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CVA offers programming, events, lectures and much more to foster a deeper understanding of the art we have on view, encouraging a dialog about contemporary art between MSU Denver students, faculty, and the greater Denver community. All programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

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February 5, 2016

965 Gallery: Groundwork pop-up shop, 6-8pm



February 10, 2016

Cacophony Society Lecture and Book Signing, 5pm



February 19, 2016

965 Gallery Groundwork Artist Talk and Performance, 6pm

Frank Kwiatkowski and Peter M. Bergman discuss alternative printmaking techniques and zines
Reading of “A City of Whiskey and Fire” by Dan Landes and performance by band DBUK



March 2, 2016

Panel discussion with Pulitzer Prize-Winning cartoonists Jim Borgman, Mike Keefe, and Signe Wilkinson with moderator Professor Arthur N. Gilbert, 6pm

Jim Borgman: Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Borgman is among the most respected cartoonists in America. Borgman was born Feb. 24, 1954, in Cincinnati. He graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was known to the community for his tenure as staff artist and editorial cartoonist for the Kenyon Collegian from 1974 to 1976. On the basis of his college cartoons, The Cincinnati Enquirer hired him in 1976 to begin work immediately following his graduation. In 1980, he joined King Features Syndicate as an editorial cartoonist. He created Zits, his first comic strip, in collaboration with cartoonist Jerry Scott, who also scripts Baby Blues. Zits debuted in July 1997 in more than 200 newspapers — one of the strongest comic-strip introductions in years. King Features now distributes Zits to more than 1,600 newspapers. In addition to Borgman’s numerous awards for editorial cartooning, Zits brought Jim recognition in cartooning when he and Jerry Scott shared the National Cartoonists Society’s top prize in the Newspaper Comic Strip category two years running in 1998 and 1999; the German Cartoonists Association’s Max and Moritz medal for Best International Comic Strip in 2000, and the Adamson Statuette, the Swedish Academy of Comic Art’s 40th International Prize for “Best International Comic-Strip Cartoonist” in 2005. Borgman has five books to his credit — four political-cartoon anthologies and The Mood of America, which features his drawings and text by James F. McCarty, detailing a cross-country trip the two took for the Enquirer prior to the Statue of Liberty centennial in 1986. Borgman won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in journalism for editorial cartooning.

Mike Keefe: Mike Keefe was the editorial cartoonist for The Denver Post from1975 through 2011. HIs work is still available through syndication. His cartoons have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Business Week, US News and World Report, The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post; and in over 500 newspapers across the country. He won top awards in The Fischetti editorial cartoon competition (1991, 2001,2007,2011), the National Headliners Club (1986), the Society of Professional Journalists (1986) and National Press Association's Berryman Award (2010).  He was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and is past President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He was a juror for the 1997 and 1998 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism. He won the Pulitzer himself in 2011. Keefe has numerous animation credits.  His "Talking Heads" animated caricatures were a weekly feature of “InToon with the News” on America Online for a number of years.  His animated editorial cartoons were syndicated nationally by Newsweek Broadcasting's Cartoon-a-Torial and were a part of dePIXion studios' Penpoint package.  His film, “A.M” was a part of the International Animation Festival in Denver.  "The Life and Times of Ralph and Louie," produced by dePIXion studios and animated by Keefe, was a bimonthly feature of Launch, a CD-ROM Magazine. Keefe is the author of Running Awry, McGraw Hill 1979; Keefe-Kebab, The Denver Post Corporation, 1984; and The 10 Speed Commandments, Doubleday, 1987. He was co-creator with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Tim Menees, of the comic strips Cooper and Iota.

Signe Wilkinson: Signe Wilkinson is an editorial cartoonist best known for her work at the Philadelphia Daily News.
Wilkinson is the first female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning (1992) and was once named "the Pennsylvania state vegetable substitute" by the former speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She served as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists from 1994-1995. In 2007, Wilkinson began a syndicated daily comic strip, Family Tree, for United Media. She decided to end the strip in August 2011, with the last strip appearing on August 27. In 2011, Wilkinson received a Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art & Design. In addition to her daily editorial cartoon, she has drawn for MS. Magazine, Working Woman, Organic Gardening and a variety of other publications including the Friends Journal and the University Barge Club newsletter. Wilkinson was the 1994-95 president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. She has two cartoon collections, "Abortion Cartoons on Demand", 1992, and "One Nation, Under Surveillance", 2005. Some of her cartoons were included in "Sex and Sensibilities", 2008, and in two gardening books "You Bet Your Tomatoes" and "Mike McGrath's Book of Compost".

Professor Arthur N. Gilbert: Arthur N. Gilbert has been an Associate Professor in cultural and historical perspectives on international politics at the University of Denver since 1969. He has an extensive collection of original James Gillray etchings and has loaned over sixty-five to the CVA for the exhibition Under the Guillotine: James Gillray and Contemporary Counterparts.



March 16, 2016

Deb Sokolow lecture, 5pm

Deb Sokolow is a Chicago-based artist whose text-driven drawings combine research, fiction and humor to speculate on topics concerning politics, conspiracy theory and human nature. Recent exhibitions include the 4th Athens Biennale in Greece, The Drawing Center in New York City, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen in Germany and The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Sokolow’s 2013 solo exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Some Concerns About the Candidate, was reviewed in the New York Times. Her work has been reproduced for Creative Time’s Comics project, for Swedish magazine, Paletten, and in Vitamin D2, a survey on contemporary drawing. She is a recipient of the 2012 Artadia award and residencies at Art Omi and Nordic Artists’ Centre in Norway. Sokolow received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and is a lecturer in the Department of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University.


March 18, 2016

Dr. Sketchy's event (details forthcoming), 5pm



April 20, 2016

Joanne Pillsbury lecture, 5pm

Joanne Pillsbury is the Andrall E. Pearson Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. A specialist in the art and archaeology of the ancient Americas, she holds a Ph.D. in art history and archaeology from Columbia University. Previously associate director of the Getty Research Institute, and prior to that, director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, she has also taught at the University of Maryland and the University of East Anglia. She was the editor or co-editor of numerous volumes, including the three-volume Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530-1900 (2008); Moche Art and Archaeology in Ancient Peru (2001); and Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks (2012), recipient of the College Art Association’s Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award. Her 2012 volume, Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration and the Ancient Americas, was honoured with the Association for Latin American Art Book Award. Her recent articles have addressed markets and redistribution in the pre-Hispanic Andes, the history of archaeology and collecting, and architectural sculpture at Chan Chan, Peru.



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