‌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 all, unless otherwise noted.


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Upcoming Events:


In the Margins: Dance Performance and Artist Talk


Join us for In The Margins, a celebratory exploration of the complex culture of the Indo-Caribbean diaspora led by sugar bound artist Suchitra Mattai and her sister, Sumitra Mattai. Whether you chose to engage with sugar bound through dance, discussion or both, each participant will come away with a much deeper understanding of the work on view (and maybe some impressive new dance moves too).

Feel free to stop by anytime to enjoy one or all of the following components of this unique event:

4:30 pm :: Indian Dance Workshop with Sumitra Mattai
Participants will get an overview of the different styles of Indian classical dance and their distinguishing features and histories. All ages and abilities welcome! Active and/or dance attire is not required but come dressed ready to move.

6:00 pm :: Semi-classical/Bollywood style dance performance by Sumitra Mattai

6:15 pm :: Artist talk with Suchitra Mattai, Sumitra Mattai and Jacqueline A. McLeod
Learn more about the work in sugar bound and the Mattai’s fascinating family history during this unique artist talk. The discussion will be moderated by Jacqueline A. McLeod, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of History & Africana Studies, MSU Denver, who will provide additional perspective and expertise in Anglo-Caribbean cultures and histories.

This event is presented in collaboration with D-Phi, the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry.





First and Third Fridays

CVA is open late from 6-8 pm every first and third Friday of the month. Families and groups can create their own art in the Young Artist Studio.


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.