Sioux poet, Italian artist compose Lakewood college exhibit
Submitted by: Karen Wachtel
Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Rocky Mountain College of Arts + Design
LAKEWOOD – Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli will join Sioux poet Darren M. Grine in an exhibition entitled “Poetic Crossings” coming to Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) September 11th through October 17th. The show will center on a project where Rotelli will direct 130 elementary school students in the painting of a 40-yard canvas with a visual translation of Grine’s poetry.
Rotelli is a native of Venice and has exhibited in major international museums, galleries and shows. He has also done an installation on the Champs Elysées, and one for the Louis Vuitton Company. He specializes in integrating poetry into his work, much as he will here. Grine is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. He has been writing Native American poetry since 2004, and his influences derive from his Sioux heritage, history and culture. His poetry has been published in Poet Tree Magazine and the Sota Iya Ye Yapi newspaper.
Rotelli and Grine will team up for a performance piece at Tattered Cover Bookstore, as well as the canvas painting which will involve students from Denver’s brand-new Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy . The students’ participation will show them the useful aspects of art and give them the chance to use their skills in a creative way.
A third event, “Languages Crossings” will be at the school, 1600 Pierce St., Friday, Sept 11, from 6-9 p.m., the opening reception for the exhibition at RMCAD.
The exhibition will run through Oct. 17 in the school’s Philip J. Steele Gallery.
The Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy serves kindergarten through second grade students as a “choice” Denver Public School.
The Academy’s primary focus is on science, technology, and mathematics with an engaging, hands-on approach. As part of their mission to empower students to become leaders in their community, the school seeks out unique projects like this one.
“This is a great opportunity for our students,” Lori Nazareno, Lead Teacher at the Academy said. “It gives them the chance to see that there’s always a place for art and poetry-even in a curriculum dedicated to math and science. Giving our students all the tools they need to become powerful, well-rounded citizens of the world is our number one goal, and this experience will be just another one of those tools.”
When it’s complete, the students’ canvas will be on display in RMCAD’s Philip J. Steele Gallery along with 30 petite paintings from Rotelli centered around the concept of cultural empowerment. The entire exhibition – including the Tattered Cover performance, the Academy project, and the gallery show – is open and free to the public.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is a private, fully-accredited school, founded in 1963, offering BFAs in a variety of art and design disciplines. RMCAD’s gallery system features regular exhibits from students, faculty, alumni, and world-renowned visiting artists.