Faculty and Program Highlights

Ben Kinsley & Jessica Langley's The Yard featured on Fox21

When you think of art exhibits, paintings in a gallery may come to mind. But here in Colorado Springs, you can check out a different kind of art at The Yard.

Come check out their new exhibit that will have you thinking outside the box at 1010 N. Logan Ave.

To learn more, visit: WhatsInTheYard.com 


New student sculptures welcome shoppers at University Village

University Village Student Sculptures

If you’ve driven by the University Village Colorado shopping center on Nevada, you may have noticed colorful sculptures lining the avenue across from the Ent Center for the Arts. Each fall, UCCS students in the Visual and Performing Arts Department are invited to submit proposals for sculptural work to representatives from the University Village Colorado. Two student designs are selected to be fabricated as large scale permanent outdoor sculptures. This year’s winners are Deborah Schoen and Jennifer Marquez.

The two winning student designs are selected by Kevin Kratt, president of Kratt Commercial Properties, and his partners at the commercial real estate group. The students then work through the next phases of the design process and brainstorm possible fabrication plans with Kratt, fabricator Jodie Bliss, and Matt Barton, associate professor and co-director of the visual art program. Finally, the students work with Bliss in her fabrication studio to complete the final pieces. [...]

Ent commissions VAPA student-made installation, “Ascension”

Ent commission

On May 16, UCCS students unveiled their kinetic installation titled “Ascension” in the University Center. The installation is the fourth piece commissioned by Ent Credit Union for the University Center branch and developed by visual and performing arts students in Ben Kinsley’s spring 2019 Digital Art & Design course.

“On many levels, this installation represents the heart of Ent Credit Union, its future and what it stands for,” said the artists statement. “Our mission is to depict Ent as one entity made up of many members and to visualize ‘making you feel like part of something bigger.’

To conceptualize the idea that the fabric of Ent cannot be whole without the individual, we developed a work consisting of many small, hanging triangular pieces. When seen from afar they come together to form a single, unified image of Pike’s Peak and Garden of the Gods, constructing both an abstract and pictorial representation of landscape and community.” [...]

TIME - 2019 Visual Art Faculty Exhibition


January 31 - May 12, 2019
GOCA, Ent Center for the Arts

The biannual UCCS Visual Art faculty exhibition celebrates and investigates the work of contemporary artists serving as educators at UCCS. GOCA has championed conceptually innovative projects in its exhibition spaces for the past 37 years, inviting artists from this region and beyond to manifest their visions in collaboration with our students, faculty and staff. For this exhibition, we invited our faculty to respond to a theme that is connected to the biannual POLLINATE festival the exhibition is part of – TIME.

Featuring: Abbey Hepner, Ben Kinsley, Marina Eckler, Nikki Pike, Claire Rau, Corey Drieth, Jeremy Click, Pauline Foss, Stacy Platt, Matt Barton, Nick Henning, Carol Dass, and Jessica Langley

UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art to feature visual art faculty

New Horizon


Eight University of Colorado Colorado Springs faculty members will be featured at First Friday Gallery Talks as part of the university’s Galleries of Contemporary Art biannual visual art faculty exhibition, “New Horizon.” Featuring Matt Barton, Corey Drieth, Marina Eckler, Nikki Pike, Pauline Foss, Abbey Hepner, Stacy Platt, and Claire Rau. November 4 & December 2, 2016.[...]

Downtown gallery to feature faculty art

Corey Drieth, My Secret Love 2



A biannual exhibit by UCCS visual art faculty will open Oct. 7 at GOCA 121, the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art location at 121 South Tejon Street.

The “New Horizon” exhibit features artwork by Visual and Performing Arts Department members Matt Barton, associate professor, Corey Drieth, associate professor, Marina Eckler, instructor, Pauline Foss, senior instructor, Abbey Hepner, instructor, Nikki Pike, instructor, Stacy Platt, instructor, and Claire Rau, senior instructor.[...]

Visual arts faculty to present work at downtown gallery

Gods & Monsters


The UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art will feature nine UCCS visual art faculty member artists in the downtown gallery, GOCA121, beginning Oct. 4.

The exhibit opens with a 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 reception at GOCA121, 121 S. Tejon. In this themed exhibit, nine UCCS Visual Art faculty member artists, Matt Barton, Valerie Brodar, Carol Dass, Corey Drieth, Marina Eckler, Pauline Foss, Olivia Lundberg, Claire Rau, and Erik Schubert, responded to the city-wide thematic CROSS-CREATIONS: gods & monsters project in drawing, photography, video installation, and mixed-media sculptural installation.[...]