New CU Course Marries Art & Engineering
Martha Russo is on a mission. The Boulder County artist and visiting CU art professor wants to engage young engineers in the world of art and introduce budding artists to the world of engineering.
Technology is increasingly seeping into the art world, and vice versa. That’s why Russo taught a contemporary art class called “Art: Aesthetics to Engineering” at CU this fall. The class is a collaboration between the engineering and art departments, and students from both departments work alongside each other at CU’s Idea Forge—a technology space that features everything from a computer hardware lab to a 3-D printer to a woodworking shop.
Engineers are crucial to modern museums, Russo points out, as they oversee exhibit installations and the maintenance of collections. The Denver Art Museum, for example, has five engineers on staff. And contemporary artists working in oversize sculpture and multimedia installations will increasingly depend on engineering and fabrication shops, like Denver’s Demiurge and YetiWeurks, to bring their visions to fruition. Thus, Russo’s students either apprentice with an installation artist throughout the semester, like large-scale sculptor Michael Deitz, or they intern for Demiurge or YetiWeurks.
You can view her students’ works during a Dec. 9 showcase from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Idea Forge on the CU campus. The show is free and open to the public.