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.

Closing Reception

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July 19, 5-6:30pm

Join CVA for a celebration of the Collective Nouns and Art Unbound exhibitions as we bring them to a close.

Exhibition Openings

Sage Wisdom

Corey Pemberton: Piece by Piece and Crafting the Future: Layers

August 1, 2024
CVA Member Preview: 5:30pm
Public Reception: 6-8pm


Join CVA for the opening of two new exhibitions in the main gallery Corey Pemberton: Piece by Piece, and Crafting the Future: Layers, plus Cultivating Threads of Memory in the 965 Project Gallery.

Artists from the exhibitions will be in attendance.

Learn More About the Exhibitions

Glassblowing Demo + Party


August 3, 2024

Join CVA for an unforgettable evening with multi-media artist Corey Pemberton. Renowned for his blown glass sculptures, and a guest judge for the Netflix series Blown Away, Corey Pemberton will showcase his mesmerizing glassblowing skills in an exclusive demonstration, celebrating the opening of his solo-exhibition at CVA.

Watch as Corey transforms molten glass while sharing insights into his process in this rare opportunity to witness the magic of glassblowing up close and personal. Mingle with Corey and fellow art enthusiasts while savoring delicious bites and refreshing drinks. Whether you’re a seasoned art aficionado or simply curious about the art of glassblowing, this event promises to be a feast for the senses.

A portion of each ticket fee will go toward funding a glassblowing workshop led by Corey for teens from marginalized communities.

Date: August 3
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Flux Glass Studio, Denver
Tickets: General Admission – $85

              CVA Member – $75
              Buy 4 or more – $75 each


Culture Club


September 18, 6-8pm

October 16, 6-8pm

Culture Club is CVA’s art-centered happy hour. Mingle with fellow art lovers, meet up with friends (or make new ones) and try out a new artmaking technique. We supply the space, snacks and supplies, all you need to bring are your ideas. All levels of experience are welcome!

Culture Club attendees are welcome to show up early to check out the exhibitions on view in the galleries. If you’ve been looking to take an art workshop, find new inspiration or connect with creative people, Culture Club is for you!

Purchase Tickets for September 18

Purchase Tickets for October 16

Glassblowing Intensive Class

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October 18, 19, 20, 2024

Join CVA for a three-day intensive glassblowing workshop led by Corey Pemberton. Renowned for his blown glass sculptures, and a guest judge for the Netflix series Blown Away, Pemberton will lead workshop participants through the basic techniques of glass blowing. The workshop will take place at Flux Studio in Denver.

Registration link and more details coming soon.


First Friday Art Walk

Summer 2022 First Friday Faces

Art District on Santa Fe First Friday Art Walk
First Friday of every month, 6-8pm

The First Friday Art Walks are the signature event of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. All year round, rain or shine, the District comes alive on the first Friday of each month as thousands of visitors descend upon Santa Fe Drive to view art from hundreds of artists in galleries, studios, co-ops, upstairs, downstairs, in alleys, on the street—everywhere!

On First Fridays, CVA always has something fun happening, whether it’s vendors and cultural partners in the parking lot, fantastic exhibitions in the galleries, or art-making activities in the classroom, there’s something for everyone!


Visiting Artist, Scholar, Designer Lecture

Next Date TBA for Fall 2024


The Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer Program fosters participation and collaboration with both the institution and the MSU Denver community. An integral part of MSU Denver Art’s mission, the Visiting Artist, Designer & Scholar Program is an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and the community. The program is an interdisciplinary and culturally inclusive initiative, bringing nationally and internationally renowned artists, designers, and scholars to engage with the Department of Art. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place at the Center for Visual Art