessee, merges traditional and contemporary techniques to develop unique and innovative approaches to the language of printmaking. Yamamoto's prints explore issues of the sublime, memory, and atmosphere and range from small, meticulously engraved copper plates to large monotypes. He will be working with printmaking students to create kites made from intaglio prints. Then, as Yamamoto says, "if there is wind, they'll fly."

Talk by Victoria Ehrlich, Visiting Professor, Art Department

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 3:30 pm | Packard Room 23


Professor Ehrlich will discuss how fifteenth-century Florentine artists visualized the realm of virtue by depicting heroes doing battle with monsters. She believes that these figures do not represent the stark contrast between the brutish and the superhumanly virtuous, described by Aristotle, but actually mirrored one another in significant ways. She will point out the congruencies between the heroic and the monstrous as represented in the visual culture of Quattrocento Florence. This approach brings into relief contemporary ideas of virtue as reflected in the ambiguous status of monsters and heroes while foregrounding the unstable boundary that separated nature from culture in fifteenth-century thought.

Design Week, March 4-8, 2019


For more information, check out the full program at 

Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner | February 1-23, 2019 | Colorado Springs, CO


Opening Reception for Woodcuts and Weavings is Friday, February 1, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Wednesday, December 12, 3:00 pm | Worner Campus Center, WES Room


Senga Nengudi lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She studied art and dance at California State University, graduating in 1967 before studying Japanese culture at Waseda University, Tokyo from 1966-67. Returning to Los Angeles, she completed an MA in sculpture at California State University in 1977.

Interested in the visual arts, dance, body mechanics, and matters of the spirit from an early age these elements still play themselves out in ever-changing ways in her art. She has always used a variety of natural (sand, dirt, rocks, seed pods) and unconventional (pantyhose, found objects, masking tape) materials to fashion her works, utilizing these materials as a jazz musician utilizes notes and sounds to improvise a composition. The thrust of her art is to share common experiences in abstractions that hit the senses and center, often welcoming the viewer to become a participant. In addition to her installations, sculpture, and performances, Nengudi also creates paintings, and photography and writes poetry under the pseudonyms Harriet Chin, Propecia Lee, and Lily B. Moor.

Rachel Montgomery Paupeck | Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 4:00 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room

Queering Architecture talk

What is the role of the architect and what power systems are reinforced by the very claiming of that name? This lecture will look at what happens when rigid design thinking co-mingles with queer theory and an artist's practice. I will examine how I often frame my work through the didactic but empowering lens of basic queer theory principles: agency, proclaiming, and the claiming of space, representation, and identity. I will trace this lecture's themes and contextualize them through my architectural and installation-based practice.

Tuesday, December 4, 4:00 pm | Worner Campus Center, WES Room


Simonette Quamina was born in Ontario, Canada, and raised in South America and the Caribbean. Her diverse upbringing is constantly woven into the narrative of her prints, collages, and large-scale drawings. They have been exhibited nationally and are part of the Rhode Island School of Design Special collections library, as well as numerous private collections. She was the recipient of the 2017 Salem Art Works fellowship, the 2017-2018 Provincetown Fine Art Works Center residency and she is a studio recipient of the Elizabeth Foundation of the Art Studio program in New York City.

Film Screening Living in the Story

Thursday, October 11, 5:30 pm | Armstrong Hall, Max Kade Theater

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Living in the Story is a film by Lynn Estomin (producer, director, and editor) and Patrick Nagatani (photographer innovator, storyteller, and artist).

Visiting Professor Kate Hundley

Wednesday, October 10, 3:30 pm | Packard Hall, Room 21

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Featuring Jean Gumpper | June 15 - July 28, 2018 | Denver, CO

Gumpper Elements WHG 6-15-18

Elements, an exhibition featuring work by Jean Gumpper, Joanne Kerrihard, and Betsy Margolius, will be open from June 15 to July 28, 2018. The opening reception takes place on June 15th from 6 pm to 9 pm.

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2017 - 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 4 - 6 pm

Art Open House Block 8

Featuring classwork from Fiber Arts, Printmaking, Topics: Innovation, Creative Practice: The Moving Line, Design Workshop, Innovation & Photography in the Arts

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 4:30 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room

Edward Bateman Poster

Visiting Professor Edward Bateman, photographer and digital artist, will give a talk about his work.

Friday, April 13 | 12:15-1:15 pm | Fine Arts Center Classroom*

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*Lunch Provided with RSVP

Berg Distinguished Professor Deborah Hutton | Wednesday, April 11 at 7 pm | Cornerstone Screening Room

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The 16th-century Indo-Islamic queen, Chand Bibi, was valorized both during her life and posthumously for her heroic defense of the Deccan city of Ahmednagar against the invading armies of the Mughal Empire. During the 18th-century, she became a common subject of paintings, which repeatedly depict her hawking on horseback. Indeed, the imagery is so standardized and ubiquitous that art historians have paid the paintings scant attention. But is Chand Bibi's depiction really so straightforward and banal? If the defense of Ahmednagar is the event for which she is remembered, why are there no paintings of her in battle? Why does she emerge as a subject for painting a century after she lived? In this talk, Hutton analyzes portraits of Chand Bibi as a way of exploring the larger changes to Indian painting during the 18th-century and the role of such images in creating what we might classify as a "shared historical imaginary" of the early modern Deccan.

April 11, 2018 | 1:15 pm | WES Room, Worner

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Elizabeth Ferrill works in pochoir creating close-up views of peculiarities of the built environment of the western United States. She received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Cornish College of Art in Seattle. Liz has held several teaching and museum positions and she is currently the artistic director of painting and printmaking and chair of the Critical Dialog Program at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado.

Brian Shure is a painter and printmaker working with representations of people in public spaces. He received a BA from Antioch College, apprenticed with Ernest DeSoto at Collectors Press in San Francisco, and worked as a professional lithographer for 15 years. He has published and printed editions under the Smalltree Press imprint and was a Master Printer and Coordinator of the China Woodblock Program at Crown Point Press from 1987 to 1994. He has taught as a visiting artist at Brown and Cornell Universities, has given workshops in the U.S., Japan, and Mexico, and has been teaching in the Printmaking Department at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1996.

March 9, 2018 | 2:30 pm | WES Room, Worner

3.9.18_Art History Thesis Program_websiteAnna Doctor: The Role of the Dante Figure in the San Brizio Chapel

Audrey Mills: Windows to a Dream: Van Gogh's Imagined Japan

Will Edwards: Interpreting and Reinterpreting Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion

Peter Koe: Consulting the Environment: Arne Jacobsen's Aarhus City Hall

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GS247 Intro to Museum Studies will be taught Block A by Professor Rebecca Tucker in the FAC Museum. This course explores the museum as a site for the construction, interpretation, and dissemination of knowledge, and examines the issues museums face in today's society. Bridging theory and practice, the course considers history and philosophy, exhibition planning, design, education, conservation, policies, ethics, and other factors that shape the modern museum. Coursework and projects will engage with the FAC museum spaces and collections and involve visitors from a broad range of museum backgrounds as well as museum staff experts.

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Sponsored by the Art Department Conway Design Fund

Meghan Rubenstein | February 27, 2018 | 3:30 pm | Packard Hall 21

Animate Architecture Web 

Featuring Professor Emma Powell | February 3 - May 21 2018 | Lacock, Wiltshire


Professor Emma Powell's work will be featured in the We are Tribe exhibition alongside work from artists Anne Berry, Heather Evans Smith, Heidi Kirkpatrick, K.K. DePaul, Kirsten Hoving, Lori Vrba, and Tama Hochbaum in the Fox Talbot Museum.

We are earnest American Women of Photography walking in the footsteps of the greats who have come before us. Dorothea Lange, Imogene Cunningham, Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark, Margaret Bourke White, and Sally Mann...we honor the path you have paved and feel called to excellence because of your life's work.

We, as women, have shared our lives intimately throughout history in the cycle of nourishment. We have instinctively supported the greater good as mothers and daughters and sisters in childbearing and caregiving. We nurse the world together. We are Tribe.

Our work is feminine without apology. We are drawn to that romantic notion of story-telling, memory, nostalgia, the natural world, and family. As artists, we come together within our medium for inspiration, collaboration, postulation, and celebration. This connection provides a deep well of power that we as makers are strengthened and sustained by. It is our commitment to Tribe that not only elevates the work itself but keeps us moving to the lunar rhythms of a passionate and sensitive creative life.

Artist Talk by Martha Russo | February 8, 2018 | 4:00 pm | Packard Hall 23

Martha Russo Poster

Andrea Bell, Visiting Assistant Professor | February 6, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Packard Hall 23

Andrea Bell Art History Talk

Aaron Asis Exhibition | Artist Talk on November 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm | 802 N. Nevada

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Aaron is a public artist focused on promoting access, awareness, and appreciation in an urban context. His work highlights the significance of under-appreciated environments and the ways in which those environments influence our everyday experiences at the intersection of a city agency, community engagement, and public access.

November 6, 2017 | 3:30 pm | Innovation Institute

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Catherine E. Hundley, Visiting Assistant Professor | October 11, 2017 | 3:30 pm | Packard Hall 125

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AS221 Photography + Spatial Awareness


The photograph as creative inspiration is a powerful tool in identifying the ways in which visual interpretation can influence an everyday experience. However, as we continue to develop new strategies for visual communication, photographic comprehension, and spatial prioritization, our representations of space, place and spatial circumstance are continually redefining themselves.

Digital Photography + Spatial Awareness will introduce techniques of digital photography and explore the work of conceptual artists and environmental designers to establish a dynamic understanding of the photograph as an object, a tool, and a relationship within the contemporary contexts of our built environments.

Photography: The process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and light on a surface

Awareness: The perceptual sense of having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge

Swirling Currents at Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN | September 9 - October 14, 2017

Gumpper Exhibition Evite

Jean Gumpper's swirling currents is open September 9 through October 14 at the Groveland Gallery.

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2016 - 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. with remarks at 5:15 p.m. | FAC

Alterne Heart Mountain

Come celebrate the work of studio art majors Jake Paron '17 and Jenny Welden '17. The opening includes remarks from the artists at 5:15 p.m., music, and light hors d'oeuvres.

Jake Paron's piece Alterne is a site-specific installation constructed out of a non-native grass species that covers much of the landscape surrounding institutions in the Colorado Springs area. Alternate explores how the lawn is used to represent nature. However, in an attempt to represent nature, the lawn substitutes the natural composition native to a specific site.

Jenny Welden's piece Heart of the Mountain is a site-specific installation representing the foundations of textile art through the use of non-fibrous materials. These materials create a network of interlocking fragments, demonstrating the dual contributions of the natural and the sacred in a textile image.

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Sponsored by the Art Department Design Fund at Colorado College

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 4:30 pm | Moved to Gaylord Hall in Worner


Monday, February 6, 2017 | 3:15 pm | Packard Hall Room 21

The Landing Poster

Jose Ferreira, the Artistic Director of Sculpture and Chair of Gallery Exhibitions at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, reveals the hidden content within the landscape, capturing the essence of collective histories through images taken on extensive walks. In this current body of work, he scrutinizes the stories and strategies that miners have used in the American West to survive the harshness of their environment and endure strained social relations. Photographs, drawings, texts, and sculptures reveal evidence of an economy that once thrived, but which is now exhausted. Liminal traces scar the landscape in the form of roads, footpaths, and mines. These marks expose signs of life, a memory pattern, which becomes fictionalized and made visible in a new narrative. Sponsored by the Colorado College Art Department and the Stillman Fund.

Monday, January 30, 2017 | 3:15 pm | Worner WES Room

Gen Lowe Poster

Genevieve Lowe, a graduate of CC, will discuss an artistic practice inspired by dioramas, natural history museums, and visual reflections of the American landscape. Sponsored by the Colorado College Art Department and the Stillman Fund.

January 26 - March 10, 2017 | Coburn Gallery

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Featured artists:

Kristen Bukowski / Charity Hall / Frances Heiss / Hollis Moore / Juna Muller / Mary Olson / Erin Reilley / Giselle Restrepo / Katie Ries / Marisha Simons / Taryn Wiens

Opening Reception will be February 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Lecture | Monday, December 12, 2016 | 3:30 pm | WES Room

Workshop 1 | December 13 - 15, 2016 | 3:30 - 5:30pm

Workshop 2 | December 16 - 20 (Sat, Sun off) | 3:30 - 5:30pmTranslation Workshop Poster

The workshop is an opportunity for participants to translate any art form, style, or personal aesthetic into small-scale, wearable art. Sign up at the Worner Desk for one of the two three-day workshops. Students, faculty, and staff welcome (max 10 participants per workshop).

Questions? Contact Carl Reed ( or Jeanne Steiner (


Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 3:00-5:00 pm | Sacred Grounds in Shove Chapel

Art and Spirituality series-Ruth

Discussion and art-making session with Professor Ruth Kolarik about Islamic and 20th-century Western art.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 3:00-5:00 pm | Sacred Grounds in Shove Chapel

Art and Spirituality series 

Discussion and art-making session with Professor Tamara Bentley exploring self-expression in Asian art.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | Cornerstone Screen Room | 6:00 pm

Sascha Scott

Sascha Scott ('97 Syracuse University) is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art. She is also a member of the Native American Studies faculty and Syracuse University. In addition to offering broad surveys of American visual culture, she teaches courses that expand on her research, including seminars that explore the representation of American Indians, art and politics, and art and the environment. Her recent publication, A Strange Mixture: The Art and Politics of Painting Indians (2015) received the Historical Society of New Mexico's Emerson Twitchell Award, Significant Contribution to the Field of History in 2016. A graduate of Colorado College (1997), Dr. Scott earned an MA from George Washington University (2001) and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University (2008). Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Slocum Commons | 7:00 pm


How can architects help New York City find solutions to rising sea levels? How can well-designed spaces improve our lives?

A lecture by Adam Yarinsky from the Architecture Research Office. Yarinsky, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is the founder and co-principal of the Architecture Research Office in New York City, an innovative and increasingly prominent architectural firm. ARO's projects are found all over the country, including many university buildings at Brown, Tulane, Princeton, and Colorado College (Packard Hall, addition). He will discuss ARO's recent projects, including the renovation of the house of artist Donald Judd and New Urban Ground, a visionary project for adapting lower Manhattan to rising sea levels.

August 9 - December 17, 2016 | University of Colorado, Boulder | collaborative installation by Matt Barton and Scott Johnson

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Mysterium Tremendum: collecting curiosity is inspired by the arrival of Shakespeare's First Folio at CU-Boulder. The installation celebrates the important roles curiosity and wonder play in the pursuit of knowledge. Mysterium Tremendum presents a "cabinet of curiosities" that brings together materials from libraries, special collections, departments, and research centers at CU. Among the highlights on view are materials gathered by the artists from collections near and far alongside objects and implements that inspire the work of faculty. Opening Reception: September 1, 5:00-7:00 pm

September 2 to October 1, 2016 | Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins

Oelklaus and Powell

Heather and Emma have been chosen to participate in the 7th annual juried exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The jurors this year were Aline Smithson & Hamidah Glasgow. The reception will be held Friday, September 9, 5:30-9:00 pm.

June 6 - June 18, 2016 | 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday | John Sommers Gallery at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Verge poster

Verge: shaping the photograph is an exhibition of works exploring what the photograph is and how it behaves.

Closing reception June 18, 5-7 pm

Featuring works by Lea Anderson, Katelyn Bladel, Seiya Aleksandr Bowen, Joshua Willis, David Campbell, Jane Lindsay, Sallie Scheufler, Jazmyn Crosby, Ed Brandt, Heidi K. Flores, Marisa Gomez, Richard Perce, Kim Arthun, Emma Powell, Kristen Roles, Teena Lee Ryan, and Korie Elizabeth Tatum

Heidi Flores is a recent graduate ('16) and Emma Powell is a CC professor

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2015 - 2016

Morgan Bak Art

Senior Art major Morgan Bak is one of six artists to be invited to participate in the second phase of INTERSECTION, a public art program that transforms traffic signal boxes into works of art. Morgan's piece will be installed in early summer.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 | Denver Art Museum

Professor Gale Murray and Tinka Avramov at the Front Range Student Symposium in Denver

On Saturday, April 30, Art History major Tinka Avramov represented Colorado College at the annual Front Range Student Art History Symposium at the Denver Art Museum. Tinka's presentation, "The Triadic Ballet: An Embodiment of Bauhaus Principles," was based on her senior thesis project, which analyzed Oskar Schlemmer's early 20th-century theatrical performance. Tinka was one of ten undergraduate and graduate students who shared their research at the day-long symposium.

May 2-6, 2016 | 4:00-6:00 pm | 802 N. Nevada Ave.

Abstract Materialism

Lila Pickus ('13), 9th Semester Design Fellow and CC Art Studio alumna, will showcase her print work from the semester in a week-long exhibition. The opening reception is on May 2, 4:00-6:00 pm.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 4:00 pm | Packard Hall, Room 21

Textiles as Magic Charms in Late Antiquity

What did people wear in late antiquity from the late Roman to the early Islamic culture?

What kind of magic power was in the decoration on their textiles and clothing?

Professor Jennifer Ball ('91), an art history major from the Colorado College, will speak on Textiles as Magic Charms in Late Antiquity. Many textile fragments and sometimes entire garments from the Late Roman/Early Byzantine/Islamic period have been preserved in the dry climate of Egypt. These household textiles and items of dress show a continuity of beliefs outside and alongside the changing religious landscape of Egypt from the Roman pagan religions to Christianity, Judaism, and later, Islam.

After graduating from Colorado College, Jennifer Ball worked in the textile department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received a Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. She has taught here at CC and is now an Associate Professor of Byzantine and Islamic Art at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her book Byzantine Dress Representations of Secular Dress in Eighth- to Twelfth-Century Painting is an important work on the significance of costume in communicating identity and status in Byzantium. Her other studies focus on monastic costumes and liturgical textiles. She has contributed to catalogs of major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the current exhibition, designing identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity, at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New York where she wrote on the magical significance of decoration on garments.

April 21 - May 10, 2016 | Coburn Gallery

Senior Art Majors Poster

Abigayle Cosinuke / Alex Wilson / Arielle Drisko / Benjamin Kimura / Carlo Sangalang / Chloe Rowse / Chris Wu / Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff / Corey Boeschenstein / Hanna Lee / Hannah Iversen / Heidi Flores / Henry Weaver / Jacy Steward / Jason Stern / Kelsey Skordal / Luke Winfield / Mackensie Lewis / Morgan Bak / Natasha Murtha / Parker Abbott / Rachel Fischman / Raihana Omri / Rebecca Adams / Siyi Liu / Tinka Avramov

Monday, April 25, 2016 | 4:00 pm | Worner 213

The Artist's Playbook

Carolyn Chen has made music for supermarkets, demolition districts, and the dark. Her work reconfigures the everyday to retune habits of our ears using sound, text, light, image, and movement. Her work has been presented at festivals and exhibitions in 19 countries. Chen earned a Ph.D. in music from UC San Diego, an MA in Modern Thought and Literature, and BA in music from Stanford University, with an honors thesis on free improvisation and radical politics.

April 21 - May 16, 2016 | Arts and Crafts Hallway in Worner

Opening Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Student and Alumnae Fiber Arts Show

Friday, February 19, 2016 | 4:00 pm | Packard Hall, Room 23

Cold War in the Tropics

A lecture with Yetunde Olaiya.

Monday, January 25, 2016 | 2:00 pm | Packard Hall, Room 21

Contemporary Canadian Print Media and Print Installation Work

Catherine Wild, Linked Target, relief and intaglio

Visiting artist Catherine Wild will spend two weeks in residence in the print shop during block five. In week two of the block, she will conduct individual critiques with senior studio students. She will also be creating her own work in the shop printing lithographs and working with CC alumnus Michael Arnsteen.

Catherine is on sabbatical this year after serving as the Dean of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. She will return to teaching in the fall as a professor in print. Her studio work includes abstract prints in relief, intaglio, and lithography.

January 15 - February 27, 2016 | William Havu Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Jean Gumpper: New Works on the Mezzanine

Jean Gumpper will be exhibiting with artists Laura Truitt, Stephen Daly, and Brent Godfrey.

Ellen and Marie-Louise HolstEllen with DIS Faculty Marie-Louise Holst

Ellen has been recognized by DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia with a Design Excellence Award for her outstanding work in the Architecture Design Foundations studio. The award is given to a student who has distinguished himself/herself through diligence, commitment, academic performance, and ideally a student who contributes to a positive, collaborative learning environment in class.

During the semester Ellen and her classmates have been working on two assignments under the guidance of DIS Faculty Marie-Louise Holst. The first one is titled "Nordvest Object Gallery - Urban Infill in an Urban Context", and the second is titled: "Cooking School in Hans Tavsens Park".

Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 4:00 pm | Packard Room 23

Jason di Resta poster image

A Lecture with Visiting Art History Professor Jason Di Resta

At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Venetian political subjugation of northeast Italy was complemented with an invasive strategy of artistic hegemony. This lecture considers an outstanding example of creative resistance to Venetian control by an artist whose oppositional tactics led him to become Titian's greatest rival.

Friday, October 2, 2015 |4 - 7 pm | 802 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO

Acclaimed Florentine artist Patrizio Travagli uses the ancient technique of gilding to transform the value and appeal of personal objects. Fascinated by the interaction of light and metallic leaf, Travagli draws upon the act of memorializing inherent in the gilding process and its finished product. In this workshop, participants will gild an everyday object stripping it of its utility and investing it with meaning, memory, and aesthetic value.

" The act of gilding is an act of memory. Covering the surface of an object with the noble metal exalts it. What is light and shadow becomes part of the environment through an anamorphic distortion. In the act of covering the object, you are also revealing it. Like a mirror, it becomes a reflection, your own personal reflection. The aim of the project is to see and feel how people respond to a shift in their perspective through the use of gold in gilding. During the workshop, participants will be asked to select and transform an object that means something to them. Something they love and it is part of their life.

The gilding will be made, for reasons of cost of material and processing difficulties, with leaves of brass. The object's status will be elevated by the metallic layer, but at the same time, it will become useless. Once gilded, the objects will be exhibited together as if they were in a warehouse (a place full of memories), to establish a dialogue with each other and with the visitors of the exhibition. At the end of the show, each workshop participant recovers possession of the object, so it can go back to its own dimension of everyday life - with the added value of gold." - Patrizio Travagli

Presented by the Colorado College Art Department and sponsored by the Mellon Foundation Arts in the Liberal Arts: Artist-in-Residence Grant

September 28 - October 1, 2015 | 3 - 6 pm daily | 802 N. Nevada Ave.

golden touch

Free and open to the public

Pre-registration is required for each session
For more information and to register, contact Blair E. Huff:

September 19 - November 8, 2015 | Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center

Postcard for Steiner and Gumpper Show

Professors Jean Gumpper (Prints)and Jeane Steiner (Fiber) will exhibit their work together at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center.

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2014 - 2015

May 4, 2015 | 4:00pm | Cornerstone Screening Room

Hidcote Garden Lecture

Sponsored by the Art Department's Harold E. Berg Endowment

Ethne Clarke, an internationally known garden historian, and author of Hidcote: The Making of a Garden will speak at Colorado College on Monday afternoon, May 4, at 4:00 p.m. in the Screening Room in the Cornerstone Art Center. The famous early-20th-century gardens at Hidcote in the Cotswolds, recognized as the epitome of the classic English country garden style, were actually designed by an American, Lawrence Johnston. He was one of the so-called "Henry James Americans," who lived their lives between Europe and the United States. Hidcote was the first garden to be taken into the custody of England's National Trust. Clarke has researched not only the garden, but also Johnston's life, the social and intellectual milieu of his era, and the contemporary influences on his garden-making.

Ethne Clarke is a professional horticulturist and the author of fifteen books on landscape history and gardening including The Art of the Kitchen Garden, Making a Herb Garden and with Rosemary Verey, The Scented Garden. Her biography of Cecil Pinsent, Infinity of Graces, is the first biography of the English architect who created many of the best-loved villas and gardens in Tuscany, such as La Foce (for Iris Origo) and I Tatti (for Bernard Berenson). Formerly the editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening and garden editor for Traditional Home, Clarke has also contributed to The American Gardener, Horticulture, Pacific Horticulture, Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, Hortus, Homes and Gardens, Country Life, and RHS The Garden. Resident in England for 30 years, she was the recipient of the 1987 Angel Literary Award for Art of the Kitchen Garden. Clarke has a Master of Philosophy in Art and Design from De Montfort University, Leicester, England.

March 28 - May 17, 2015 | Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center

Opening Reception | May 1, 2015 | 4:30 - 7 pm

Artist Talk | May 2, 2015 | 2 - 4 pm

Heather Oelklaus Taking Time

Heather Oelklaus, Print Workshop Supervisor, is having a solo show at the Sangre De Cristo Arts and Conference Center from March 28 to May 17, 2015.

March 5 - May 5, 2015 | 8 am - 6 pm (Mon - Fri), 8 am - 2 pm (Sat) | Republic Plaza 370 17th St., Denver, CO

Opening Reception | March 6, 2015 | 5:30 - 8 pm | Republic Plaza

Emma Powell in Photo-Synthesis

Emma Powell, Assistant Professor of Photography, has been selected to participate in the upcoming show Photo-Synthesis.

The opening reception will be on Friday, March 6 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Republic Plaza (370 17th St. Downtown Denver, CO).

Her work will be up until May 5, 2015.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 4:30 - 6 pm | Coburn Gallery

Art by Jean Gumpper


Opening Reception and Gallery Talk

Presenting recent work by Jean Gumpper (Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence at Colorado College) and Jeanne Steiner (Weaving Instructor and Arts and Crafts Program Director at Colorado College). The artists explore lines in two and three dimensions through prints and fiber arts.

Extending the Line is part of Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Week (January 26-30) a fifteen-year-old event featuring a week of thematically related art, performances, lectures, and discussions. This year's theme, What's My Line? explores connections between theater, dance, mathematics, and visual art.

Event's complete lineup

November 24 - December 17, 2014 | Closed for Thanksgiving break (November 26 - 30, 2014)

Opening Reception and Artist Talk | November 24, 2014 | 4:30 pm

Juggling Butterflies by Emma Powell

Emma Powell (Assistant Professor of Art) introduces her photography to Colorado College with this one-person exhibition. Fascinated by the history of photography, Powell incorporates historic processes and devices into her contemporary practice. Past projects have included archaic technologies such as wet plate collodion process and old Kodak cameras. Her recent work navigates the fine line between reality and fantasy, using self-portraiture to articulate personal narratives. Using a cyanotype process, Powell creates a backdrop in which archetypal universal symbols combine and collide.

Museum of Outdoor Arts 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, Colorado 80110

Mute Earth Image

MUTE EARTH will consist of original works created by Scott Johnson specifically for the MOA galleries and will include site-specific installations and large-scale objects as well as a series of photographic pieces. Johnson will utilize the entirety of the MOA main exhibition galleries, multimedia galleries, and atrium for this unique exhibition.

Scott Johnson is well known for his work with a wide range of materials and for his thought-provoking sculptural installations. MUTE EARTH will explore the complex relationship between modes of representation and perception with regard to landscape and architectural space. The installations presented as part of this exhibition are the result of Johnson's literary research, experimentation with new materials, and direct observation of natural phenomena and cultural artifacts, places, and structures. A Colorado native, Johnson incorporated regional phenomena and elements of the Colorado landscape into his conceptual threads for the works created for this exhibition.

Check out the Museum of Outdoor Arts Facebook Page

October 27 - December 14, 2014 | 1 - 6 pm (Mon - Fri) and 1 - 5 pm (Sat) | IDEA Space in Cornerstone Arts Center

Opening Reception and IDEA Cabaret | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 4:30 PM | IDEA Space

Closed November 19 - 23 and 26 - 30




IDEA Cabaret is an ongoing series of lively conversations about art as a means of making the works accessible and meaningful.

The IDEA Cabaret Readings of Rembrandt features a conversation in the gallery between Colorado College Professors Rebecca Tucker (Art History) and Bryant (Tip) Ragan (History). The reception and IDEA Cabaret presentation are free and open to the public.

July 29 - November 9, 2014 | Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Detail - "Heal" (2014)

Heather Oelklaus, Heal (detail), 2014, Chemigram, 50 x 51 inches, edition of one, Courtesy of the artist

Colorado Springs-based artist Heather Oelklaus explores her subjects through historic photographic processes. Although Oelklaus employs vintage techniques, many of which date back to the beginnings of photography itself, her compositions frequently speak the language of abstract painting or motion pictures. But it is Oelklaus's combination of these extremely difficult technical processes with contemporary subjects and objects that are truly


The title of the show suggests the singular nature of many of Oelklaus's images. In an era in which most of us understand photography as infinitely reproducible, her photographic works emerge from intensive processes that result in a single original image.

June 21 - September 28, 2014 | Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Andy Tirado Drawing #6 for Unfolding Sculptural Piece

For Open, Tirado has made a series of extraordinarily large drawings that fill the FAC's magnificent, soaring El Pomar Gallery. The subject is what Tirado describes as one of our "primary tools" for connection and disconnection - the human hand. These exquisitely drafted images represent the hand in all its complex physicality, elegance, power, vulnerability, and expression. But these drawings are just the beginning of an exhibition that unfolds over time - the artist's process will be "open" and visible to viewers as Tirado creates a new, large-scale sculpture in the gallery throughout the show's duration. This is an experience that visitors will want to witness again and again.

Andy was also the Top Prize Winner in "Art on the Streets" in Colorado Springs.

"Allure" by Jean GumpperFor "depth" and "community presence," among other qualities of her work, Jean Gumpper, Visiting Professor in the Colorado College Art Department, was recently named among the best artists in the Pikes Peak Region.

Read John Hazlehurst's article in the Business Journal

June 2014 - May 2015 | Downtown Colorado Springs
Lacuna by Andy Tirado

Colorado Springs, CO - Downtown Colorado Springs and Community Ventures are pleased to announce the selection of artists for the 2014-2015 Art on the Streets juried sculpture exhibition. Now in its 16th year, Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places, while turning the streets of downtown Colorado Springs into a yearlong outdoor sculpture gallery.

A national call for artists attracted proposals from artists in four countries, 21 states, and 16 Colorado cities. Artists were selected through a jury process in which artistic quality served as the primary criteria. This year's jury included Blake Milteer, Museum Director and Chief Curator for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; local architect Michael Collins, and award-winning visual artist Jimmy Descant. Selected artists each receive a $1,000 honorarium. In addition, artists are eligible for a $10,000 Juror Award and a $1,000 People's Choice Award.

The 2014 - 2015 exhibit will feature eleven artists including Colorado Springs locals Andy Tirado and Sandy Friedman.

The 2014 - 2015 exhibit will be on display from June 2014 through May 2015 throughout Downtown Colorado Springs. The eleven artists selected for the exhibit are:

Dee Briggs, Pittsburgh, PA
Timothy D. Cassidy, New York Mills, MN
Steven Durow, Fruitland, MD
Atomic Elroy, Petaluma, CA
Sandy Friedman, Colorado Springs, CO
Steven Huffman, Ottumwa, IA
Suzanne Kane, Las Cruces, NM
James Alan Murray, South Portland, ME
Michael Shewmaker, Hilo, HI
Andrew Tirado, Colorado Springs, CO
Adina Ana Vomisescu and Juliana Morar, Toronto, Canada

Art on the Streets is a program of Downtown Colorado Springs, through Community Ventures, Inc. The program is supported entirely by private contributions, including founding sponsor U.S. Bank, with additional support from Colorado Creative Industries, Boettcher Foundation, and many other corporate and individual donors. All of the artwork in the exhibit is for sale, and purchase inquiries are welcome.

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2013 - 2014

March 24 - May 8, 2014 | IDEA Space in Cornerstone Arts Center

Opening Reception | March 27, 2014 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm | IDEA SPACE

The opening reception for the Rhythm Nations and panel discussion will be with exhibition artists and CC faculty. Includes performance by students from From Fringe to Spotlight, taught by professor Idris Goodwin.

From its roots within the urban American experience of the 1960-70s, contemporary hip-hop culture has evolved into an expressive language that transcends cultural and national boundaries. Formerly subversive modes of expression, such as graffiti, rap, appropriation, and breakdancing have now become flexible strategies for personal and political communication that spans all racial, national, and economic groups. From March 24 to May 8 2014 Colorado College will explore the ways in which the hip hop strategies of remix, mash-up, appropriation, and protest allow for the creation of new cultural hybrids within the shifting terrains of the mainstream. The project will include a gallery exhibition, public art projects, lectures, performances, films, and discussions.

The exhibition component of the project will focus on three contemporary artists Ruben Aguirre iROZEALb, and Jaque Fragua. The artists employ strategies drawn from street art practices and hip-hop culture within the context of fine art. The exhibition will uncover the tensions created when graffiti motifs are removed from lived, public spaces and realized into two-and three-dimensional forms. The themes addressed include an examination of the relationship between the self-definition inherent in the creation of street art and the drive toward individual expression of Abstract Expressionism; the power of poetic insurrection within public spaces; and the creation of hybrid identities through cultural appropriations.

January 31 - March 22, 2014 | GOCA 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway - parking is free after 4 pm - Centennial Hall Room, 201

Reception | January 31, 2014 | 5 - 9 pm

Artist Talks | January 31, 2014 | 5 pm

Performance | January 31, 2014 | 7 pm



As part of the state-wide marking of the 100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre - an event that sparked the modern labor movement - GOCA has invited six artists who address the concept of protest through their varied artistic practices.

Bradley Flora | LaToya Ruby Frazier | Scott Johnson | Lane Hall & Lisa Moline | Dareece Walker

Historian Howard Zinn declared Colorado's historic Ludlow Massacre as "the culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history". As part of the state-wide marking of the 100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre - an event that sparked the modern labor movement - GOCA has invited six artists who address the concept of protest through their varied artistic practices. Hailing from regional and national locales and contributing photography, mixed-media, video, and performance works, the artists are, through their works, expanding upon an event that resonates heavily today in our cultural consciousness.

A multidisciplinary performance will take place in the gallery on Friday, January 31, at 7 p.m. titled "Resistance and Rebellion: Remember the Past to Carve the Future" featuring Ensemble Peak Frequency, the Ormao Dance Company, Psychoangelo, and vocalist Tim Eriksen performing works associated with acts of social and political resistance, rebellion and oppression.

Coburn Gallery

Andy Triado and His Huge Hand

Andy Tirado, the 3D arts supervisor for the Colorado College art department, has sculptured a series of massive hands using a very appropriate CC material - reclaimed redwood from the deck outside the studios at Packard Hall, which houses the art department.

Tirado provides tech support for the art department, supervises the sculpture shop, and teaches a spring woodworking adjunct class. He also will be teaching sculpture at the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass this summer.

The four sculptures, all of which depict right hands (Tirado is left-handed; he uses his right hand as a model) are enormous - one is 13 feet long and weighs more than 300 pounds - and take up nearly all the space in Coburn Gallery, where they have been on exhibit. However, the huge hands, constructed from redwood, alder, and steel, all materials Tirado scrounged for, will soon be moved to make way for a new exhibit.

Check out the full article by Leslie Weddell: Huge Hands

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk | Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | 4:30 pm | IDEA Space

Devotional Cultures

Devotional Cultures traces European Catholic imagery and ritual practices as they took root and evolved in Latin America, Central America, and the American Southwest. Featuring masterworks from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, the exhibition demonstrates that, rather than existing as copies of European art, Spanish Colonial artworks reveal layers of global influences and responses to those influences over time, resulting in a distinctive style.

Curated from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center by Michael Brown, Research Associate at the Denver Art Museum New World Department, and Rebecca Tucker, Associate Professor of Art History.

The talk will be given by Rebecca Tucker, Exhibition Co-Curator; Jessica Hunter-Larsen, Curator of the IDEA program; and Michael Howell Registrar and Collections Manager at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest is made possible by the generous contributions of the Sheffer Fund for Roman Catholic Studies, the Stillman Fund for Exhibitions, the Office of the President, the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, and the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund.

Full article about Devotional Cultures

May 4, 2013 - January 12, 2014 | Denver Botanic Gardens

Water Ring Outliers

Carl Reed's work is showcased at the Denver Botanic Gardens and will be highlighting the artistic work of twelve Colorado sculptors in an outdoor exhibit entitled "Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture."

Opening May 4 at 9 am and running through January 12, 2014, the exhibition showcases the work of artists Emmett Culligan, Kim Dickey, Linda Fleming, Nancy Lovendahl, Terry Maker, Robert Mangold, Patrick Marold, Andy Miller, Pard Morrison, Carl Reed, Yoshitomo Saito, and James Surls, in cooperation with Goodwin Fine Art, Robischon Gallery, and the William Havu Gallery. Supporting the exhibition are UMB Bank, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Today we regard the work of participating sculptor Carl Reed, Professor of Art, Emeritus at the Colorado College, who has just completed a sculpture titled Water Ring with Outliers, consisting of three separate elements created and placed specifically for a site in the gardens. 

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