Professionals in Conversation: Becoming an Artist

Mar 18, 2020


Many artists look back on their career and can recall a moment when they found their voice. Sit down with several established, Denver-based artists and learn about their early years. Dean Sobel, director of the Clyfford Still Museum, will moderate. Confirmed speakers include Homare Ikeda and Melanie Yazzie.  Check back soon for additional speaker information.

Doors at 6 p.m. | Conversation at 6:30 p.m.

About the speakers:

Homare Ikeda was born on a tiny subtropical island near Okinawa, off the coast of Japan.  The island’s associated life-forms greatly influenced his artistic vision.  Ikeda had no exposure to the world of fine arts, but was interested nonetheless.  He moved to the U.S. in 1978 and a college professor in Stockton, CA guided him to the University of Colorado – Boulder where he received a BFA and MFA.  Ikeda also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.  He was an artist in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, and at Platte Forum and RedLine in Denver, CO.  Currently, he teaches painting at the Art Students League of Denver and continues to explore painting.

Melanie Yazzie is Professor of Art Practices and Head of Printmaking at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. Her works belong to many collections including: the Denver Art Museum, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, the Art Museum of Missoula, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Kennedy Museum of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Yazzie has exhibited nationally and internationally and is known for organizing print exchange projects that connect communities across the world. She makes prints, sculptures, paintings, does surface design and jewelry design.

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