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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.


First Friday
The Traveling Print – Hands-on Printmaking Workshops

March 6, 6 - 8pm
Free and open to the public


Make Your Own Gelatin Plate Workshop with Emily Moyer

Gelatin Plate Printing is a non-toxic method of creating monotype style prints without a press. This technique does not require costly or heavy equipment, and can easily be practiced at home by artists of all ages and skill levels. Gelatin plates may be used repeatedly for many prints. This workshop will show you how to successfully make your own gelatin plate out of items that can be purchased at a grocery store, and how to maintain your gelatin plate for a long life.
Saturday, March 7, 12 - 2:00pm
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Print with Your Own Gelatin Plate Workshop with Emily Moyer

Monotype printing is a painterly style of printing that makes a single, unique impression. Gelatin Plate Printing is a monotype technique that relies heavily on stencils and layering to create colorful, one of a kind prints. This workshop will explore a variety of techniques for successful gelatin plate printing. Troubleshooting tips, ink questions, and paper choices will be covered. Participants will have the opportunity to test new skills and take their creations home.
Saturday, March 7, 3 - 5:00pm
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Intro to Screen Print with Jade Hoyer

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of screen-printing on paper. All materials for sample making and learning the technique are included. This is a short in-depth class focused on techniques and projects that you can easily continue exploring on your own. All abilities welcome; no prior printmaking experience necessary. All materials will be provided, just bring yourself and your ideas!

Thursday, March 12, 5 - 7:00pm
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Just Below the Surface: Intro to One Color Linoleum Prints with Javier Flores

Have you ever wanted to learn relief printmaking? This is a great opportunity to spend four hours gathering information and then applying it to a small print edition using linoleum carved pieces to do so. In this workshop, you will learn how to translate a 8”x10” drawing into a fully realized print. This technique is akin to creating a large stamp. All abilities welcome; no prior printmaking experience necessary. All materials will be provided, just bring yourself and your ideas!

Saturday, March 14, 11am - 3:00pm

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Paste and Print: Collagraphs with Virginia Diaz Saiki

Collagraph is a printmaking technique in which we use collage to build a printable surface. In this workshop we will create fun printing plates using found materials, household items, and a bit of invention, to produce sophisticated fine art prints.
Saturday, March 14, 1 - 5:00pm
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Third Friday Art Walk and Demos

Letterpress Depot and MSU Denver Student Printmaking Demos
Friday, March 20, 6 - 8:00pm
Free and open to the public


Culture Club – Print Exchange

Friday, March 20, 6 - 8:00pm
Registration coming soon!


Small Press Fest

Saturday, March 21, 11am - 4:00pm
Free and open to the public



Upcoming Events


Reconnect: MSU Denver Alumni Exhibition Call for Entry

Reconect: MSU Dever Alumni Exhibition 

Calling all roadrunners – every five years CVA holds a juried alumni exhibition celebrating the incredible work of talented MSU Denver alumni near and far and we want to include YOU! This call is open to all MSU Denver alumni who have graduated by May 2019 or earlier in any degree program. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2020.


MARCH 6 - 21

In Process: Printmaking Studio and Exhibition

Join us for three weeks of workshops, demonstrations and tours, along with an exhibition of "In Process."

The exhibition will provide a visual story of printmaking processes.

Click here for more information and to register for workshops.




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.



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. 

This event will be held on campus in the Tivoli Building, Room 444

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.