RESIDENTIAL CREATIVE COMMUNITY

City Heights is home to the CAM Residential Creative Community (RCC), a special residential experience for College of Arts & Media (CAM) students to live in a supportive environment of artists, filmmakers, musicians, and scholars.
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City Heights is home to the CAM Residential Creative Community (RCC), a special residential space for College of Arts & Media (CAM) students to live in a supportive environment of artists, filmmakers, musicians, and scholars.

CAM RCC members have distinct academic and co-curricular experiences to connect with the arts and creative industries. The CAM RCC communal spaces are designed and equipped to foster making, creativity, and collaboration amongst peers and classmates. Students may opt-in to participate in the RCC.

Learn More About the CAM RCC

The Residential Creative Community is a way for CAM freshmen to connect with other CAM students, faculty, and staff on campus. Any CAM freshmen who will be staying at the City Heights Residence Hall can opt-in to being a part of the CAM RCC. Here what students in the RCC receive:

  • A CAM RCC roommate - Choosing to join the RCC means that you will be placed with another CAM student.  
  • A monthly RCC meeting and RCC community dinner. CAM faculty and staff will attend the meetings and community dinners to present about their areas and the college.
  • Socializing and networking with other RCC students.
  • A CAM faculty mentor
  • A CAM student mentor (some of you may already be matched with a CAM student mentor)
  • The opportunity to participate in an UNIV 1110 class for first semester CAM students. This class prepares students for college success. 
  • RCC members will have the opportunity to be a part of the RCC Leadership Group; these students serve as the voice for all RCC students.

How to Apply to the CAM RCC

Incoming CAM Freshman for Fall 2023 should expect to receive information about joining the CAM RCC by April 2023. Be sure to check your email regularly for information from CU Denver Housing & Dining Services and the College of Arts & Media.

The First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience (FYE) courses are designed to ease students transition to university life and guide them into this world of social, academic, and professional possibilities. Members of CAM RCC are strongly encouraged to register for one of the CAM UNIV 1110 classes that take place on Fridays from 9:30-10:45 for the Fall 2022 semester. The CAM UNIV 1100 courses are tailored to the unique experience of art, film, and music students. The CAM-UNIV is a required, one-credit course for all RCC members. This is a tuition free first semester course!

RCC Faculty Mentors

Each RCC student will be matched with a College of Arts & Media Faculty Mentor! The 2022-23 faculty mentors are listed below.


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Melissa Furness

Professor
  • Visual Arts (CAM)

Melissa Furness’ work has been most influenced by her experiences of travel, which have included artist’s residencies around the world, including those with Jentel, Yaddo, the Laznia Center of Contemporary Art in Poland, Shankill Castle in Ireland, Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, the Hungarian Multicultural Center near Budapest; and Kala Art Institute. Furness was invited to exhibit work at the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennial in Kerala, India through A.I.R. Gallery of New York. She was awarded a fellowship to participate in the 2015 Biennial of the Americans, through which she resided in Mexico City as an Art Ambassador. She is an active member of the Artnauts Collective, through which she exhibits works in places of contention throughout the world. She has been a member of A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and is currently with Pink Progression in Denver through which she exhibits works that address feminist and gender issues. Furness’ work has been represented by galleries in New York, Seattle, Palm Springs and Zurich leading up to her current representation with K Contemporary Art in Denver. She has been featured in numerous exhibitions and international art fairs in Seoul, Zurich, Cologne, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Aspen. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, SeeAllThis Magazine, Klassik Magazine International, 303 Magazine and others. Furness received her MFA in Painting and Drawing and is currently Professor of Art Practices and Illustration.

Areas of Expertise

Painting and Drawing
Sculpture and Printmaking

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Iowa
MFA; Painting and Drawing
MA; Sculpture and Printmaking

Coe College
BA, Art and English Literature

Affiliations

K Contemporary Art
Artnauts Collective
Pink Progression

The RCC CAM Staff


Melissa Furness Headshot

Melissa Furness

Professor
  • Visual Arts (CAM)

Melissa Furness’ work has been most influenced by her experiences of travel, which have included artist’s residencies around the world, including those with Jentel, Yaddo, the Laznia Center of Contemporary Art in Poland, Shankill Castle in Ireland, Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, the Hungarian Multicultural Center near Budapest; and Kala Art Institute. Furness was invited to exhibit work at the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennial in Kerala, India through A.I.R. Gallery of New York. She was awarded a fellowship to participate in the 2015 Biennial of the Americans, through which she resided in Mexico City as an Art Ambassador. She is an active member of the Artnauts Collective, through which she exhibits works in places of contention throughout the world. She has been a member of A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and is currently with Pink Progression in Denver through which she exhibits works that address feminist and gender issues. Furness’ work has been represented by galleries in New York, Seattle, Palm Springs and Zurich leading up to her current representation with K Contemporary Art in Denver. She has been featured in numerous exhibitions and international art fairs in Seoul, Zurich, Cologne, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Aspen. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, SeeAllThis Magazine, Klassik Magazine International, 303 Magazine and others. Furness received her MFA in Painting and Drawing and is currently Professor of Art Practices and Illustration.

Areas of Expertise

Painting and Drawing
Sculpture and Printmaking

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Iowa
MFA; Painting and Drawing
MA; Sculpture and Printmaking

Coe College
BA, Art and English Literature

Affiliations

K Contemporary Art
Artnauts Collective
Pink Progression