CMC: Celebrating a Successful Learning Curve |

CMC: Celebrating a Successful Learning Curve

Krystal Baucum, graduating CMC student.
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This year Colorado Mountain College is celebrating 50 years of serving the educational needs of people living in the state’s mountain towns. On April 7, the celebration arrived at CMC Aspen with the opening reception for “Reminisce: A Tribute to 50 Years of Art.”

“These celebrations are a gift back to the communities that Colorado Mountain College serves,” said Kristin Colon, CMC Foundation CEO and vice president for advancement. “Each on-campus celebration is focused on something that makes that particular campus stand out. In Aspen, for example, our art program is such a draw for the community that we wanted to honor the faculty and staff who have shared their expertise with students for decades.

“Reminisce: 50 Years of Art,” a survey of artwork by CMC’s western region faculty and staff, past and present, will run through May 9.

“Our students in painting and printmaking are able to take advantage of extraordinary equipment that is rare at many colleges and universities, creating large-scale prints on our new state-of-the-art etching press,” said K Rhynus Cesark, assistant professor of art and gallery director at Colorado Mountain College Aspen, who is organizing the exhibit. “It is also an exciting time for the Aspen ceramics program as students can experiment and create work using our newly acquired 3-D ceramic printer, which we have obtained collaboratively with our college’s Isaacson School for New Media.”

To learn about gallery hours or for more information, visit or call 970-925-7740.

As Colorado Mountain College recognized its 50th anniversary with a celebration at its Aspen campus this past week, the community embraced what has become an institution — of higher learning, diversity, perseverance and much, much more. Stories were shared about CMC’s modest beginnings (a desk in the Aspen Police Department) to its current breadth (11 community campuses and three residential campuses); visions for its future success were also expressed.

“I work for you. We work for you. This is your college. We hope you are proud of what we are … and of what we will become,” Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Besnette Hauser told those gathered at the local campus.

Indeed, CMC’s story is worth celebrating. So on these pages we share with you a few photos of our local college — past and present — as well as a few words imparted by those who love it the most.

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