Read about our artists, partners and happenings here.


Sponsor: RMCAD

RMCAD is an art school like no other. As a community of creatives, they are dedicated to the personal success of each of our students, whether they choose to pursue their studies on campus or online. Offering a unique combination of freedom and support, they help all of the artists and designers who enroll with us to find their voice, discover their own paths, and thrive as art and design professionals.

Sponsor: Neenah Paper

Neenah Paper is recognized as a world-class manufacturer of premium writing, text, cover, specialty and private watermark papers.

Headquartered near Atlanta, GA, Neenah Paper is entirely focused on the premium paper market. Neenah Paper committed to producing only superior quality products and developing new technologies that meet the needs of designers, consumers, printers and merchants and ensure that paper remains a vital and vibrant medium of expression.

With multiple manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, prime importance is also placed on offering recycled and alternative fiber products to our customers while we continuously focus on reducing our own environmental footprint.

Sponsor: Modern in Denver

Modern is more than a design aesthetic. It’s a state of mind. Our state.

Meet Modern In Denver Magazine. They celebrate modern design and living in Colorado. But they balk at the walls of limitation that a title constructs! Modern in Denver is much more than a magazine. MID is also a platform for discussing and exploring outside-the-box ways of living that are inspired by modern design and practices.

Sponsor: The Denver Egotist

The Denver Egotist is an anonymously-run website featuring the best creative, the best talent and the best resources in Denver – keeping it all in the greater context of what’s happening internationally. Our intent is to foster growth in this city, both professionally and conceptually.

In order to promote creative growth in Denver, one must admit the city is conceptually stunted. It’s not on the tip of any tongues, and for good reason. Safe solutions, droll concepts. It is our belief, as creative participants in this city, that the opportunity for change lies at our feet and that it can happen by challenging one another, by holding each other accountable for our work, and by hiring and promoting local talent. This is our attempt to foster big ideas and radical thinking on a local level. To remind us all why we love this job. To promote the best work and ideas in Colorado. This is The Denver Egotist, a means to an end.

Sponsor: Gourmet Fine Catering

Gourmet Fine Catering sets the standard for catered events of great distinction in Colorado with Beautifully presented cuisine and impeccable service. Their reputation for Denver catering excellence has enabled Gourmet Fine Catering to satisfy our customers’ expectations for the past 24 years. We use only the finest ingredients, making everything from scratch and relying on food’s natural beauty to speak for itself. Gourmet is committed to supporting local growers and producers and during the seasonal months. We make weekly visits to local farmers’ market to place orders for local products.

Sponsor: Suerte Tequila

Suerte Tequilas have been carefully handcrafted to appeal to today’s modern Tequila drinker while maintaining a high level of authenticity. During production, our Master Distiller uses traditional methods such as low temperature, slow cooking and use of a Tahona to create a truly unique Tequila. Of equal importance is the pure spring water that infuses every sip of our value premium brand. At Suerte Tequila we believe in providing a true artisanal Tequila experience while pushing the boundaries of this traditional Mexican spirit.

Sponsor: Odell Brewing

Doug, Wynne and Corkie Odell started their brewing odyssey in 1989 in a converted 1915 grain elevator located on the outskirts of downtown Fort Collins. Odell’s was just the second microbrewery to open in Colorado. No one knew what “craft beer” was in those early days of the industry and we had to educate our first customers on what exactly it was we were trying to sell them. Not home brew, or worse, bathtub brew, but small batch, hand-crafted, commercially brewed distinctive beers.

Sponsor: Veritiv

​Veritiv is a North American leader in business-to-business distribution solutions. Helping shape your business success drives everything they do. Their name is based on this commitment and on the core strengths of our business. Derived from verity, it says they’re true to their word, their beliefs, and your needs. The words connective and active in our name signify that they collaborate with you to create solutions that work hard for your business.

In today’s rapidly evolving marketplace, you need an edge. You want to increase efficiency, productivity, predictability and sustainability while cutting costs. Their packaging, print, facility, publishing and print management solutions span the entire lifecycle of business operations so you can achieve these goals. And with their industry-leading expertise, proprietary tools and creative ideas, you’ll get the help you need to stay ahead.

Artist: Megan Thompson

Ever since I was a child I have loved the arts. I studied piano early on and continued with music into high school. I was always involved in visual arts as well and learned dark room photography in high school, and knew early on that I was going to take a very different path in life. Growing up I watched my father as he remodeled our home and was always fascinated. This fascination turned into an obsession and I was always asking for permission to repaint my bedroom or move the furniture around. My early attempts at space planning and color selection landed me right where I needed to be: in design school.

Design school was one of the most amazing experiences! I was encouraged to think outside the box, push the envelope, and let my true colors show through my creative design solutions. I learned that interior design is more than just meeting visual aesthetics, more than making the client happy, it is about engaging with the environment and making educated decisions that will transform a space into a cohesive design with aesthetics that make sense, while keeping the safety and health of the end user in mind.

Artist: Marty Gregg

Marty is a founding principal of ArtHouse Design and brings 30 years of experience to the firm. His design experience includes award-winning identities, signage and printed collateral for corporate, commercial, retail, healthcare, universities, and municipal clients. Marty is known for his wizardry with pen-and-paper, making spontaneous ideas in a meeting instantly come to life. His innovative design solutions are applied to all phases of the environmental design process from schematic drawings to the smallest details of construction, making him an energizing presence on any team or project. Marty holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the highly respected Colorado State University and has been deeply involved in the design community since 1981.


Artist: Ladies Fancywork Society

What began as an underground Society of street-artist crocheters bent on spreading fiber art throughout Denver has grown into an artist collective capable of putting together large-scale projects, international art shows, and installations. We like to think that what we do makes people happy when they see our pieces on the street.


Artist: Ken Carbone

Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, Ken Carbone is among America’s most respected graphic designers, whose work is renowned for its balance of substance and style. Under his design ethos to unify, simplify, amplify, Ken has built a reputation for creating outstanding design programs for a world-class clientele that includes W Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Christie’s, Tiffany & Co., Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and Canon U.S.A., and celebrated institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and the Musée du Louvre.


Artist: Kara Fellows

Although I grew up on the beach in California, I’m a recent Denver transplant from the Midwest, where I received my MFA (graphic design) from a Big 10 university in 2009. As an illustrator I’ve worked with some fantastic clients such as The Wall Street Journal, Target, Marshall Field’s, American Express, and Merck. Adding graphic design to my skillset opened up a whole new world of passions for me. My work focuses on bringing together thoughtful typography, beautiful imagery and intelligent solutions to produce memorable web, print and interactive projects.

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Artist: Jason McCloskey

For more than two decades Jason McCloskey has been designing and creating objects. He started paying attention to the finer aspects of craft during college while taking a class that involved building sea kayaks.  Since then Jason has worked and learned in many shops from a small unheated space in southwest Colorado, an apprenticeship and teaching  position at the Masterpiece School of Furniture and his own shop in Seattle and now Colorado.  During his time at the Masterpiece School he gained a great appreciation for English period furniture both in the details and the craft skills needed to create such pieces. After his apprenticeship he built his own shop, Jason McCloskey Fine Woodworking, in Seattle, Washington, which was dedicated to building bespoke furniture for clients all over the country.


Artist: Jarred Depalo

 Jarred De Palo’s creative process is a blend of urban street art mixed with fine art collage work and detailed with hand cut paper to create exclusive compositions. His approach is to bring the streets into a gallery setting. His art is influenced by his geographical travels, graffiti, and the impact of situational experiences in his life. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Maui, the love of the mountains and art brought him to Denver in 2004. Because of his natural creativity and eye for design, he decided to attend college and graduated top of his class at the Art Institute of Colorado with a degree in graphic design. Working as a freelance designer and meeting many of Denver’s talented artists, Jarred started curating art shows in 2005. Almost 10 years later it has evolved into an online magazine called 1/1 Magazine (pronounced one of one) which will be going into print publication Janurary 2015. He currently curates monthly art shows at locations between Denver and Boulder.

Artist: Gemma Bayly

Optimystic Arts is the work and service of Gemma Danielle Bayly. Weaving a mesmerizing world of surreal dreamscapes and captivating geometry, Gemma conjures a sort of Pythagorean quantum mysticism in her work. Existing in the realms between the physical and spiritual planes, her drawings and collages stir subconscious parts of our being that we may not understand or be aware of. She plays with mathematical theory, inspired by Torsion Field Physics, Sacred Geometry, and our experience of the many dimensions in Quantum theory. Her collages mimic spiritual totems, favoring the natural law of bilateral symmetry, with a direct narrative aimed to center and balance the viewer. Her geocentric mandalas are multi-dimensional overwhelming experiences. She labors over the precise hand-drawn lines without the aide of a ruler, creating the illusion of straight lines through proportion and repetition. She creates the mandalas as conduits of cosmic energy; portals to higher dimensions.


Artist: Eric Hines

A gifted designer and communications gear-head, Eric’s passion for the power of a creative idea is infectious. As Principal and Creative Director, he leads the charge to find innovative solutions to business challenges by cultivating an environment that challenges people to produce their best. Prior to starting Honest Bros. Eric brought success to companies such as Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, The North Face, Oalkey, Devil’s Thumb, Powerhouse Gym, and Bent Gate.

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Artist: Daniel Alt

Daniel Alt is a graphic, web, and type designer based out of Denver, Colorado. Clean and minimalistic in nature, his work attempts put the content first. Alt also runs the type blog, What’s the Point, at 6picas.com. With an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Alt takes advantage of his technical education while designing and developing websites. Alt is currently in his last year of study at Marywood University where he is currently working on his MFA in graphic design with a concentration in type design and typography. Continue reading…

Artist: Dan Sjogren

For Dan Sjogren, making furniture has been part of his grain, so to speak, since his Swedish grandmother immigrated to the U.S. and impressed upon him her humble, hardworking nature and her appreciation of the value of things. The spark started while living in Mexico and observing local woodworking traditions. He had an “I want to do that” moment and returned to the U.S. to perfect his own craft. His incubation period included earning a degree in industrial design, working as a graphic designer for 10 years, building high-end reproduction furniture for a few more, living in France to absorb European design and culture, and then creating architectural signage for Gensler.

But it was working with Mark McKenna in his New York City studio that inspired him to make his leap. Working from his studio in Denver, Colorado, Sjogren is driven by the idea of creating lasting objects. He has forged his own niche in the modern home furnishing world — merging traditional woodworking techniques with high-end digital production.

He’s been all around the world, both literally and figuratively, but today he prefers to keep things smaller and simpler: creating unique, well-crafted work that appeals to individual people. Continue reading…

Artist: Craig Rouse

Craig is the sole proprietor of R Design LLC. Founded in 2007, R Design LLC is a full service graphic design studio specializing in the design of identity and logomarks, print collateral and environmental/signage design. He enjoys creating graphic design solutions for a variety of clients in various industries. Recent projects include an updated wayfinding signage program for the University of Denver, interior signage for Ruffatto Hall on the University of Denver campus, a new exterior wayfinding sign program for the Denver Botanic Gardens and the exhibit graphics and signage for the Mark Rothko exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. Over the past fifteen years, he has been very involved in the Denver design community, serving as past Board Member of the local AIGA Colorado chapter. He is currently an active Board Member and past President of the Design Council, a support group for the Denver Art Museum.


Artist: Craig Demmon

Beetle Builds is a line of art inspired, contemporary home furnishings and accessories made from beetle-kill pine timber from the Colorado Rockies. The idea grew out of Craig Demmon’s work as an architect and artist, his passion for design, and his desire to create something positive out of Colorado’s devastating pine beetle infestation. Inspired by the wood’s unique blue color and beautiful grain patterns and realizing its abundance, he designed Beetle Builds pieces with clean, sculptural lines that highlight the unique features of this type of wood. His furniture designs are art for living. Continue reading…

Artist: Chuck Parsons

Taking dramatic steps to represent color and form, Chuck Parson’s work is the touchstone of abstract and regional impressionism. Like his nineteenth century forbearers, he paints loosely, alla prima literally “all at once”, juxtaposing colors in short, choppy brush strokes. “Color harmony is the essential element of my work”, he states. “As I get older, I have come to think that the brushwork is most important, perhaps more so than the subject or the composition.” Continue reading…

Sponsor: Sprint Press

Sprint Press is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading commercial printer and Colorado’s largest single piece mailer. We serve dynamic businesses ranging from advertising agencies to corporations as well as having a large non-profit customer base.

Sprint Press has over 100 employees working two shifts a day. Sprint’s Presses run seven days a week. Sprint Press is located in a single manufacturing facility located in Denver, CO.

Sprint Press has a complete Digital Department able to accept a wide variety design files. Our Kodak Insite Server allows for easy remote transfer of large digital files and high resolution pdf proofing.

Sprint Press has a state of the art press room with six color and eight color offset presses. We also operate an HP Indigo 5600 Digital Press for short runs and personalized print.

Sprint Press has a complete Bindery/Finishing Department. Various Paper Cutters, Folders, Gluers, Stitchers.  Sprint has two Die Cutters and inhouse Foil Stamping and Embossing.

Sprint Press has a full service Mailing and Fulfillment Department. Full shop services including mail list data processing, laser printing, addressing, inserting and postal sort for lowest postage rates. Sprint drops millions of pieces a month into the USPS.

Sponsor: Housefish

Housefish was conceived as a design laboratory merging technology and craft to produce useful, innovative, sustainable, and affordable modern goods. All of our products are produced in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver, Colorado using a blend of advanced digital manufacturing techniques and hands-on craft methods. We are fanatic about local sourcing- nearly everything we buy, right down to the screws, is produced in the USA, and most of that right here in Colorado.

Housefish was founded by Scott Bennett. Driven by a childhood love of F1 racing, Scott earned an automotive engineering degree from Loughborough University in England. He went on to be part of design teams for cars that have won the Indy 500, Indycar championship, and Baja off road races. He also helped setup new American-based Indycar and Formula 1 constructors, and branched out along the way to work on aircraft, industrial equipment, and consumer products. A changing landscape in racing led to a permanent shift to furniture design, and the formation of Housefish in 2008.

Artist: Caleb Hahne

My practice involves the utilization of technology and traditional techniques by confronting the allure of a blooming cyber media. Intrigued by the concept of remixing, I integrate traditional means of art making with a contemporary approach by digitally collaging appropriated imagery from textbooks and magazines and then drawing the new compositions. My current body of work involves the material engagement of digital collage, found paper and objects, graphite, ballpoint pen, oil paint, and acetone along with other mixed medias.


Artist: Brad Tomecek

The founder of Tomecek Studio Architecture, Brad graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design and Masters of Architecture. He worked in smaller award winning firms in Colorado and Florida before launching the studio. His work has been recognized Architectural Record, Architect, Builder magazine, international books and local magazines. Brad is actively involved with the local AIA and sits on the AIA Denver Board of Directors. His outreach takes the form of speaking nationally and participating as the jury chair for other chapters. Currently Brad combines practice with intermittent teaching at the University of Colorado. His explorations blur the boundaries between poetic solutions and innovative building systems. He was recently awarded the AIA National Young Architect Award completing the sequence of local, state, regional, and national recognition.


Artist: Blake Mourer

As Design Principal he has spent most of his life walking jobsites as the son of a fifth-gen brick mason (Mourer translates to “bricklayer” in German). His childhood not only provided early exposure to a lifelong passion for creating and building ideas, which initially evolved into a career as a professional welder for architectural precast installation. His design and management experience with complex projects covers a wide range of buildings for government, corporate, and retail clients throughout the United States and abroad. Blake is uniquely skilled at sketching ‘on the fly’ to build consensus early, and solidifying a vision that realizes each stakeholder’s need in order to synthesize the program, site and vision into a cohesive solution. In addition to the project work, Blake is focused on the open studio culture, carefully curating the experience with the simple goal to be the best possible place to socialize, learn and grow—for our people and for the broader design community.


Artist: Anthony Teneralli

I was born in 1980 in New Brunswick, NJ and spent the next 19 years growing up in New Jersey. Once it was time to choose a college I headed west to Wyoming. There I studied art at the University of Wyoming focusing on graphic design and sculpture. I graduated in 2006 with a BA in Art. After this I headed down to Colorado and worked at Moxie Sozo in Boulder for over a year. And that brings you to where I’m at right now. Currently I am working as a freelance designer in Colorado.


Artist: Amanda Lenz

I am a thoughtful and experienced illustrator and designer – with a wide range of work from identity/branding to print, production, interactive, web design and email campaign design. My illustration style is fresh and painterly, while mostly being vector! Combined with the knowledge and experience of 6+ years of design and art direction, I’m comfortable illustrating in most media and all outlets. I’ve had the pleasure to work with clients such as ACLU of Colorado, BBC, BMW, Ducati, Fresh Produce, Gaiam, iSi, Mezzetta, Starbucks and Seattle’s Best.


Artist Brandon McComber

Starting at the start, I was born in Colorado and haven’t left yet. Hard to find reasons to when I’m 20 minutes from both the pulse of the city and the calm of the mountains. I started working in the ad industry at the age of 14 as a summer intern and found my career. I’ve worked for agencies nationwide as both an employee and a freelancer, Art Director to Prepress, with opportunities to create great, occasionally lasting work because of it. The challenge of conveying ideas and messages in a way that makes the sum larger than the parts fires me up. I’ve found that my experiences as a commercial artist often inspires my personal art in surprising ways. And that it is now hard to eat at restaurants with badly designed menus without sharing that with everyone at the table. I get paid to make things up, draw pictures and connect people with each other, all while living in one of the more beautiful places in the world.



Artist: Jen Lewin

Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned light and interactive sculptor whose studio is located in Boulder, Colorado. Over the last 15 years, Lewin has honed her highly technical medium to fabricate large-scale interactive sculptures that combine light, sound and motion to encourage community interaction. Lewin’s use of technology as a medium challenges popular conceptions of new media works and their limitations. Focusing on pieces made for public use, she thinks beyond a traditional art exhibition to create an experience that brings vibrancy to neighborhoods, parks and public spaces. At once organic and electronic, Jen Lewin’s playful sculptures leave viewers enchanted and surprised while encouraging delight through the their engagement with the work. In this sense, visitors to Jen Lewin’s works become artists themselves.


Artist: Dig Studio

Dig Studio is comprised of investigative, curious designers unearthing possibilities and solutions through collaboration with our clients, colleagues, and communities. Dig Studio brings to our clients excellence in planning, landscape architecture, design and graphic capabilities as well as the ability to listen carefully and successfully synthesize ideas from complex project challenges. Our leadership abilities gleaned from past experience are combined with the freshness and agility of a new firm to meet the challenges of your projects. Revitalized by the small firm dynamic, we have over 85 years of combined experience to lead clients in creating memorable places that will last.


Artist: Shawn HibmaCronan

Shawn HibmaCronan creates large-scale, moving sculpture from wood, steel, and reclaimed objects intended to engage the viewer, activate an environment, and spark conversation. Embracing both traditional and contemporary methods of making, Craftsmanship is critical to his work. No material is disguised and no mechanism is hidden; the resulting forms are honest, tangible, and iconic. Continue reading…

Artist: Jesse Reed

Jesse Reed is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning with a B.S. in design. Immediately after graduating in the summer of 2010, he moved to New York City and joined the Department of Advertising and Graphic Design at the Museum of Modern Art. A year later, he went on to work for Michael Bierut at the New York office of Pentagram Design. At Pentagram, his projects have included environmental graphics for the New York City Department of Transportation, branding and identity graphics for Saks Fifth Avenue, New York University, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, BigApps NYC, Bobby Flay, Penguin Press, and most recently, the new identity and brand architecture for Penguin Random House. Jesse’s work has been recognized by Communication Arts and Print magazine, the American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA), the Society for Environmental Design (SEGD), and the Type Directors Club. He was a speaker at the national AIGA conference in 2013. In addition to Pentagram, Jesse operates Chip Slip, LLC, which he founded in early 2012, as well as teaching at Parsons The New School for Design.

Artist: Brett Matarazzo

Raised and schooled in Colorado, Brett Matarazzo has spent the last 16 years developing a style for fine art and design that is uniquely vintage, environmentally conscious and inspired, but with modern, and functional soul. His works range from reclaimed original wood furniture and reworked used furniture, art as fashion, and non-traditional and dimensional wall hanging art. His art is truly defined as Vintage-Original.


Artist: Sean Duggan

Sean graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in graphic design and a BJS in journalism. He entered the world of advertising with stars in his eyes and dreams of fame and fortune, the likes of which only rock stars truly ever experience, burning in his heart. Unfortunately, the fame part never really came to pass, but he did find a very enjoyable and somewhat lucrative career in the world of marketing other people’s products to the unsuspecting masses. He currently works as a freelance designer and illustrator in the Denver area. Lately, he has been experimenting with bold colors, and flat, geometric shapes with very little to no perspective. He mostly works digitally and armed with his trusty Wacom tablet works with a variety of clients both large and small. Although Sean likes to say that he puts no stock in awards and all of their pretentiousness, he is secretly proud of the fact that his work has appeared in Print Magazine and has won numerous other recognition from his peers. During his free time, Sean enjoys rock climbing, biking, painting, jogging occasionally and working on becoming the best beer snob that he can.


Artist: Submaterial

Submaterial produces thoughtful and precisely hand-crafted interior accessories for modern environments. Pared down to essential elements of pattern and texture, these works explore the territory between objects of art and objects of design. Natural materials such as leather and sustainable felt and cork are fashioned by hand into beautifully surfaced works. Each wall hanging or panel design has an underlying modularity which allows it to be recreated as a custom work, changing color or scale to suit the intended environment. Continue reading…

Artist: Donna Diddit

Original designs which reference science, literature, & geek culture as well as puzzles of mind & material, Donna Diddit uses a laser to produce some of Denver’s most unique crafts and custom services. Continue reading…

Artist: Jamie Lang

Jamie Lang received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and pursued his graduate studies in ceramics at the State University of New York, New Paltz. He has received two Project Grants from the Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, MN; as well as several awards for his work. Lang’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and he currently maintains a studio in Denver, CO. Jamie Lang’s work reflects his thoughts about architecture, decoration, and memory. His mixed media wall tiles are minimal geometric forms that reveal their own architectural planning. Each structure is created by casting adobe into wooden molds; Lang then adds layers of plaster, pigment, image transfers and wax to emphasize and decorate the rough surfaces of the form. The altered surfaces of each layer assert the passage of time and the burying and recovery of memories.


Artist: Wigwam Creative

We specialize in communicating ideas, messaging, and products with branding and interactive solutions customized for our clients messages. We help you determine the best way to broadcast your message be that a logo, brand story or mobile/web presence.


Artist: Where Wood Meets Steel

Where Wood Meets Steel designs and builds high-end custom furniture and fixtures for living and working spaces in Denver, Colorado. Locating, milling and processing locally felled trees has become one of their particular specialties. Recycled wood slabs are unique by definition–no two are alike–and their inventory offers their clients something they can’t find in any store. Active members of the RiNo Arts District and the Globeville community, they have built invaluable relationships with craftsmen and businesses of many disciplines in their neighborhood. The entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit of Colorado, the rising tide of artisans from all disciplines and the pride and enthusiasm they see in the people living here are what make being part of a creative business in Denver so exciting. They are honored to support AIGA in this event.


Artist: Monigle

Monigle is one of the country’s largest independent brand consultancies in the country, offering a depth and breadth of integrated capabilities that are unparalleled in the marketplace. Founded in 1973, our range of brand strategy, naming, design, engagement, and implementation services makes us uniquely skilled in helping our clients build and activate enduring brands

Artist: Karl Hirschmann

Established in 1997 by Karl Hirschmann, HirschmannDesign is a small studio specializing in the design and illustration of logos and icons. Karl’s playful ideas are executed with great precision using pure geometric forms. His work has won many awards and been recognized by several publications, including Communication Arts, the Denver 50, Graphis Logo Design, Logo Lounge, and Print.


Artist: Sean Adams

Sean Adams is a partner at AdamsMorioka in Los Angeles. He serves as the chief creative director for all projects. He is a senior faculty member at Art Center College of Design. He has served AIGA as the only two term AIGA national president in the organization’s 100 year history. He was the AIGA Los Angeles president and national board member.

Artist: Madeleine O’Connell

Madeleine O’Connell had her first exhibition and sold her first piece of art at age 5. Today she is a professional artist living in Denver, known for her richly patterned and colorful oil paintings. She is more interested in creating a space that is completely unique and exciting, rather than representing the world precisely as it appears. To her, this type of imagery provokes a deeper emotional response. Much of her inspiration comes from textiles and she is currently working on a line of fabrics based on her paintings, taking her passion for pattern full circle.


Artist: John Bielenberg

John Bielenberg is a designer, entrepreneur, and imaginative advocate for a better world. He is the founder of Project M and co-founder of Future and Common. He has won more than 250 design awards in his career, including the 2013 AIGA Gold Medal for leadership in the design for good movement. He became an AIGA Fellow in 2008. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired six of his design projects, and staged a solo exhibition of his work in 2000. In 2009, John was awarded the Washington University Skandalaris Award for Design Entrepreneurship and went on to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. He was also awarded the 2011 NASAD Citation for outstanding work and overall impact in the fields of art and design, as an author, educator, social activist, and designer. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Artist: Berger & Föhr

Berger & Föhr is a graphic design and art studio based in Boulder, Colorado. The studio practices contemporary visual communication, informed by the past – inspired by the future. The partners, Todd Berger & Lucian Föhr have been practicing graphic design and making art together since 2003. They work with a select group of transformative clientele who believe that intention and foresight will shape the future.


Artist: Sandra Fettingis

Sandra Fettingis’ work has lead to public installations, murals, grants, and exhibits at such venues as The Colorado Convention Center, The Denver Art Museum, Bedford Gallery, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Blackbook Gallery, Illiterate Gallery, The Bridge Art Fair, and media coverage from the Huffington Post, Denver Post, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Reader, Westword, 303 and 5280 Magazines, Wooster and Design Milk. She studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, ultimately earning a BA in photography from Columbia College Chicago, and is currently an artist in residence at RedLine Denver. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, she currently lives and works in Denver, CO.


Artist: Matt Scobey

Matt Scobey is an Independent Designer living and working in Denver. He is founder of Formal Alchemy. A Design and Fabrication studio producing short run objects and products for site specific installation, exhibition, and retail experiences. Exploring Form through our collective memory and reference to Readymade, Assemblage, Memphis Group and Neo-Eclectic Design. Objects should be approachable, unique, functional, and aesthetically pleasing while triggering a memory and or emotional response. (collaborator Bonnie Gregory http://bonniegregory.com/)To me art is about functionality. Everything I make serves a purpose, like a platform.The experience occurs and art is the human reaction to it. My work supports experiences, like a table supports conversation.


Artist: Debbie Clapper

Since 2001, Debbie Clapper has worked to bring a new perspective to the industry of art and design by developing drawings that both benefit the client and engage the viewer in a thought-provoking dance of point and counterpoint via her studio gneural. Based in the medium of original patterns, typographics and illustrations, Clapper brings design to a new relevance in modern society, whether through posters, socks, pillowcases or phone cases. This marriage of the ethereal with the everyday object gives those who experience her designs the opportunity to connect with the world and themselves in a deeper way, as well as simply enjoying the visual feast of lines and color.


Housefish gets some 5280 love

Our partners and chair-makers, Housefish, recently got some attention from 5280 magazine! Go check it out.


Artist: Ben Gust

Ben Gust is Partner and Design Director at Design & Image, a Denver-based creative company. During his 14 years here he has worked with clients such as Allegro Coffee Company, Starz, Colorado Public Radio and the City of Denver among others. His work has been recognized by local AIGA and Art Directors Club chapters, and has been published in Communication Arts and Print magazine design annuals. Ben continues to create and direct unique visual and verbal expressions across a multitude of industries earning himself the nickname Captain Identity among his peers. He was born and raised in England, schooled in Texas and has now lived in Colorado for over 15 years.


Artist: Fin Art Co

Fin Art Co is the result of an adventure between two friends. Rob McGowan and Ben Olson started with a simple curiosity to see what their hands could produce by building furniture for themselves and their friends. One project led to the next and when the work kept coming in, Rob and Ben realized they had created a place for themselves as furniture designers and makers. Today, they are joined by Mason and Aaron, building custom pieces and environments for a variety of appreciators.


Artist: Hari & Deepti

Hari & Deepti are an artist couple currently based out of Denver, Colorado. Hari (whose full name is Harikrishnan Panicker) is a trained graphic designer and illustrator. He loves to collect and customize vinyl toys, is obsessed with paper, loves to screen print & secretly aspires to be in space some day. Deepti Nair is a certified geek and is usually seen designing complex systems for a leading Telecom company as an Interaction Designer. She is a trained artist and prefers staying away from the computer to create or assist in her art. She believes that art has to be felt and experienced. She specializes in working with paper cut, acrylic and loves sculpting with clay. Hari & Deepti moved to Denver from India and carried with them a Pandora box full of stories and imagination that they bring to life through their intricate paper cut light boxes and paper clay sculptures.


Artist: Andrew Hoffman

Chairtcuterie is proud to have Andrew Hoffman participating! Andrew teaches in the communication design department at Metro State University of Denver, and is an art director at a Denver-based advertising agency. His art has been shown nationally and internationally at venues that include: the AIGA World Headquarters and the World Bank in New York City, the Denver Art Museum, RedLine, the CVA, BMoCA, Groundswell Gallery, Super Ordinary Gallery and Black Book Gallery in Denver, Colorado, Gallery Z in Tokyo, Japan and a visiting artist show at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado.


Artist: Mario Zoots

Using contemporary and pop culture sources, then chopping, obscuring and/or collaging them, Denver artist Mario Zoots aims to leave a viewer “questioning media realities and ones perceptive lens.” In addition to collage work, Zoots also makes videos and plays in bands. Surely these disparate formats will come together in an explosive way as a chair! Continue reading…

An Exciting Collaboration

This fall, AIGA Colorado and Design Council of the Denver Art Museum are excited to collaborate on a new event for our audiences. The festive event will showcase 100 original works of chair-art and will support AIGA Colorado and the Denver Art Museum’s Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics, steward of the AIGA Design Archives.