Jasmine Abena Colgan is a proud Colorado Native with a Ghanaian and Irish heritage. She is fortunate enough to have a loving and supporting family, beginning in the core and wrapping around the globe.  Much of her work is influenced by difficulties and challenges in life, she encourages the importance in over coming obstacles with a positive perspective. 

Funny thing is... It all started with a spot.



M.F.A., Fine Arts, IMAP, University of Colorado Boulder, 2017-Present

B.F.A., Fine Arts, Photography, University of Colorado Denver, 2013


Born to Rise, Tough Skin, Montreal, Canada, April 2018

Art of Possibilities Art Show, Tough Skin, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2018

Women in Art Adventure, Installation Artist, Tough Skin, TEDxMileHigh, Denver, Colorado, November 2017

UCD BFA Thesis Exhibition, Modern Gladiators, RedLine, Denver, Colorado, 2013

Salon des Refuse, Denver, Colorado, 2013

One Square Foot, RedLine Denver, Colorado, 2012

Western Cast Iron Art Conference Exhibition, Edge Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 2012

Arts Related Experience

Women in Art Adventure, Installation Artist, TEDxMileHigh, November 2017

Spokeswoman for Tough Skin, Pomona High School, May 2017

Spokeswoman for Tough Skin, Sky Line Vista Elementary, March 2017

Spokeswoman for Tough Skin, University of Colorado in Denver, February 2017

Tough Skin, Vitiligo Documentation Project, 2012- Present

Ignite Artist Fair, 2015

Music + Art = Miracles Charity Event, 2014

Member, Photography Club, University of Colorado Denver, 2012-2013

Western Cast Iron Art Conference, Hayes, Kansas, 2012

Freelance Photography, Denver, Colorado, 2009- Present


'Tough Skin' project sharing life with vitiligo through photos, 9News, October 2017

'The Skin Disorder Vitiligo Is Changing,' Colorado Public Radio, September 2017

'We are ALL Beautiful', Daily Mail UK, August 2017

‘YOU GOTTA HAVE TOUGH SKIN’! , Storytrender, Carter News Agency, July 2017

'Photographer Travels the Country Taking Portraits of Others with Vitiligo', People Magazine, July 2017

Blog Publication for World Vitiligo Day, UpWorthy, June 2016


'Face of Vitiligo' Certificate of Recognition -Tough Skin

      World Vitiligo Day - Detroit, Michigan, June 2017 (Hosted by VSTRONG)