An inside look at art, people and community.
March 18, 2019
Denver Civil Rights History
Denver is known as one of the most progressive cities in the US. Our reputation of being an accepting and accommodating community parallels our generally laid back way of life. This modern version of Denver however doesn’t reflect its blemished past in regards to civil rights.
March 11, 2019
Fun with Archives
Archives are utilized in a fresh and compelling way for Gravity of Perception.
November 30, 2018
Things To Love About First and Third Fridays on Santa Fe
First and Third Fridays are both very fun events with totally different vibes. To help you figure out what night suits you best, we have put together a highly scientific quiz that will answer the extremely important question: are you a First Friday person, or a Third Friday person?
November 29, 2018
Fall 2018 BFA Playlist
With a new CVA exhibition comes a new Spotify playlist! This month we asked the 20 artists to share songs that inspire their work.
November 28, 2018
Careers in the Arts
There are many creative paths to explore that are fulfilling and that will help you move from the “starving artist” category to the “thriving artist” one!
November 26, 2018
How to Hang Art Like a Pro
With this guide and a few common household tools, you can hang art work just like the pros.
October 26, 2018
Get Out and Vote!
As an art center, we're all about personal expression. Make your voice heard and vote! Not sure if you're registered or unfamiliar with the issues? Start here.
October 12, 2018
Around Town with sugar bound
After you see amazing art, you want to keep the vibes going. When I see something that is really inspiring, I’m always looking for more to keep that energy going and to share it with my friends. This week on the CVA blog, we’re featuring my favorite Denver food, drink and activity pairings to help you keep the feeling of sugar bound all day long.
October 3, 2018
sugar bound :: Sweet Reads Roundup
This week, we’re exploring sugar as a topic that can spark diverse conversations with a roundup of some of our favorite articles on, about or around sugar.
October 5, 2018
Travel inspired by sugar bound
Suchitra Mattai’s Sugar Bound, now on view at the CVA until November 3, is a visual unfolding of an artist’s experience living in many different places. Guyana, Mattai’s birthplace, may have a dark past of colonialism, slavery and indentured servitude, but today the country is known for its vibrant mix of cultures and lush, gorgeous natural scenery. In other words – it is definitely worth visiting!
September 28, 2018
sugar bound :: Gallery Guide
The work in Suchitra Mattai’s sugar bound explores a period in history and a region that many may not be familiar with. To help provide more context to the exhibition, we created this guide to give visitors more background on the themes found in the work. So, if you’re wondering about the significance of sugar or the preponderance of colonial furniture or jungle imagery in sugar bound, read on.
September 20, 2018
sugar bound + Indian Dance
When most westerns think of Indian dance, the first thing that comes to mind is probably Bollywood. The word Bollywood is a combination of the words Bombay (the Indian city now known as Mumbai) and Hollywood, and it is the largest film industry in the world. However, in the West, Bollywood film is more well known for its beautiful, colorful dancing. So, where does this dance style originate from?
September 13, 2018
A sugar bound inspired soundtrack
The diversity of the work inspired us at CVA to create a diverse Spotify music playlist to capture the many moods of sugar bound. The playlist, available on CVA’s Spotify page, is intended for listening before, during and after you experience sugar bound.
June 6, 2018
Recycling, Recreating, and Re-presenting
Jodi Stuart’s process for her installation Untitled (Exclusion)/System Virtue in the 965 Gallery show Reclamation embodies many of the elements that draw me to installation art: undiluted creativity inspired by a space, a transformation of everyday materials into fine art forms, and permission given by the artist to the viewer to move around the work.
May 31, 2018
Pink Progression Empowers Audiences & Artists
Danielle elaborates on the timeliness of the Pink Progression exhibition at CVA.
February 10, 2018
CVA Staff Favorite: Danielle
We asked CVA gallery assistant Danielle about her favorite work in Sangre Colorado.
February 10, 2018
CVA Staff Favorite: Taryn
We asked CVA gallery assistant Taryn about her favorite work in Sangre Colorado.
March 2, 2018
CVA Staff Favorite: Amber Micciche & Curtis Tucker
We asked CVA 965 Student-Curated Gallery curators Amber Micciche & Curtis Tucker about their exhibition Extra Credit.
March 5, 2018
Class Visit with Carlos Frésquez
Carlos Frésquez talking with MSU Denver students from the Painting and New Contexts class taught by Matt Jenkins.
October 2, 2017
Interview with Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd
The issues and policy around water can be very complex and hard to navigate. That is why CVA and the Denver Botanic Gardens worked together to reduce the barriers of entry into this conversation through Water Line: a creative exchange.
October 9, 2017
Interview with Tom Cech
One World One Water Center (OWOW) is a collaboration between MSU Denver and the Denver Botanic Gardens and strives to prepare an educated, empowered, solution-oriented Colorado citizenry to protect and preserve our precious water resources.
October 16, 2017
Interview with Stacy Chesney
Recently the Water Trailer parked in CVA’s lot to give art walk guests fresh, clean, cold drinking water from Denver Water. Guests learned about the source of Denver’s water in conjunction with Water Line: A Creative Exchange which examines the loaded issue of water, and promotes stewardship, advocacy and activism through the work of contemporary artists.
August 16, 2017
Cannupa Hanska Luger discusses Winter Count
During a past exhibition at CVA, Cross Currents, Cannupa met Merritt Johnson and Nicholas Galanin who are artists also working to change perceptions of contemporary indigenous art.
August 16, 2017
Cannupa Hanska Luger shares the work of Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson
Working together since 2014, Nicholas and Merritt have no conceptual or materialistic limitations to their collaborations and this is evident in the work exhibited in Water Line.
June 13, 2017
An overview: The different processes of printmaking
Printmaking can be difficult to comprehend. The processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, and screen printing are often combined to create original contemporary prints. This is why we sat down with Ashley Nason, a printmaker and a juror for the 528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition, to discuss the different processes and how printmakers utilize them to create original prints.
June 26, 2017
Printmaking: Screen Printing
Screen printing is one of the most versatile printmaking processes because anything flat can be printed on, and facilities are as complex as a commercial press with multiple screens or as simple as clamps mounted on a board. Conor Baldry is a recent MSU Denver graduate with a BFA in Printmaking who show us the basics of screen printing.
June 29, 2017
Intaglio printmaking is a complex printmaking process that involves etching, engraving, scraping, burnishing, and much more. MSU Denver BFA Printmaking graduate Peter Miller demonstrates these various techniques on a copper plate as they create an original print from their designs.
July 3, 2017
MSU Denver BFA Printmaking graduate Mandi Quinn enlarges the printmaking process of relief by carving narratives into blocks of MDF wood to create detailed original prints.
July 16, 2017
Taber Youmans, MSU Denver BFA in Printmaking, demonstrates the lithographic process.
July 12, 2017
Monotype is a painterly process that utilizes a printmaking press to create a unique image that can never be reproduced. It is this distinction of not having a reproducible matrix that makes monotype different from the four printmaking processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, and screen printing.
June 27, 2017
Award Winners Announced for 528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition
Awards for the 528.0 printmaking exhibition have been selected. These awards spotlight prints in the exhibition that used a variety of printmaking processes.
August 7, 2015
A New Fine Line: Contemporary Ink Painting from China
In this video artist Zhang Qing demonstrates traditional methods used in Chinese ink painting in a style known as gongbi. This realist technique uses highly detailed brushstrokes to depict figural or narrative subjects.
July 15, 2016
Colorado Women in Abstraction
The worldwide art community is examining the role of women in contemporary art and questioning the uneven representation in major exhibitions, publications and sales. Colorado Women in Abstraction focuses on the accomplishments of 32 women artists and their contributions to Colorado contemporary art and is presented in response to the Denver Art Museum exhibition, Women of Abstract Expressionism.