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Student center now features Fielder artwork

Driscoll University Center is displaying images from noted Colorado landscape photographer John Fielder. Photo: file

Works from famed Colorado photographer John Fielder grace the walls of the Driscoll University Center as part of a new art installation.

Nine large photographs of Colorado scenery have been purchased and installed in the Fireside Room, the hallway outside of the meeting rooms, Jazzman’s Café and the Campus Activities office. Larger banners with rotating images reflecting the season will hang over the entryway to Driscoll North.

The prints were purchased as part of an effort to give the center a more regional look.

“If you blindfolded someone and dropped them into campus, would they know that they are at DU?” says John Nichols, Driscoll Center director. “We wanted to put together a look that reflected our surroundings in Denver and in Colorado.”

Fielder—the father of a DU alumna, Kathryn Fielder (BSBA management ’09)—has spent the past 30 years hiking and skiing into Colorado’s backcountry to photograph remote areas many have never seen. He is the author of 38 books, including Colorado 1870–2000, a coffee table book of his repeat photographs of images first captured by 19th century photographer William Henry Jackson.

The John Fielder prints are posted in several places around the Driscoll University Center. Photo: file

The nine prints at DU were the first phase of Fielder’s initial $91,000 proposal. Nichols has committed to purchasing additional artwork for the 1880 Suite, 1864 Room and Commerce room. The prints in each room will have autumn, water and wildflower themes, respectively.

Nichols says the University will purchase additional prints as funds become available.

“We’re going to chip away at it and buy single prints over time,” Nichols says.

The University recently received a $5,000 donation from Rick and Gina Patterson, parents of senior communications major Anna Patterson, to add to the Fielder installation.

To make a donation, contact Nichols at or Laura Stevens, director of DU’s Parents Program, at

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