Melissa E. Feldman Curator’s Talk

Event:  October 26th, 2017 

Pre-Play: 5:00-5:45 PM at Vicki Myhren Gallery 

Lecture: 6-7 PM in Sturm Hall 254


Join us for a talk by Push Play curator Melissa Feldman that unfolds the rich history of artists’ engagement with games and play, from chess master Marcel Duchamp and the Surrealist exquisite corpse through the Yoko One and the 60’s Fluxus movement, to recent projects by artists like Cory Archangel and David Shrigley.

Open playtime immediately before the talk at Vicki Myhren Gallery.

Light appetizers provided.

Lecture is free and public: bring fam, friends and questions.

Feldman is a mega cool independent curator, educator, and writer based in Seattle, Washington. Her most recent collaborations include traveling exhibitions like Push Play, which began its tour in Spring of this year. Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik’s World of Ballet and Theatre (2012) was produced at Oakland’s Mills College Art Museum and also exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art(2010) was presented at the Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame de Namur University Art Gallery, Belmont, CA, and the Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary’s College, Walnut Creek, CA. In 2015, the Fruitmarket Edinburg additionally presented Feldman’s Another Minimalism: Art After California Light and Space. Her writings have appeared in Art in America, Frieze, Third Text, Aperture, and other publications. She has previously taught at California College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute and Goldsmith’s College in London. Feldman is currently serving as the Director of the Neddy Artists Award at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts.


Push Play is produced in collaboration with Independent Curators International (ICI).

In Memoriam: Lawrence Argent

The School of Art & Art History is deeply saddened to announce the unexpected loss of our treasured colleague, emeritus professor Lawrence Argent this Wednesday, October 4. With a career of over 20 years at the University of Denver’s School of Art & Art History, he brought great skill and passion to his teaching, while his international reputation as a sculptor grew at an ever-increasing pace. He was a leader in his field, and he will be missed. You can learn more about Lawrence’s career and artworks on his website, where you will recognize his famous I See What You Mean, fondly nicknamed “The Blue Bear.” Statements from a few of his colleagues and friends can be found on the School of Art and Art History main site. 

More information on his obituary can be found in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Westword.  


I See What You Mean, Denver (photo:

Whispers, DU Campus (photo:


BFA Senior Exhibition

Opening Reception: May 17th, 5-8pm

Exhibition: May 17th- June 8th, 2018

We are pleased to showcase the graduating seniors of DU’s BFA Studio Art program. The gallery supports students throughout the exhibition process in this annual collaboration with the Studio Art program of the school of Art & Art History.

Avalanche Pop-Up Performance September 9th

  Institute for New Feeling presents: Avalanche


 “By conflating the language of bottled water advertising with that of municipal water usage, we hope to push this idea of water “enhancement” to its most extreme degree. What if water could be enhanced (physically, nutritiously, energetically) by human usage rather than simply contaminated by it?” 

— Institute for New Feeling 







Saturday, September 9, 8:30 pm (doors at 8pm)
Location: Denver Wastewater Management
2000 West 3rd Avenue, Denver 80223



Opening: Thursday, September 14 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Exhibition: September 14 – October 1, 2017
Location: Vicki Myhren Gallery, University of Denver
2121 E. Asbury Ave, Denver 80210


 Free and open to the public. 

The exhibition is a joint presentation of the Vicki Myhren Gallery, and the Black Cube Nomadic Museum. A one night pop-up performance on September 9th will demonstrate the bottling process. Avalanche Water will be available for purchase at the Vicki Myhren Gallery September 14th- October 1st.





Storm Warning Symposium: On Balance / Art, Science and Politics in the 21st Century

The Vicki Myhren Gallery presents a symposium in conjunction with the Storm Warning exhibition on April 13th from 11:00am-5:00pm

(Cosponsored by the Department of Communications Studies and the Department of Biological Sciences)


Lindsay Auditorium at Sturm Hall

2000 E. Asbury Ave



11:00 Coffee and welcoming remarks from gallery director Dan Jacobs

11:30 Dr. Gregory Heming lecture: The Storm Cloud of the Twenty-First Century: Lecture I In honor of John Ruskin

12:00 Panel Discussion with Susan Camp, J. Henry Fair, Dr. Phaedra Pezzullo and Dr. Heidi Steltzer moderated by Gregory Heming

— following the panel discussion there will be a brief Q&A

1:45 Break for refreshments

3:00 J Henry Fair: The Hidden Costs of Goods Sold


Panelists and Speakers:

Dr. Gregory Heming Over the course of the last 30 years Dr. Heming has devoted much of his time to participating in processes and procedures that promote a dialogue on the inter-connectedness of the environment, economics, rural community development and politics. He has done so as a journalist, academic, published author, community activist, businessman and elected representative.

Dr. Phaedra Pezzullo is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at the University of Colorado at Boulder whose personal interests are in environmental communication, environmental justice, tourism studies and public advocacy.

Dr. Heidi Steltzer is an associate professor of biology at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2009 from Colorado State University (CSU), where she was a research scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. Previously, Dr. Steltzer was a researcher in CSU’s Department of Forestry. Dr. Steltzer is an active environmental science scholar who collaborates with colleagues from around the country as well as students to investigate a range of environmental issues that impact both science and society. Her research has appeared in publications from Nature to Global Change Biology, and she presents her work to peers, scientists and students across the U.S. She was a fellow for the Center for Collaborative Conservation at CSU. Dr. Steltzer serves on the board of the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, is a science advisor to the Mountain Studies Institute and is an ad-hoc reviewer for many journals, including Journal of Geophysical Research, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, Ecology andOecologiaamong others.

Susan Camp  is a sculptor/printmaker based in rural Maine who is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine in Orono, where she teaches printmaking, sculpture and foundations.  With a focus on minimising the environmental impact of her practice, Susan makes biodegradable artwork from constrained gourds which are grown into her molds, which have been exhibited widely.  Susan is a “think globally/act locally” artist/activist who has created several community projects around her work that provide a nexus for learning and discussion about environmental issues including local farming/production and/vs Big-Agra.

J. Henry Fair is an internally recognised photographer, author and environmental activist who is perhaps best known for his photographs of eco-disasters from the air.  Henry’s deceptively beautiful, swirling abstractions draw the viewer in and which then, on further inspection, turn out to be horrific industrial scars.


Storm Warning Opening Reception

Waste Impoundment at Arctic iron mineJoin us for the opening reception of Storm Warning: Artists on Climate Change

March 9th, 5-8pm

Reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.