Guest Speakers Fall 2020


Head Shot Teresa Castaneda

Teresa Castaneda

Guest Speaker
Professor Rian Kerrane, FINE 3510 Mold Design & Casting
Thursday 25 March 2021

Teresa Castaneda began her journey in the arts early. By the time she was 19, she synchronously earned a B.F.A at MSU, juggled a photography internship with the Denver Art Museum, was an alternate instructor for a professor on sabbatical teaching metalsmithing and senior thesis portfolio photography at MSU, represented by William Havu and certified as a trade jeweler at the Revere Academy jewelry arts in California. Her professional career spans from photo lab work to photojournalism, tabletop, weddings, portrait and portfolio photography, trade jeweler to private clients and jewelry stores designing, fabricating, carving waxes, casting in all precious metals, and cutting stones. Her drawings, invented style in abstract painting, photography, and sculpture have been invited in hundreds of exhibitions, books, and publications, such as the Denver Post, 5280, Westword “Colorado Creative”, and local newspapers. National recognitions include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, KaBOOM national non-profit, and twice by the National Endowment for the Arts with a grant for her invention in printmaking called “Crinkleism”, and recently for her positive impact on the community with the organization, she founded called ReArranging Denver / a zero use project sustained with scavenged materials. The project bridges communities and local businesses through creative reuse workshops contracted by Denver County, Arapahoe County, Boulder County schools, libraries, and art affiliations. Art made from the project has been sold by over 20 Denver and Boulder retailers, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Denver Art Museum.

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Phen Sparkles

Guest Speaker
Professor Rian Kerrane - FINE 3555 Concepts in Sculpture- Iron Casting
Friday 30 April 2021

The Phen Wheel is an ongoing performance art series. When cast iron is poured onto a moving wooden wheel, it creates a shower of sparks and fire that rotate. This rotating liquid iron symbolize the artist’s connection to our planet and the sun. Phen Sparkles witnessed his first Eclipse in Totality in 2017 as a breathtaking moment. Watching the stars come out in the middle of the day changed him. Seeing the corona poking out from behind the moon is something that he will never forget. Reactionary sculptures such as Total Eclipse: Phen Wheel Reaction Sculpture celebrate and represent the total eclipse and the things that connect us to our planets and the sun. His sculptures are born in fire and grounded by gravity. Phen is a noted performance artist in the iron community and a Master Carver and Manager of Swanson Stone; a stone cutting and public art fabrication company. A graduate in sculpture from the University of Colorado Denver, his work deals with how we interpret the human experience and interactions that occur naturally. Creating timeless objects that speak for themselves is the true goal and his connection to the planet.

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Brian Ward

Guest Speaker
Professor Rian Kerrane - FINE 3510 Mold Design & Casting
Thursday 1 April 2021

Brian Ward is a Colorado native and CU Denver alumni. Graduated in 2013 with a dual Bachelors of Arts in Digital Animation and Sculpture, he is now an IT project manager by day and running a freelance art firm by night (and weekends). With his primary clients in the cosplay/costuming world, his use of materials and methods varies drastically depending on the demands of the project. Through years of experience and experimentation, he has built up a wealth of knowledge on mold making, casting, painting techniques, 3D printing, and how to make materials do what they were never intended to do.

Sam Kokesh

Samantha Kokesh

Guest Speaker
Professor Rian Kerrane, FINE 3510 Mold Design & Casting
Tuesday 23 March 2020

Hello! My name is Samantha Kokesh. I am the founder of the small buisness SculptingEchoes and a recent graduate from The University of Colorado Denver, College of Arts and Media. I am a sculptor, bronze & iron caster, mold-maker, hard-edge abstraction painter, paper-cut illustrator, cartoonist, enamel pin designer, fursuit maker, and knit comfy hats in my spare time. My work often highlights supernatural themes, the intricacies of nature, and the complexity of the human spirit.

Etsy, Kickstarter, Instagram: SculptingEchoes

Kelly Ludeking

Kelly R Ludeking

Guest Speaker Professor Rian Kerrane - FINE 3510 Mold Design & Casting
Tuesday 16 March 2021

Kelly graduated from Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) in 1997 with a BFA in sculpture and furniture design. Here he was introduced to the feral fires of iron casting and the precision of fine furniture crafting. Ludeking has participated in, facilitated and hosted hundreds of iron pours since. In 2008 he co-founded Ironhead Sculptural Services, LLC, a traveling iron foundry that shares the art and appreciation of cast iron sculpture and performances with local community members.

KRL metals is his personal artist business where he explores intimate creative processes from mould making to molten mayhem to masterpieces. He also teaches welding to garden sculpture aficionados, hosts aluminum medallion pours for family reunions & corporate events and co-creates with visionaries to usher their ideas into the world.

In recent years, as academic access to iron casting has declined, Ludeking has branched out as a consultant in the cast iron world. He guides artists through the process of building their own furnace, running it for the first time & troubleshooting the fluid nature of coke-operated cupolas & cupolettes. Whether speaking on a panel at colleges and conferences or solo engagements at rotary clubs, art centers and high schools, Ludeking is at home sharing his vast knowledge, experience and passion for the creative life. His love for sharing cast iron art & processes lead him to begin an annual event on his family farm in NE Iowa, USA. Since 2004 artists have traveled from all over the world to the Ludeking estate for camping, community and cast iron festivities. | |

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Tamsie Ringler

Guest Speaker - Professor Rian Kerrane - FINE 3510 Mold Design & Casting.
Tuesday 9 March 202

Tamsie Ringler is a sculptor and foundry artist. Her practice encompasses durational iron casting events and immersive installation and social practice projects to engage environmental awareness. Many of her projects serve as a platform for supporting the work of other artists, Recent projects include Fenced, performed at the Festival of High Temperatures in Wroclaw, Poland, and the River Lee Project, held at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland. Recent exhibitions include Still Life, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Blanket-piece in the exhibition Confluence, Safehouse 1, London and Cutting in, at the Backspace Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has received numerous awards including a 2017 McKnight Fellowship and is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. She is the Director of Winter is Alive! a cooler world carnival. (

I am grateful for the generosity of our home – we live in a sunlit garden in infinite night.

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Kim Henkel

Guest Speaker - Professor Rian Kerrane - FINE 3510 Mold Design & Casting
Tuesday 26 January 2021

Currently living in Moab Utah, with a BFA in Sculpture and her BA in Art Education, Kim received an MFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University 2005. Having received numerous grants, scholarships, and residencies, Kim exhibits her sculpture and jewelry across the US. She has instructed sculpture at Northern Arizona University, Western New Mexico University and at UNM Taos. Henkel works seasonally with the BLM as a park ranger in the Lower Gorge of the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. She worked for the Department of Interior National Parks as an interpretive park ranger, museum exhibit technician, archaeological preservationist, education outreach coordinator at numerous parks including Badlands National Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Grand Canyon and for Mount Rushmore as the sculptor in residence. Her area of expertise is in metal casting and fabrication. Her jewelry and sculpture reflect her work in the arts and outdoors. For Kim, cast metal sculpture objects conserve the moment of discovery. The preciousness of wildness and preserving of the animals’ fate is portrayed in her sculptures which speak to ambiguity, to memorialize and mirror the beauty of ephemeral qualities of death and decay in nature.

In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught. ~Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet.

Brian Donovan

Brian Donovan

Brian Donovan visiting artist in FINE 1810 & 1820.

From surfer dudes to disciplined ninjas, Brian Donovan has created a cavalcade of much loved characters heard daily on all media platforms. He is every kids taijutsu hero, Rock Lee in the world famous anime series, Naruto, and Davis in the smash hit, Digimon. Other notable voice performances include Salty in the films Alpha and Omega, Shark in A.T.O.M., Tony in Flint: The Time Detective, Peter Pan in several Disney projects and a bunch a ‘guys’ trying to kill Max in the Mad Max video game. Brian was also the head announcer for Disney’s Jetix and ABC Family for over six years.  

Brian has worked on camera in dozens of film and television projects with such Hollywood luminaries as Angelina Jolie, Jim Belushi, Gabriel Byrne and Jim Carrey.  Television roles include the award winning Gia, Beverly Hills 90210, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, General Hospital, In Living Color, and Wings. Later this year Brian can be seen in the film Fame-ish, set in the awesome Anime Convention world.  

In addition, Brian is the director/producer of the award winning documentary, Kelly’s Hollywood, currently on Amazon in the USA and UK. The film is a very personal portrait of his relationship with his sister, Kelly, who was born with Down syndrome. One of his greatest joys has been screening and speaking about the film around the world, creating awareness and advocating for those with unique abilities. He also created and produced the children’s self empowerment show, Mighty Me Training Camp, a top title for five years on Discovery Education.

When not on set or in a VO booth, Brian is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Los Angeles Repertory Theatre, providing inner-city youth with performing arts workshops. He directed and produced the educational documentary, You Got Issues about their critically acclaimed workshops.

Brian lives with his family and dog Cosmo in Los Angeles, CA.


Robert Fikes

Robert Fikes IV visiting artist in FINE 1003 Creative Code

Robert Fikes IV is a creative technologist who has been designing, animating, and programming professionally since 2013.

Fikes was born on May 28, 1991 in San Diego, CA. In 2013 he moved to Denver, CO to study Digital Design at the University of Colorado Denver and graduated magna cum laude in 2017.

Over the years he has worked on several Nike campaigns, created interactive installations and visuals for live events, projected artwork on public buildings, built several eCommerce websites and web applications, developed video games in virtual and augmented reality, and has exhibited his experiments and side-projects at Meetups, art galleries, and the Denver Art Museum.


Will Johnston

William Johnston

William Johnston visiting artist in FINE 2415 Typography

William Johnston is a musician who somehow found his way into design. Finding this new creative outlet, he developed strong interests in typography, hand lettering, and branding. His passion for drawing letters has led him to paint type murals and commissioning hand lettering projects around Colorado. He currently works as a designer with an emphasis on branding at Consume & Create™.



Katey Marquette

Guest Speaker – FINE 3454 Motion 2 with Professors Travis Vermilye and Michelle Carpenter 

Caliper Productions is the moniker for freelance partners-in-crime, 

Katey Marquette & Joey Gasiorek. Together, we have skills that range from animation and illustration to brand development and direction. 

We both have experience managing, producing and creating digital content in a variety of situations, and we've gotten pretty good at doing it together or separately.  Whether we're collaborating with motion studios, or producing digital content for local companies, we're ready to take on any challenge. 




Matt Jylkka

Motion Designer & Developer 
Guest Speaker – FINE 3454 Motion 2 with Professors Travis Vermilye and Michelle Carpenter

Hi, I'm Matt Jylkka. I'm a passionate motion graphic designer and pixel perfectionist. I grew up 40 minutes outside Detroit and now live in Colorado. I started animating with the incredible Microsoft PowerPoint when I was 13 and have snowballed into becoming a bona fide geek. I never thought a career in motion graphics was possible, I fought daydreaming and doodling on my assignments throughout middle school and into college before giving in. Along the way, I started playing guitar in a band, recording music, and getting into audio production - even trying business classes before coming full circle and back to motion graphics. I studied Cinematography and Multimedia Design at Central Michigan University and now work at DVS in Grand Rapids where I'm slowly developing a taste for craft beer. Since I began working at DVS, I started the channel Mt. Mograph on YouTube, with the idea that speaking about my workflow might help me make sense of it all. Eventually, I found I was getting a couple of hundred views a day and a comment here or there and started getting really into posting tutorials. In the first 7-months Mt. Mograph has gained 25,000 subscribers and over 500,000 views becoming a big part of my life and who I am. My passion is to constantly challenge myself - to better my work and person. I live to soak up new experiences and adventures - and I delight in smashing them together in my projects. Collaboration and exchange is what has always kept me inspired and bettered my work.



Josh Blair

Motion Designer and Creative Director
Guest Speaker – FINE 3454 Motion 2 with Professors Travis Vermilye and Michelle Carpenter 

I studied Digital Design and Leadership theory at the University of Colorado Denver. After interning for an amazing motion and production house (, I went on to work in the broadcast industry for a couple of years and the audit industry as a Motion Graphics artist for a few more. 

Along with a day job, I balanced my own creative projects with additional freelance - including teaching design classes at CU Denver. Eventually, I got more offers for exciting unique work and I decided to build my own business as well as another with a few college friends. This allows me to work on other meaningful projects, from emerging brands and businesses, small or local requests, or a few trusted agencies who need an extra set of designer hands from now and then. 




Ray Sams

Creative Director and Digital Producer

Guest Speaker – FINE 3454 Motion 2 with Professors Travis Vermilye and Michelle Carpenter 

Cutting-edge storyteller committed to global brand identities across multiple platforms. Specializes in millennial mindset marketing, motion graphic design, post production and commercials. Track record of growing revenue, ratings and impressions for iconic corporations. Thought leader who assembles cohesive creative teams and turns concepts into solutions. Delivers a “strategy-made-visual” approach to accelerate efficiency. 

Creative Consultant
Implementation of creative strategies for network television, interactive devices and set design. Drive the creative aspects of business from conception to final presentation. Generate innovative and breakthrough ideas for clients using research and consumer behavior to develop creative strategy. Development of branding and marketing campaigns resulting in fresh, conscious, best in class output. Imaginative products that redefine the brand to the consumer while generating impressions and social media worth. 

Digital Producer
Developer of digital content for mobile, social media and emerging markets. Project management includes asset optimization, production efficiencies and autiomation techniques. 

Experience Director
Curator of unique on-brand experiential marketing, social media and branded entertainment. Proven use of analytical proficiency to convert design into dollars, impressions and ratings. 

Design Director
Successfully lead and implement network branding for on-air, on-line and interactive platforms. Developer of national, local and interactive network identity brand packaging. Creator of animated packaging and explainer graphics for news networks, community groups and small businesses. Responsible for the technical development of touch screen systems, studio/set design and weather and broadcast graphics. My change management process maximizes communication, increases productivity and develops your in-house creative talent. 

Digital Design Instructor
Coursework: Interaction Design, Motion Graphics, Typography, 2D Design, Branding, Narrative Experience and Software Guru. 


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anna Kaye

Anna Kaye

Guest Speaker – FINE 3555 Concepts in Sculpture – Social Practice with Professor Rian Kerrane

Anna Kaye was born in Detroit, Michigan and now lives in Denver where she works in her studio creating drawings and paintings that are inspired by the natural world more. Witnessing the urban decay from de-industrialization as a child enhanced her sense of empathy, compassion, love for diversity and justice, and reverence for the natural world. She earned her B.S. in geology and fine art at Skidmore College, NY. She continued her education at Yale in painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. She earned her M.F.A. at Washington University in St. Louis where she was awarded the Laura and William Jens Scholarship and a teaching on record position. Anna Kaye’s artwork is a part of international, private, public, corporate, and museum collections including Home & Garden Television’s Green Home. Interviews and reviews include Colorado Matters, Colorado Life Magazine, Westword, and the Denver Post. Kaye donates a percentage of all sales annually to environmental funds. She is also a curator and the founder of Pink Progression, a front range collective that commemorates, celebrates, and builds on the solidarity established during the Womxns Marches. The group addresses concepts, such as human rights, equality, and gender identity. She is a former Visiting Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator of Drawing at Metropolitan State University. Anna Kaye currently teaches at the Denver Art Museum and is represented by the Sandra Phillips Gallery in Denver.


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Emily Grace King

Emily Grace King

Guest Speaker – FINE 3500 Installation Art with Professor Rian Kerrane.

Emily Grace King is the Galleries Exhibition Manager at the Arvada Center where she oversees three art galleries totaling over 10,000 square feet, a 17-acre sculpture field, and the Arvada History Museum. Emily also acts as the department's registrar and organizes the Center's popular Holiday Fine Art Market.

Emily serves her city as Chair of the Arvada Arts and Culture Commission. She is a strong advocate in the community for public art and for civic investment in local artists at all stages of their careers. In addition to her career in arts administration and management, Emily is a practicing artist. While Emily works in a variety of mediums, her current focus is on creating encaustic monotype assemblies using beeswax from her backyard hives. The pursuit of creating her own artistic medium inspired Emily to learn to keep bees and led her to transform her outdoor space into a haven for pollinators, planting and cultivating the raw material the bees need to create wax for her artwork. In 2016, Emily founded the much-beloved community project Art Drop Arvada. Working with artists and art-lovers throughout Metro Denver, Art Drop Arvada creates interactive, grassroots events in public spaces that bring free, hyper-local art to anyone willing to hunt for it.

Emily Grace King Galleries Exhibition Manager Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities | |

Keliie Smith

Guest Speaker: Kellie Smith

FINE 3555 Concepts in Sculpture | Social Practice with Professor Rian Kerrane

Kellie Smith is a 2017 UCD Graduate with an emphasis in photography. To Kellie, the best photo is one that has gone through an alternative process, shows the wear of life on the paper, and holds a story in the object itself. Since graduation, she has been operating a real estate photography business that specializes in 3D media and raising her two kids in Bailey, CO.

Conor King

Conor King

Guest Speaker – FINE 3500 Installation Art with Professor Rian Kerrane.

Conor King received his BFA in 2003 from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MFA in 2007 from Pratt Institute. He has been a member of the art faculty at several colleges and universities since 2009, including the University of Colorado. King’s work has been written about in Art F City, The Denver Post, and Denver Westword. His works are included in the public collections of Photo Americas and Lake Forest College. Solo exhibition venues include Galeria de Arte Fotografico, Medellin, Colombia and Pirate: contemporary art, Denver, Colorado. Highlights from his group exhibitions include work shown at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, New York and the First Draft exhibition, part of the Biennial of The Americas, Denver, Colorado. King participated in a three year subsidized studio artist residency program at RedLine Denver until 2012, where he served on the Education Committee and on the Board of Directors. He is a founding member of Tank Studios and served on the Board of Directors at the Colorado Photographic Arts from 2013-2015 where he also assisted with exhibition development.


Scottie Burgess

Guest Speaker – FINE 3500 Installation Art with Professor Rian Kerrane.

Scottie Burgess is a native to Colorado. He received dual BFA’s with emphases in Digital Design and Sculpture/Transmedia at the University of Colorado Denver, graduating with honors. As a child, Burgess earned a scholarship to study at the Bemis School of Art. Later, his interests took him to explore other creative disciplines, including philosophy and music technology, resulting in working at the Denver Center of Performing Arts, exploring the practices of live sound and audio engineering. He apprenticed under Denver artist John McEnroe, is a member at Pirate: Contemporary Art, and is active in the performance casting community. His work was included in the Biennial 600: Textile/Fiber at the AMoA, Amarillo Museum of Art, curated by Alec Unkovic, the exhibitions Manager from the influential Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Recently, he was honored to be part of the important pro-feminist exhibition Pink Progression at the McNichols Building, collaborating as an ally.

Burgess also works in the public art realm. Work has been commissioned by the Downtown Colorado Springs Partnership to be included in their permanent collection, and the Museum of Outdoor Arts accepted his proposal for a sculpture to be placed at the base of the Republic Plaza building in downtown Denver, CO. That public work Ties Forward is now permanently sited at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities. His most recent public work includes a large scale site-specific assemblage to live in the lobby of the Republic Plaza.

In addition to studio and public art, Burgess has a background in design, which has included studying abroad in Copenhagen at DIS. His design endeavors have involved the development of The Center of Arts as Systemic Change, employing interdisciplinary creatives to advance profound awareness based change. He has also been certified by INDEX: Design to Improve Life, aiming to use creativity as a tool to facilitate positive change worldwide.

Tiffany Matheson

Tiffany Matheson

Guest Speaker – FINE 3555 Concepts in Sculpture – Social Practice with Professor Rian Kerrane

Tiffany Matheson is a mixed and multimedia artist native to and working in Denver, CO who specializes in sculpture, installation, performance and public art. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology with Studies in Sculpture from CU Denver, and has experience with mold making and casting, woodworking, welding, textiles, acrylic manipulation, electronics, music, written word, and more. While her work varies greatly, she is inspired by light, texture, sound, color, nature, the botanical world, and outer space. Her work is often based on geometry and mathematics, with emphasis given to precision and attention to detail.