Dear class,

I am missing far more artist lecture papers than I think is possible.  If you did not tag your artist lecture under “Lecture Review 1” or “Lecture Review 2”, I did not grade it.

Also, make certain that all of your extra credit is tagged as “Extra Credit”.  This includes any extra artist lecture papers that you did.

PLEASE check all of your submitted work to ensure that it is tagged correctly. If you change anything, please email me immediately because grading is technically done.  This is your last chance. Kira and I will not accept any emails after Friday on this issue.

Thank you!


Final Exam Reminders


I know that Kira has mentioned this but I want to remind everyone that notes are allowed tomorrow (typed notes are fine) but no readings and no computers.

I’ll see you all tomorrow from 4:30 – 7:00.

Good luck!





Several of you have sent me emails asking about your current grade in the class. If anyone else would like their updated grade, please send me an email with your test grade (I don’t have them with me in my office) and I’ll get back to you.

Once again, my email is nicoledialkay@gmail.com








I just wanted to remind everyone of my email address:


Please email me if you have any questions or concerns about the grades that you received today.



Technical difficulties and due dates


I have a few details that I hope to clarify here for class.

1)  If you are still having technical difficulties, message me TODAY.  I will be at my computer and ready to help you. After today, technical difficulties will not be an accepted excuse.  I am waiting to help you.  It is your responsibility to contact me. (There are a couple of you who are having legitimate issues with IT and have contacted me.  Of course, you won’t be punished for this.)

2)  I will stop grading for the Terry Smith article tonight at midnight.  Anyone who has emailed this assignment (or any) to Kira or I must repost it on the blog and categorize it to receive a grade.

3) I will stop accepting Intellectual Profiles at 10:59 on Tuesday.  Do not publish it in the middle of class or after.

4)  You must use categories!  I am still seeing some of you post without categories.  Once again, if you don’t categorize I don’t see it when I’m grading and you don’t receive a grade.  Categorize! Categorize!  Categorize!

Again, my email address is nicoledialkay@gmail.com.  Don’t hesitate to email me if you are having problems.

Have a great weekend!


Technical Difficulties


As you all probably know, we’ve been experiencing some technical difficulties.  I’ve emailed you an upgrade to your authorization from “follower” and “author” at your colorado.edu address.  You have to accept the invitation to post on this blog.  Anyone who has not received an email should immediately contact me at nicoledialkay@gmail.com.  I will be up late to help.  If you have accepted the invitation and become an author, you need to follow the blog tutorial I previously posted about to learn how to post. PLEASE, use categories!

I’m unaware of any conflicts with the SOPA and PIPA protests and the WordPress site but please keep me updated if you have any issues resulting directly from the protests.

IMPORTANT:  All students must have a name that is easily identifiable for grading.  For example, ilovecats2999 is not acceptable.


Blog Tutorial

I have uploaded a blog tutorial for all of you that are having difficulty posting

Click here or click on the tab that says “Blog” above.

Logan Lecture TONIGHT

January 18, 2012

Logan Lecture: Martha Daniels

Martha Daniels, Three Gold and Green Towers, 1997. Fired, glazed, lacquered and varnished ceramic. Funds from Polly and Mark Addison and the Alliance for Contemporary Art. Photo by Jeff Wells; courtesy Denver Art Museum. © the artist.


Martha Daniels approaches her ceramic work as both a painter and a sculptor. She is known for covering the surfaces of small as well as monumental forms with opulent, textured layers of glaze, varnish, gilt, paint, metal, and even nail polish. Her unconventional techniques, combined with Mediterranean and Asian influences, place her work in both ancient and contemporary contexts. Be sure to check out Daniels’ work in the DAM’s exhibition Focus: Earth and Fire, located on the fourth floor, Hamilton Building.


Time and Location:

All lectures begin at 7:00pm in the Sharp Auditorium of the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building. Doors open at 6:15pm. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 720-913-0130 or visit:

Tickets will also be available at the door.

Individual Lectures:

$8 students and DAM volunteers, $12 DAMC members and artists, $15 DAM members, $18 non-members

Sponsors: This series is made possible with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries.

Nicole Dial-Kay’s Intellectual Profile

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.

As an undergraduate, my interests were focused largely in Modern to Contemporary art with an emphasis on philosophy.  My senior thesis was entitled Phenomenology and Mysticism in Art Nouveau.  As a Master’s candidate of History with a focus in Museum Studies, I gained valuable insight concerning the perspective of the visitor and experience with important practical issues such as grant writing and budgeting for a museum department.  I was awarded a government grant to travel to Alaska and help three small Native American museums with their collections during the interim summer of my Museum Studies work. While there, I became involved with a small Native tribe, the Alutiiq, predominately based on the Kenai Peninsula and on Kodiak Island. I spent several weeks doing research amongst the tribe on an island called Ouzinkie.  The Alutiiq have endured a terrible history of Russian and American invasion and abuse that left them struggling in the 21st century. In researching the history of the Alutiiq, I found that the women of the tribe had repeatedly taken bold actions to protect the tribe during times when their culture was unusually threatened. The Alutiiq tribe which lived on the island of Ouzinkie was threatened by alcoholism, drug addiction, poverty, and insufficient education.  Nearly all political offices and positions of power in Ouzinkie were held by women.  Alutiiq women were also responsible for a prolific output of skilled and thought-provoking contemporary art that expressed their history as well as modern day concerns.  I acted as assistant curator for a show in Homer, Alaska that exhibited the work of these women. This exhibit was only one of the many exhbits these artists were being featured in at the time. After working with art that had such a real and powerful influence on human lives, I am determined to gear my art historical work towards the Contemporary art that is being created today with social concerns and goals.  Specifically, I am interested in art concerning minority, poverty, globalization, gender, and sexuality issues.

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