Denver Artist Deborah Howard to be Featured in Upcoming Mizel Museum Programs

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Howard, Head of the Painting Program at University of Denver, will discuss her work and teach students how to draw.

I had finally found a way to deal with the Holocaust, a subject of such magnitude, through the simplicity of a drawn portrait."
Deborah Howard

Well-known, Denver-based artist Deborah Howard will be the featured artist in two upcoming programs at the Mizel Museum, Denver’s Jewish art, history and culture museum, located at 400 S. Kearney Street in Denver.

Howard will discuss her acclaimed collection of Holocaust survivor portraits and plans to expand the project during Salon Night: Gallery Talk with Artist Deborah Howard, Thursday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation and discussion at 6:00 p.m. Price is $12 for museum members; $16 for non-members.

On Sunday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Howard will teach the popular workshop So You Think You Can’t Draw?!?! As head of the painting program at University of Denver, Howard has had enormous success helping people learn to draw, even in a short period of time. During the workshop she helps students learn to see things in a new way while exploring line, negative space, perspective, drawing from nature and still life. The workshop is designed for beginners and for those looking to regain drawing skills. Price is $50 for museum members; $55 for non-members.

To register for programs visit or call (303) 394-9993.

About Deborah Howard
Deborah Howard heads the painting program at the University of Denver. Her work has been exhibited at the Aspen Art Museum, Regis University in Denver, Arvada Arts Center, Peace Museum in Chicago, Tweed Museum in Duluth Minnesota, Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans and City College in New York. She received her bachelor of fine arts in drawing and printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and her master’s of fine art in painting and printmaking from the University of Wisconsin.

The Portraits of Child Holocaust Survivors series was started in 2003, sparked by a discussion with students on racial stereotypes and aging. “I had finally found a way to deal with a subject of such magnitude through the simplicity of a drawn portrait,” said Howard. She interviewed 25 people in Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles before drawing their portraits, which capture their humanity and depict very real people who have lived both extraordinary and ordinary lives.

About the Mizel Museum
The Mizel Museum is a portal to the contemporary Jewish experience. Exhibits, events and educational programs offer interactive experiences that promote community, understanding and multiculturalism. The museum is located at 400 S. Kearney Street, Denver, where visitors can tour the permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, a dynamic journey through art, artifacts and digital media that narrates and illuminates Jewish history and culture. For more information visit or call 303-394-9993.

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