Aesthetic Alchemy

Metropolitian State University of Denver | Department of Art

EXHIBITION 1 Dates :Nov. 19 – Dec. 2

EXHIBITION 2 Dates : Dec. 10 – Dec. 16

The graduating students from the Department of Art at Metropolitan State College of Denver are proud to present a collaborative creation, Aesthetic Alchemy. The BFA thesis exhibition will feature a vibrant and eclectic collection of artwork from the 33 graduating students in two installments. The artwork is the culmination of the student’s academic careers and will feature book arts, ceramics, drawing, installation, interactive, mixed media, metalsmithing, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video/digital art.

Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan

Exhibition Dates: September 9 – November 6, 2010.

Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan features 87 works by 25 exceptional women artists who reflect Japan’s rich and innovative ceramic culture.
For thousands of years, women have been highly active in the production of ceramics but their names have largely been unknown. Soaring Voices demonstrates the shift in Japanese society toward individual women artists becoming recognized in an artistic realm traditionally held by men.

The exhibition provides contemporary interpretations of a traditional art form through the work of women artists using a range of methods, materials and motifs, many inspired from the natural world. Other sources of inspiration pay tribute to Japan, such as Noh theater dance movements (a form of classic Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century) and kimono patterns of the Edo period (1603 to 1868).  Commentary on themes such as beauty defined and an exploration of East vs. West is threaded throughout the works.

Soaring Voices features pioneering ceramicists spanning generations, including members of the founding generation of Japanese female potters, such as Asuka Tsubio, Kiyoko Koyama and Takako Araki whose colorful works are innovative in form and concept. Other artists, including Eiko Kishi and Fuku Fukumoto, incorporate ancient literature and Noh traditions to create a context within their work of a deep connection with nature, a significant motif in the work of Japanese artists.


MERGE: Metro State Alumni Exhibition 2010 – The Anniversary Year

Exhibition Dates: July 16- August 28, 2010

MERGE was juried by Greg Watts, current Chair of the Metro State Department of Art and Barbara Houghton, Professor of Art at Northern Kentucky University and former Chair of the Metro State Department of Art. As the CVA celebrates its 20th Anniversary it is significant that these two jurors have joined forces. Barbara Houghton played a considerable role in the creation of the CVA 20 years ago and Greg Watts has helped develop the CVA into its role today as contributor to the Rocky Mountain art scene and most recently, as an important anchor for the Santa Fe arts district.

Highlighting some of the best talent to come out of the Metro State Art Department, MERGE features both emerging and well established artists, juried from a local and national basis.

Eligibility to participate in MERGE was open to artists who graduated from Metro State in 2009 or earlier. All work was completed within the last three years. Profiles of the artists will be posted to the CVA Facebook page every week for the duration of the exhibition.


Mix: CVA + The Arts District on Santa Fe

Exhibition Dates: June 3 – July 3, 2010

Celebrate 20 artful years of the Center for Visual Art in our new permanent home, and kick off Metro State’s 45th Anniversary with the CVA’s grand opening exhibition.

MIX will feature works from artists and galleries within the Arts District on Santa Fe and serve as a vibrant setting for events highlighting creative education and community partnerships.

BFA Thesis Exhibition, The Visual Suspects

Metropolitian State University of Denver | Department of Art

Exhibition 1 Dates: April 23 - 29, 2010

Exhibition 2 Dates: May 7 - 13, 2010 The Center for Visual Art is pleased to announce the BFA Thesis Exhibition, The Visual Suspects, with 46 emerging artists. The MSCD art faculty will jury the exhibition with honorable mention awards at the closing of the show.