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Events at CVA


CVA offers artist talks, tours, lectures, workshops, classes and much more to foster a deeper understanding of the work we have on view. Most programs are free to attend and open to all. Subscribe to CVA Happenings, our monthly newsletter, to stay in the know about our latest offerings.



Upcoming Events

Sept. 21 + 22

Exterior brick facade of the Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver building.

Doors Open Denver at CVA

Join us for a peek into the rich Latinx culture of La Alma/Lincoln Park. CVA will host two free events: West Side Pop-up Poems with CO Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre and Adobe Village Construction where vistors will get a chance to learn about adobe architecture while getting their hands in the mud, building a mini adobe villiage under the guidance of MSU Denver art professors. LEARN MORE

September 25

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Culture Club

CVA's BYOB art making happy hour! Get to know fellow art lovers and explore a new technique every month in our studio. This month we're literally making magic – perhaps a wand, amulet or enchanted object – inspired by the Shattered Moon Alliance artist collective. 

FREE for CVA Members  |  $10 for nonmembers  |  GET TICKETS

October 4

Image of student dipping a paintbrush into a cup of paint.

First Fridays at CVA

CVA is open late til 8 pm for viewing and free, all ages art making in our studio during Denver's Art District on Santa Fe's First Friday Art Walk

October 10

Members of the Secret Love Collective dress in handmade, hand sewn, colorful and vibrant costumes exuberantly parading down the street.

Collect This! Secret Love Collective Game Show

Participants will collect seemingly random elements in order to make art. Puppets, costumes and artful chaos to ensue! GET TICKETS

October 19

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Collectivism Closing

Last chance to see Collectivism! Stop by CVA anytime before Saturday, 10/19 to catch this compelling exhibition before it closes. LEARN MORE




Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer Program


CVA is proud to be the venue for MSU Denver Art Department's Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer Program (VASD). The VASD program fosters participation and collaboration with both MSU Denver and the broader community. An integral part of MSU Denver's mission, the Visiting Artist, Designer & Scholar Program is an invaluable resource for students, faculty and the community.

All VASD lectures & talks are free and open to the public. Learn more about Fall 2019/Spring 2020's visiting artists, scholars and designers below.




Members of cyberfeminist artist collective, subRosa, performing in a gallery with colorful projects on the walls

Artist Talk  |  September 5  |  5pm

subRosa, exhibiting in Collectivism on view through October 19, is a cyber feminist art collective that explores and critiques the intersections of information and bio technologies on women’s bodies, lives, and work. Join artists and subRosa founders Faith Wilding and Hyla Willis in conversation to learn how they explore art, social activism and politics to critique the intersections of information and bio technologies on women's bodies, lives and work. This event is generously sponsored by the MSU Denver Office of Diversity and Inclusion

David Leftkowitz

Graphic painting of stylized, graphic roads upon a brushy, muted landscape

Artist Talk  |  October 2  |  5pm

David Leftkowitz is a visual artist who explores themes of experience and environment, often combining artistic traditions with consumer culture. His work explores the blurry boundaries between mediated and direct experience, often centered on perceived tensions between the human-built environment and the natural world and combing Western traditions of representational oil painting with the flotsam and jetsam of consumer culture to draw attention to the complex relationships between images and object, past and present, and nature and culture. 

Adé Hogue

Hand drawn typography reading

Lecture  |  February 5  |  5pm

Adé Hogue is an art director, designer and lettering artist specializing in hand-created type that blends the beautiful with the practical. He has worked with various agencies in Chicago for brands such as Nike, ALDI, Mercedes-Benz, Moen, Teavana and The Atlantic. Currently, he runs his own design studio and freelances for a range of clients while also teaching lettering and typography courses at DePaul University. 

Erin Peters

Lecture  |  March 18  |  5pm

Erin Peters is an egyptologist and curator who researches ancient polychromy and uses modern technology to simulate lost color with projected light. Peters is the Director of the Boyden Gallery and Fine Art Collection at St.Mary's College of Maryland. She spearheaded research on the Carnegie Boat, the museum's 4000 year old Eygyptian funerary boat and led planning for an updated display in the Walton Hall of Ancient Eygpy, fund by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This renovations unites the natural and the human histories of ancient Eygpt and will highlight Peter's search for the lost art of ancient polychromy – practice of decorating architectural elements, sculpture, etc., in a variety of colors – on the boat.