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ART AT MSU DENVER

"The goal of my work is knowledge. I do not see life and art as separate.”

                                  Howardena Pindell

The Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver is a vibrant, diverse environment full of options for students interested in pursuing a degree in a creative field. Whether you are interested in being a professional artist, designer, educator or researcher, you will learn traditional methods of art production and research as well as innovative approaches to art and design. 

Art students are analytical, critical thinkers who use their creativity daily. They work independently and collaboratively to develop thoughtful responses to the world around them, and emerge as artists, designers, educators and scholars. 

The Auraria Campus is a stone’s throw from the heart of downtown Denver’s art museums and Performing Arts Center, the Santa Fe Art District and MSU Denver’s Center for Visual Art, so students are tapped into Denver’s creative economy. Our graduates have become curators, archivists, art installers and entrepreneurs, and have gone on to graduate schools at Virginia Commonwealth University, Columbia University, Goldsmith’s University, London and more. 

No matter what your ultimate career goals are, the degrees in the Department of Art at MSU Denver offer you the flexibility of diverse options so you train to become an innovative creative professional. And MSU Denver is the most affordable four-year university in Colorado, so you won’t be burdened under a mound of debt.


ALUMNI FOCUS

BECKY D’ARCEY | ART HISTORY, THEORY AND CRITICISM

People take in the Monet exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.Alumni Becky D’Arcey earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History, Theory and Criticism. While she pursues a graduate degree, D’Arcey writes about art. This fall, she also worked as a gallery host at the Denver Art Museum’s exhibit, “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature.” Read Becky's primer of Must-see Monet, from the largest exhibition of the french impressionist's work in more than 20 years, as published in MSU Denver's RED.


STUDENT FOCUS

CHANDLER DOLAN | COMMUNICATION DESIGN

Otten Johnson teams with MSU CVA to offer a holiday design competitionCongratulations to Communication Design major, Chandler Dolan, who won a major award for her design, Delight!

Otten Johnson, in partnership with the Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver, announced a call for entry for original art that reflects the holiday season in Denver, open to current students of MSU Denver. Five works were selected for exhibition at Otten Johnson’s Holiday Celebration in November where Chandler's work was voted for inclusion in Otten Johnson’s seasonal ecard, and she was awarded a $2,500 cash prize.

For the past 5 years, Otten Johnson has partnered with artists and designers creating opportunities to showcase their talent to the firm’s stakeholders and community. Each holiday season, they work with artists to develop a creative, fun digital e-card featuring work that celebrates the holiday season and our unique and vibrant Denver community. Reveal Chandler’s winning design here.


FACULTY FOCUS

YUNJIN LA-MEI WOO | STUDIO ART

MSU Denver Department of Art welcomes our newest full-time faculty member! Assistant Professor Yunjin La-mei Woo is a socially-engaged artist and a cultural-studies researcher. Born as the granddaughter of a Korean shaman, her artistic practice is informed by her research on various notions of humanness and how such notions intersect with issues of power, gender, class, and ethnicity. Her creative work ranges widely from installation to video, performance, sculpture, writing, and participatory projects. Woo has exhibited, published, and presented her creative work and research in various venues both internationally and nationally. She earned her BFA and MFA from Seoul National University, South Korea, and is currently working on her PhD dissertation in Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. You can find more about the material structures that Yunjin has built here.


VISITING ARTISTS, SCHOLARS & DESIGNERS

ADÉ HOGUE | FEBRUARY 5, 2020

Ade Hogue - Visiting Artist Scholar and Designer Program 2019-2020 Event Schedule: Tuesday February 4, Individual Student Sessions, Central Classroom 311E at 1-3:00pm. Wednesday February 5, Public Artist's Lecture, Tivoli Turnhalle Tower Adirondacks Room 440/540 at 5-7:00pm.Adé Hogue is an art director, designer, and lettering artist specializing in hand-created type. He has worked with various agencies in Chicago for brands such as Nike, ALDI, Mercedes-Benz, Moen, Teavana, and The Atlantic. Doing more than pushing pixels, he takes ideas and turn them into something physical using his hands to blend the beautiful with the practical. Adé has presented his personal work in exhibitions such as Typeforce, an annual juried showcase of typographic artists in Chicago. He has also been an invited speaker at design and creativity conferences such as Top Con, Creative South, and Adobe MAX. In the fall of 2017 he was selected as one of PRINT Magazine’s New Visual Artists—an annual roundup of 15 of the best creatives today under 30. Currently, Adé runs his own design studio and freelances for a range of clients while teaching lettering and typography courses at DePaul University. 

 Lettering artist Adé Hogue and some of his work

 


CAREER PROSPECTS

HERE'S WHERE AN ART DEGREE FROM MSU DENVER MIGHT TAKE YOU

Commercial design and graphics, environmental design and architecture, education, business, crafts, and fine arts all offer an array of possibilities for art graduates. Graphic designer, museum curator, art teacher, jewelry designer, photographer, illustrator, and many, many more

According to the most recent Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Economic Activity Study, which collects data from the nonprofit organizations that receive funds from the SCFD in the seven-county Metro Denver area, “Employment in the arts reached an all-time high in 2017, with 11,820 jobs, an increase of 10% over 2015.”


DATA AND INSIGHTS

ARTS GRADUATES ACROSS DISCIPLINES

The idea of working across artistic disciplines is far from new, but evidence suggests that such crossover is becoming an increasingly important part of artistic careers. This DataBrief detailing the under-acknowledged prevalence, predictors, and outcomes of multi-disciplinary arts practice, from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), provides arts educators and arts policymakers with highlights of SNAAP data and insights into the value of arts-school education: Arts Graduates 'Oscillate Wildly' Across Disciplines (SNAAP DataBrief)


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The Department of Art at MSU Denver is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design.