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School of Art & Art History


Established in 1993, DU ART is a volunteer organization that supports the School of Art and Art History (SAAH) at the University of Denver (DU). Through contributions and events, DU ART provides art scholarships, travel grants, special equipment, educational experiences and an endowment for the ongoing support of the School of Art and Art History programs. DU ART welcomes anyone who is enthusiastic about art! Contributors receive invitations to all DU ART events and to openings at the Vicki Myhren Gallery, as well as news on other art-related events and entities throughout Denver.



DU ART's contributors include community members, DU alumni, artists, art historians, art collectors, museum curators, SAAH faculty, students and many others who share an appreciation of the arts.

Call the School of Art and Art History at 303-871-2846 with any questions or email,

The annual suggested tax-deductible contribution is $60 for individuals, $90 for couples, or $20 for students, but the more you give the greater the benefit to students. If you prefer to donate via US mail by credit card or check, please fill out this form and mail it to address on the form.

Please check back soon for a list of our exciting
                   2017-2018 events!

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Contact Us

SAAH office for general questions (303) 871-2846

DU ART – attn: Kathryn Oberdorfer
University of Denver
School of Art and Art History
2121 East Asbury Ave
Denver, CO  80208


DU ART Facebook


SAAH Director Catherine Chauvin stands between 2015 DU ART travel scholars Yachen Han and Samantha Hunt
SAAH Director Catherine Chauvin stands between 2015 DU ART travel scholars Yachen Han and Samantha Hunt.


Undergraduate art history major Yachen Han used her award to travel to NYC where she studied the impact of contemporary art museums on communities. 

Pre-Art Conservation major Sam Hunt traveled to Copenhagen to research the origins of a wooden mermaid sculpture that she conserved as part of her senior project.


DU ART awards are given to outstanding graduating seniors at the 2015 ceremony in the Vicky Myhren Gallery.  Award winners are chosen by a committee of DU ART board members and SAAH faculty each spring.
DU ART awards are given to outstanding graduating seniors at the 2015 ceremony in the Vicki Myhren Gallery.  Award winners are chosen by a committee of DU ART board members and SAAH faculty each spring.


Past award & scholarship winners


Past Events 

In appreciation, your contribution grants you free entry to these DU ART events:

  • DU ART Holiday Party 
    Featuring the highly compelling work of American artist John Buck at the Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street, Denver, with a personalized tour by Curator and Gallery Director Jennifer Doran. Please join us Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-8pm, to celebrate the holiday season and let us thank you in person for your support of DU ART.

    Contribute to DU ART for 2016-2017 and tour Denver Art Museum's "Women of Abstract Expressionism" exhibition with curator Dr. Gwen Chanzit, a global leader in modern art!


  • In Bloom in Perspective: Professor M.E. Warlick (art history) will give a lecture related to the Denver Art Museum’s current exhibition. Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m. Shwayder Art Building, room 119. Free for DU ART contributors, $20 for friends.

  • Cell Phone Photography: Professor Roddy MacInness (photography) will give a workshop on how to get the best photographs from your cell phone and post them to social media. Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m. – noon. Shwayder Art Building, room 216. Space is limited.  Free for DU ART contributors, $40 for friends.

  • DU ART Holiday Gathering: join fellow DU ART contributors at the annual holiday party. Thursday, December 3. Michael Warren Gallery, 6 p.m.

  • Color Mixer: DU ART is sponsoring a private event to mingle and to see the current exhibition, Learning to See Color, with an informal presentation by Jeffrey Keith, artist and co-curator, at 6:45 pm. January 27, 2016, from 6-8. Shwayder Art Building, Vicki Myhren Gallery. RSVP or (303) 871-2846

  • Early Women Artists of Colorado Symposium: Professor Annette Stott, Gallery Director Dan Jacobs and Graduate Student Curators will provide talks illuminating this exhibition in the Vicki Myhren Gallery. Saturday, April 9, 2016 10 a.m. Shwayder Art Building, Vicki Myhren Gallery. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. RSVP or (303) 871-2846

  • Student Award Ceremony: celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Friday, June 3, 2016, time to be decided in the  Shwayder Art Building. DU ART events provide the opportunity to support the educational activities of the School of Art and Art History and to meet individuals from all walks of life who share your interest in art. As always, we appreciate your support!

 You are welcome at all SAAH Events: 

  • Vicki Myhren Gallery Openings and Events
  • Annual Student Art History Symposium, date to be determined in March 2016
  • Mary Lanius Lecture, TBD

Parking info for campus events:

  • Take the light rail to University Station, E, F, & H lines.
  • On campus parking info. Parking Map 
  • Free on-street parking nearest campus is limited to one hour.  Unrestricted on-street parking may be found four blocks away.

Past Events 


Board of Directors

Directors are elected from the membership to serve three-year terms. The Board of Directors actively promotes the goals and objectives of the organization, whose purpose is “to assist the faculty and administration in promoting and raising funds for the School of Art and Art History.” Any DU ART member interested in becoming a director should contact the chair of the nominating committee. Self Nominations are welcome. Board Member Nomination Form

Karen Robinson Rosenthal, Co-President 

Art Karstaedt, Co-President

Debra Demosthenes, Vice-President

Kathryn Oberdorfer, Secretary

Micah Messenheimer, Treasurer

Kittie Arnold

Amie Cavarra, co-chair of Public Relations Committee

Catherine Chauvin, Director of School of Art and Art History (ex officio)

Angela Forster, co-chair of Public Relations Committee

Kristin Kemp, Director of Community Relations, AHSS (ex officio)

Heather Kraft, undergraduate student representative

Liz Labrot

Lori Poole, chair of Events Committee

Annette Stott, co-chair of Membership Committee

M.E. Warlick, co-chair of Membership Committee

Faith Williams Dyrsten

Board Handbook


  • How do you say DU ART?  Do Art
  • Who belongs?  Friends of the university, community art lovers, artists, supporters of arts education, alumni and students, faculty.
  • Is my membership contribution tax deductible?  Yes, your donation goes entirely to support the education of art and art history students. Whether you donate on line, by mail, or at an event, you will receive a tax letter from the office of University Advancement.
  • How hard is it to find parking?  Parking is always available, but not always as close as you want it. University Station on the E, F, and H light rail lines is only 3 blocks from the art buildings where many events take place. If you choose to drive instead, try the visitor lot on the corner of Asbury and Race, one block from the art building, or any of the public lots on this map.