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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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November 11, 2015

Laura Mongiovi lecture, 5pm

Laura Mongiovi serves as Associate Professor of Art and Design at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. She received a BFA from Florida State University and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mongiovi responds to historical stories associated with sensual desire. Her interests include cultural objects as well as spaces and how they inform past and future generations. Her artwork examines perception, specifically sight and touch associated with ritual. Additionally she blends personal experience with historic knowledge offering opportunity for discovery and contemplation.
Mongiovi exhibits her work nationally including solo exhibitions, juried and group shows. She teaches across the curriculum at Flagler College and presents her teaching pedagogy at national conferences.  As a guest artist at Arrowmont in Tennessee, she recently taught an art-making workshop entailing her methods and inventions involved in her textile work. 


November 12, 2015

965 Gallery ArtAbility opening reception, 5pm



November 13, 2015

Lisa M. Abendroth Lecture and Book Signing, 5pm

Lisa M. Abendroth, Professor MSU Denver in Communication Design, presents Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook. At this event the book will be available for a 20% discount off the suggested retial price. The lecture is free and open to the public. More information



November 20, 2015

BFA Thesis Exhibition II: Opening reception, 6pm



December 18, 2015

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

Opening reception 6-8pm



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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