When students learn about art, they learn about history and about genius.  When they create art, they make a permanent contribution that immeasurably enriches their lives and the lives of others.The presence of distinguished visiting artists on campus and in the classroom energizes students, challenges faculty, and enhances all the creative efforts of the university.

The James and Rebecca Roser Visiting Artist Program, established in 1995, is an important contribution to the education of students at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Funded by a private gift from the Rosers and matched by the Chancellor of the Boulder Campus, the program will provide continuing funding to bring artists each year to be resident resources in one or more of the five different artistic areas in which the University has major programs. The mission of the James and Rebecca Roser Visiting Artist Program is to enrich the lives and the education of Boulder Campus students in Music, Theatre, Dance, Fine Arts, and Film Studies, by funding visiting professional artists who have a demonstrated record of excellence and a commitment to working with students.  This enrichment and interaction is fostered by the artists’ collaboration in the creative process with students and faculty, and is available to the community, as appropriate.

The dance department also hosts many guest artist residencies, ranging from one-time guest lectures to multi-week teaching and choreographic residencies. These residencies are paid for by student Program Fee grant funds and are awarded to both faculty and students.


2013-14     Ananya Chatterjea





2012-13     Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser






2011-12     Rennie Harris






2010-11     Darrel Jones





2009-10     Kathleen Hermesdorf and Albert Mathias






2008-09    Terry Berliner and Heidi Henderson





2007-08    Art Bridgeman and Myrna Packer






2006-07    Rennie Harris

2005-06    Kevin Wynn





2004-05    Shelley Senter

2003-04    Melissa McCorkle





2002-03    Bebe Miller & Co.





2001-02    Gabriel Masson




2000-01    Joe Goode





1999-00    Sean Curran





1998-99    David Dorfman and members of his Company





1997-98    Jane Comfort and Company





1996-97    Dana Reitz





1995          Liz Lerman and members of The Dance Exchange