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University of Denver

School of Art & Art History

The University of Denver has offered instruction in art and art history since 1880.

The School of Art & Art History teaches the technical processes of art, methods of analyzing and criticizing visual culture and the diverse histories of art. We educate students to think critically and conceptually, to express themselves creatively, to articulate their ideas clearly, and to make significant contributions to the society in which they live. Our faculty demonstrates and promotes these qualities through their creative activity, scholarship, and public service.

DU's School of Art & Art History is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

In addition to majors and minors, there are many opportunities for other DU students and members of the community to participate in our classes. We encourage study abroad at our partner schools. Annual travel classes, the Vicki Myhren Gallery, Gallery 023, and our partnership with the Denver Art Museum create unique opportunities for practical art experiences and for classes taught by curators and conservators at DU.

The School of Art & Art History is deeply saddened to announce the unexpected loss of our treasured colleague, emeritus professor Lawrence Argent this Wednesday, October 4, 2017. With a career of over 20 years at the University of Denver's School of Art & Art History, he brought great skill and passion to his teaching, while his international reputation as a sculptor grew at an ever-increasing pace. He was a leader in his field, and he will be missed. You can learn more about Lawrence's career and artworks on his website, where you will recognize his famous I See What You Mean, fondly nicknamed "The Blue Bear." Here are statements from a few of his colleagues and friends:

Catherine Chauvin, Director of the School of Art & Art History remarks:

"Lawrence Argent was one of two faculty who interviewed me for my position at a professional conference in Boston in 2006. I was immediately impressed by his energy and enthusiasm about every aspect of making art.

"As a colleague (even when we disagreed), I loved his high standards, and his desire to have our school succeed on every level. He especially wanted each student to feel as strongly about art, and to get as much pleasure from it, as he did."

Deborah Howard, painting professor at DU and a 25 year colleague of Lawrence remembers:

"For Denver, his participation helped bring a heightened awareness of contemporary art to our city. I See What You Mean (the blue bear) is art that is accessible and speaks to everyone. We thank Lawrence for that gift."

Dean Danny McIntosh, Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, when Lawrence retired from DU comments:

"Lawrence has had a huge impact on DU. During his tenure, he has been an inspiration to many aspiring student artists and his fellow faculty. I'm so grateful for his contributions to our community. He will be sorely missed, but I'm glad he was able to devote all of his time to art creation so that more people across the world can experience his work."

Dan Jacobs, director of DU's Vicki Myhren Gallery and university art collections adds:

"We've lost a wonderful colleague and an artist who was reaching new heights with his art. Lawrence was always enthusiastic, always passionate, and truly demanding of himself. Despite his intelligence and imposing presence, he moved through life with humor and warmth.

"I got to know Lawrence not only as an artist but as a teacher, when I took his course on digital sculpture—an area where he was absolutely in the forefront internationally. I came to appreciate that he really understood how combining traditional and advanced technologies could help create art that was truly moving.

"Lawrence's piece on the DU campus, Whispers, is a touchstone that reminds us that listening is more important than speaking. His concern was always with the human being, and the interactions between us. In the end, I think those were always the subjects of his art."