Rian Kerrane

  • Visual Arts (CAM)

Email Address: rian.kerrane@ucdenver.edu

Primary Phone: 303-315-7426

Born in Galway, Ireland, Kerrane received her BA in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Ulster at Belfast before traveling to the United States where she earned her MFA from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana. Kerrane is Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and was honored as Researcher of the Year for CU Denver in 2017. She delivered the Keynote for IRON R 2, Cork, Ireland in 2014. Kerrane was also guest artist for IRON R18 at the National Sculpture Factory and Crawford College of Art & Design in 2018. As a board member for the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance (WCIAA) she is involved in managing biennial conferences across the US since 2008. Kerrane contributed to steering the 7th International Conference in Contemporary Cast Iron Art (ICCCIA) in Latvia and was co-director for performances for the 8th ICCCIA, Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2018. She performed in 2019 at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis for "Iron 50", celebrating the longest iron casting program in US academia. Kerrane’s work has shown in sculpture gardens, museums and galleries in the United States, Latvia, Italy, Austria, Mexico and Ireland. She returns frequently to Ireland to the Burren College of Art, where Kerrane runs an interdisciplinary, site-specific art course. For her the studio and gallery are a kind of laboratory for a pseudo-science and a physicalized celebration and critique of late modern culture as in her exhibit "Line of Inquiry" at the Glebe Gallery, Donegal, Ireland.

Areas of Expertise

Art Practices- Sculpture

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Ulster Belfast, Northern Ireland
B.A.; Fine Art

University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
M.F.A.; Sculpture


2017 Researcher of the Year, CU Denver

Office of Research and Scholarship Grant 2018