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Center for Visual Art Presents
Reconnect: MSU Denver Alumni Exhibition
DENVER, COLORADO – A juried exhibition of artwork by graduates of MSU Denver, Reconnect celebrates a multi-generational selection of alumni whose work ranges across painting, printmaking, photography, metalsmithing, sculpture, ceramics, and multi-media installations. 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. In this exhibition, CVA honors the artistic work and careers of MSU Denver alumni and creates an inspirational connection between generations of MSU Denver alumni and current students.
Reconnect opens May 21 and continues through July 17, 2021. Reconnect was juried by Carlos Fresquez, Zoe Larkins, and Natascha Seideneck and organized by the Center for Visual Art.
Reconnect Juror Statements
I typically begin my selection process with an initial response to originality in visual expression combined with a strong concept and skillful use of medium, color, and composition. I was impressed by the works with high aesthetic quality and in-depth content. Some works, having thought-provoking conceptual orientations, inspire more critical thinking. Ultimately, when reviewing the submitted works, my main criteria was, does the work make me feel something? - Carlos Frésquez
It is great to see the caliber and diversity of work being made in Denver and, in particular, by artists trained in Denver. I believe that great educational institutions are the most essential element of a dynamic art scene. Denver is lucky to have several, among them MSU Denver. It speaks to the quality of the art programs there and to CVA's role in the community that so many talented artists submitted work to this year's alumni show. - Zoe Larkins
As alumni and now faculty at MSU Denver, it was particularly exciting to review the numerous submissions reflecting many mediums and styles and representative of generations of MSU Denver students. Judging art is hard. Art is subjective as we have our own perspectives and experiences that we apply to determining what we like. I can appreciate aspects of art on a purely aesthetic level; however, I consider art to be more powerful when there is intention. As I was selecting artwork for this exhibition, I focused on content combined with strong technical skill and personal style. - Natascha Seideneck
Artists in the Exhibition
Deidre Adams, Janelle W. Anderson, Zach Armijo, Ariella Asher, Conor Baldry, Phillip Bernal, Troy Bunch, Jessica Carey, Mary Cay, Evan Colbert, Benjamin Coleman, Daisy Corso, Christine Dawson, Leah Diament, Valerie R. Dillon, Chapin Dimond, Heather Doyle-Maier, Jenifer Erickson, Lindsey Scot Ernst, Javier Flores, Virginia Folkestad, Michelle Franco, Ashley Frazier, Mark Friday, Daniela Garza, Jennifer Ghormley, Jason Lee Gimbel, Anna Goss, Kathleen J. Graves, Erica Green, Jeane Michelle Warner Green, Charlene Harlow, Xander Hirsch, Katie Hoffman, Ram Jillo, Niza Knoll, Melissa Laugen, Josiah Lee Lopez, Skyler McGee, Tommy McLaughlin, Erin Mulrooney, Keith Oelschlager, Joshua Pass, Meghan Pohlod, Melissa Renaud, Brian Rendon, Dave Seiler, Bill Starke, Peter Stevinson, Lucas Thomas, Mario Zoots.
There will be a ticketed opening reception on Friday, May 21 from 6-8pm. Tickets must be reserved in order to attend.
Also Opening in the 965 Project Gallery
965 Project Gallery presents LINKED (Living In New Kindred) featuring works through which the artists reconnect with their parents’, grandparents’, and their own stories of transitioning from the places they were to where they are now. These works speak personally to the journeys taken to the United States where the artists became bridges between their family’s experiences and their own. Each work illustrates how the artists are combining their origins with their present to form a new culture unique to themselves.
Artists in the exhibition: Lizeth Hernandez, Gabriel Hutchings, Cindy Loya, Abraham Mejia, and Sheila Mungai. Curated by MSU Denver students Lizeth Hernandez and Shari Myers.
The 965 Project Gallery is a student-led space that provides premiere professional development opportunities to students interested in fine art curation and arts administration.