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The Gallery of Contemporary Art, a university museum, in conjunction with the Visual and Performing Art’s Department of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, is proud to present its biennial art faculty exhibition featuring work by 17 teachers. From its beginning as a degree program in 1970, the Visual Art Department at CU, Colorado Springs, has offered Bachelors of Arts degrees in studio art and art history. Since 1981 there has also been an undergraduate minor in Gallery Management in conjunction with the art museum, which acts as a lab for the minor. Within the studio program, coursework is offered in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, papermaking, computer imaging, and time based media.
The UCCS art faculty are active not only in teaching, but in pursuing their own creative interests. The tradition of artist/teachers began centuries ago when master artisans took apprentices into their workshops to teach them their trade. Outside the United States it is less common for universities to offer degrees in art, leaving this job to trade schools, which are referred to there as polytechnical schools.
This year’s art faculty exhibition will include work by painter Honorarium Instructor Chris Alvarez; a digital media installation by Asst. Professor Valerie Brodar; sulpture by Professor Louis Cicotello; photographs by Instructor Carol Dass; a mixed media installation by Professor Lin Fife; paintings by Honorarium Instructor Micheal Gault; digital images by Professor Emeritus Julia Hoerner; a mixed media installation by Honorarium Instructor Kathy Hutton; paintings byHonorarium InstructorSarah Jurewicz; paintings by instructor Lenore McKerlie; sculpture by Honorarium Instructor Sean O’Meallie; a film, interview, and photographs by Asst. Professor Gerry Riggs; photographs by Honorarium Instructor Bill Starr; sculpture by Honorarium Instructor Laurel Swab; a film by Professor Robert Von Dassanowsky; mixed media woks by Honorarium Instructor Rodney Wood; and paintings by Honorarium Instructor Mariya Zvonkavich.
Support for the exhibition at UCCS provided by the Bee Vandenburg Foundationl; the Colorado Council on the Arts, with assistance from the National Endowments for the Arts and the Colorado General Assembly; the UCCS Student Government Association on behalf of the student body’s cultural enlightenment; the Jane Hardeman Estate; and the museum’s membership.