Water Line: A Creative Exchange

August 4 - October 21, 2017


CVA will serve as a hub for an artist-led response to the water crisis. Water Line: A Creative Exchange examines the loaded issue of water, and promotes stewardship, advocacy and activism through the work of contemporary artists, and in direct conversation with students, policy analysts and scientists.

The exhibition will feature artists’ critical response to institutional and individual actions that contribute to the water crisis, as well as imaginative solutions, practical and not, for addressing the issue. The challenge presented to artists will be to engage audiences in multi-channel dialogue about water, with the intent to make visitors think differently about solutions to this problem that affects everyone, and requires the efforts of all.

Water Line: A Creative Exchange is organized by Metropolitan State University of Denver Center for Visual Art. Collaborators include One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship, and Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Anna McKee, Aurora Robson, Cannupa Hanska Luger, The Infamous Flapjack Affair and National Park Experience, Isabelle Hayeur, Matt Jenkins and Lynna Kaucheck (Food & Water Watch), Natascha Seideneck, Vibha Galhotra, Winter Count Collective (Cannupa Hanska Luger, Merritt Johnson, Nicholas Galanin, Ginger Dunnill and Dylan McLaughlin), Tomiko Jones and Jonathan Marquis, Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson


All CVA events free and open to the public. Partner events offer CVA Members a discount; see below for details.

Friday, Aug 4, 2017, 6-8pm
Opening reception during Art District on Santa Fe's First Friday and summer block party

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017, 6pm
Artist talk with Anna McKee & Jim White, CU Boulder professor of geological sciences and environmental studies

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017, 6pm
Art, Democracy and Water, artist talk with Matt Jenkins and Lynna Kaucheck of Food & Water Watch

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017, 6pm
Uncanny Territory, artist talk with Natascha Seideneck 

Partner events

Denver Botanic Gardens

Ebb & Flow: Water in the Semi-Arrid Desert
An events series through September
See list of events and register

**CVA Members receive Denver Botanic Gardens Member rate**
Select "Reciprocal Adult Member" at checkout 

In this 2017 series, Denver Botanic Gardens explores the importance of watert through the lens of art, conservation, home owndership and gardening. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography. A parallel series of initimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Learn more about the series and register at Denver Botanic Gardens.