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Symposium Presenters

The wait is over! Here are the speakers lined up for the Learning to See Color Symposium.

*To register for the symposium click here.

433664451_640Dean Sobel, Director of Clyfford Still Museum

Dean Sobel will be the moderator for the symposium. Sobel was appointed Director of the Clyfford Still Museum in February of 2005. A specialist in 20th – century art, Sobel spearheaded the effort to create a permanent home for the Clyfford Still and Patricia Still estates, which encompass approximately 2,400 works of art by Still that were donated to the City of Denver in 2004 and 2005. Sobel led the process of selecting Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works Architecture as the architect for the new museum and established the vision and inaugural exhibition and public program for the new institution. Under Sobel’s leadership, the Clyfford Still Museum has raised approximately $32 million to date in support of its new building, operations, and endowment. – courtesy of Clyfford Still Museum 


christie_del_ciotto1Christie Del Ciotto, ASID

Christie Lyn Del Ciotto, ASID is an Interior Designer and graduate of Penn State University’s Architecture program. Ms. Del Ciotto worked in the field for six years prior to joining The Sherwin-Williams Company in 2003 to oversee the design and development of a “first” for the paint industry- The Color Studio. In her current role as a Marketing Manager at Sherwin-Williams, Ms. Del Ciotto is responsible for building brand awareness and increasing market share among her target market. In 2005, Ms. Del Ciotto successfully passed the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania East Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) as well as the Philadelphia Chapter of IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association). Ms. Del Ciotto has received numerous industry awards, including the highly coveted Presidential Citation Award from ASID. – courtesy of Diversity Best Practices



AndresLoperaAndres Lopera, Assistant Conductor

Andres Lopera, a leading Latin American orchestral artist in the United States, is an Assistant Conductor at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Andres was appointed music director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, OR, where he oversaw more than 460 students. In recognition of his contributions to Portland, Andres received the Portland Monthly Award, Rising Star Award, and the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Bravo Award. In conjunction with the exhibit Learning to See Color, Lopera will conduct a symphony (February 25, 7:30PM, Newman Center) that explores the musical aspects of color. Lopera leads you through a program demonstrating that art created to be experienced through one sense, such as music, can actually lead to perceptions and feelings experienced through other senses – colors can be heard. – courtesy of Newman Center Presents




devorah-sperber1Devorah Sperber, Artist

Devorah Sperber is an artist featured in the current exhibit, Learning to See Color. Sperber is a New York-based artist whose sculptures, composed of thousands of ordinary objects, negotiate a terrain between low and high tech. Her labor-intensive works explore repetition and the effects of digital technology on perception, scale, and subjective reality. Interested in the links between art, science, and technology through the ages she deconstructs familiar images to address the way the brain processes visual information versus the way we think we see. – courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum’s 2007 exhibit “The Eye of the Artist: The Work of Devorah Sperber”


Jeffrey HeadshotJeffrey Keith, Artist and Color Expert

Jeffrey Keith is a local artist, color expert, teacher, and co-curator of the exhibit Learning to See Color. He has taught painting, drawing and color theory at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History for over 20 years, where he was named the 2001 Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year. Though certainly influenced by the paint-pushers of the New York Abstract Expressionist school, Keith was more strongly drawn to the figurative work of California painters like Richard Diebenkorn and the Bay Area “Bad Painters” such as David Park, Joan Brown, and Bruce McGaw, whom he studied under at the San Francisco Art Institute. – courtesy of Jeffrey Keith’s website

*To register for the symposium click here. We hope to see you on February 26!