2008 – 09

Your Secret Here ONE NIGHT ONLY!
September 25, 2008 | 6-8 PM

The School of Art and Art History’s “Installation Art” course presents work

by these emerging artists: Adam Butler, Alicia Chee, David Fodel, Brigid Mcauliffe, Allie Pohl, Sarah Soriano

“Your Secret Here” is a representation of the confidential nature of coded, encrypted, and interpersonal communication and the growing concern about privacy and protecting our identity. This interactive installation urges the viewer to participate by writing or speaking their secrets, which will be shredded physically, visually, and aurally eliciting an act of absolution.

Jonas Burgert – Enigmatic Narrative
A solo exhibition with the artist in residence at the gallery

October 1 – November 23, 2008

Clockwise from Top Left: Kleiner Täter/Petty Perpetrator. Oil on canvas, 2007. 104 x 92 in. Courtesy Vicki and Kent Logan; Lebendversuch/Experimentation in vivo. Oil on canvas, 2006. 95 x 87 in. Private collection. Photo credit: Lepkowski Studios; Laut Gewinnt, oil on canvas, 2007. 95 x 87 in. Courtesy: Max Lang, NY; Vorkaempfer, oil on canvas, 2006. 66 x 58 in. Private Collection. Photo credit: Lepkowski Studios.

German painter Jonas Burgert is a rising star in the European art world. He is known for a complex and mysterious narrative—even epic—style of painting. According to Burgert, his work addresses “the meditative chaos of nature and the interrelated elements of human cultures….One needs spiritual copies of oneself in order to have a dialogue between one’s inner characters.” Denver Art Museum curator Christoph Heinrich describes the spaces in Burgert’s paintings as “theatre stages…He is not looking for a window onto the real world; he creates a world of his own, where figures are staged within metaphoric parables. They are never meant to be individual human beings, but allegories for the human existence. In paintings like Temple, now on display at DAM, Burgert creates a conundrum that deals with human characteristics and qualities.”

Jonas Burgert (born 1969) lives and works in Berlin. He trained at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and received his MA in 1996. He has had two major solo exhibitions in Europe and many juried group exhibitions since then. Enigmatic Narrative at the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery will be his first solo exhibition in the US. Burgert will be in residence at the Myhren Gallery throughout his exhibition, and he will participate in studio art classes and critiques at the School of Art & Art History. The gallery will be designed to accommodate a temporary painting studio for Burgert’s use during his residency.

Burgert’s paintings were also shown at the Denver Art Museum and at MCA Denver. A catalog featuring an essay by DAM’s Christoph Heinrich is available for $15. *SOLD OUT

German art spoken here by Kyle Macmillan, Denver Post.
Galleries sharing the wealth by Mary Voelz Chandler, Rocky Mountain News.
Tradition renewed with artist mentoring by Kristal Griffith, DU Today.

Paul Soldner Ceramics: A Master Teacher at Work
Thursday, January 8 – Sunday, February 22, 2009


Photo: William O’Connor

Although he is legitimately known as a pioneer of new, sculptural approaches to ceramics in America, Paul Soldner is also appreciated as one of the great art teachers—hundreds of his former students are active as artists and educators. The exhibition will be the first in over a decade to celebrate the master teacher and artist, whose ties to Colorado reach back to the late 1940s.

Review by Michael Paglia, Westword
Review by Mary Voelz Chandler, Rocky Mountain News
Review by Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post

Transforming Traditions: Contemporary Chinese Art
from the Logan Collection

Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, April 26, 2009

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Liu Hung: We Have Been Naught: We Shall Be All, 2007. Oil on canvas, 72 x 240 in. overall. Collection Vicki and Kent Logan.

Since the death of Mao in 1976, Chinese artists have forged sophisticated creative strategies to address social, spiritual and philosophical issues within a repressive political system. Their works, seen in “Transforming Traditions,” reflect cycles of destruction and regeneration in China’s recent history and in its cultural traditions. As China resumes its role as major trading partner to the world, its artists blend traditional Chinese artistic practices with western models. Sculptural works and related paintings, photographs, textiles and ceramics, made from the mid-1990s to the present by nine leading contemporary Chinese artists, show this continuing transformation.


From left to right: Sui Jianguo, 2 Legacy Mantles, 2005. Automobile paint on fiberglass. Each 24 1/2 x 19 x 14 in; Huang BinYan, Rabbit, nd. Ceramic. Sui Jianguo, Made in China, 2005. Automobile paint on fiberglass.

“Transforming Traditions” is the latest in a series of student-organized exhibitions at the University of Denver’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery to be drawn from the collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, Vail. With artist residency programs and catalog. Additional works by sculptors Yu Fan and Chen Wenling will be displayed at the SAAH and Penrose Library from March 19 – April 12, 2009, during the run of the exhibition.

Catalog available. $15.

From left to right: Xiao Xingtao, Golden Gate, 2007. Automobile paint on fiberglass; Yu Fan Hello, 1999. Automobile paint on fiberglass; Liu Hung Profile II – Yang, 2005; tapestry.



BFA Exhibition 2009
Thursday, May 14 – Saturday, June 6, 2009


The School of Art & Art History is pleased to present the annual exhibition of work by graduating BFA students from the School’s programs in Studio Art, Electronic Media Arts Design (eMAD), and Pre-Art Conservation.

Participating BFA students are: Kristi Bryden, Richard Burgess, Alicia Chee, Sarah Cooper, Aaron Freight, Chris Guyette, Zephan Hubert, Marie Janiszewski, Misun Kim, Daniel McGlynn, Natalie Nguyen, and Callum Trigg-Smith.

The works shown include: a graphic novel and original wall drawings by Natalie Nguyen, an animated Korean folk-tale by Misun Kim, a dramatic series of B&W photographs by Callum Trigg-Smith, a hanging installation made of twisted and woven cloth by Sarah Cooper, and several interactive media works by students of eMAD.