Director & Curator: Jeff Lambson

Jeff Lambson is the Director and Curator of the Emmanuel Art Gallery at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to his position at CU Denver, Jeff was Curator of Contemporary Art at the BYU Museum of Art, the most-attended university art museum in North America. He began his arts career at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the nation’s museum of modern and contemporary art. Lambson has curated many acclaimed exhibitions, including Mirror Mirror: Contemporary Portraits and the Fugitive Self; The Matter of Words; We Could Be Heroes: the Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art; Work To Do; Think Flat: Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami; No Place Like Home, Gabriel Dawe: Plexus 29, and many others. Lambson is the recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Service in the Arts, and was named by Salt Lake Magazine as one of Utah’s most significant people of the past 20 years. His work has received publicity in W magazine, Art Ltd, Artforum, Sunset, PBS, and BBC’s The Culture Show. Jeff is married to Ann Lambson, Interpretive Specialist for Architecture and Design at the Denver Art Museum, and they live in Denver, Colorado with their precocious daughter. 


Gallery Interns & Assistants

Katelyn Odenheimer

Katelyn Odenheimer graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a B.A. in Art History. Her thesis project, Stitching Forward: The Age-Old Practice of Craft Smashing the Patriarchy examined the art of Zoë Buckman through the lens of Craftivism. Odenheimer is currently assisting with administrative and creative tasks at Emmanuel Gallery. She is particularly interested in process-based art that uses art as a means for meditation and self-connection.

Mercedes Coon

Mercedes Coon is a junior at CU Denver majoring in Art History, with a minor in studio art. Coon will be assisting Jeff Lambson in researching, organizing exhibitions, displaying art works, working with art pieces, and artists. She's looking forward to gaining the experience needed for her future career field.

Kara Rossi

Kara Rossi is an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Arts program with a concentration in Art History. She will be graduating May 2017 with plans to return to school for a master’s degree in the near future. Kara has previously interned at the Dikeou Collection located in downtown Denver in 2015. She is currently working on research for her thesis which focuses on the use of mind-altering substances in shamanism and everyday life in Pre-Columbian cultures through the categorization and comparison of art and artifacts.

Jackie Kauffman

Jackie is a double major studying English Literature and Art History at the University of Colorado, Denver.  She will be graduating in the Spring of 2018, and in the meantime, is excited to be part of the team that will help propel this gallery into greatness!  

Giovanni Cantor

Giovanni Cantor is an Art History major. It is his second semester here at UCD, but is hoping to wrap up his degree by Spring 2018. Before coming to UCD,  he attended school at CU Boulder, and received an associate degree in studio art at CCD. 

Madalyn Drewno

Madalyn Drewno is an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Denver. She is pursuing a BFA with an emphasis in illustration. In addition to Emmanuel Gallery, Madalyn currently illustrates for the CU-Sentry and does freelance illustration through the CU Student Agency.  As an artist and an Emmanuel Gallery staff member, Madalyn aspires to engage with the community in critical discussion and creative expression.  

Elle Cross

Elle is working to finish her undergraduate degree in Art History, Theory and Criticism at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has a passion for education and plans to pursue a doctoral degree to teach at the collegiate level. Elle's research interests include modern and contemporary art, feminist and queer theory, and cultural appropriation. Samples of her research can be found at Her anticipated graduation is in the spring of 2018.

Livy Snyder

Livy Snyder is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Denver majoring in an Interdisciplinary degree in Painting/Photography and Art History. She has recently been showing artwork in New Mexico and Denver as well as completing a Museology Internship at the MCA and at the Emmanuel Gallery.

Neftalí Pazo

Neftalí Pazo is an undergraduate at University of Colorado Denver with a concentration in Transmedia Sculpture.  He is planning to pursue his masters after graduation and become an art dealer.  As a practicing artist in different mediums, he worked with collectives like Ex-Manolo among others in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Three years ago he decided to come to Colorado to pursue his education in sculpture. He currently works on shows and commissions for collections.