‌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.


Party in the Lot 

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.

Joo Yeon Woo, Professor, University of South Florida 

Wednesday, September 12 • 5:30-7:00 pm

Joo Yeon Woo has been drawn to the theme of cultural displacement and identity, and to social, psychological, and cross-cultural studies that are heavily influenced by immigrant experiences and by the interaction between people and place. She has exhibited works nationally and internationally at institutions including the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, the Korean Cultural Center in NYC, the Sejong Art Museum in Korea, the Vargas Museum at the University of the Philippines, the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Palestine, the Center for Global Justice in Mexico, and the University of the Andes in Colombia. She has participated in international artist-in-residence programs, including Ami Art Museum in Korea, the VCCA in Virginia, the Red Gate Residency in Beijing, and the Contemporary Yunnan in China. Woo also received the AHL Contemporary Art Award in NYC, the Korean National Art Festival Award at the National Museum of Contemporary Art and was selected for the Korea Young Artists Biennale. Woo received a BFA from Kyungpook National University in Korea, a MFA from Hongik University in Korea, and a MFA from the Pennsylvania State University.

Damian Sainz, Filmmaker

Wednesday, October 3 • 5:30-7:00 pm

Damián Sainz graduated from the University of Arts, Havana, Cuba with a degree in media arts and from the EICTV (International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños) with a degree in documentary direction. Sainz also studied at the Mel Oppenheim Film School in Montreal, Canada and at the Cinema Department at HEAD Genève, Switzerland. Sainz has worked as director, editor and producer in documentary films in Cuba, Canada, Switzerland and Spain and has collaborated with visual arts projects like Galeria Continua, Inventario at the Ludwig Foundation and online project Docuselfie. His short documentary films, focused on LGBTQ culture in the island and Cuban youth, have been selected and awarded in several international film festivals like Havana Film Festival, Fribourg in Switzerland, FICUNAM in Mexico, DocumentaMadrid in Spain and FICU in Uruguay. Sainz teaches documentary cinema at the EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños, The Ludwig Foundation in Cuba and at the Cinema Program of Altos de Chavón in Dominican Republic. He lives and works as an independent filmmaker in Havana, Cuba.