Colorado State Monfort Professor-in-Residence Program Hosts Panel ‘Art Entrepreneurs: Advocacy for the Arts’ March 11

Colorado State University will host a Monfort Professor-in-Residence panel discussion on media and arts in the contemporary world at 3:30 p.m. March 11 at the University Center for the Arts in the University Theatre. The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception in the University Art Museum Lobby. The event is free and open to the campus community.

The panel is comprised of six Colorado State alumni who will discuss the way they used the worlds of business and creativity to flourish as accomplished artists and business people. The CSU campus communities will gain a deeper understanding of how artists engage their audience with imaginative elements while keeping their business ventures in mind.


David Goodman graduated from CSU in 1979 with a degree in music education. His career experience has stemmed from his time as a traveling musician, small business owner and Disneyland Resort executive. Goodman will share his work on various large-scale projects like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and McDonald’s 25th anniversary in Japan and how they gave him a unique perspective on ways the creative and business worlds blend.

Shelton Stanfill graduated from CSU with a degree in social science in 1965. He spent his career managing performing arts venues around the country. During the discussion, Stanfill will highlight his advocacy for diversity in the arts and how he used his influence in the musical and business worlds to spread this philosophical message.

Ron Miriello studied graphic design at Colorado State. His love for creativity and design led him to open his own business and become a founding member of the San Diego chapter of the American institute of Graphic Arts. Mirello will relate his company’s focus on brand expression and the current creative and business worlds.

Greg Kelly left CSU in 1999 with a degree in art. His love for the community budded in high school when he began to teach children programs at the St. Louis Art Museum. Kelly uses his artistic talents to market aspiring artists’ pieces through the non-profit world. He will discuss his personal belief that art is a tool for social change and personal development.

David Garel’s career at Sony Pictures has given him the gift of understanding the wants and needs of worldwide audiences. He will share the various pathways the film business has for creative minds.

Alison Baker graduated from CSU with degrees in marketing and arts history in 2002. She is putting those degrees to work as a development officer for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Baker has a unique perspective of how to market the arts to a broad audience and garner financial support through philanthropy.

The panel will highlight the contributors’ personal successes in the creative business world helping attendees identify new pathways for success in the professional world.

The Monfort Professor-in-Residence program, established in 2002, brings accomplished leaders from business, government, and the arts to campus to interact with students and enrich their learning experiences.