cam nelson

Art scholar wants to make CU Boulder stand out in African diasporic studies

Sept. 9, 2022

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.

Albert Chong, Winged Evocations, 1998 (detail), bronze masks, steel armatures, pinecone-embellished suits, rawhide, duck feathers, gearmotors, and motion sensors; installation view, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, commissioned and produced by Oberlin College. Photo: © John Seyfried, courtesy the artist

Receptacles of Memory

May 22, 2022

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.

Amy Hoagland artwork

CU Boulder artist wins national award for art about climate change

April 7, 2022

CU Boulder artist Amy Hoagland (MFA candidate, 2022) has received national recognition for her artwork, which addresses climate change, sustainability and humans’ relationship with the natural world.


The Artnauts

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.

Angela Schwab, "cups"

Angela Schwab (BFA, Ceramics '06) builds space for the arts to thrive

March 1, 2022

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.

Andrea Jenkins Wallace

Andrea Jenkins Wallace (MFA '98) Celebrates Art in the West

Jan. 5, 2022

"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.”

David Ellsworth

David Ellsworth (MFA’73) Received the Smithsonian Institute’s 2021 Visionary Award

Nov. 5, 2021

“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.”

STEAM student tracing stump rings.

A scientist, an artist, and student interns walked into a forest

Oct. 25, 2021

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.

Glenn Ligon’s “Rückenfigur” (2009), one of the artist’s trademark neon sculptures. Collection of Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ICA Boston. © Glenn Ligon. Courtesy of the artist; Hauser & Wirth, New York; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Thomas Dane Gallery, London; and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Glenn Ligon, article written by Megan O'Grady

Oct. 17, 2021

"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.

A rally, organized in part by Decolonize This Place, outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2019.Credit...Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Artists Bringing Activism Into and Beyond Gallery Spaces

Oct. 1, 2021

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.