The Center for Visual Art is honored to have the work of several internationally renowned artists and muralists grace our building. Murals are a wonderful way to bring contemporary art into the everyday and beautify urban spaces. Learn more about each artist, their techniques and the concepts explored in their work below.


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Bolt Down: our narrative of food insecurity

Medium: paper skin (felted mulberry fiber paper), thermo formed styrene, stain, acrylic varnish

Artist: Sammy Lee

Project assistant: MSU Denver student Gabriel Hutchings


This temporary mural focused on food insecurity is a visual representation of data from the Colorado Health Access Survey of 2021. The formed paper mural includes 100 paper bolts representing different race or ethnicity groups, or age groups, and how food insecurity impacts that community in Colorado. For example, within those that self-identify as being in the age group of 19-29, 14.5% experienced food insecurity last year. Food insecurity is defined on the survey as eating less than the survey respondent felt they should.


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