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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, [email protected]

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.

2018-2019 Events

tara donovan

 Tara Donovan, Untitled 2015

Tara Donovan: Fieldwork Curator Tour

Tara Donovan's extraordinary art has taken over MCA! Haven't seen it? Well, take the opportunity to see it with us before it closes.

Join DU ART for an evening at MCA, and a curator tour of the Tara Donovan: Fieldwork exhibition, January 24, 2019 5:45pm-7pm. This groundbreaking retrospective has gotten a ton of buzz around town. It's a true must-see show!

Tara Donovan: Fieldwork is a mid-career retrospective presenting the celebrated American artist's sculpture, drawings, works on paper, and site-responsive installations closes January 27, 2019. The exhibition is curated by Nora Burnett Abrams, Ellen Bruss Curator at MCA Denver. Often known for her transformation of neutral or mundane materials like drinking straws, rubber bands, and index cards into elaborate, mind-bending objects that evoke the natural world or other organic material, Donovan's work in many ways is about work. She manipulates a material over and over again to see what it is capable of becoming, where it might lead, and how it will migrate from an object of practical use to something surreal or sublime. For more information, visit WWW.MCADENVER.ORG.

Take the train! MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80202, is only blocks from the Union Station light rail. Street parking also is available.

Register Here

MCA Denver
1485 Delgany St | Denver, CO 80202
5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
$15 ticket

Space is limited for this intimate opportunity - only 40 spaces available. Optional gathering at Union Station after the tour.


Contact Us

[email protected]

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 


DU Awards 
DU ART awards are given to outstanding graduating seniors at the 2018 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


SAAH Events 

Axis Mundo Exhibition
Opening Reception, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
School of Art & Art History, Shwayder Art Building
2121 E. Asbury Ave

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

DU ART Board of Directors 2018-2019

Debra Demosthenes, Co-President

Chiara Robinson Co-President

Andrew Lynes, Vice President

Cristina Gonzales, Secretary

Jesse Ortega, Treasurer

Amie Cavarra

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

Dr. Gwen Chanzit, Professor of the Practice, Modern Art and Director, Museum Studies

Brenda Douglis

Angela Forster

Deborah Howard, Associate Professor, Studio Art

Christian Hawley

Faith Williams

Lauren Brown

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.