‌CVA offers programming, events, lectures and much more to foster a deeper understanding of the art we have on view, encouraging a dialog about contemporary art between MSU Denver students, faculty and the greater Denver community. All programs are free and open to all, unless otherwise noted.


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Upcoming Events: 


Lorenzo Triburgo Event and Workshop banner image

Learn more about the work of Lorenzo Triburgo through discussion and activism.  |  REGISTER


Xaviera Simmons Event banner image 

Discover how Xaviera Simmons investigates present and future histories, experience and memory in her varied and distinguished art practice.  |  TICKETS

CVA Members & MSU Denver Art Students FREE   |   Nonmembers $10 


Graves and Murff Event banner image

Immerse yourself in the stories and histories that inform Kris Graves' and Zora Murff's photography work.  |   ATTEND


Gravity of Perception Closing Reception and Dance Performance banner image

Join us in celebration of this profound and moving exhibition.  |   RSVP




First and Third Fridays

CVA is open late from 6-8 pm every first and third Friday of the month. Families and groups can create their own art in the Young Artist Studio.



Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer Program

CVA is proud to be the venue for MSU Denver Art Department's Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer Program. 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.


Jennifer Schmidt 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 5:30 PM

Jennifer Schmidt is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, New York who works with print media, graphic design, and sound to create site-specific installations, video, and performances. Schmidt's work questions the role of visual iconography and repetitive actions within a given environment. Recent exhibitions include The Power Move Performance as part of Open Engagement, Queens Museum, New York; Biennial of Graphic Arts, International Center for Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia; and the International Print Center, New York. Schmidt received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently chair of the Print, Paper, and Graphic Arts Department as Tufts University in Boston.


Damián Sainz
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 5:30 PM


Damián Sainz lives and works as an independent filmmaker and afroqueer activist in Havana, Cuba. Sainz graduated from the University of Arts, Havana, Cuba with a degree in media Arts and from the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños with a degree in Documentary Direction. Sainz also studied at the Mel Oppenheim Film School in Montreal, Canada and at the Cinema Department at HEAD Genève, Switzerland. Sainz has worked as director, editor, and producer in documentary films and has collaborated with visual arts projects including Galeria Continua, the Ludwig Foundation, and his own curatorial project, Cineclub CUIR. His award winning short documentary films, focused on LGBTQ culture and Cuban youth, have been featured in several international film festivals and art exhibitions.   


Andrea Polli
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 5:30 PM

Andrea Polli is an environmental artist operating at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Her work often expresses data, obtained through collaborations with scientists, to raise awareness of environmental issues. Polli's work takes many forms, often as public artworks and geolocative media. Polli has authored two books, Far Field: Digital Media, Climate Change and the Poles and Hack the Grid, received grants from the NEA and the NSF Division of Chemistry, and participated in the Intel-supported ISEA 2012: Machine Wilderness Symposium, for which she served as the artistic director. Polli is a Professor of Art & Ecology, holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media, and directs the Social Media Workgroup at the Center for Advanced Research Computing at the University of New Mexico. She has served on the board for the American and World Forums for Acoustic Ecology.