FIVE QUESTIONS: A SERIES

CAM students, alumni, faculty, and staff are a community full of ambitious ideas, future-focused solutions, and creative thoughts.

Get to know more about these artists, scholars, and leaders!


  • Get to Know TaTiana Torres

    Sep 12, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    TaTiana Torres is CAM's student representative for the 2022-2023 academic year. Originally from Loveland, Colorado, Torres is enjoying her time in the heart of Denver as she pursues a degree in recording arts with a vocal performance emphasis.
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  • Get to Know Diego Zavala

    Sep 6, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    Diego Zavala, PhD is a research professor of media and digital culture at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Zapopan, Mexico. While his main professional pursuits with film involve the study and theory of documentary films in particular, he has been involved in local film productions for community-based projects and videos for NGOs and commercial productions in Guadalajara.
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  • Get to Know Anaïs Ornelas

    Aug 25, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    Anaïs Ornelas believes image literacy “has become essential to the understanding of the world” and is committed to helping her students navigate the images they see in film, television, and other sources.
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  • Get to Know Vidblain Balvas

    Aug 10, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    As a cinematographer whose credits include films that have been screened at Cannes, Morelia, Guanajuato, Huesca, and Toronto, Vidblain Balvas has also worked for big production companies like Netflix and HBO. Balvas will be joining the FiTV faculty as a visiting scholar this fall.
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  • Get to Know Laura Harvey

    Aug 3, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    After studying Anthropology at CU Boulder, Laura Harvey thought her career would lead her to the jungles of Central and South America or to archaeological dig sites across the globe. But that all changed when her eyes were opened to Museum Anthropology. Now, Harvey's career in higher education has her meeting with prospective students and their parents and managing a whole lot of logistics.
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  • Get to Know Storm Gloor

    Jul 12, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    "My biggest thrill and reward is when I see so many former students working successfully and doing big things in the industry, locally or nationally," says Storm Gloor, Associate Professor of Music Business.
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  • Get to Know Dean Laurence Kaptain

    Jun 23, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    “Rather than replicating western European art forms, CAM does exciting things at the intersection of arts, technology, and commerce—from many different cultural perspectives,” Dean Laurence Kaptain says.
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  • Get to Know Verena Fuentes

    Jun 8, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    Senior Verena Fuentes is flourishing in the signer/songwriter program in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies department. "I love about this school that more than a competition, it feels like teamwork so that we can all succeed," says Fuentes.
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  • Get to Know Autumn Cierra

    Apr 27, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    Student Autumn Cierra says photography helped her "develop an understanding about the way the world works and how we as humans interact with it." Graduating this spring with her BFA, Autumn has already launched her own business.
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  • Get to Know Anthony Wilson

    Apr 4, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    As CAM's Finance & Operations Manager, Anthony Wilson is frequently the first point of contact for faculty members looking to provide a scholarship opportunity or finance a special project. Although he doesn't create art himself, Anthony delights in being able to smooth the way for students and faculty members "changing the world" through their art.
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  • Get to Know Sebastien Chiu

    Mar 25, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    "CAM allowed me to be incredibly flexible with what I wanted to do...I found out I loved photography because of CAM’s encouragement to experiment," Sebastien Chiu ('20) says. A Film & Television major, Chiu eventually found his professional calling as a freelance consultant who focuses on publicity and community management in the high-end consumer audio industry.
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  • Get to Know Scottie Burgess

    Mar 11, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    "The visual arts have a way of reflecting the human condition while communicating indescribable sensations, ideas and states of experience that would otherwise be impossible to convey," says CAM alum Scottie Burgess '16.
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  • Get to Know Amy Foss

    Mar 9, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    "After developing my skills in career coaching and advising, when the opportunity presented itself to combine that skillset with arts, music, film and scholarship, there was no doubt in my mind that this was the job for me," Amy Foss says of her position as CAM's Life Design and Career Coach Advisor.
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  • Get to Know Diccon Conant

    Mar 8, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    As an academic advisor, Diccon Conant is a strong supporter of students' careers. He could even be called a patron of the arts: "Over the years I have admired (and sometimes purchased!) art created by students I have advised. I have loaded their music onto my phone, posted their paintings on my wall, visited exhibitions, concerts, and film showings, and even worn a t-shirt that a student designed."
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  • Get to Know Karin Hunter-Byrd

    Feb 21, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    "When you are an artist, it is a calling and quite simply, it is difficult, if not impossible, to pursue anything else," advisor Karin Hunter-Byrd says. Hunter-Byrd pursues her own calling in the arts and higher education through her role as an advisor in CAM.
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  • Get to Know Nathan Thompson

    Feb 14, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    Production design professor Nathan Thompson says each set is "a new puzzle to solve with new challenges required by the story and the director's vision." Thompson shares how he uses these challenges to spur creativity in our five question interview.
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  • Get to Know Denise Larson

    Feb 7, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    Denise Larson began her career in academia teaching English as a second language. Now she helps CAM students navigate the waters of study abroad programs, among other things.
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  • Get to Know Carol Golemboski

    Feb 2, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    "Working with analog materials forces students to slow down and be more conscious of their choices," Prof. of Photography Carol Golemboski says when speaking of the merits of film and the darkroom.
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  • Get to Know Sam McGuire

    Jan 25, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    "I am always surprised at the efforts our students go through to make it through their degree programs," Professor Sam McGuire says of the students he encounters in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies program.
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  • Get to Know Christie Chambers

    Jan 21, 2022 by Megan Briggs
    As the Program Manager for the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) department in the College of Arts & Media (CAM) at CU Denver, Christie would like aspiring musicians to know this: The business side of the music industry is just as important as the talent.
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