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Catherine Chauvin

Catherine Chauvin

Associate Professor, Studio Art - Printmaking
Director, School of Art & Art History
MFA Syracuse University; BFA Miami University
Shwayder Art Building 231
303-871-2367
cathchauvin@gmail.com
https://catherine-chauvin.squarespace.com

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Catherine Chauvin teaches printmaking from Relief to Intaglio, to Screenprinting and Lithography at the University of Denver.  After earning an MFA at Syracuse University, she trained at the Tamarind Institute and has since collaborated with artists such as Gladys Nilsson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and William Wiley in New Mexico, Texas and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado.  These experiences as a collaborative printer and artist combine in several ways in her artwork and teaching.  Residencies in New Zealand, Greece, Oregon and Wyoming have allowed her to develop bodies of work based on landscape.  Catherine uses artwork to examine what is done to the environment in the name of progress. 

Sarah Gjertson

Sarah Gjertson

Associate Professor, Studio Art - Sculpture
MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Shwayder Art Building 026
303-871-3263
sarah.gjertson@du.edu
www.sarahgjertson.com

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Since joining SAAH in 2002, Sarah Gjertson has developed and administered the foundational art curriculum for SAAH, and  taught a variety of Studio Art courses from the beginning to advanced level including upper level seminars like “Professional Practice” and  “Bad Girls, Riot Grrrls and Misbehaving Women”. Sarah has served as the Director of SAAH from 2012-2015.

Her studio practice explores the personal and social potency of nostalgia by exploiting associations we have with everyday objects and materials. From liquid makeup to inflatables, aspects of comfort, longing and familiarity are triggered by a conceptual approach that embraces a variety of media: sculpture, installation, video and photography. A tangling of satire with seriousness informs much of this work.

Sarah’s work has been profiled in Tema Celeste Contemporary Art, Frieze, Connecticut Public Television, 9News in Colorado, Colorado Public Radio, and numerous online and print media.  Her work and additional interests may be found at www.sarahgjertson.com.

Deborah Howard

Deborah Howard

Associate Professor, Studio Art - Painting
MFA University of Wisconsin-Madison; BFA Rhode Island School of Design
Nagel Art Studios 1484
303-871-3260
dhoward@du.edu
www.deborahhowardart.com

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Deborah has developed a range of painting courses from Intro to Oils and Figure Painting to The Human Presence where body painting is used to camouflage and New Forms and Ancient Materials that includes making encaustic paint. In Painting Portfolio Deborah mentors students to discover their visual voice and for many Summers has taken groups to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico to learn watercolor.

Deborah’s work uses worn shoes to address culture, gender and universal beliefs that are displayed with paintings, used to build installations, and to cast as sculptures. She exhibited at SACI in Florence Italy and lectured at Remnin University in Beijing China. Her Portrait Project: Child Survivors of the Holocaust involved interviewing and drawing twenty-five survivors. Four works from the project are in Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel. 

Mia Mulvey

Mia Mulvey

Associate Professor, Studio Art - Ceramics
MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art; BFA Arizona State University
Shwayder Art Building 025
303-871-3476
mmulvey@du.edu
http://miamulvey.com/

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Mia Mulvey teaches Ceramics, and her courses cover the basics as well as specialized topics like Food & Function, Multiples, Ceramics: Surface and Digital Clay. Her ceramic sculptures are inspired by natural history, science, and early museum practices. Mulvey’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Denver Art Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center and Museo de Ceramica de l’Alcora, Spain.  She has had recent solo shows at Pewabic Pottery, Michigan, Vertigo Art Space and Goodwin Fine Art, Denver.  Her grants and awards include a Colorado Council on the Arts fellowship and a Kohler Arts in Industry residency.

Roddy MacInnes

Roddy MacInnes

Associate Professor, Studio Art - Photography
MFA, University of Colorado-Boulder; BA Napier University
Shwayder Art Building228
303-871-3261
rmacinne@du.edu
http://roddymac.com/home.html

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Roddy MacInnes has been teaching photography at the University of Denver since 2001. He considers himself to be an autobiographical photographer, and in this capacity he has been documenting his life through photography for four decades. His latest photography project was inspired by two albums of photographs he discovered in an antiques mall in Denver, Colorado. A North Dakota woman made the photographs in 1917.  Through this project Roddy is exploring issues surrounding the relationships between photography and the construction of identity.

Chinn Wang

Chinn Wang

Teaching Assistant Professor, Studio Art - Foundations & Printmaking
Foundations Coordinator
MFA University of Wisconsin-Madison; BA University of California-Berkeley
Nagel Art Studios 1496
303-871-3633
chinn.wang@du.edu
www.chinnwang.com

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Chinn Wang teaches courses in Art Foundations, Open Media Studio, and Printmaking. Her studio practice incorporates printmaking, sculpture, and installation and explores the subjective nature of personal narrative and history using coded visual languages, symbolic iconography, and shifting visual perception. Chinn was a resident artist at RedLine Denver from 2012-2014, and is a 2013 Santo Foundation Individual Artist Grant recipient. She was also an invited artist in the inaugural year of the Community Supported Art Colorado program (CSArt) and a visiting artist and mentor for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s teen internship program, Failure Lab. Chinn has had exhibitions at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids and Co-Properity Sphere in Chicago, and is represented in permanent collections at the Madison Children’s Museum in Wisconsin and University of California, Berkeley. She is currently working on a new series of dimensional screenprints inspired by floriography and interstellar photographs.