Tyler Alpern

Associate Professor
Adjunct Faculty


BA in Visual Arts


MFA, The University of Colorado
BA, Occidental College

From the heart

A constant source of inspiration and learning are the college students of all ages that I have taught for over 20 years.


  • 2014 BFA Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service, University of Colorado
  • 2013 Second Place Photo, (collaboration with Preston Newell), Colorado State Fair

Recent exhibitions/articles

View By Date, 2015 Lincoln Gallery Naropa

Articles, Papers and Books (mentioned or quoted in)

  • "It's the Pictures that Got Small:" Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age, Anthony Slide, editor, Columbia University Press, 2014.
  • Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, Mark Cohen, Brandeis University Press, 2013, pg 263.
  • Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of "A Confederacy of Dunces," Cory MacLauchlin, Da Capo Press, 2012. 
  • The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story, Gregg Akkerman, Scarecrow Press, 2012 pgs xi 102, 118.

Courses taught

  • ART 245
  • ART 345
  • ART 155

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

The Group of Seven

Have you ever helped a student reach an 'ah ha' or transformational moment?

This happens all the time in art classes, where students learn how to see for the first time. Their faces light up and you know that a light of new understanding just happened. 

What's next?

History of Visual Arts in Boulder, 2016 Exhibition