‌CVA offers programming, events, lectures and much more to foster a deeper understanding of the art we have on view, encouraging a dialog about contemporary art between MSU Denver students, faculty, and the greater Denver community. All programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

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Pink Progression

Pink Progression is an exhibition addressing concepts of human rights, gender, sexual identity, feminism and inclusivity. Pink Progression is a series of exhibitions commemorating and celebrating the solidarity established during the women’s marches in 2017 and 2018. During the marches, pink created a strong visual statement representing unity and empowerment. For the CVA exhibition, over fifty local artists incorporate or respond to this hue as they explore how social interactions are affected by gender and identity expression.


Opening Reception

Thursday, May 31  •  6-8pm 


Artist Panel 

Friday, June 22  •  5:30pm


Make-a-Recycled-Sketchbook Workshop with Jennifer Ghormley

Saturday, June 30, 1-3pm

Using scrap materials collected from other workshops and printing projects, students will learn the process to create one-of-a-kind books that have a variety of uses. We will turn ‘oops’ prints and found papers into the book covers, up-cycled newsprint becomes the interior pages. Next the books are bound together on the sewing machine. Then participants may decorate or embellish as desired. We will focus on embracing the pink color theme, as it relates to the Pink Progression exhibition. Instructor will provide all basic materials. Participants are welcome to bring scraps and materials as well, including fabric. ALL skill levels welcome, ALL ages welcome.


First Friday Summer Party 

Friday, August 3, 6-9pm

Live music, food trucks, and performance.


Re-Thinking the Pinking Workshop with Steven Frost and Frankie Toan 

Saturday, August 4, 12-3pm

This hands-on workshop and discussion will address the symbolism of the pussy hat and generate new concepts for more inclusive symbolism. Artists Frankie Toan and Steven Frost will encourage an open dialogue around who the pussy hat represents/excludes, and how we should consider more inclusive symbolism in activism. Participants will have an opportunity to share their thoughts. The workshop will challenge participants to design/create alternative hats that reflect each participant’s own voice in contemporary feminist activism. This workshop is intended for ages 17+


Poetry Reading and Closing Reception

Saturday, August 18, 1-4pm


First and Third Fridays


Open late for viewing and art making


All events are free and open to all.

Visiting Artists, Scholars & Designers

MSU Denver Art Department's Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer Program fosters participation and collaboration with both the institution and the Metro community. An integral part of MSU Denver's mission, the Visiting Artist, Designer & Scholar Program is an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and the community.

The Yes Men

Thursday, April 26 • 6:30pm

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are co-founders of the Yes Men. They have been doing "identity correction" or "laughtivism" for nearly two decades. By impersonating leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else, the Yes Men publicly humiliate them and expose their criminal practices. They have made three award-winning feature films about their actions.