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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Rian Kerrane

Visual Arts Department

​Born in Galway, Ireland in 1968 Rian Kerrane received her BA in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Ulster at Belfast in 1991. She located to the United States in 1994 and earned her MFA from the University of New Orleans in 1997. Currently residing in Denver, Colorado, Kerrane is Associate Professor and Area Head for the Sculpture Program at the University of Colorado Denver.

A noted sculptor in cast iron, mixed media and installation, Kerrane’s recent works reframe and reconsider the anti-modern medievalist aesthetic of artist/designers like William Morris, which privilege pattern, grace and the primacy of the handmade object. Her imagery seeks to represent the social constructs applied to control personal environments. In a politically charged society where traditions continue to metamorphose she investigates the female position in domestic and social situations. The pluralism of meaning fascinates this artist and the reiteration of motif and pattern using a diversity of materials allows Kerrane to represent interiors and objects as symbolic witness to our self-generated social predicaments.

Kerrane is an advocate for the arts and believes that art and education are uniquely associated. She presented a paper on sculpture curriculum entitled "The Traditional Cast Object as Subjective Conceptual Metaphor" for the College Art Association conference in Los Angeles in 2009. She is Vice President of the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance, an eclectic group of iron artists from across the western regions of the states. The WCIAA has hosted iron conferences in Denver, Colorado and Missoula, Montana with the third biennial conference scheduled for 2012 in Hayes, Kansas.

Kerrane’s work has shown in sculpture gardens, museums and galleries in the United States, Italy, Austria, Mexico, and Ireland. She was awarded Peoples Choice for her work exhibited in Art at Northlake Park, Orlando, Florida in 2004 and received both Best of Show and the Peoples Choice Award in the 2nd Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition in 2002. In 1999, Kerrane was artist in residence at Cosan Glas, an environmental sculpture trail associated with the Earagail Arts Festival. She was a resident at Flax Art Studio’s International Residency Programme in Belfast in 2002, which culminated in an exhibition at The Engine Room. She returns to Ireland each summer to the Burren College of Art, where Kerrane runs an interdisciplinary, site-specific art course.