Megan O'Grady

Critic, essayist aims to bridge the art divide

Dec. 16, 2020

For art students, it can feel like the pathway into a career should fall into one of two strictly separate categories: art maker or art historian. Starting in the spring of 2021, however, this divide will be challenged with the arrival of the University of Colorado Boulder’s newest art and art history faculty member, Megan O’Grady, who is also an art critic and essayist for The New York Times.

Yumi Janairo Roth artwork

Yumi Janairo Roth: Artists As Citizens

Dec. 11, 2020

The works in the exhibition Citizenship: A Practice of Society exemplify how artists act as citizens. The exhibit features five new commissions approaching issues that have become more pressing this year: voter registration, native lands, access to information, legislation on citizenship and human connection. One of these, “Property Rights” by Yumi Janairo Roth, is the artist’s exploration of how our image of public land and the American West is built, maintained, accessed, controlled and delineated.

The Native Guide Project by Anna Tsouhlarakis

CU professor Anna Tsouhlarakis awarded Creative Capital art grant

Dec. 9, 2020

Assistant Professor in Foundations, Anna Tsouhlarakis, is a 2021 recipient of a prestigious Creative Capital award. Her project, "Indigenous Absurdities" challenges and stretches the boundaries of aesthetic and conceptual expectations to reclaim Native identity through video, performance, photography, and installation.

Anna Tsouhlarakis

New CU Boulder prof is challenging audiences’ expectations of Native American art

Sept. 11, 2020

Faculty member aims to help Native American art evolve. For University of Colorado Boulder art professor Anna Tsouhlarakis, creating art was never something she envisioned as a profession.

Jeanne Quinn

Meet Jeanne Quinn, the newly appointed chair of CU Boulder’s Department of Art & Art History

Aug. 15, 2019

From working as a line cook to apprenticing with a violin maker, University of Colorado Boulder ceramics Professor Jeanne Quinn has never followed a straight path but is thrilled to draw upon her diverse experiences as the Department of Art & Art History’s newly appointed chair.

Melanie Yazzie

Spotlight: Melanie Yazzie

July 19, 2019

“A lot of my pieces tell a story,” says Boulder artist Melanie Yazzie. “It could be just about taking a walk that morning; it could be about planting flowers. The story doesn’t have to be huge. Sometimes the pieces are speaking about the injustices in the world and what’s happened to women, but sometimes a piece is about centering yourself and noticing the light and thinking good thoughts.”

Frank Sampson in his studio

At 91, once-skeptical art prof still paints in vibrant strokes

June 5, 2019

Thirty years after retirement, Frank Sampson is steadily creating work in his studio behind his home in Boulder; creating art is not just something he does—it’s part of his spiritual makeup

Stephanie Su

CU Boulder art history students deepen learning through ‘object-based learning’

Sept. 28, 2018

‘What does this art mean?’ students muse. You tell me, prof replies

George Rivera

CU Boulder Professor Is Taking Art For Human Rights Straight To The Korean Border

June 19, 2018

George Rivera is facing the age old traveler’s dilemma. He’s about to board a flight and his suitcase needs to fit in the overhead compartment — with 117 pieces of art gently stuffed in there. The University of Colorado Boulder art professor is taking this art the carry-on route for an art show at the DMZ Museum in South Korea, just miles from the North Korean border. Rivera has traveled the world, organizing hundreds of art exhibitions in regions experiencing conflict or human rights issues, through Artnauts, an artist collective he founded in 1996.

artwork by Sandy Lane, "Between You and Me", 2018.

The Artnauts are erasing borders through art near Korea's demilitarized zone

June 14, 2018

Professor George Rivera is a strong believer in the power of art as a medium to connect people around the world.