48 Hours 2017 Descriptions

Access Gallery


Time: Saturday, 11:25 AM-12:00 PM

Working at the intersection of art, disability, and creativity this workshop looks at some stereotypes that are not normally associated with socially engaged art. People with Alzheimer's and dementia are often isolated, fear being forgotten, and left out of decisions affecting their lives. Through this workshop, we will explore issues of identity, belonging, and creative expression.


Adriana Rondón, Art Students League of Denver


Time: Saturday, 3:00-3:45 PM

Art Students League of Denver instructor and performance artist Adriana Rondón has created a 20 minute performance art piece inspired by Augusto Boal's philosophy of the "Theater of the Oppressed" and Rondón's own preoccupation with meditative art.  Rooted in this philosophy is the idea that the audience is called "spect-actors" and “have the opportunity to both act and observe, and who engage in self-empowering processes of dialogue that help foster critical thinking". Rondón's performance "Alimentar-nos” is the ritual of eating in a meditative state and will focus on food and celebration. It is also an observation about the politics of food, and how access (or limited access) to food defines and creates community.


Anne Thulson

Anne Thulson is an Art Educator bridging the gaps between contemporary art, life, educators, schools, and young children.

Time: Saturday, 5:00-9:00 PM

The "Library of Horrors" includes a booth and signage set up on Saturday evening. This project solicits donations to a collection of books and resources that: snuff out inquiry, marginalize people, inflate cultures of power, inoculate empathy, perpetuate stereotypes, exude hubris, sentimentalize reality, promote essentialism, and silence manifold points of view.


Art from Ashes


Time: Friday, 3:45-5:15 PM

Art from Ashes' adult workshop is a one-time session based on the same award-winning curriculum used for their Phoenix Rising creative youth empowerment poetry and spoken word workshop. During the session, AfA-trained workshop facilitators will guide participants through an brief journey of creative expression, interpersonal connection, and personal transformation, wherein participants explore the power of language and metaphor as our primary means of understanding and explaining our own perceptions. Participants listen to and give written responses to guided poetry prompts and take turns sharing their poetic works - each written in only three minutes - with the other participants.


Becky Wareing Steele, Current RedLine Resident Artist

Becky Wareing Steele has always been drawn to miniatures and their ability to tell a story or evoke an emotion. Through her sculptural and photographic work with 1:160 scale figures, she explores the impact of scale and how it effects our perception of the world around us. This impact can also be found in the way we perceive ourselves in our environment.

Time: Saturday, 8:30-9:20AM

Becky Wareing Steele will be exhibiting her interactive installation Utopia as part of the Land Trust Exhibition. Utopia: a new society for all, is a society that exists in concept as well as in physical form as diorama based installation art. This is an experiment in both artistic practice as well as civics and communal living. Join her for her 10 minute talk based on her Utopia project. 


Capoeira Workshop with Contramestre Beringela (Lewis Lease)

Time: Friday, 3:45-5:15 PM

Capoeira is an afro-Brazilian art that combines elements of martial arts, dance and music to create an improvisational game, a physical dialogue between players in a community setting, informed by an historical narrative emphasizing attentiveness, sensitivity, social justice, equity, inclusiveness and diversity. Join Canto do Galo Capoeira, Denver's premier capoeira group, for a fun and challenging exploration of some of the movements and music that make capoeira a compelling activity to millions of people of all ages, all around the world today. We recommend enrollees wear clothes they can move comfortably in, bring a water bottle, and be prepared to get a little sweaty!


Chelsea Romaniello, Arts Street @ YEA


Time: Friday, 10:10-10:50 AM

Learn about the exciting results of the youth run, community development and art exploration project, We Still Live. Find out what this group of 45 high school students did over their summer to improve their communities. Experience their creative pieces and see what they learned about art and culture in the process. An exciting presentation about self-exploration, cultural discovery, photography and print-making.


Curious Theatre Company


Time: 10 minute talk Friday, 9:00-9:45 AM

Challenging the Narrative: Communities of Color Being Displaced for Progress
Jamil feels most at home bringing socially relevant art to the community. A theatre artist who directs, produces, and writes for the stage. He is in Denver to direct the regional premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins "Appropriate" at Curious Theatre Company and recently directed a play called THE HIGHWAYMEN in St. Paul, MN that chronicles the the story of how one thriving African-American community was demolished in order to build part of the Eisenhower era highway system. What are the parallels to gentrification in Denver? The I-70 reconstruction project?

Time: Performance Saturday, 10:30-11:15 AM

A play and discussion about race in our community.
Written by Lamaria Aminah, a young local writer from the Curious New Voices project, BLACK. is a short theatre piece that gets to heart of the matter on communication between races. In their initial performances, the piece has been critical in opening up honest dialog about race among teen audiences that are often difficult to begin. The show was featured in a recent ED Talk by the Denver Public Schools Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Leadership and will tour to High Schools and Community Organizations next fall. BLACK. is directed by local artist donnie l betts who also facilitates the discussion and features Ilasiea Gray and Jessica Robblee.


Eileen Richardson, Rocky Mountain Land Library


Time: Saturday, 8:30-9:20 AM

Rocky Mountain Land Library's primary goal is simply connecting people to the natural world, a non-advocacy “creator of creators” mission aided by a broad range of naturalist, land art, homesteading, urban gardening, and other land/nature-themed books. A brief history of the Rocky Mountain Land Library will be given, and they will present how such a concept is relevant in a digital world and the importance of knowing the place where you live.


Esteban Gomez, University of Denver

Esteban Gomez is a professor of anthropology at the University of Denver. Professor Gomez has done archaeological research on Precolombian sites in Mexico and Central America. While his previous research was concerned with colonial encounters in the Americas and post-colonial narratives, his most recent research is centered on issues of cultural representation, and rituals of citizenship performed at museums and heritage sites. He is currently working with high school students in the Denver area on a project entitled, "This is My Denver." This is a long-term creative arts research project that asks high school students to comment on the accelerating social, economic, and demographic changes taking place in the city of Denver. 

Time: Saturday, 2:05-2:55 PM

What does home mean to you? For those who call Denver home, the answers to this question are extraordinarily diverse, richly complex, but also surprisingly simple. This is My Denver serves as a creative platform for important conversations concerning the accelerating social, economic, and demographic changes taking place in the city. Come hear about this community-engaged project that is inviting everyone to build an inclusive portrait of our home.


Esther Hernandez

I am a multimedia performance artist and current Redline resident. The main focus of my work is to arrange groups of people to create parameters of engagement that explore love, connection, social norms, ritual, play and everything close to and in between. I want people to encounter themselves and others in a fresh way, whether it be through interactive performance art, an installation or both. I facilitate an experience in hopes that confrontation, self­ examination and/or intimacy can be reached.

Time: Saturday, 5:00-9:00 PM

“Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps”: By putting ourselves and demanding others to go through physical, mental and emotional pain to earn money, we perpetuate the idea that money is more important than our humanity. Our cut throat system is set up this way. If you don’t have enough, there must be something wrong with you. Unfortunately, a lot of people must suffer to make money and to meet basic physical needs. We are taught and sometimes forced to prioritize money above our mental, emotional and physical health.


Franklin Cruz, Compassion Road

Franklin Cruz is a queer Latin performance poet dancer and singer that works at the intersections of environmental justice, social justice, and the arts. He utilizes performance to create an experience to address pertinent conversations.

Time: Friday, 8:30-8:40 AM

His performance is a poetry work addressing immigration and environmental justice.


The Gathering Place Writers' Group


Time: Friday, 2:50-3:35 PM

World Weavers—Finding Our Place through Writing

The Gathering Place Writers speak/write from the margins—and so, word by word, they carve out a place, weave a world for themselves, where there is none. Join us for a reading of their work on homelessness, poverty, (dis)placement, and place.


George P. Perez

George P. Perez is an artist that creates photographic works through impractical techniques such as long exposure, digital screen shot appropriation, and/or scanography.  Perez's work is based on banal, mundane or quotidian environments he interacts with on a day-to-day basis and/or his interpretation of present day society, either in real life or the digital realm, exploring the history of portraiture along side.

Time: Saturday, 5:00-9:00 PM

Stamp Collection Please, uses passports that date as early and from various locations as 1960’s Civil Rights Era in the States, Spain during the 50’s, and passports from the time of the USSR in Russia. These pockets of travel are reopened to an assortment of stamps that give way to acceptance and acknowledgment for visiting viewers. Visitors are welcome to fill in the pages with costume stamps with a context of communal empowerment to form active acceptance to travelers seeking help or experiencing a form of discrimination.


The Great Shout


Time: Saturday, 4:00-5:00 PM with performances throughout Friday and Saturday

The Great Shout Soapbox is a portable platform that offers a physical space (a well constructed small stage) where people will participate in a brief performance, speech, or action. These acts may incorporate a spirited performance or can also serve as a place to incite reflection or quietude – there is no right or wrong way to engage with the soapbox.


ILL Se7en of Tribal Zyphers


Time: Friday 8:50 AM-9:00 AM

This performance and talk will engage the root of the 4 pillars for Tribal Zyphers, which are The Griot, The Healer, The Warrior, and The Chief. Tribal Zyphers is utilizing hip hop as a rites of passage to engage youth in mentorship and set goals to empower young people. The Griot the story teller will be the main focal point for their discussion embracing their personal, cultural, and social narrative


Jeff Page and Tobias Fike, The New Genres Club of RMCAD

Jeff Page is currently living and working in Denver, CO as an Adjunct Instructor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and Metro State University. He received his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and recently completed his MFA at UC Santa Barbara.  

Tobias Fike is an interdisciplinary, contemporary artist who lives and works outside of Denver, Colorado. The form of his work is incredibly varied and he approaches a range of concepts, from his personal experiences of family, place, and grief, to our temporal relationship with the universe and observations of time. 

Time: Friday, 11:40-11:50 AM

In thinking through the concept of "(dis)place" The New Genres Club of RMCAD arrived at the idea of the bubble. Certain phrases came to mind in their discussions around the bubble as an appropriate metaphor for the concept of place and displacement...  "living in a bubble"  "the economy bubble"  "the bubble of fantasy....escape...delusion". Join them for a 10 minute performance based around these ideas of bubbles.

Jenette Preciado and Jack Griffith, Warm Cookies of the Revolution


Time: Friday, 10:10-10:50 AM

How can art be in service to social and political change in Denver? Warm Cookies of the Revolution, Project Belay, Project Voyce and district 9 residents embark on a yearlong journey to bring participatory budgeting to Denver with a little creative help from poets, musicians, sculptors, actors, painters, illusionists, photographers, and videographers.


John Barbour, Feral Factory Ltd.


Time: Saturday, 8:30-9:20 AM

Art can delineate place and mediate between communities, but too often art is mediated by forces outside itself. A failure to acknowledge, understand, and channel those forces can rob art of its ability to effect change in a community, or to negotiate culture between communities. This 10-minute talk will examine communities and their relationships to art, using several real-world examples from Los Angeles, Mexico City, Bilbao, Rome, and Stockholm, all of which approach the role of artists, in their communities, in radically different ways and to different ends.


Julio Orta, The Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon.


Time: Friday, 10:10-10:50 AM

MOCAM- The Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon, was conceived in 2016 by visual artist Julio Orta in response to the inevitable creation of human communities on the moon in the near future. Although governments and private entities are working on tourism and colonization of the moon, they seem to have no concern whatsoever for the arts because they are not seen as a source of profit. MOCAM is dedicated to displaying the most interesting, cutting edge, relevant art from the world, moon habitants, or in the case of future encounters, any other form of intelligent life we may meet. This Museum is steadily looking for emerging artists, undaunted new works, and proposals from interesting curators. The shows are currently presented on the museum’s website (www.mocam.space) and they would be shown in the physical museum in the sequential order they are digitally presented.


Kate Nicholson

A civil rights activist, Kate Nicholson served in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice for more than 20 years, securing powerful victories including in the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is also an arts enthusiast, writer and occasional curator. Kate was a Senior Fellow of Art and Literature at Dartmouth College and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. 

Time: Saturday, 2:05-2:55 PM

The Art of Justice is a concept talk on taking socially-engaged art a step further by creating curated alliances between artists and human and civil rights attorneys for participatory engagement with communities at risk of displacement.  After surveying notable socially-engaged art projects, using the critiques typically offered to assess their success, I will propose site-specific projects targeting two types of displacement: communities under threat of eviction due to gentrification and individuals at risk of displacement due to their immigration status.


Kate Speer


Time: Saturday, 4:45-5:30 PM

"Borderlandia" is an immersive performance experience that claims, controls and imagines space while fashioning a map to find home. Conversing through three dance techniques--Contemporary, House and Mexican Folklórico--the cast negotiates neon borders that divide them from each other and you.


Kristi Rogers, African Community Center


Time: Friday, 9:00-9:45 AM

Teachers, designers, and program participants from the African Community Center's sewing training program, "We Made This," will share their experiences and varied examples of their work resulting from a 6 week codesign project, where they were tasked with collaborating on the design and construction of a garment conceptualized by the We Made This program participant. The ten minute talk will feature a presentation of the codesign process, which will include video clips, sketches, prototypes, and other physical examples, as well as brief personal accounts by the design teams on their experiences and learnings.


Lauri Lynnxe Murphy

Murphy's inspiration is propelled by her horror at what she sees and reads about daily, and yet, she is still a maker, transfixed by materials and the transformational impact of the hand. The past several years have seen a marked shift in her interests from abstraction to research-based artwork that reflects the urgency of her ecological and political concerns. 

Time: Saturday, 5:00-9:00 PM

"Bridges" creates a controlled context for political discussions aimed at increasing humanity and understanding.  By asking people with opposing political views to engage in compassionate conversations, my hope is that we can learn the ways in which we misunderstand each other, and focus on finding points of agreement.


Max Maddox

Max has exhibited his art work in galleries that include Hillyer Art Space (Washington D.C), Locallective (Chicago), the Slought Foundation (Philadelphia), the Print Center of Philadelphia, The Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum (Philadelphia), and Abecedarian Gallery (Denver). He enjoys a bachelor’s in philosophy from Grinnell College and a master’s in studio art from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

Time: Saturday, 2:05-2:55 PM

This short talk will engage Big Sweep by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, the peerless outdoor sculpture and homage to sanitation installed outside the Denver Art Museum. Comparing this with other large-scale sculptures by the artist pair, Maddox will attempt to answer the question, “How did Denver end up with the dustpan?” Not just another consecration to the museum, he will entertain how these artists used their star power to blackmail Denver, while giving to us one of our most important gifts in art


Megan Gafford, Current RedLine Resident Artist

Megan Gafford received her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2016, and her BA from the University of New Orleans in 2011.  Her installations are made from materials most often associated with science, such as circuit boards and particle detectors, which Gafford uses to create environments where people may wonder at how the world works.  Gafford's work has been exhibited at galleries and museums nationally, including David B Smith Gallery in Denver, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Backyard Ballroom in New Orleans.  She is currently based in Denver, Colorado, as an artist-in-residence at RedLine Contemporary Art Center.

Time: Saturday, 2:05-2:55 PM

Gafford’s talk will be based on social justice, science and experimentation, and relating it directly to her work in the gallery.


Mirror Image Arts


Time: Saturday, 11:25-12:10 PM

The workshop will explore place and identity through a variety of experiential, skill-building, and devised theatre methods. Inspired by Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed practices and drawing from our in-school bullying prevention program, participants will generate their own creative material, get to know one another, move their bodies, and explore the theories and concepts underlying the work that Mirror Image Arts does with communities.


Molina Speaks


Time: Saturday, 9:35-10:20 AM

In this experimental session, artist and poet Molina Speaks will introduce and share selections from his forthcoming film "Root."  "Root" combines the genres of music video, documentary film making, silent film, surrealism, and magical realism. Lyrical performance, interactive reflections, and a brief talk back will round out this experience.


Patrick Mueller, Control Group Productions


Time: Saturday, 6:00-6:45 PM

 "Controlled Encounters with Mobile Architecture" captures simple moments of urban space in motion – a rumination on the transience of seemingly solid structures, and an attempt to manufacture stability within the experience of displacement and migration. Framed as a walking tour, the interactive event combines embodied performance and narration as it guides participants through RedLine's local urban scape


Rachael Sharp, Creative Strategies for Change


Time: Friday, 9:45-9:55 AM

Creative Strategies for Change presents an excerpt from Social Imagination, a dynamic, interactive performance and civic dialogue. Interwoven stories of diverse women explore intersections of race and gender, and the division of public and private spaces, inspiring opportunities to reflect and connect across differences.


Ryan Feddersen

Ryan Elizabeth Feddersen, (b.1984) Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (Okanogan / Arrow Lakes) is a mixed media installation artist residing in Seattle, WA. In May 09’ she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts. Graduating Magna Cum Laude with concentrations in painting, print art, drawing, and sculpture. Ryan’s work is characterized by a sense of exploration and experimentation. Her work utilizes tongue in cheek humor accompanied by interactivity to invite the viewer to engage with the irrationalities and hypocrisies of contemporary American culture.

Time: 10 minute talk Saturday, 8:30-9:20 AM

Community Interaction as a Catalyst for Content: By imbuing action with conceptual purpose, interactive artwork can go beyond co-authorship and utilize community participation to amplify ideas and reach. Looking back on eight years of creating interactive works in this 10 minute talk, artist RYAN! Feddersen will share projects that harness the power of a community’s creative energy and collective experience.

Time: Workshop Friday, 1:00-1:45 PM

How to Have Fun (While Addressing some Serious Sh*t): Artist RYAN! Feddersen’s work has often been described as humorous and lauded for its “fun, hands-on engagement.” Her work is also known for addressing topics like racism, misogyny, climate change, gentrification and genocide. Raising the question, how do you start an uplifting conversation centered around such difficult subjects, and why would you even want to?


Sammy Lee, Current RedLine Resident Artist

With a peripatetic upbringing, Lee's personal idea of identity is an amalgamation of fragments from various places, rather than any one specific narrative. Her creative practice reflects this as a result, balancing primarily two modes of art making: one is bookbinding, and the other is joomchi, a traditional Korean technique of beating papers to create collages. Both processes involve paper and are intensely time consuming – book making requires 3D engineering, building maquettes, and fabricating multiples; joomchi calls for equally laborious hours of pounding and kneading to record creases, crinkles, and lines in layers of papers.  

Time: Saturday, 2:05-2:55 PM

Lee’s talk will highlight the important role that artists can play in political change. By showcasing the protest artwork that was created and utilized during the Gwanghwamun Candle Vigil in South Korea, she hopes to create an empowering case study for how art can inform political narratives and create outlets for political participation.


Shana Cordon, Feral Factory Ltd. 


Time: Saturday, 8:15-8:30 AM

"Art + Space + Community: Mediation and Delineations."
Through the physical act of creating place and embodying culture, this performance seeks to explore questions of access to art, and the power of art to impact our communities.


Sheree Lovemestiza Brown

Sheree Lovemestiza Brown is a woman of many colors. She is an herbalist, and is rooted in traditional indigenous medicine of her mixed ancestry. Her medicine is a direct reflection of her roots, with ancestors guiding the way. Her passions reside in working with plants, youth, and women all across the spectrum. She is an artist, a writer, a poet, and creative. 

Time: Friday, 9:00-9:45 AM

Sheree Lovemestiza Brown will read poetry and prose from her manuscript titled "Lovemestiza."  Her poetry intersects Mestiza, Chicana, Indigenous and Black identity and experiences. Her forthcoming book of poetry “Lovemestiza” will be self published and released in the fall. Brown’s goal for this reading is to engage people's minds, bodies, and spirits around issues of culture, gender, and social justice.


Slam Nuba


Time: Friday, 1:55-2:40 PM

"If Walls Could Talk" is a interactive writing workshop hosted by Slam Nuba focusing on writing short, concise narratives with a long standing impact. While blending two pillars of Hip-Hop together we will be tackling the rapid displacement happening in Denver.


Thomas Evans, Current RedLine Resident Artist


Time: Friday, 10:10-10:50 AM

Thomas Evans’ 10 Minute Talk will be based upon the They Still Live project that was created in 2016 with the help of the Paul Hamilton foundation. The project is a journey into the discovery of self. What does it mean to be black, white, mixed, European, Native American, or other? What is the African in African American? How different am I from my fellow neighbor?
This talk will be a glimpse into the project that was completed and exhibited in July 2016.


Tilt West


Time: Friday, 1:55-3:25 PM

This 90-minute roundtable discussion brings together local artists, developers, city planners, community leaders and advocates for a robust conversation about the displacement that accompanies gentrification, something especially acute in regions like the Front Range that are experiencing economic revitalization and a significant influx of newcomers. 


Tory Tepp

Tepp has an itinerant art practice that focuses on environmental issues, eco-literacy and food justice. His projects are developed out of the studio in, and with, the communities they serve. Tepp comes from a traditional painting and sculpture background, but received his masters in social practice under Suzanne Lacy at Otis College of Art and Design.

Time: Friday, 9:00-9:45 AM

Tepp will discuss current and past projects as they relate to art practice in the social sector. This will specifically focus on the ecological incorporation of materials, spaces and communities. Informed by the idea that an intimate return to the earth, both personally and communally, is required not only to achieve social justice, but for the very survival of our species, he advocates for more ecologically responsible creative leadership.


Toxoplasma Arts LLC


Time: Saturday, 1:10-1:55 PM

(de)composition is an immersive arts salon series that seeks to deconstruct the concept of a "concert" with a participatory event that involves music, poetry, improvisation, and dance. The distinctions between composer, performer, and audience member are dissolved.


Tsehai Johnson

Tsehai Johnson is a Colorado based artist whose interests explore the boundaries between public and private life.  Her performative events and installations encourage reflection on the tension between order and function as expressed through the objects that populate our lives.  Making porcelain objects, interactive installations, and mixed-media wall pieces, she utilizes dense ornamentation and everyday objects to explore quotidian realities of human existence.

Time: Saturday, 7:50-11:00 AM

The coffee ceremony is an integral part of daily life in Ethiopian society and a time to slow
down and reaffirm social connections. Participate in this honored tradition with artist Tsehai
Johnson and make some new connections. The Coffee Exchange is an ongoing project
designed to affirm identity and social connections by sharing culturally specific ritual drinks
amongst strangers. Participants are encouraged to contribute to the future of this project by
sharing their responses and, in exchange, may keep their cup from this participatory event.