Announcing the Colorado Art Science Environment Fellows and Colorado State Capitol Exhibition

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By Gretchen Minekime

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The Office for Outreach and Engagement announces the Colorado Art Science Environment (CASE) Fellows program, as the latest incarnation of the office’s work to connect the arts, sciences and community for shared action on Colorado’s interrelated social and environmental issues. 

CASE Fellows are artists from all corners of Colorado and CU Boulder scientists who will work in teams to produce artworks that will be exhibited at the Colorado State Capitol as part of the Colorado Creative Industries Creative Capital program, May-September 2023. The exhibition, tentatively titled Coloradans and Our Shared Environment in Times of Challenge and Change, will tell the story of how Coloradans are experiencing interrelated challenges of fire, drought, and water and air quality in their communities. The CASE Fellows aim to build a sense of connection around Colorado environmental issues by co-ideating artwork with input from communities. 

Lisa Schwartz from the Office for Outreach and Engagement is leading the program in partnership with Shelly Sommer at INSTAAR, Boulder County Arts Alliance and with exhibition installation and curatorial support from Amy Hoagland, MFA.

“By connecting scientists and science to the lived experiences of Coloradans grappling with a changing landscape, the CASE Fellows program aligns with CU Boulders’ strong leadership in linking human rights to climate change through the Right Here Right Now Summit,” said Schwartz. “With this  art-science and community collaboration, the Office for Outreach and Engagement continues to grow our statewide networks for this critical work.”


Two of the CASE Fellows, Amy Hoagland and Dennis Doyle, are connected to former Art + Science + Action cohorts, Engaged Arts and Humanities Scholars and CU Boulder NEST Fellows.

  • Durango:
    • Maddie Sanders, Artist 
    • Diane McKnight (INSTAAR/CEAE), Professor Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering • Director of Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology
    • Nicole Brooks, INSTAAR, PhD student
  • Frisco: 
  • Del Norte, San Luis Valley:  
  • Grand Junction: 
    • TJ Smith, Artist  
    • Ben Livneh (Niwot LTER and CEAE), Associate Professor • Joint Appointment with CIRES • Director, Western Water Assessment Hydrology, Water Resources & Environmental Fluid Mechanics • Mortenson Center in Global Engineering
  • Salida: 
  • Boulder:
  • Colorado Springs: