The College of Arts & Media at CU Denver
We envision a world made smaller, and more fully human, by the artist’s interpretation of the human experience. Our students come to us with passion for artistic expression. Our goal is to send them out into the world confident of purpose, ready to succeed.
Our mission is to effect change by preparing students to successfully pursue their passions.
Our students acquire the skills they need to excel in an academically rigorous, experiential learning environment energized by creative exchange, real-world experience and diversity of voice.
Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver, brings 16 years of higher education leadership experience at leading public and private universities to his new assignment. As a recording artist he can be heard on a Grammy-winning recording (2001) with New York's Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, as well as numerous recordings with the Chicago Symphony (Solti, Boulez, Jarvi), St. Louis Symphony (Slatkin), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Wolf) and LaScala Opera (Reynolds). He is currently a Fellow in the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver School for the Arts Foundation,
Dr. Kaptain served as the Director of Creative Initiatives in the Department of Research and Economic Development and Paula Manship Professor of Music, and prior to that, Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts and Penniman Family Professor of Music at Louisiana State University from 2009-14. Prior to assuming this post at LSU, he was Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory near Washington, DC, Director of the heralded Schwob School of Music in Georgia, and Vice-Provost for Faculty Programs and Academic Quality at UMKC.
He received the first doctorate in percussion instruments at the University of Michigan, where he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and received the prestigious Rackham Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.
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by 2015 Creativity Index
This study is a broad-based measure for advanced economic growth and sustainable prosperity based on the 3Ts of economic development — talent, technology, and tolerance. Those are three qualities that advance the careers of artists, creators, and designers--when enhancing the quality of life in their communities, regions and nations.
by The College of Arts & Media was glad to welcome and spend time with Dean Ian Sutherland (School of Music) and Sonja Knutson (Office of Internatioanlization) from Memorial Univesity of Newfoundland. Also joining us was Karen Palmarini of the Consulate General of Canada, and John Sunnygard, Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.
by Outstanding Writing
Best Theme Song
Faculty David Liban, Jim Phelan,
Roma Sur and
Craig Volk were also
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by CU Denver faculty member Todd Reid on drums, on the opening night of the new location of the Dazzle Jazz. dazzlejazz.com/ Todd Reid is not only a national-class jazz drummer and teacher/mentor, but his leadership in providing opportunities for our students is stellar. Last night was also a fund-raiser for the University of Colorado College of Arts & Media. Thanks also to Haleigh Shipley (CAM event planner) and Mar DiVietro CAM's intrepid and talented development officer for production and planning in this wonderful occasion.