Apr 17, 2024  
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog 
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Arts

Chair: Lanny F. DeVuono
Office: CU Denver Building, 800
Telephone: 303-556-2781


Full Professor:

Joann Brennan, MFA, Massachusetts College of Art

Associate Professors:
Maria Elena Buszek, PhD, University of Kansas
Mary Connelly, MFA, Indiana University
Brian DeLevie, MFA, University of Houston
Lanny F. DeVuono, MFA, Mills College
Carol Golemboski, MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
Quintin Gonzalez, MFA, Yale University
Rian Kerrane, MFA, University of New Orleans

Assistant Professors:

Michelle Carpenter, MFA, University of Colorado Boulder
Melissa Furness, MFA, University of Iowa
Bryan Leister, MFA, George Mason University
Jeffrey Schrader, PhD, New York University, MA, Oberlin College
Travis Vermilye, MFA, University of Michigan

Senior Instructors:

Michael Brohman, MA, University of Colorado Denver
Vivian George, MFA, Yale University


Department Overview

The Department of Visual Arts offers professional instruction in nine interrelated areas of study: art history, digital design, illustration, painting and drawing, photography, scientific media design, sculpture, transmedia and 3-D graphics and animation. The Department of Visual Arts provides a vital educational environment where future artists, designers and art historians explore the horizons of their own talents in an atmosphere of critical dialogue, rigorous art making and multiple media. Each student’s scholarly and creative work is infused with innovative technology, contemporary theory and professionalism. Education in the visual arts encompasses a comprehensive knowledge of and direct experience with the various media of digital design, drawing, illustration, painting, photography and sculpture within the rich context of the larger University’s offerings. Supporting this enterprise is the development of an understanding of art and media theory, knowledge of methods and materials used in making art and design, and an appreciation for diverse approaches to visual culture, both contemporary and historical. Central to the practice of art history are critical writing and analysis. Graduating seniors receiving the BFA degree are required to participate in the BFA thesis exhibition during their last semester of study. These exhibitions are scheduled in the fall and spring terms only.


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Emphases 

3-D Graphics and Animation

Digital Design

Digital Design - Scientific Media Design track


Painting and Drawing




Fine Arts BA — Studio Art Emphasis  

Fine Arts BA — Art History Emphasis 

Visual Arts Minors

Art History 

Digital Design 


Studio Art 

Studio Photography