Robert Spellman | 303-245-4858

Associate Professor, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Religious Studies
Core Faculty


BA in Visual Arts
BA in Religious Studies
Contemplative Religions
Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
Master of Divinity


BFA, Massachusetts College of Art

Robert was Chair of the Visual Arts program at Naropa University from 1996 to 2003. He continues to teach in the Visual Arts, MFA Theater, and Religious Studies programs. Robert has worked as a painter, graphic designer, illustrator, piano re-builder, and musician. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally and appears in numerous publications. Robert has practiced and taught Buddhist meditation for forty years. He was director of Dorje Khyung Dzong, a rural retreat center, and Karma Dzong, an urban meditation center in Boulder, Colorado. He is also co-founder of Mountain Water, an artist's retreat in the wilds of southern Colorado. Visit his website at

From the Heart

As someone with a lifelong aversion to school, it remains a mystery to me how I ended up teaching. Naropa might be the only place I could do this. I love the students who show up here; they already know that there is much more to life than getting a good grade.

Recent Exhibits

  • Solo painting show at Art + Soul Gallery, Boulder, CO - 2015
  • Solo painting show at the Denver Botanic Gardens - 2013
  • Solo Sabbatical Exhibition at Naropa's Nalanda Gallery - 2012
  • Upcoming trio show at Virginia Tech.