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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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2017-2018 Visiting Artists, Scholars & Designers


April Jehan Morris - Wednesday, October 11, 5pm

April Jehan Morris is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Hood College, Maryland.  She received her MA in Art History from Southern Methodist University and her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on representations of Crusading, its attendant ideologies, and social impact in the twelfth-century duchy of Aquitaine.  She is co-editor of (Ashgate, 2015) and is currently at work on a monograph on the visualization of crusading ideology and Templar identity in the small frescoed Templar chapel of Le Dognon in Cressac, (Sud-Charente), France. 


Sixto-Juan Zavala - Wednesday, November 8, 5pm

Sixto-Juan Zavala is a designer, illustrator, and VJ creative based in Austin, Texas. Zavala holds a B.F.A. in Communication Design from Texas State University and has worked as a designer and illustrator within the creative industry for a variety of agencies and public entities.

Zavala currently serves as Art Director and VJ for Essentials, a multimedia applied arts collective, and also as an Art Director for Raspa Magazine, a queer latino literary publication. Prior to these positions, he was a Visual Communicator at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin and an Art Director at BradfordLawton, a San Antonio-based branding firm.

Zavala’s evocative work reflects his interest in culture, especially art, fashion, music, and literature. His work has been published in multiple publications including Plant Kingdom: Design with Plant Aesthetics, Communication Arts Design Annual 56 and has exhibited work at The People’s Gallery, Mexic-Arte Museum, Gravelmouth Gallery and Silkwörm Gallery.


Kate Thomas - Wednesday, February 7, 5:30pm

Kate Thomas is a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her doctoral research focuses on a site-specific practice for teachers living through the effects of neoliberalism. She has worked with arts educators in Chicago for over 17 years integrating the arts across the curriculum. She and her colleagues wrote the Every Art, Every Child Curriculum that has been used in classrooms and teacher preparation programs for K-8th grade educators. Her artwork uses puppetry, performance and cantastoria, a form of recitation that visually tells story through performance, image, text, and song. She worked at Redmoon Theater, leading a visual arts and performance program for middle school girls to use stilt walking, puppetry, mentorships, and leadership for empowerment. She has also taught art education courses at the University of British Columbia, Northeastern Illinois University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


The Yes Men - Thursday, April 26th, 6:30pm

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are co-founders of the Yes Men. They have been doing "identity correction" or "laughtivism" for nearly two decades. By impersonating leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else, the Yes Men publicly humiliate them and expose their criminal practices. They have made three award-winning feature films about their actions.


Past Visiting Artists, Scholars & Designers


Golnar AdiliRachel Harper


Joanne Pillsbury; Deb SokolowLadies of the Press


Julie Poitras Santos; Ian Boyden; Mwangi Hutter; Abayomi Ola.


Sean Caulfield; Alberto Aguilar; Sanam Emami; Leah Buechley.


Beryl Korot; Gary Setzer; Helen Shirk.


Jorge Lucero; Michael Jones-McKean; Deborah Aschheim.


Heather Mae Erickson; Harry Gamoba Jr.; Dr. Mark Van Stone; Chelsea Knight.


Thomas Dutton; Jean Dibble; Krysten Cunningham.


Will Wilson; Dara Greenwald; Karla Hackenmiller.


John Valadez; Brent Green; Sergei Isupov; Ben Fry.


Joanna Frueh; Tip Toland.


Mia Mulvey-Fetterman; Marvin Sweet; Alfred Quiroz.


Sarah Jaeger; Richard Notkin.

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