‌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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Sangre Colorado: Carlos Frésquez Mid-Career Survey

An exhibition that features work spanning forty years of the influential and prolific career of Denver’s own Carlos Frésquez. 


Opening Reception

Friday, January 12  •  6-8pm 


Carlos Frésquez Artist Talk  

Wednesday, March 7  •  5:30pm


Closing Reception and Poetry Reading

Saturday, March 24  •  4-6pm
Join Carlos in a ceremonial repainting of the walls, erasing the temporary murals while reflecting on their content.


First and Third Fridays

Open late for viewing and art making. 


Young Artist Studio: Mural Painting

Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 9-March 22, 3:30-5:30pm
Free and open workshops for aged 11-21


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.

Kate Thomas

Wednesday, February 7 • 5:30pm

Kate Thomas is a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her doctoral research focuses on a site-specific practice for teachers living through the effects of neoliberalism. She has worked with arts educators in Chicago for over 17 years integrating the arts across the curriculum. She and her colleagues wrote the Every Art, Every Child Curriculum that has been used in classrooms and teacher preparation programs for K-8th grade educators. Her artwork uses puppetry, performance and cantastoria, a form of recitation that visually tells story through performance, image, text, and song. She worked at Redmoon Theater, leading a visual arts and performance program for middle school girls to use stilt walking, puppetry, mentorships, and leadership for empowerment. She has also taught art education courses at the University of British Columbia, Northeastern Illinois University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Yes Men

Thursday, April 26 • 5pm

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.