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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 or online as Microsoft Teams live events.

Anna Jo Beck

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022 @ 5:30pm  Anna Jo Beck is a designer, illustrator, and zinester based in Chicago. Her passion for layout is reflected in her professional work as a magazine and book layout designer, as well as her personal work as a self-publisher of her own writing and design through zines.

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Visiting Artist Talk on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022 ta 5:30pm at the Center for Visual Arts: Anna Jo Beck is a designer, illustrator, and zinester based in Chicago. Her passion for layout is reflected in her professional work as a magazine and book layout designer, as well as her personal work as a self-publisher of her own writing and design through zines.

Visiting Artist Announcements & Reminders

Announcements and reminders about the Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer program are posted on the Art Department’s Facebook page.

For additional information please contact Dr. Jessica Weiss at [email protected].

Fall 2021

Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 1PM Jennifer Ling Datchuk’s work is an exploration of her layered identity – as a woman, a Chinese woman, as an “American,” as a third culture kid. Trained in ceramics, Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as textiles and hair, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, intersectionality, identity, and personal history. Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Texas State University and lives and maintains a studio practice in San Antonio, Texas.

THURSDAY, OCT 14, 2021, 1PM Jennifer Ling Datchuk’s work is an exploration of her layered identity – as a woman, a Chinese woman, as an “American,” as a third culture kid.

Pamela Patton

Wednesday March 17, 2021 at 5PM Pamela Patton is director of the Index of Medieval Art in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University and co-editor of the journal Studies in Iconology.

Thomas Evans

Wednesday November 18, 2020 at 1PM Thomas Evans, a.k.a. DETOUR, is a Denver based artist whose large-scale, public artworks reflect his experimentations in visual art, music, and interactive technologies.

Mike Calway-Fagen

Wednesday October 21, 2020 at 5PM Mike Calway-Fagen is a multi-media artist, writer, and the curator/director of Stove Works, a contemporary gallery and artist residency in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Calway-Fagen aims to traverse the traditional barrier between artwork and viewer in order to explore nebulous networks of subjectivity. Through collage, installation, and video, he invites the viewer to experience with him the act of questioning the relationship between the known and the unknown, the imagined and the remembered. Calway-Fagen received an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, and in addition to exhibiting work across North America has curated exhibitions that explore the nuances of perception and experience including Land and Sea, a joint project between Stove Works and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Blue in the Face at Gallery Protocol in Gainesville, Florida.

Erin Peters

Wednesday September 23, 2020 at 5:30PM Erin Peters is an egyptologist and curator who researches ancient polychromy and uses modern technology to simulate lost color with projected light.

Cannupa Hanska Luger

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 5PM Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multidisciplinary artist whose works interweave performance and political action to communicate stories of twenty-first-century Indigeneity. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, and European descent. Luger’s monumental installations, which combine ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel, and repurposed materials, provoke diverse audiences to engage with Indigenous peoples apart from the lens of colonial social structuring. They often include a call to action to protect land from capitalist exploitation. Luger received a BFA in studio arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts and has received numerous fellowships including a Creative Capital Fellowship, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a A Blade of Grass Artist Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art, and the inaugural Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship from the Center For Crafts. His works have been exhibited internationally, including at the Gardiner Museum and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.


Faith Wilding and Hyla Willis are the founders of subRosaa (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.

David Lefkowitz

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.

Adé Hogue

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.

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 PillsburyDeb 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.