Metropolitan State University of Denver Awarded $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that Metropolitan State University of Denver has been awarded a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects grant supporting Design for the Common Good programming. This project supports the dissemination of public interest design best practices through a national conference, exhibition, and a digital archive.
MSU Denver’s project is among 1,248 projects across America totaling $28,840,000 that were selected to receive this first round of fiscal year 2022 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa M. Abendroth, Professor | Grant Project Director
Communication Design Program
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Office: 303-615-0102 | [email protected]
Professor Lisa M. Abendroth is the curator and organizer of the Design for the Common Good International Exhibition featured at MSU Denver’s Center for Visual Art from January 14 – March 19, 2022. Her research focuses on public interest design and the social, economic, and environmental impacts created with, and within, the contexts of underserved people, places, and problems. Her pedagogy is committed to community-led design practices that embolden access and equity. She is a SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Network co-founder and co-editor of two books in Routledge’s Public Interest Design Guidebook series.
Alumni Bob Harrell Donates Lerch Work
“Don’t ever return the painting to Austria.” That was the only stipulation Bob Harrell (pictured left) had for his recent donation of the Franz Lerch painting “Fishing Boats.” Lerch was an important figure in Austria’s Neue Sachlichkeit (New Realism wave) and happens to have been an uncle to MSU Denver alumnus Harrell. In the late 1930s, Lerch and his wife fled Austria due to his wife’s Jewish heritage, and the artist destroyed much of his work. Having witnessed the horrors of a Nazi-occupied nation, Lerch was adamant that his paintings never return to the country that had scorned his family. Now, Harrell and his wife Kristin Kullmann (right) are graciously entrusting MSU Denver with preserving “Fishing Boats,” one of the artist’s few remaining works, and honoring Lerch’s wishes. “I fully trust MSU Denver and the institution’s commitments to excellence, without reservation,” Harrell said. “Service and integrity are cornerstones which have enabled MSU Denver to build a sterling reputation and exhibit outstanding performance in the realm of higher education.” Soon, the colorful painting will hang in the Art Department conference room as part of a materials collection that was started by faculty in the Art History, Theory and Criticism program. “Art is a strong part of a culture’s history, and it is part of what shapes a culture’s values,” said Deanne Pytlinski, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of Art, who is excited at the opportunity to bring art and history alive for students.
It really feels great to be putting my degree to good use. I use the skills I gained over the course of the program at MSU Denver every day, and I am positive that the Communication Design portfolio class in particular is a big part of why I was able to obtain multiple job offers and gain employment before graduating.
Greg Jesse | Class of 2012
Graphic Designer at Sukle Advertising & Design
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