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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



The Excavation Cycles

The MSU Denver dance program and Center for Visual Art present The Excavation Cycles on Friday, May 7 at 6:00pm. This interdisciplinary performance event is inspired by works and themes featured in the CVA’s current MSU Denver Student Exhibition. Students from the Dance and Interdisciplinary Performance course engage with this compelling exhibition through original dance works that take the audience on a journey of discovery through rhythmic cycles of excavation. The dancers unearth layers of buried terrain that have been lost or hidden and bring these to light through their performance.

Student visual artists and dance artists included in the exhibition and performance have had the opportunity to connect and are engaging in meaningful dialogue about their work and creative processes. Please join us for this unique event, which is part of an ongoing series of collaborations between the MSU Denver dance program and the Center for Visual Art.

The Excavation Cycles is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please register in advance to reserve a spot. Please be advised that all MSU Denver COVID-19 protocols will be followed at this event, including mask usage and social distancing.

Performers: Valeria Lupian-Saucedo, Katy Gallagher, Holly Schlotterback, Shawnee DeChristopher

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Opening Reception


CVA welcomes you to the opening reception of Reconnect: MSU Denver Alumni Exhibition. This exhibition juxtaposes emerging and established artists, whose academic foundations are rooted at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and whose diverse ideas and practices have charted ambitious trajectories and created dynamic experiences. Join us in celebrating these talented artists!

The reception will take place in two sessions; the first session will run from 6-6:50pm and the second session will run from 7-7:50pm. You must end your visit at the end of your session's time period. Visitors without a ticket will not be allowed entry.

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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. Fall 2020/Spring 2021's visiting artists, scholars and designers lectures will be held online. To virtually attend, please visit