Art in Action
Furthering Innovative Arts Education
Offering instruction in art and art history since 1880, our programs allow DU students and members of the community to explore the practice and history of the arts. We offer various opportunities for community members to participate in our events, and we encourage students to engage with art in their communities in Colorado and beyond. Many students study abroad and take travel classes, giving them the opportunity to experience entirely new cultural contexts.
In addition, we value practical, professionally applicable experiences, which are made possible by our partnerships with various community art institutions such as the Denver Art Museum. Along with the technical processes of art, we teach students to think critically, express themselves and act as conscientious members of their communities. Our diverse and innovative faculty reflect these values through their commitment to creativity, scholarship and public service.
Faculty in Action
Offering Expertise in Diverse Media & Specialties
Our faculty is known for their wide range of critical and creative interests as well as their innovative work. Faculty members specialize in everything from Medieval art to the Native art of Central and South America. Faculty research interests include museum studies, architecture, innovations in kingship, religion and the study of psychedelic rock posters.
Many faculty members curate and organize both themed and artist-specific exhibitions. In addition, faculty members regularly exhibit their own artwork in mediums such as sculpture, ceramics and installation art. Their work demonstrates their engagement with today's greatest social challenges, touching on issues such as gender, eco-criticism and technology.
Art For and in the Community
Galleries and Events
The galleries at DU feature work from students as well as professional artists. Students, faculty and the Denver-area art community can take advantage of the gallery through exhibitions, panels, lectures and informal meetings with artists and scholars.
We also bring art into the community through classes for community members and educational events at the Vicki Myhren Gallery, our main exhibition venue. In 2019 we piloted an interactive summer program for children and families.
We've formed partnerships with local art organizations that provide hands-on experience for our students through internships, volunteer opportunities, summer jobs, special lectures and classes. These partners include the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museo De Las Americas and more.