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Department Chair


Deanne Pytlinski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Art History, Theory and Criticism


303-556-3090

pytlinsk@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187Q

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

Tuesday          

11am - 1pm

Wednesday    

11am - 12pm

Thursday        

9am - 10am

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-556-3090

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Dr. Pytlinski is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Chair of the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her doctorate is from the Graduate Center of City University of New York where she wrote a dissertation entitled "Utopian Visions: Women and Early Video Art". She earned an M.S. in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Art History from Colorado State University. Her essay, “San Francisco Video Collectives and the Counterculture” has appeared in the recent anthology, West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977, published by University of Minnesota Press. She recently curated an exhibition for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art entitled "Craft Tech/Coded Media: Women, Art & Technology" which opened on October 3, 2013.



Faculty


Lisa Abendroth
Professor - Communication Design Area Coordinator


303-556-3140

abendrot@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
311D

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

May 23:  9am - 11am

June 21: 9am - 11am & 1pm - 3pm

July 12:  9am - 11am

July 27:  9am - 11am

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-556-3090               

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Lisa M. Abendroth is a tenured Professor and Coordinator of the Communication Design program at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where her research embodies community-centered, public interest design, focused on issues of social equity towards marginalized audiences. Working across diverse disciplines of design, her activities include critically assessing and writing about design that seeks to address under-served people, places and problems. Lisa believes design must be accountable—she demonstrated this in the critically acclaimed international exhibition, “Substance: Diverse Practices from the Periphery”, which she organized and curated. She is a founding member and regular contributor to the international design network, SEED®: Social Economic Environmental Design where she is a coauthor of the SEED Evaluator design assessment tool and a reviewer for project certification. In 2013 she was appointed to the SEED Advisory Board and presented the Award for Leadership in Public Interest Design. An expert in public interest design practices that use the SEED Evaluator tool, she lectures and presents its methodology and case studies in diverse educational contexts including the Public Interest Design Institute. With a passion for collaboration, Lisa promotes projects supporting culture, community, and collaboration through her firm culture/language/dialogue. She has lectured, presented, exhibited, and published nationally and internationally on research analyzing public interest design.                  



Leila Armstrong
Visiting Faculty - Art History, Theory and Criticism


303-352-4405

armstrle@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

May 23 - June 24, 2016

Mondays

1pm - 3pm

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-556-3090

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Leila Armstrong is Visiting Faculty in Art History, Theory and Criticism. She received her Masters from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she wrote a thesis titled The Spatialization of Jerusalem in the Early Muslim Period. She is currently working on an exhibition of contemporary African photography that will run at the Center for Visual Arts beginning February 2015.                  



Peter Miles Bergman
Assistant Professor - Communication Design


303-352-4943

pbergma3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
311A

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Since graduating with a highly conceptual art degree from UCSD in 1996, I sought to compliment a fine art practice oriented around mass communications by learning as much as possible about printing and publishing. I've worked as a screen printers assistant, hand stripped film for packaging, jockeyed PDF's for Web Offset. I have a 1930 Chandler and Price letterpress in my garage.

After a decade covered in ink I decided to return to school, earning an MFA in Visual Communication from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and become a teacher so I could put my skills at the service of young people setting out on their own creative journey.

Feel free to look at my ongoing design, publishing and letterpress printing on instagram @is.press                  



Michael Bernhardt
Assistant Professor - Foundations and Sculpture


303-352-7193

mbernha2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
207

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Michael Bernhardt spent his early years as an amateur actor and theatrical technician, graduating with a BFA in Pottery and Art Education from Colorado State University in 1999 and earning his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2009. Bernhardt has shown nationally in Colorado, New York, Ohio, New Mexico, and Texas, and internationally in Columbia, France, Australia, and China. His work was published in the October 2009 edition of New American Paintings and in Propeller Magazine with the collaboration Barchael. Bernhardt currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Studio Foundations and Sculpture in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver.                  



Rachael Delaney
Associate Professor - Art Education Coordinator


303-556-3090

rdelane3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187F

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Rachael Delaney is an Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Area of Art Education. She has been teaching at the University since 2005 and has taught course work in various studio disciplines and art education. She earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from SUNY New Paltz in Metalsmithing, and Licensure in Art Education in the Masters Program for Art Education at New York University.

Rachael began her career in education in 1998 at the K-12 level. She has taught in Boston, New York City, Seattle and Boulder. Her work as an artist, researcher and educator is directly influenced by her experiences in the classroom. She is interested in exploring the ways contemporary art reflects contemporary realities and the disruption of the customary through a collective experience that fosters engagement beyond appreciation. Her most recent body of work focuses on the collaborative and how learning through collective experiences can inform and broaden perceptions and constructions of meaning. Through her presentations both regionally and nationally Rachael provides an alternative framework for bringing contemporary art practices and works of art into the K-12 art classroom.                  



Carlos Fresquez
Associate Professor - Painting


303-556-3091

fresquez@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187J

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

May 23:  1pm - 2pm

May 24:  1pm - 2pm

May 31:  1pm - 2pm

June 1:   1pm - 2pm

June 10:  8am - 10am

June 17:  8am - 10am

June 24:  8am - 10am

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-556-3090

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Carlos Frésquez was born and raised in Denver, Colorado where he still resides. He received a BA from Metropolitan State College in 1980 and a MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1995. He is currently an Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and is the area coordinator of Painting.

He has exhibited his artwork in over 30 U.S. states and in ten different countries, including China, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Czech Republic and Russia. Carlos has lectured about Chicano Art history and his own artwork at many colleges, universities, galleries and art centers including; The Bronx Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Las Bellas Artes in Mexico City, The Albuquerque Museum and The National Museum of American Art in Washington DC.

He has been included in many touring exhibitions, including; Arte Caliente, traveling the U.S. (2005-2007); The Colorado Artist Fellowship Awards Exhibition- touring the state (1997); The Chicano Codices; Encountering Art of the Americas, which toured the American southwest (1992-1994); Rasquachismo; Chicano Aesthetics, which toured the state of Arizona (1988-1989); and the groundbreaking exhibition; CARA - Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation which traveled nationally (1990-1993). His work is in many museum collection including; The Albuquerque Museum of Art; The Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM; The Nelson Museum of Fine Art, Tempe AZ; The Fort Wayne Museum of Art; Museo del Barrio, NY and the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL. www.carlos.fresquez.com



Matt Jenkins
Assistant Professor - Integrated Media


303-556-3090

mjenki11@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187L

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

May 23 - June 24, 2016

Wednesdays

10:30am - 12:30pm

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-556-3090

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Matthew Jenkins is an Assistant Professor with research interests in performance art, socially engaged art, internet art, and land art/environmental art. His work has been exhibited nationally at the University of Arizona, Versionfest 05 in Chicago, and at the Santa Fe Art Institute. His work has also been exhibited internationally at the Habitat Center in Mumbai, India, the Centro Cultural Recoleta (Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the Culture Center Polymer in Tallin, Estonia, and Concordia University in Montreal. Matthew Jenkins has an M.A. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico (2003) and an M.F.A. in electronic media art and design from the University of Denver (2007).                  



Tsehai Johnson
Associate Professor - Ceramics


303-556-8562

johnsots@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
190

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Born in Ethiopia in 1966, Tsehai Johnson received degrees from Reed College, (BA Art History) Massachusetts College of Art (BFA Ceramics), and the University of Colorado (MFA Ceramics). Exhibitions include Plus Gallery, Denver; Biennale Internationale de Vallauris, Magnelli Museum, France; Denver Art Museum, White Columns, New York; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; and the World Ceramic Biennale, Korea. Collections include the Museum of Ceramics, New York; Museum of Outdoor Arts, Colorado; and the Reyzjanesbaer Art Museum, Iceland. She received a Colorado Council on the Arts fellowship in 2003 and completed an Art in Architecture commission for the Rogers Federal Building in Denver in 2013.                    



Anne Hallam Jones
Assistant Professor - Foundations Area Coordinator


303-352-4434

ahallam@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187E

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

On leave Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Anne Hallam Jones is Assistant Professor and Studio Foundations Coordinator for the Art Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She received her Bachelor of Science in Art degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison and her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing from San Diego State University. She is an active member of Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) as well as the Colorado Metalsmithing Association (CoMA) and the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). In her work, Anne combines drawing with metal and explores ideas of memory, nourishment, and fertility as related to the farmland on which she was raised.

Anne’s work can be seen in a number of jewelry and metalsmithing publications, such as Art Jewelry Today, written by Dona Meilach and 500 Metal Vessels, published by Lark Books. She has exhibited her work in a number of national and international exhibitions, including Triennial 9 Form and Content: Corporal Identity – Body Language, which traveled throughout Germany and to the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. In 2006 her work was featured in a national solo exhibition at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.



K. Tomiko Jones
Assistant Professor - Photography


303-352-4408

kjone117@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
206

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

TOMIKO JONES
Born Los Angeles, California
Lives and works in Denver, Colorado

Loose narratives unfold in sculptural video installations and questionably fictional photographs. Tomiko Jones received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2008. Most recent projects include “Canal” a site-responsive three-channel environment work for Scottsdale Public Art, “You Get What You Pay For” a multimedia collaboration with artist Chris Dacre and “The Gretel Project”, a five person collaborative international team. She is the recipient of awards including the 2013 En Foco New Works Fellowship, the National Society for Photographic Education Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement, 4Culture and CityArtists. Tomiko exhibits regularly in the United States and has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo and México City. She spent three months in residence at Museé Niépce in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France, the dually acclaimed birthplace of photography, and returned to southern France for a project-specific Fellowship at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis. After teaching photography at New Mexico State University and Graduate Course 3D Concepts at Drury University four years, in fall 2011 she moved to Colorado as an Assistant Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Photography area at Metropolitan State University of Denver.                    



Sandy Lane
Associate Professor - Studio Art Coordinator and Drawing


303-556-3095

lanesan@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187P

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Sandy Lane serves as Associate Professor and Drawing Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She received her BFA in 1995 from the University of Colorado at Boulder and continued her education, graduating in 1998 with her MFA, also from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lane has been teaching studio art courses in Higher Education since 1999. She was a member of Edge Gallery, an artist run co-operative from 1996 - 2012. Currently, she is a member of Ice Cube gallery, also a co-operative art gallery in the art district referred to as RINO within the Denver community where she serves as New Membership Coordinator for the gallery.                    



Jillian Mollenhauer
Associate Professor - Art History, Theory and Criticism


303-352-7232

jmollenh@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187M

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Jill Mollenhauer is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She completed her doctorate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at UC, San Diego where she specialized in the arts and cultures of Mesoamerica with a secondary emphasis in Native American art. Her dissertation, Olmec Monuments as Agents of Social Memory, focuses on the stone monuments of the Olmec culture, specifically their role as agents in the production and erasure of social memory. Jill completed her BA in Art History at UCLA. Currently, she teaches the World Art 1 art history survey (ARTH 1600), as well as upper-division courses in the arts and cultures of Mesoamerica (ARTH 3401) and the pre-Columbian Andes (ARTH 3402), the art of the ancient Maya (ARTH 350D), and Latin America modern art (ARTH 3481), along with seminars in object agency (ARTH 490C) and art theory and criticism (ARTH 4480).                  



Kelly Monico
Associate Professor - Communication Design


303-352-7021

kmonico@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
311C

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Kelly Monico is a visual artist and designer who rearranges ordinary materials, physically and digitally, to explore notions of identity, objectivity and the inherent value implied by a gesture or act of intervention. The majority of her creative projects have drawn on the use of repetitive gestures, actions and patterning, as a means to study human behavior.


Kelly Monico is a Denver-based artist who received her MFA from the Electronic Media Arts and Design Program at the University of Denver in 2005. Monico currently teaches Integrated Media and Communication Design coursework at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is the recipient of several residencies and has been included in numerous international exhibitions, which include the Videomedeja Audio/Visual Festival in Serbia, The Banff Centre, Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, Sante Fe Complex, Point of Transition in Kassel, Germany and in conjunction with dOCUMENTA 13, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the URB11 Arteles at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland.



Jessica Moore
Visiting Faculty - Communication Design


303-556-3090

jmoor138@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
204

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile


Ashley Nason
Visiting Faculty - Printmaking


303-556-3090

anason@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187G

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile


Sarah Renshaw
Visiting Faculty - Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing


303-556-3090

srenshaw@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
204

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

May 23 - June 24, 2016

Tuesdays

10:30am - 12:30pm

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-556-3090

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile


Natascha Seideneck
Visiting Faculty - Photography


303-352-4408

seidenec@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
206

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

May 23 - June 24, 2016

Mondays and Wednesdays

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-556-3090

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile


Anne Thulson
Assistant Professor - Art Education


303-352-7073

athulson@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187D

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Anne Thulson is Assistant Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her MFA is in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She directs the School of the Poetic City, a contemporary art camp for children in downtown Denver. She taught children at The Odyssey School in Denver and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO as a National-Board-Certified teacher. She practices socially engaged art in Denver. Her expertise and research is in arts integration, local WPA murals, contemporary art education, assessing elusive acts of creativity, visual art standards, social justice art practices, the democratic classroom, Reggio Emilia documentation, and Expeditionary Learning art curriculum.                    



Summer Trentin
Assistant Professor - Art History, Theory and Criticism


303-556-3093

strentin@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187N

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Summer Trentin is an art historian whose work focuses on Classical antiquity. Her current research examines the architectural, aesthetic, and thematic functions of the Roman domestic peristyle garden and the ways in which architecture reflected personal and cultural values. Her other areas of interest include Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and modern architecture.

She teaches upper level courses on the art and culture of ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt as well as African Art, World Art I, Reading and Writing Visual Culture, and BA Senior Experience, and is also the faculty adviser for Art Guild. She considers it a privilege to share her love of art and antiquity with Metro students.                  



Jessica Weiss
Assistant Professor - Art History, Theory and Criticism


303-556-3840

jweiss16@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187K

Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours:

none

Campus Box Number:
59

Directory Profile

Bio:

Jessica Weiss is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas, Austin, with specializations in Iberian and Northern European Early Modern art and a secondary emphasis in Medieval art. Her dissertation, entitled “Isabel of Castle, Flemish Aesthetics, and Identity Construction in the Works of Juan de Flandes,” analyzed the reception of Netherlandish painting in Spain and its importance to royal self-fashioning. She earned an M. A. at Southern Methodist University and two B.A.’s from the University of North Texas in Art History and French Language & Literature. Her essay “Inquisitive Objects: Material Culture and Conversos in Early Modern Ciudad Real” was published by The Research Paper Series of the Latin American and Iberian Institute of New Mexico in 2011. Her new research project explores the role of geography and foreign material culture in fifteenth-century Spanish devotion.