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Female student drawingThe Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver is a vibrant, diverse environment full of options for students interested in pursuing a degree in a creative field. Whether you are interested in being a professional artist, designer, educator, or researcher, you will learn traditional methods of art production and research as well as innovative approaches to art and design. Students at MSU Denver respond critically to visual culture in a variety of contexts and work independently and collaboratively to develop thoughtful and reasoned outcomes. No matter what your ultimate career goals are, the degrees in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver offer you the flexibility of diverse options so you train to become an innovative creative professional. 

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Carlos Fresquez CVA show 

Sangre Colorado: Carlos Frésquez Mid-Career Survey

                                                          January 12 - March 24


CVA Curator honored

Cecily Cullen


Cecily Cullen, managing director and curator of MSU Denver’s Center for Visual Art (CVA), will receive the Leadership Arts Alumni Network: Cultural Leadership Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts in March.

The award recognizes graduates from the committee’s Leadership Arts program who have made an impact on arts and culture in Colorado.

“I’m really honored — they’re an organization I really admire and they do a lot of important work in the area,” Cullen said.

Leadership Arts is a nine-month program designed to train people to participate on the boards of arts organizations.

Cullen completed the program in 2011 to help develop the CVA’s advisory board.

“For me, it’s been a great learning ground to develop our board,” Cullen said. “Even though I went through as a student, I learned how to build a board form the other side. It’s a great resource.”

The strategy paid off. Five of the CVA’s current advisory board members participated in the Leadership Arts program.

Cullen will be honored at the committee’s annual awards luncheon on March 13 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Cullen was nominated for the award by Stephanie Grilli, vice chair of the CVA Advisory Board. 
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 Article by Nathan Solheim  First published by the The Early Bird on January 9, 2018

Art Educator of the Year

Rachael Delaney 








Rachael Delaney, Associate Professor - Art Education Coordinator, was honored at the 2017 Colorado Art Education Association fall conference as the Art Educator of the Year. Colleague Dale Zalmstra reflects, "I have known and at times worked with Rachel over a number of years. As an elementary art teacher, I have been the cooperating teacher for her student teachers. I know from the students what the priorities and focus are in their art education classes. I know the efforts Rachel has made to mentor and facilitate the growth of her students. I know she has a very high standards and high expectations for her students. She calls for their best in ways that both inspires and motivates them as they grow in understanding and confidence."

Read the article about Rachael Delaney from the 2017 CAEA Conference.


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Visiting Artist - The Yes Men

The Yes Men

The Yes Men  - April 26, 2018

The Yes Men will perform on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30pm. The performance is free and open to the public and will take place at the Center for Visual Art.

For more information about The Yes Men please visit our Visiting Artist Program page.

More information about the Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer program can be accessed on Facebook & Tumblr

Study Abroad: Spain
Spain - Summer 2018

Spain has long attracted artists, scholars, and romantics. Experience the world of Gaudi, Picasso, and Dali. Explore a medieval city, an active pilgrimage site, and a gothic cathedral. This program will consist of one week in Denver, over two weeks in Barcelona, and a weekend in Madrid.


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