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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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August 27, 2015

A New Fine Line: Contemporary Ink Painting from China

Artist Reception, 6-8pm

Gongbi Demonstration, 5-6pm




September 16, 2015

Ian Boyden lecture, 5pm

Ian Boyden works across multiple media including painting, sculpture, artist's books, photography, site-specific installations, and land art. Consistent across his productions is an intense interest in material relevance, place-based thought, and ecology, with a deep awareness of East Asian aesthetics. He studied for several years in China and Japan, and ultimately received degrees in the History of Art from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and Yale University. His work is interdisciplinary, and he often collaborates with a variety of scientists, poets, composers, and other visual artists. Boyden's work has been described as simultaneously geological and lyrical, industrial and mystical, dreamlike and archetypal. His art often links the literary, material, and visual imaginations, paying keen attention to how his work can shape ecological awareness. Boyden makes his own paints and inks, often from unusual materials such as meteorites, shark teeth, freshwater pearls, and carbon sourced from the aftermath of forest fires. His work has been exhibited widely, including a recent solo exhibition at the I.M Pei designed Suzhou Museum. His books and paintings are found in many public collections including Reed College, Stanford University, the Portland Art Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.        


October 16, 2015

965 Gallery: Openly

Closing reception 6-8pm



October 21, 2015

Julie Poitras Santos lecture, 5pm

Julie Poitras Santos’ solo and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Reykjanesbaer Art Museum in Iceland and at the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona, Spain, among others. She has attended residencies and created performances and projects in the United States, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Iceland, including residencies at the European Ceramic Work Center, in 's-Hertogenbosch, NL (2005, 2008), Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain (2006) and NES Artists Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland (2009).

Poitras Santos has taught sculpture at Bowdoin College, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She lived in Barcelona, Spain for three years (2004-2007) and worked as the Artistic Director of the Art Residency program Can Serrat, in Montserrat National Park.

Poitras Santos holds two MFAs, one in Visual Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, 2000, and a second in Poetry from the Stonecoast Creative Writing program, 2013. She received a BS from Tufts University in 1990.

She currently teaches in the MFA Program at Maine College of Art, and lives in Portland, Maine.



December 18, 2015

Under the Guillotine: Political Satire of James Gillray and Contemporary Counterparts

Opening reception 7-8pm



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.




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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