UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art to open interactive exhibit featuring Michael Theodore

Daisy McGowan, (719) 255-3504, dmcgowan@uccs.edu Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, thutton@uccs.edu
A Michael Theodore installation. Courtesy David B. Smith Gallery, Denver
A Michael Theodore installation. Courtesy David B. Smith Gallery, Denver

COLORADO SPRINGS – The work of Boulder-based multimedia artist Michael Theodore will be displayed Sept. 9 – Nov. 19 at the Gallery of Contemporary Art on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Theodore will take over the 2,800 square foot campus gallery with a monumental interactive kinetic sculptural installation that features robotics, sensors, light and sound. He will work in residence at GOCA during August to create the exhibit with the assistance of UCCS students. A free public reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 with an informal artist talk in the gallery starting at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Gallery hours are noon- to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, or by appointment.

Inspired by observations and experiences, Theodore creates dynamic fields of color, light and sound in a variety of mediums. His technology-informed work has been presented across the United States, and in Mexico, Trinidad y Tobago, Greece, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia, Japan and China.

An active collaborator, Theodore creates large scale sound/art installations with roboticist Nikolaus Correll, has created a number of touring pieces with performance artist Michelle Ellsworth, is 1/2 of the electroacoustic “hardcore Americana” project Batteries Die with punk-folk artist Tim Eriksen, and released a recording with UCCS Associate Professor Glen Whitehead (Psychoangelo/Panauromni) that received a “Top Ten Classical Music Recordings of 2010” pick from Timeout Chicago.

Whitehead and Theodore will perform together as “Psychoangelo” at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Galleries of Contemporary Art in Centennial Hall. The artists will give a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Auditorium adjacent to GOCA 1420.

Theodore is an associate professor in both the College of Music and in the Department of Art and Art History (by courtesy) and director of the Center for Media, Arts and Performance for the ATLAS Institute at CU Boulder. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, a master’s from the Yale School of Music and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.

GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries, one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location that opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 39 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,300 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.