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Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer Program

The Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer Program fosters participation and collaboration with both the institution and the Metro community. An integral part of MSU Denver's mission, the Visiting Artist, Designer & Scholar Program is an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and the community.

The Program is an interdisciplinary and culturally inclusive initiative, bringing nationally and internationally renowned artists, designers, and scholars to engage with the Department of Art. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place at the Center for Visual Art.

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2019-2020 Visiting Artists, Scholars & Designers

Artwork by cyber feminine artist collective subrosa

subRosa Sept 5th at 5:00 pm - Faith Wilding and Hyla Willis are the founders of subRosa, a (cyber)feminist art collective that combines art, social activism, and politics to explore and critique the intersections of information and bio technologies on women’s bodies, lives, and work. Since its founding in 1998, subRosa has developed trans-disciplinary, performative, and discursive practices that create open-ended environments where participants engage with objects, texts, digital technologies, and critical learning experiences while interacting with each other and the artists.


Artwork by artist David LefkowitzDavid Lefkowitz October 2nd at 5:00 pm - David Lefkowitz ‘s paintings, installation, and mixed-media assemblages address paradoxes of perception both monumental and mundane. His work explores the blurry boundaries between mediated and direct experience, often centered on perceived tensions between the human-built environment and the natural world and combining Western traditions of representational oil painting with the flotsam and jetsam of consumer culture to draw attention to the complex relations between image and object, past and present, and nature and culture. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Carleton College, the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, the Northfield Arts Guild, and the Rochester Art Center. Lefkowitz is represented by the Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago and is a Professor of Art at Carleton College in Northfield, MN where he teaches painting, drawing, and Critical Issues in Contemporary Art.


 Lettering artist Adé Hogue and some of his work

Adé Hogue February 5th at 5:00 pm - 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. 


Carnegie Boat, 4000-year-old Egyptian funerary boat

Erin Peters March 18th at 5:00 pm - Erin Peters is the Director of the Boyden Gallery and Fine Art Collection at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Before starting at SMCM, Peters spearheaded research on the Carnegie Boat, the museum’s 4000-year-old Egyptian funerary boat and led planning for an updated display in the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This renovation unites the natural and human histories of ancient Egypt and will highlight Peters’s search for the lost art of ancient polychromy on the boat. Peters’s research of ancient polychromy began during her 2013-2014 Chester Dale Fellowship in the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the “Coloring of the Temple of Dendur” project, which has appeared in Egyptian Archaeology and the Metropolitan Museum Journal.


Past Visiting Artists, Scholars & Designers
2019: Jennifer Schmidt; Damián Sainz; Andrea Polli
2018: Kate Thomas; The Yes MenJoo Yeon Woo 
2017: Golnar AdiliRachel HarperApril Jehan Morris; Sixto-Juan Zavala
2016: Joanne Pillsbury; Deb SokolowLadies of the Press
2015: Julie Poitras Santos; Ian Boyden; Mwangi Hutter; Abayomi Ola.
2014: Sean Caulfield; Alberto Aguilar; Sanam Emami; Leah Buechley.
2013: Beryl Korot; Gary Setzer; Helen Shirk.
2012: Jorge Lucero; Michael Jones-McKean; Deborah Aschheim.
2011: Heather Mae Erickson; Harry Gamoba Jr.; Dr. Mark Van Stone; Chelsea Knight.
2010: Thomas Dutton; Jean Dibble; Krysten Cunningham.
2009: Will Wilson; Dara Greenwald; Karla Hackenmiller.
2008: John Valadez; Brent Green; Sergei Isupov; Ben Fry.
2007: Joanna Frueh; Tip Toland.
2006: Mia Mulvey-Fetterman; Marvin Sweet; Alfred Quiroz.
2005: Sarah Jaeger; Richard Notkin.

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