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University of Colorado Boulder Visiting Artists & Scholars Program collection

Identifier: COU:5078

Scope and Contents

The Visiting Artists program began at CU Boulder in 1987 through the departmant of Art and Art History. It is offered during the spring and fall semesters, and each semester three art history scholars and six visiting artists are invited to lecture at the university. Notable artists invited by the Visting Artists Program include the Guerilla Girls, a group of feminist art activists who fight against the domination of white men in the art world and have the mission of bringing women and people of color to the forefront of the art scene, Lucy Lippard, who is a famed feminist within the art movement and an early suppprter for the idea of dematerialization within the field of conceptual art, and Lorna Simpson, who is a conceptual photographer who deals with the themes of intersectional identity and history and memory. Some other noteworthy visiting artists include Robert Colescott, Ann Hamilton, Carrie Mae Weems, Eleanor Antin, Fred Tomaselli, William Pope L., Hank Willis Thomas, and Sanford Biggers. Recorded lectures of visiting artists are available through the Visual Resources Center (VCR) for current students, faculty, and staff at CU Boulder.


  • Creation: 1980 - 2022

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

The University Libraries may not own the copyright to all materials in this collection. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder(s) for this material and obtaining permission to publish or broadcast. The University Libraries will not grant permission to publish or broadcast this material and are not responsible for copyright violations resulting from such use.

Biographical / Historical

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Program was created by the University of Colorado Boulder's Department of Art and Art History--once referred to as the Department of Fine Arts-- in 1980 and has been running continually until the present day. Throughout the program's history, hundreds of notable artists in their respective fields have been invited to lecture on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Some noteworthy artists invited by the program to the university are the Guerilla Girls, Lorna Simpson, Lucy Lippard, Fred Tomaselli, and William Pope L.


2.09 linear feet

Language of Materials



Through the University of Colorado Boulder's Art and Art History department, notable and exceptional artists within their respective fields have been invited to visit and lecture at the university, starting in 1980 and continuing into the present day. Contained within the collection are artist profiles for each artist who has been invited to lecture at the university, and pamphlets throughout the years advertising their visits and the department as a whole. Noteworthy artists within the collection include the Guerrilla Girls, Lucy Lippard, Lorna Simpson, Hank Willis Thomas, Robert Colescott, and Fred Tomaselli.

Physical Location

A9 L2-3

University of Colorado Boulder Visiting Artists & Scholars Program collection
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States