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We are very proud to share that Communication Design major, Kandice Cleveland, recently had her review of the Francesca Woodman exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art published in the international online contemporary art magazine, This is Tomorrow.

Cleveland, who was enrolled in ARTH 4480 Art Theory and Criticism over the summer, 2019, was mentored by her Theory and Criticism instructor, Rosanna Van Mierlo, who has an extensive background in contemporary art criticism. Van Mierlo put Cleveland in touch with an editor she knew at This is Tomorrow, who was looking to generate a stronger critical culture in Denver, particularly among emerging professionals.

Asked why she took on this extra-curricular opportunity, Kandice said “I always enjoyed writing, so I was on the lookout for opportunities to do both design and writing. After graduation, I would really like to combine both writing and Communication Design, so perhaps I will publish children’s books or short stories.” We think Kandice’s future looks bright since she’s combining her creativity and critical skills in ways that make her well-positioned to meet any challenge she sets for herself. Congratulations, Kandice! Read her review here.



Otten Johnson teams with MSU CVA to offer a holiday design competitionCongratulations to Communication Design major, Chandler Dolan, who won a major award for her design, Delight!

Otten Johnson, in partnership with the Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver, announced a call for entry for original art that reflects the holiday season in Denver, open to current students of MSU Denver. Five works were selected for exhibition at Otten Johnson’s Holiday Celebration in November where Chandler's work was voted for inclusion in Otten Johnson’s seasonal ecard, and she was awarded a $2,500 cash prize.

For the past 5 years, Otten Johnson has partnered with artists and designers creating opportunities to showcase their talent to the firm’s stakeholders and community. Each holiday season, they work with artists to develop a creative, fun digital e-card featuring work that celebrates the holiday season and our unique and vibrant Denver community. Reveal Chandler’s winning design here.


NOVEMBER 1 - 30, 2019

The Fall 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition is a culmination of MSU Denver studio art and communication design students’ education as artists and designers. MSU Denver BFA Thesis exhibitions are held bi-annually at the Center for Visual Art. These dynamic exhibitions offer a chance to see some of MSU Denver's best and brightest emerging art and design talent.

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