Summary
Overview
Education
Skills
Work History
Certification
AWARDS
EXHIBITIONS
PUBLICATIONS
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
PRESENTATIONS
DENISE ZUBIZARRETA

DENISE ZUBIZARRETA

INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Arvada

Summary

Denise "The Vamp DeVille" Zubizarreta [b. 1984] is a Puerto Rican and Cuban American Mixed Media Interdisciplinary Artist raised between Union City, NJ, and Hialeah, FL, currently living and working in Denver, CO. She is the former President of the Student Government Association at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design where she completed her BFA in Fine art. Zubizarreta explores post-colonial theory through mixed media artworks and installations. By investigating the 20th century cultural effects of colonialism within Latiné communities, she challenges the binaries between Self and “Other.” Traditions, memories, and contemporary life are blended in her work to honor, reclaim, as well as, reinvent narratives of the past, present, and future.

Overview

20
20
years of professional experience
9
9
Certificate

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS - FINE ARTS

Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

MAGNA CUM LAUDE


2019-2020 Student Government Association President

2019-2022 Diversity + Equity Alliance Member

2021-2022 NEXUS Chair

2021 Student Leadership Alliance Co-Chair


Education

Skills

  • Advertising Initiatives
  • Student Advocacy
  • Business Management and Development
  • Revenue Stream Development
  • Organizational Structure
  • Customer Engagement

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

East Side Art Institute
2022-12 - Current

ARTS AND CULTURE WRITER

Southwest Contemporary
2022-09 - Current

ARTS AND CULTURE WRITER

Hyperallergic
2022-08 - Current

CEO

The Vamp DeVille
2017-01 - Current

COO

The O.M.E.N
2017-03 - 2019-01

DIRECTOR USER ENGAGEMENT

MyCircles
2017-01 - 2019-01

SITE AND BRAND DESIGNER

The O.M.E.N
2014-01 - 2019-01

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

MyCircles
2015-01 - 2017-01

EXECUTIVE PROJECT MANAGER

MyCircles
2014-01 - 2015-01

DIRECTOR OF VENUE COORDINATION

Artistic Vibes
2010-01 - 2012-01

RESTAURANT MANAGER

Marriott International, Inc.
2008-02 - 2011-01

MASTER AT ARMS

United States Navy
2004-06 - 2006-06

TRANSPORTATION SECURITY OFFICER

Transportation Security Administration
2003-01 - 2005-06

ON AIR PERSONALITY

Radio Disney
2001-08 - 2004-06

Work History

Certification

  • Arts and Heritage Management Certificate - Universitá Bocconi
  • Fundraising Essentials Certificate - NonProfit Ready
  • Grant Seeking Essentials Certificate - NonProfit Ready
  • Project Management Certificate - University of Colorado Boulder
  • Unconscious Bias - LinkedIn Learning
  • Driving Organizational Accountability for DEIB Certificate - LinkedIn Learning
  • Google Digital Marketing and E-Commerce Certificate
  • Nonprofit Board Member Essentials Certificate - NonProfit Ready
  • Teaching Critical Thinking Through Art - Smithsonian

AWARDS

  • National Defense Medal
  • National Sojourners Medal
  • Daughters of The American Revolution Medal
  • The Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance Award (IDEA) - RMCAD
  • The Quality of Paper Research Award - RMCAD
  • The Chuck Mattox Memorial Scholarship Award - RMCAD

EXHIBITIONS

2023 


Niza Knoll Gallery, “Holy Moly, What's Next,” In Our Future - Digital Painting, Denver, CO.


311 Gallery: “Rooted: Your Place at The Table,” How Will You Take It - Ceramic, Raleigh, NC. 


R Gallery + Wine Bar: “Industrial,” Olagarro - Sculpture, Boulder, CO. 


2022  


BRDG Project: “Art In The Round,” Frozen Reflections of Thought - Mixed Media, Denver, CO. 


The Collective Community Arts Center: “Finding Common Ground In An Uncommon World,” Olagarro - Sculpture, Lafayette, CO. 


EDGE Gallery: “The Road Less Traveled,” One Pill At A Time - Ceramic & Assemblage, Lakewood, CO. 


Littleton Museum: “Space To Wonder,” Atrophy - Photography, Littleton, CO. 


The Book of Arts: “Emotions,” La Sangre Llama - Reduction Relief Print, Online. 


Burningword Literary Journal: Issue 101: Featured Artist, Atrophy, Picturesque, & At My Core - Photography Online & Print. 


RUDE Gallery - Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design: “One Pill At A Time,” Ceramic, sculpture, and assemblage solo immersive installation, Lakewood, CO. 


Philip J. Steele Gallery - Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design: “Celebrating The Body,” Spring Love, Resonate, & Where Is My Mind Digital Collage & Illustration, Lakewood, CO. 


Spark Gallery: “Reverse Image,” La Sangre Llama - Reduction Relief Print, Denver, CO. 


F&M Compound: “Field Trip: An Immersive Outdoor Art Experience,” The Alter of The Bohiti - Mixed Media Assemblage, Denver, CO. 


BRDG Project: “Blank Slate Program,” The Alter of The Bohiti - Mixed Media Assemblage, Denver, CO. 


Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute: “58th Annual Art of Possibilities,” Child of Divorce & Exposed - Mixed Media & Sculpture, Minneapolis, MN. 


Rotunda Gallery - Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design: “El Bohío del Bohiti,” Solo Exhibition - Interdisciplinary Immersive Installation, Lakewood, CO. 


Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District (ACBID): Indigenous Artist Sidewalk Art - Public Art UTE Circle of Life Designer + Sidewalk Mural, Artist, Lakewood, CO. 


University of Northern Colorado: “Tocando Tierra y Nuestras Raíces ,” Puerto Rico Is NOT For Sale, Death - The World - The Lovers (Flags), Greeley, CO. 


D'Art Gallery: “Spot On 3,” The Emperor, Mixed Media, Denver, CO. 


East Side Art Institute: Featured Artist October - November, Erie, CO. 


2021  


CORE New Art Space: “A Thousand Words,” Child of Divorce - Mixed Media, Lakewood, CO. 


EDGE Gallery: “On Edge,” Exposed - Sculpture & Assemblage, Lakewood, CO. 


Providence Art Club: National Open Juried Exhibition, La Sangre Llama - Reduction Relief Print, Providence, RI. 


Cicada Creative Magazine: Issue 4: (Neg)entropy, La Vida, On My Block, and Where is My Mind - Digital & Assemblage, Denver, CO. 


Philip J. Steele Gallery - Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design: RMCAD 58th Annual Student Exhibition La Sangre Llama - Reduction

Relief Print, Lakewood, CO. 


D'Art Gallery: Spot On 2 Juried Exhibition Exposed - Sculpture & Assemblage, Denver, CO. 


Denver Zine Library: 2022 Calendar October - Illustration, Denver, CO. 


Cicada Creative Magazine: Issue 5: Catharsis, Bohiti Tarot - Tarot Deck Art, Denver, CO. 


2020  


Denver Zine Library 2021 Calendar: February - Illustration, Denver, CO. 


Cicada Creative Magazine: Issue 3: Identity, ¿Mi Isla del Encanto? - Digital Panting & Collage, Denver, CO. 


Las Laguna Art Gallery: Portraits Exhibition, In The Dark - Digital Painting, Laguna Beach, CA. 


Redline Gallery: “One Square Foot | Six Feet Apart,” There is Beauty Everywhere - Photography, Denver, CO. 


Emmanuel Art Gallery CU Denver: “Future Of Now,” Olagarro - Sculpture, Denver, CO.


Online Performance Art Festival: Holy Shit - VR Gallery Collaboration | Mixed Media, Online. 


Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design: “Stages: Voices From The Runway,” La Hija de la Diáspora - Fashion Assemblage, Lakewood, CO. 


Your Mom's House: Art Battle - Denver Olagarra - Live Paintings, Denver, CO. 


2015  


MicroTheater Miami: “Cody,” Micro Play, Writer & Director, Miami, FL. 


Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival Broward College: “Cody,” Micro Play, Writer & Director, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 


2013  


RAW Artists: “En Masse,” Dirty Artistic Freedom - Photography, LMNT, Miami, FL.

PUBLICATIONS

Hyperallergic, “Artists Discuss How Psychedelics Influence Their Work,” November 2022, https://hyperallergic.com/782273/artistsdiscuss-how-psychedelics-influence-their-work/ 


Hyperallergic, “Finding Strength as an Artist with Chronic Illness,” November 2022, https://hyperallergic.com/775651/finding-strengthas-an-artist-with-chronic-illness/ 


Southwest Contemporary, “The Gallerist in Fuzzy Slippers: Doug Kacena's Fashionable Footwear,” October 2022, https://southwestcontemporary.com/the-gallery-owner-in-the-fuzzy-slippers-doug-kacenas-fashionable-footwear/ 


East Side Art Institute, Featured Artist, “Reclaiming Caribbean Culture through Visual Art, Research, and Writings,” October 2022, https://eastsideartinstitute.org/post/reclaiming-caribbean-culture-through-visual-art-research-and-writings/ 


Hyperallergic, “Colorado Artists and Activists Unite to Advocate for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People,” October 5, 2022, https://hyperallergic.com/762163/colorado-artists-and-activists-unite-to-advocate-for-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-people/ 


Southwest Contemporary, “Denver's Tya Anthony Explores Social Justice Through Visual Catharsis,” September 27, 2022, https://southwestcontemporary.com/denvers-tya-anthony-explores-social-justice-through-visual-catharsis/ 


Hyperallergic, “Caribbean Artists Are Making Themselves Seen in Denver,” August 3, 2022, https://hyperallergic.com/748442/caribbean-artists-are-making-themselves-seen-in-denver/ 


Voyage Denver, “Rising Stars: Meet Denise Zubizarreta,” July 5, 2022 http://voyagedenver.com/ interview/rising-stars-meet-denise-zubizarreta-of-denver/ 


Burningword Literary Journal, Issue 101: January 2022 https://burningword.com 


Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, “Shop MCA Denver Call For Artists Round 3: The Incredible, Out Of This World, Totally Rad Design Submissions,” November 4, 2021 https://mcadenver.org/blog/shop-mca-denver-call-artists-round-3-incredible-out-world- totally-rad-design-submissions 


Westword, Khaleel Hayes, “Denise ‘The Vamp DeVille' Zubizarreta's Art Rises From the Ashes,” April 15, 2021 https://www.westword.com/arts/denise-the-vamp-deville-zubizarreta-chronicles- pain-through-art-11925782 Denise Zubizarreta, 


"Disjointed Creative Communal Isolation: The Plight of The Quarantined Creative Community," Spring 2020, https://www.academia.edu/42701943/Disjointed_Creative_Communal_Isolation_The_Plight_of_The_Quarantined_Creative_ Community 


Westword, Kyle Harris, "Students Slam RMCAD's Handling of COVID-19 Communications," March 27, 2020, Denver Westword, https://www.westword.com/arts/rmcad-covid-19-closure-irks- students-paying-full-tuition-11672814 


Voyage Denver, "Meet Denise Zubizarreta of The Vamp DeVille in Uptown," Feb. 10, 2020, http://voyagedenver.com/interview/meetvamp-deville-uptown/ 


303 Magazine, Cori Anderson, "A Global Art Battle is Popping Up in Denver," Jan. 21, 2020, https://303magazine.com/2020/01/artbattle-denver/ 


Denise Zubizarreta, "Eggcellent,” 2017, Self Published, https://www.amazon.com/Eggcellent- DeniseZubizarreta/dp/1973772558/ref=nodl_ 


Miami New Times, Clarissa Buch, “Fudi App Makes Personal Chefs Affordable, Accessible Across Miami,” Sept. 1st, 2016, https://www.miaminewtimes.com/restaurants/fudi-app- makes-personal-chefs-affordable-accessible-across-miami-8686630  


Miami Herald, Christine Dolen, "Fort Lauderdale gets South Florida's first Fringe Fest," April 28, 2015, https://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/performing-arts/ article19812747.html Hillary Saunders, “What Is It Good For,” February, 2015, Miami New Times http:// digitalissue.miaminewtimes.com/publication/?i=246046&view=

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

2022 


Cicada Creative Magazine: Creative Team Member, Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO. 


RMCAD Student Research Symposium Award Designer: RMCAD - Lakewood, CO. 


Indigenous Artist Sidewalk Art Public Art - Designer (Sidewalk Mural): Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District (ACBID), Lakewood, CO. 


2021


Outside The Books: w/ Dr. Beck Black & Dr. Tom Keefe Speaker - Cuba, RMCAD - Lakewood, CO. 


Indigenous Artist Sidewalk Art: Public Art - Designer, Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District (ACBID) Lakewood, CO. 


Student Leadership Alliance Creator & Co-Chair RMCAD - Lakewood, CO. 


Cicada Creative Magazine: Creative Team Member, Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO. 


Inclusion Diversity and Equity Alliance (I.D.E.A.) Member: RMCAD - Lakewood, CO. 


The Blatino Podcast: Guest Speaker, Lakewood, CO. DIAS: Co-Organizer & Designer, Denver Independent Artist Showcase, Denver, CO. 


Outside The Books: w/ Dr. Beck Black & Dr. Tom Keefe Speaker - Puerto Rico, RMCAD, Lakewood, CO. 


2020 


Design To Divest: Community Graphic Design Promotional Designer, The Black School, New Orleans, LA. 


iPhone Photography Workshop: Close Up & Macro | Nature Nexus Club Student Workshops, Instructor, RMCAD - Lakewood, CO. 


Share BIPOC Art: Creator, Lakewood, CO. Fine Arts Mixtapes: Contributor, RMCAD, Lakewood, CO.  


Student Government Association President: RMCAD, Lakewood, CO. 


Inclusion Diversity and Equity Alliance (I.D.E.A.), Member, RMCAD - Lakewood, CO. 


2019  


40 West: RMCAD, Children's Art Tent Organizer, Lakewood, CO. Punx & Pins First Sunday Art Exchange: Producer, Streets Denver, Denver, CO. 


Student Government Association: President, RMCAD, Lakewood, CO.

PRESENTATIONS

2022  


Critical Commons: RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Speaker: The role arts criticism plays in the arts ecosystem, Denver, CO. 


National Women's Studies Association Conference: Feminists Talk Whiteness, Panelist, Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN. 


48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art + Conversation Summit: Linguistic Mutation: The Persistence of Hegemony - Why We're Still Trying To Push Latinx, Speaker, Redline Contemporary Art Center, Denver, CO 


2021  


HERA (Humanities Education Research Association) Conference University of Texas at El Paso: The Modern Borikén: The Effects of Colonization on the Cultural Identity of the Puerto Rican People and its Impact on the Statehood Movement, El Paso, TX. 


RMCAD Student Research Symposium* Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design: The Modern Borikén: The Effects of Colonization on the Cultural Identity of the Puerto Rican People and its Impact on the Statehood Movement, Lakewood, CO. 

* Winner: Quality of Paper Research Award 


Outside The Books w/ Dr. Becky Black & Dr. Thomas E. Keefe: Cuba, Speaker, RMCAD, Lakewood, CO. 


2020  


Outside The Books w/ Dr. Becky Black & Dr. Thomas E. Keefe: Puerto Rico, Speaker, RMCAD, Lakewood, CO.

DENISE ZUBIZARRETAINTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST