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Elite artists and designers. Up close and personal.

RMCAD is proud to offer a one-of-a-kind Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) program, which includes a public lecture series. The VASD Program is an interdisciplinary initiative that is culturally inclusive, intellectually expansive, and ultimately enriches the RMCAD experience and engages the larger Denver metropolitan community.

An integral part of the educational mission of RMCAD, the VASD Program fosters vision, creativity, and innovation by bringing leading national and international artists, scholars, and designers to campus. The program provides direct access to contemporary art, design, and culture through an inspiring and comparative framework.

The VASD Program opens RMCAD’s doors to the Denver metro community by inviting the public to attend a variety of free evening lectures presented by our roster of distinguished guests. These guests also engage with RMCAD students and faculty through private events, such as studio visits, gallery talks, and workshops. Bringing artists, scholars, and designers to campus, VASD creates an interdisciplinary environment that fosters artistic appreciation and critical inquiry.


Over the 2014-2015 academic year, the Program’s lecture series is investigating the ways creative thinkers are presenting, challenging and manipulating the subject of identity in art, design and culture. Examining identity is pertinent in many facets of contemporary life, including the incessant development and intimate integration of technology into daily life, the ease of travel and relocation, the changing recognition and validation of nontraditional gender roles and sexuality, the shifting perceptions of race, ethnicity, and immigration, and the increasingly normative occurrence of holding several different careers in a lifetime. By surveying a section of creative viewpoints on this subject, this VASD lecture series explores various manifestations of today’s protean self.


The 2013-2014 lecture series centered around the theme of Interventions. This series examined the possibilities and types of interventions existing in the cultural realm today. Interventions are ruptures in systems or moments of directional change that often create new perspectives – like a New Year’s resolution or a political revolt. Historically, art and design interventions have run concurrently with, and sometimes led, new ways of seeing the world.

The Interventions series began in September 2013 with London-based artist/designer Daniel Eatock’s lecture Subject to Change, followed by Micah White’s lecture The Future of Protest, and then architect Nader Tehrani’s lecture The Architecture of Installations. The series concluded with a lecture by artist Franco Mattes titled What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen.

View past lectures here.

Visitor Information

VASD Program Lectures are held weekday evenings, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and lecture at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus, unless otherwise noted.

All lectures are free and open to the public, however due to limited seating, we ask that you RSVP for program events. Specific RSVP information for each visitor is provided on the visitor's lecture page.


Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Mary Harris Auditorium
1600 Pierce Street
Denver, CO 80214


Public parking for VASD lectures and events is available behind (south) of the Mary Harris Auditorium.

To access this parking lot:
Enter the RMCAD campus at the main entrance on Pierce Street.
Continue straight at the first stop sign.
At the second stop sign, continue through the roundabout and follow the road slightly to the right.
The parking lot is labeled "Rotunda Parking".

Public Transportation

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More information

For questions about the VASD Program, please email or call 800.888.ARTS.

For information about upcoming events and lectures, join our email list.
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