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2014 MSU Denver Richard T. Castro

Distinguished Visiting Professorship

David Avalos. Photo: Memo Cavada, Creative Images


September 15-16, 2014

Featuring David Avalos

   Puentes Sí, Paredes No: Building Bridges Not Walls


Renowned Chicano visual artist, writer and educator David Avalos’ practice reflects the experiences of people of Mexican ancestry within societies that foster inequity and exploitation, especially for undocumented immigrants. His work is deeply entwined with and influential in the emergence of Chicano/a politics, civil rights and culture, and both recognizes our capacity to dehumanize while reimagining our future. Avalos’ work is featured in permanent collections at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Avalos earned an MFA at UCSD and began teaching at California State University San Marcos in 1991. His teaching promotes the questioning of cultural perceptions, encourages alternative perspectives, and contextualizes art within discussions of race, gender and class.



Join us for the following community events:

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Opening Reception | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Center for Visual Art | 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Opening Ceremony  9:30 a.m.
"Azteca Spirit," performed by Arte Crisol, a dance troupe from Guadalajara, Mexico
St. Cajetan's Event Center, Auraria Campus

Keynote Address and Luncheon | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
In lak'ech: The Handwriting on the Wall
St. Cajetan’s Event Center, Auraria Campus

Panel Discussion • 5:30–7:30 p.m.
David Avalos, Arlette Lucero, Stevon Lucero, Rebecca Rozales and Leo Tanguma
Click here for panelists' biographies
Center for Visual Art | 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204


Visit the art exhibition

"In Lak'ech San Diego to Denver: You Are My Other Self"
August 15-October 4, 2014
An exhibition at the Center for Visual Art, curated by David Avalos and Cecily Cullen
965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204




All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Mercedes Salazar at 303-556-3124