For cam nelson, a new assistant professor of art history at the University of Colorado Boulder who is comfortable with both she/her and they/them pronouns, it’s important that their work, rather than their persona, take center stage. Inspired by the late bell hooks, an American author and social activist, nelson chooses to have her name spelled in all lowercase letters. They describe writing in typical Roman case format as “announcing oneself” and writing in lowercase as “whispering.” The choice could be seen as a reflection of nelson’s personality—understated yet compelling—but also committed to their work.
Lara Mashayekh speaks with artist Albert Chong and scholar Marci Kwon about the role of the archive and mysticism, their lived experiences as professionals in the art world, and their forthcoming endeavors.
In 1996, Dr. George Rivera, Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado Boulder founded the Artnauts with the help of Dennis Dalton (professor University of Colorado Pueblo, Beth Krensky (professor University of Utah) Garrison Roots, and Luis Valdovino (professors University of Colorado Boulder). The group has captured the attention of thousands of artists, community members, and art critics both nationally and internationally.
There are so many details and components in architecture, and the challenge is distilling everything down into just the essentials, while keeping it beautiful and expressive. That's where I'm an eternal optimist, there's so much creativity and opportunity to learn and adapt, within every project and also within a career in the arts.
"Working in art adjacent professions and places can be very interesting and fulfilling. Not only a great opportunity for artists but it also enables organizations to start thinking more creatively too.”
“Recognitions can come in many forms, from a simple smile to a museum acquisition,” said Ellsworth. “It is an acknowledgment that the intrinsic value of an art object is not the price, but the process. Recognitions acknowledge a maker’s motivations. While the object supports the ego, the process supports the soul.”
When you were in high school science class, was one of your lead instructors a sculptor? Maybe, but you probably didn’t know about it. Working with teaching artists is one way CU Science Discovery approached its recent ‘Forests and Fire’ field course held at Cal-wood Education Center, located near Jamestown. The course was part of CU Science Discovery’s efforts to foster STEM engagement and career exploration among Colorado high school students.
"For over 30 years, the artist has been making work that speaks to American history — ambiguous, open-ended, existentially observant. At a time in which the fundamentals of fact and fiction are being questioned, his art captures the truth of a culture in decline." Written by Megan O'Grady, Assistant Professor of Critical and Curatorial Studies for the New York Times Style Magazine.
At a time when the basic power structures of the art world are being questioned, collectives and individuals are fighting against the very institutions funding and displaying their work. Article written by Megan O'Grady, Assistant Professor of Critical and Curatorial Studies.