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David Avalos named Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: September 4, 2014

DENVER– David Avalos, visual artist, writer and educator, has been named Metropolitan State University of Denver’s 2014 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor.  

The professorship, which will be celebrated Sept. 15 – 16, continues a 17-year history of bringing renowned Latino and Latina scholars, artists and community leaders to the University. Avalos exposes cultural, political and economic injustices, especially for undocumented immigrants, through his work.

“Avalos’ work asks the questions, ‘What is a border? What is a barrier?’ and grapples with the issues of immigration and marginalization,” said Adriann Wycoff, associate professor of Chicana/o Studies and chair of the Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship Committee. “Those topics felt very timely for the MSU Denver community, and for our nation."

Avalos’ collections are permanently showcased at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Center for the Study of Political Graphics and El Museo del Barrio. His essays will be published in 2015 as part of Born of Resistance: Cara a Cara Encounters with Chicana/o Visual Culture (University of Arizona Press) and Chicana/o Art: A Critical Anthology (Duke University Press). His interviews, essays and artwork can be found in the Archives of American Art; Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art; and California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA), UC Santa Barbara.

Avalos’ work complements the Castro Professorship mission by challenging cultural perceptions and encouraging alternative perspectives and contextualizes art within discussions of race, gender and class. Founded in 1997 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at the University, the professorship honors civil rights activist and MSU Denver graduate and instructor Richard T. Castro, who served five terms in Colorado’s House of Representatives. For more information on Castro’s legacy and Avalos, visit

Free community events open to the public include:  

Mon., Sept. 15

Welcome Reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

MSU Denver Center for Visual Art

965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204


Tue., Sept. 16

Opening Ceremony 9:30 a.m.

"Azteca Spirit," performed by Arte Crisol, a dance troupe from Guadalajara, Mexico
St. Cajetan's Event Center, Auraria Campus


Luncheon and Keynote Address 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In lak'ech: The Handwriting on the Wall

St. Cajetan’s Event Center, Auraria Campus 


Panel Discussion 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Panelists: David Avalos, Arlette Lucero, Stevon Lucero, Rebecca Rozales and Leo Tanguma

MSU Denver Center for Visual Art

965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204


Seating is limited. For more information and to RSVP visit or contact Mercedes Salazar at 303-556-3124 or




About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has more than 22,000 students and offers 55 majors, plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.

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