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Communication Design

Lisa Abendroth_Communication Design
Professor Abendroth is a founding member and regular contributor to the international design network, SEED®: Social Economic Environmental Design where she is a co-author of the SEED Evaluator design assessment tool and a reviewer for project certification. She currently serves on the SEED Advisory Board and was the recipient of the Award for Leadership in Public Interest Design.

Lisa Abendroth

Communication Design Professor

Lisa M. Abendroth, Professor, edited the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies and Critical Issues (Routledge 2016) with coeditor Bryan Bell.


Peter Bergman, Associate Professor and Communication Design Area Coordinator, exhibited at the inaugural Chicago Art Book Fair, November 16th - 19th, 2017. The first Chicago Art Book Fair is dedicated to showcasing emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. Read more about the fair here:

In November 2016, Bergman published a limited edition art book, titled is EMANCIPATION, and curated a corresponding exhibit of the same name at The Smell - a nationally recognized volunteer run DIY (do-it-yourself) space in Los Angeles, California.

is EMANCIPATION the book is 130 pages, with 2-color letterpress cover, printed and hand-bound with a Japanese stitch in an edition of 200. is EMANCIPATION is a 21 year anthology of art intervention and prank collective The Institute of Sociometry. It is edited, designed, and partly authored by Peter Miles Bergman and edited by MCA Denver Curatorial Associate Zoe Larkins. is EMANCIPATION contains the contributions of 11 additional authors ranging from a Guggenheim Fellow, Igor Vamos, to an inmate in the California State Prison System, Charles Twain Clemans, who also contributed the primary illustrations. Peter Bergman and chapter authors Heather Link-Bergman, Zoe Larkings and Jared Jacang-Meyer gave a reading at the Center for Visual Art as part of the Collective Nouns Faculty exhibition.

is EMANCIPATION the exhibit was a three day “pseudo-science fair for free thinking adults” in which reports documenting interventionist art, topical collage, and intersections of art and social practice were submitted on table-top trifold displays. Additionally, there were lectures, reading and avant-garde noise music curated by Los Angeles musician Zach Lewis. is EMANCIPATION was the sixth iteration of an ongoing quadrennial “Sociometry Fair” series produced by The Institute of Sociometry, which has occurred every four years since 1996.

For more on is EMANCIPATION the exhibit and an essay on DIY culture please see:


Shawn Meek, Assistant Professor - Communication Design, presented a paper entitled ‘Fonts of My Family: The Fleeting Craft of Cursive Writing’ at the 2017 Hawaii University International Conferences on Science, Technology & Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Education (STEM/STEAM) in Honolulu, along with publishing in the conference proceedings. Meek was honored by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) American Web Design Awards 2017. His work, Boyan Slat: UX/UI Design, was published in this annual showcase of the best websites, microsites and apps nationwide. This same work was also awarded a Silver by the One Club for Creativity Denver's 2017 Annual Show.

Studio Art

Natascha Seideneck
Visiting Assistant Professor Natascha Seideneck earned her graduate degree from School for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with an emphasis in photography and digital media and has been a visual artist for over 25 years. In addition to her photographic practice, she also engages in site-specific work that includes commissions for DIA, CSU’s Behavioral Science Building and Marriott Hotel. Recently, she co-curated Gravity of Perception at the CVA, on view now through March 23rd, and is also showing works at Art of the State 2019, at the Arvada Center through March 31st.

Natascha Seideneck

Assistant Professor - Photography Area Coordinator

Natascha Seideneck, Visiting Faculty - Photo Area Coordinator, appeared in gallery shows around Colorado including the exhibit "Art and Conflict" at the Arvada Center; her work was a part of the "Waterline" show at the Center for Visual Arts; and finally she had a solo show at Seidel City titled "After Nature: The Age of the Anthropocene." 

Seideneck was featured in 100 Colorado Creatives in Westword.


Jade Hoyer, Assistant Professor – Printmaking, staged an exhibition, "Recurring Dream” at the VAE in Raleigh, North Carolina, an installation responding to the poetry of Katie Byrum. Byrum’s poem, “To the river house” addresses the comfort and limitations of the poet’s Kentucky hometown. Hoyer created installations of tiny suburban houses on individual turf plots which reflects Hoyer's upbringing in the Rust Belt.  

Art Installation by Jade Hoyer, housesHoyer was part of a group exhibition, “Homeward,” which toured to five venues, including the University of Guam and Arts University Bournemouth, UK. The works were also collected for the archive at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Georgia. In the words of the exhibition curators, Mariana Smith and Michael Litzau, the exhibition reflected how “the transition from one’s heritage has a direct influence on how we live and experience our world. Sometimes this departure is traumatic and directly impactful. For some, the journey became lost and is barely influential. Sometimes we know our familial homeland by hearsay or fantasy. By moving, a part of who we are is lost but another part is gained by who we become.” 

A two-person exhibition, “Homemakers,” also featured Hoyer at the Demo Project in Springfield, IL in December 2017. The work, created in collaboration with artist Tatiana Potts, explores the notion of home, the immigrant experience, and domestic space.

Additionally, Hoyer staged a solo exhibition in November 2017 in Bel Air, Maryland at Harford Community College. Her work, “First and Next” uses classroom materials to address educational opportunity. She also delivered a lecture to Harford Community College students. One piece in the exhibition incorporated the art of MSU Denver Art students.  


Matt Jenkins, Assistant Professor - Integrated Media, showed his work The World’s Largest PDF in an international juried exhibition on Conceptual Art at the CICA Museum in South Korea and presented the same work at the American University in Paris for the Arts in Society conference


Close up of Zest art

Tsehai Johnson, Associate Professor - Ceramics, installed Zest, a permanent commission at the new CU Boulder Village Center Dining and Community Commons building. This work is a collaboration between Johnson and the chef in consultation with KSQ Architects. The piece explores the explosive flavors and textures of fresh foods and spices. The design originates in the upper left corner of the niche where a plate gradually morphs into to fiery spices, lush flora and bursts of pleasure. In a sense, the plate becomes an explosion of colors, flavors, and textures. Photo: Zest; 2016; Porcelain; 5.5’x 8.5’x 6” Photo credit: Wes Magyar



Carlos Fresquez
Alumni and Associate Professor Carlos Frésquez was born and raised in Denver, and earned his BA from MSU Denver and his MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has exhibited his artwork in most U.S. states and in ten different countries, including China, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Czech Republic and Russia. Read the recent interview with Frésquez published on page 8 in the Winter 2019 edition of Collage Magazine:

Carlos Frésquez

Associate Professor - Painting Area Coordinator

Art Education

Rachael Delaney, Associate Professor - Art Education Coordinator, was honored at the 2017 Colorado Art Education Association fall conference as the Art Educator of the Year. Colleague Dale Zalmstra reflects, "I have known and at times worked with Rachel over a number of years. As an elementary art teacher, I have been the cooperating teacher for her student teachers. I know from the students what the priorities and focus are in their art education classes. I know the efforts Rachel has made to mentor and facilitate the growth of her students. I know she has a very high standards and high expectations for her students. She calls for their best in ways that both inspires and motivates them as they grow in understanding and confidence."

Read the article about Rachel Delaney from the 2017 CAEA Conference.

Art History

Jillian Mollenhauer, Associate Professor - Art History, Theory, and Criticism, presented papers at the Association for Latin American Art Triennial Conference: Art at Large: Public and Monumental Arts of the Americas, at the deYoung Museum, San Francisco; at Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology in Orlando, Florida; and at the 2nd Annual Research Colloquium for the Rocky Mountain Pre-Columbian Association, Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

In 2017 Dr. Mollenhauer presented "Identifying the Quintessence of Olmec Centers in Formative Olman," in the session, "Quintessential Places: Analyzing the Character of Pre-Columbian Sites" at the 2017 Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Summer Trentin, Assistant Professor - Art History, Theory, and Criticism, presented a paper titled "Reconstructing Antiquity: Alternative Research Projects in Classical Art and Archaeology" at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South ( at the University of Waterloo in Kitchener, Ontario. She also authored two articles, one with illustrations by an MSU Denver student, related to her research on domestic decoration in Roman Pompeii. She and Professor Sandy Lane are took a study abroad group of 18 MSU Denver art students to Italy in the summer of 2017. 


Jessica Weiss, Assistant Professor - Art History, Theory, and Criticism, presented a paper, titled "Castilian Legacy and Juan de Flandes's Miraflores Copy," at the International Colloquium "Flandes by Substitutuion: Copies of Flemish Masters in the Hispanic World (1500-1700)" sponsored by the Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage (kik-irpa) in Brussels, Belgium. 

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