Rian Kerrane

Professor, Visual Arts
  • Visual Arts (CAM)

Born in Galway, Ireland, Kerrane received her BA in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Ulster at Belfast before migrating to the United States where she earned her MFA from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently residing in Denver, Colorado, Kerrane is Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Colorado Denver where she was awarded researcher of the year in 2017. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in Latvia, Italy, Austria, Mexico and Ireland.

The Keynote for IRON R 2, Cork, Ireland in 2014 and a featured artist in the IRON R 18, Kerrane maintains her relationship with her home. She recently completed a residency at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland, and a solo exhibit, "Line of Inquiry", at The Glebe Gallery in Donegal.

A founder and board member for the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance, she contributes to planning conferences and exhibitions. A contributor in steering the 7th International Conference in Contemporary Cast Iron Art (ICCCIA) in Latvia, she was co-director for performances for the 8th ICCCIA in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2018.

Her work, "The Oscar Wallpaper" was commissioned in 2019 for Between Us, the alleyway project sponsored by Downtown Denver Business Improvement District. "WE THE PEOPLE", a community project with the History Colorado Center, coincided with their American Democracy exhibition in fall 2020.

Areas of Expertise

Art Practices- Sculpture

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
MFA; Sculpture

University of Ulster Belfast, Northern Ireland

BA; Fine Art


2017 Researcher of the Year, CU Denver

Office of Research and Scholarship Grant 2018


Western Cast Iron Art Alliance, http://wciaa.org

College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

Arts Building

1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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