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Public Events and the Visiting Artist Program

UNC Galleries' educational mission offers numerous opportunities for college students, faculty, K-12 teachers, and the community to enjoy our exhibiitons. We activate each of our exhibitions with programs such as: artist talks, interdiscliplinary panels, gallery receptions, and hands-on workshops. All of our public programs are free to UNC students and the public.

The Visiting Artist (VA) Program welcomes experts from around the country to Greeley for one-day campus visits or week-long "micro-residencies." The VA Program offers unique opportunities for firsthand discussion with artists, curators, and scholars to provide a closer look at how creative professionals live and work. Visitors present their practice in a public lecture and are integrated into the curriculum through targeted, intentional classroom visits, individual student critiques, and collaborative workshops. 

 

2019 Spring Visiting Artists & Public Programs

Dec 18 - Feb 6

Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal

Campus Commons Gallery
Open Studios, 11am-3pm:  December 31  |  January 2, 3, 4, 10, 15, 18, 24, 29  |   February 1, 6

UNC Galleries is proud to welcome artist and UNC Alumna, Jessica Forrestal back to campus as the inaugural Artist-In-Residence at the new Campus Commons Gallery. Forrestal will occupy the newly constructed, state of the art gallery facilities located in Campus Commons from mid-December through early February. During her residency, guests are encouraged to stop by the gallery to directly engage with the artist and watch the work unfold, invade, and sprawl across our new gallery walls!

While in residence, Forrestal will complete a new series of site-specific, black and white drawings directly on the gallery's floor and walls. The artist's hand-drawn installations require intensive labor and crafting as she challenges concepts of quality, disposability and time. Much of Forrestal's work explores American consumer culture, mass production, consumption, and disposal of objects that are meant to promise functionality and life improvement. The artist riffs off of the authoritative style of a diagram and investigates the intersection of humans, objects, and environment. 

Jessica Forrestal holds an MFA in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, a MA in Art and Design from University of Northern Colorado and a BA in Art from Colorado State University.  Jessica was recently an artist-in-residence at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, Colorado where she debuted a new collection of wall drawings. She was also awarded the opportunity to display her work publicly by a Brooklyn-based non-profit called SaveArtSpace. She has participated in group and solo shows in Brooklyn, New York, and in the Denver area.

To learn more about Jessica Forrestal, visit her website. 

Jan 2-4  | 11am-3pm

Open Studios with Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal

Campus Commons Gallery

Drop by the gallery to visit with current Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal as she works on her latest installation, ConStructs and ConFines. Visitors are welcome to engage with the artist and ask her questions about her work, or simply sit back and observe as she draws directly on the gallery walls and floors!

Jan 10 | 11am-3pm

Open Studios with Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal

Campus Commons Gallery

Drop by the gallery to visit with current Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal as she works on her latest installation, ConStructs and ConFines. Visitors are welcome to engage with the artist and ask her questions about her work, or simply sit back and observe as she draws directly on the gallery walls and floors!

Jan 15 | 11am-3pm

Open Studios with Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal

Campus Commons

Drop by the gallery to visit with current Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal as she works on her latest installation,ConStructs and ConFines. Visitors are welcome to engage with the artist and ask her questions about her work, or simply sit back and observe as she draws directly on the gallery walls and floors!

Jan 15 |  4:45pm

3rd Annual Art History Symposium Info Session

Guggenheim Hall, Room 001A

Interested in applying to the 3rd Annual Art History Symposium? This information session will help interested students learn more about the submission process, important dates/deadlines, how to prepare your papers for submission, and Q&A. 

Learn More About How to Apply for the Annual Art History Symposium 

Jan 16 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

Jan 18  | 11am-3pm

Open Studios with Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal

Campus Commons Gallery

Drop by the gallery to visit with current Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal as she works on her latest installation, ConStructs and ConFines. Visitors are welcome to engage with the artist and ask her questions about her work, or simply sit back and observe as she draws directly on the gallery walls and floors!

Jan 22  | 11am-1pm

Professional Practice Workshop with Artboss

"Crafting Your Narrative & Social Media Marketing" 2-hour event!
Campus Commons Gallery

Join us for a two-hour workshop with Julia Rymer and Jessica Loving-Campos of Artboss! This professional practice workshop will begin with an exercise for all creatives to dive into crafting their narratives. Artboss will target commonly asked questions such as: Who are you? What do you create? What is special, different and unique about your work? These simple questions feel complex, but Artboss will help flesh out who you are as a creative, putting participants in a position to stand out from the crowd. The second half of the workshop will focus on how to incorporate that narrative into social media marketing strategy, branding your practice, developing your portfolio, etc.

Participation is FREE, but let us know you plan to attend! RSVP here!

 Jan 23 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

Jan 24  | 11am-3pm 

Open Studios with Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal

Campus Commons Gallery

Drop by the gallery to visit with current Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal as she works on her latest installation, ConStructs and ConFines. Visitors are welcome to engage with the artist and ask her questions about her work, or simply sit back and observe as she draws directly on the gallery walls and floors!

 Jan 25 | 12-2pm

Art Handling & Installation Workshop with Graham Thompson

Campus Commons Gallery

Awaken your inner installation artist! Learn how to professionally handle, hang and store your artwork with Graham Thompson.  Trained in the art of shape and color, Graham has been living and working on the Front Range since graduating from Colorado College in 2012. As a professional installation artist, she has assisted artists and museums with major exhibitions and large-scale installations, including the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and Redline Contemporary Art Center. This two-hour workshop gives you the tools and tricks of the trade you will need to hang your own show!

Participation is FREE! To RSVP please email: galleries@unco.edu

Jan 29 | 11am-3pm

Open Studios with Artist-In-Residence, Jessical Forrestal

Campus Commons Gallery

Drop by the gallery to visit with current Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal as she works on her latest installation, ConStructs and ConFines. Visitors are welcome to engage with the artist and ask her questions about her work, or simply sit back and observe as she draws directly on the gallery walls and floors!

Jan 30 | 11-2pm

Southard Award Luncheon

UC Panoram Room

Please join us in celebration of this year's Southard Award Winner from the School of Art & Design, Julia Bannerot. The Southard Award is the School of Art and Design’s most prestigious competition. Students submit a written proposal selected for a public presentation of creative work. The objective for the competitive process is provide students with an opportunity to develop the materials, documentation and conceptual sophistication, needed in order to pursue advanced academic or professional opportunities upon graduation from UNC.

Jan 30 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

Feb 1  | 11am-3pm

Open Studios with Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal

Campus Commons Gallery

Drop by the gallery to visit with current Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal as she works on her latest installation, ConStructs and ConFines. Visitors are welcome to engage with the artist and ask her questions about her work, or simply sit back and observe as she draws directly on the gallery walls and floors!

 Feb 1 | 12-2pm

Artist Help Desk

with Guest Helper, TBA

Learn more about the Artist Help Desk here!
To reserve a 30 minute slot, email galleries@unco.edu 

Feb 5 | 4-6pm

Opening Reception, The Working Artist

Co-organized by current UNC students, Cory McKague and Lyndsey Webster
Mariani Gallery

It's time to celebrate! Join us for the opening reception for, The Working Artist. The exhibition asks the question, "What will artists create when given miscellaneous materials and an open gallery space?" McKague and Webster highlight the art of creating but creating an exhibition that encourages collaboration between artists and aims to shed a light on the process behind the creation of artworks. With heavy focus on documentation and process, this installation/performance challenges the idea that art is only the final product.

Interested in participating in this exhibition? Sign up for a 2 hour slot to use objects in the gallery to create your own work of art to have on view! Email:  workingartistproject@gmail.com for more information!

Follow the exhibition on social media! Visit @workingartistproject on Instagram

Feb 6 | 11am-3pm

Open Studios with Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forresal

Campus Commons Gallery

Drop by the gallery to visit with current Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Forrestal as she works on her latest installation, ConStructs and ConFines. Visitors are welcome to engage with the artist and ask her questions about her work, or simply sit back and observe as she draws directly on the gallery walls and floors!

Feb 6 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

Feb 7 | 4-7pm

Opening Reception, Jessica Forrestal: ConStructs and ConFines

Campus Commons Gallery

It's time to celebrate! Join us for the opening of Jessica Forrestal's site-specific, hand-drawn installation: ConStructs and ConFines. This is the first exhibition in UNC Galleries' new facilities in Campus Commons. Please join us as we celebrate the work of our featured artist and our new exhibition venue!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Food, drink, and music provided!

Check out our Facebook Invite!

Feb 13  | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

Feb 14  | 12-2pm

"Speed Date" Your Professional Documents

A Valentine's Day Professional Practice Workshop + Mocktail Hour to Immediately Follow!
Campus Commons Gallery

Just in time for Valentine's Day, this professional practice workshop riffs off of speed dating; An organized social activity in which people have a series of short conversations with guests sharing similar interests. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of their professional documents (artist statements, resumes, etc.) for 15-minute one-on-one engagements with creative professionals from around the region. At the sound of the bell, guests advance to the next reviewer, providing individuals with multiple points of feedback throughout the event. Mingle and practice your "elevator pitch" at our mocktail mixer immediately following speed dating rounds! Participants are encourgaed to bring your business cards to share. 

This event is FREE and open the public!

Feb 19 | 4-6pm

Closing Reception, The Working Artist

Co-organized by current UNC students Cory McKague and Lyndsey Webster
Guggenheim Hall 

Join us for the closing celebration of The Working Artist, an exhibiton that asks the question, "What will artists create when given miscellaneous materials and an open gallery space?" Step into Mariani Gallery and experience the collaborative work created by students, faculty, staff, and the public during the duration of the exhibition. 

Feb 20 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

RESCHEDULED 

Artist Talk with Jessica Forrestal

Campus Commons Gallery, Campus Commons

Jessica Forrestal holds an MFA in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, a MA in Art and Design from University of Northern Colorado and a BA in Art from Colorado State University.  Jessica was recently an artist-in-residence at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, Colorado where she debuted a new collection of wall drawings. She was also awarded the opportunity to display her work publicly by a Brooklyn-based non-profit called SaveArtSpace. She has participated in group and solo shows in Brooklyn, New York, and in the Denver area.

To learn more about Jessica Forrestal, visit her website. 

 Feb 22 | 12-2pm

Artist Help Desk

with Pam Campanaro, Director & Curator of UNC Galleries

Learn more about the Artist Help Desk here!
To reserve a 30 minute slot, email galleries@unco.edu 

Feb 26 | 2-4pm

Drawing Workshop with Jessica Forrestal

Campus Commons Gallery
Participation is FREE but space is limited. To RSVP email: galleries@unco.edu

Led by featured artist, Jessica Forrestal this workshop focuses on the concepts of drawing as collage, and pen and ink techniques. Participants will work on their own individual drawings during the first half of the workshop. The second half of this event will focus on enlarging drawings for the experience of painting a mural. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the scope of planning for large-scale installations, mural preparation, and "tips and tricks" for maintaining a steady hand and line quality during execution. 

Feb 27 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

March 1 | 12-2pm

The Artist Help Desk

with Guest Helper, Jessica Forrestal- Interdiscliplinary/Installation Artist 

Learn more about the Artist Help Desk here!
To reserve a 30 minute slot, email galleries@unco.edu 

March 6 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

March 6 | 4-6pm

Opening Reception, Microcosms

A solo exhibition by Katie Fahrenbruch
Mariani Gallery, Guggenheim Hall

Join the celebration! Fahrenbruch's work calls attention to the little hidden worlds of beauty that exist all around us. These microcosms can be found in something as mundane as a cluster of ripe berries, colorful lichen growing on a boulder, or the rhythmically chaotic angles of cactus spines. 

March 7 | 5pm

Artist Talk with Jessica Forrestal

Campus Commons Gallery, Campus Commons

Jessica Forrestal holds an MFA in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, a MA in Art and Design from University of Northern Colorado and a BA in Art from Colorado State University.  Jessica was recently an artist-in-residence at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, Colorado where she debuted a new collection of wall drawings. She was also awarded the opportunity to display her work publicly by a Brooklyn-based non-profit called SaveArtSpace. She has participated in group and solo shows in Brooklyn, New York, and in the Denver area.

To learn more about Jessica Forrestal, visit her website. 

March 13 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

March 20 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

March 20 |  5-6pm

Artist & Curatorial Talk with Corianna Wells & Kristopher Wright

Campus Commons Gallery

Corianne Wells & Kristopher Wright are artists, curators, and co-founders of Odessa, a nomadic arts incubator expanding the definition of what art is—and where art can happen. The duo has worked with emerging visual artists on forward-thinking art exhibitions, critical discourse, and community engagement. Using storytelling to help artist communicate their value to new audience members all while making the process more transparent, more creative and more experimental.

UNC Galleries is proud to add that Wells and Wright are the guest jurors for the Spring 2019 Mariani Gallery call for proposals. Wells and Wright reviewed student's submissions and chose three (3) to exhibit in Mariani Gallery throughout the Spring 2019 semester. 

March 21 | 5-6pm

Artist Talk with Bryan Cera

Campus Commons Gallery

More information forthcoming!

March 27 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

March 30 | 9:30-4:30

2019 Art Education Speaker Series

Location TBA
Spread the Word! View Printer-Friendly Poster of Events Here!

How can the art classroom be a space to discuss controversial issues?

As we in the art room encourage new ideas, creative thoughts, and innovative approaches to learning, how do we allow for different opinions? How do we teach students whose beliefs are different than our own? How do we create an environment where dialogue is encouraged? 

9:30-10:00am: Check in

10:00-11:30am: Dr. Lisa Hochtritt
Dr. Hochtritt is a faculty member and director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and author of Art and Social Justice Education Culture as Commons. She has over 25 years of experience in arts and education. Teaching students of all ages, undergraduate, and graduate courses ranging from history of art education, theory and philosophy of teaching, curriculum theory.

11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch (Bring Your Own)

12:30-1:30pm: Professor Gillian McNally
A professor of Theatre Arts at UNC for the College of Performing and Visual Arts, Gillian McNally specializes in the connection between the arts, youth, and community. Her extensive experience is particularly with low-income and racially diverse populations. McNally has worked with the national programs like TRIO that helps lowincome and first-generation students with access to college and New Voices that works with urban and suburban high school students.

1:45-2:45pm: Teacher Panel with Wendi Oster, Kate Giese, and YOU!
Contact: Dr. Connie Stewart: email: connie.stewart@unco.edu, office: 970-351-2426
“There are no dangerous thoughts for the simple reason that thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise…non-thinking is even more dangerous” (Hannah Arendt, Giroux, 2016, p. 14). 

3:00-4:00pm TBA

Participation if free but an RSVP is appreciated. Let us know you're coming!

 April 3 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

April 5 | 12-2pm

The Artist Help Desk

with Guest Helper, TBA

Learn more about the Art Help Desk here!
To reserve a 30 minute slot, email galleries@unco.edu 

April 10 | 12:20-1:10

Jazz Combo Forum: A Lunchtime Music Series

Campus Commons Gallery

Every Wednesday, join us for LIVE music in the Galleries! Special thanks to the UNC School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. Bring a lunch/bite to eat and join us in the Gallery! This recurring event is FREE and open to the public.

April 11 | 4-6pm

Annual Student Exhibition Reception & Juror's Talk

Campus Commons Gallery
Juror's Talk with UNC Alumna, Raechel Cook to begin at 4pm

The Annual Student Exhibition is an annual juried showcase of the students of the School of Art & Design. This year's exhibition will be held in Campus Commons Gallery, located within Campus Commons- A student centered building that contains a new performance and gallery space for our Performing and Visual Arts programs. 

This year's exhibition will be guest juried by a UNC Alumna, Raechel Cook. Cook is a dot connector, experience constructor, and currently the Curator of Academic Engagement at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. She believes that the arts are integral to a complete education and works with UW faculty, staff, and students from all academic disciplines to facilitate meaningful art encounters with the Museum’s collection.

Raechel has experience both as a higher education administrator and a practicing artist. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Art & Design from the University of Northern Colorado and received her MFA in Visual Art from the University of Kansas. Her thesis work, The Inner Life of Nouns, explores collecting, our relationship with everyday objects, and how objects acquire meaning. Before joining the UW Art Museum team, she served as the Program Coordinator for Experiential Learning at the University of Kansas (KU) and as the Andrew W. Mellon Academic Programs Intern at the Spencer Museum of Art at KU.

June 2019

Dr. Julia Marshall

Location TBD

A professor emerita of art education from San Francisco State University and author of Art-Centered Learning Across the Curriculum. Her focus lies in art-centered, inquiry based integrated learning, the uses of contemporary art and visual culture in art education, and the intersection between creativity and learning. Julia is has published in Studies in Art Education, Art Education Journal, International Journal of Art Education, and chapters in national art education anthologies.


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