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Metro State Center for Visual Art announces purchase and legacy initiative


Posted: July 15, 2008



(Denver, CO)- Metropolitan State College of Denver's Center for Visual Art (CVA) will host the Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects exhibition Aug. 29 through Nov. 1 (with private showing opportunities Aug. 21 through 28 during the Democratic National Convention).

The exhibition includes a Sept. 18 public lecture, which the artists are presenting as a gift to the CVA, and a VIP reception with the artists. This exclusive exhibition of original works has not been seen in the United States since 1992 and with 30 pieces having recently been added, the collection boasts 130 works.

The timing of this exhibition, along with a visit and series of events by these world-renowned artists on Sept. 18, will present unique and exciting opportunities for the College, the community, the state, and for the artists as they plan their "Over the River" installation, slated for 2012 in the Arkansas River Valley.

For nearly two decades, Metro State has been leasing the space in lower downtown Denver that houses the CVA. Due to a long-time partnership and relationship with the current owners, the College now has the option to purchase the space. By raising an estimated $2 million in private donations, the College plans to purchase and renovate the building and its adjacent gallery, which will allow the CVA, located at1734 Wazee St., to increase educational and community programming space.

With a strong commitment from Metro State's President Stephan Jordan, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board, the CVA has received a lead $425,000 challenge grant from the Boettcher Foundation. "In 2010, the CVA will celebrate its 20th anniversary by reaching its goal of establishing a permanent community legacy dedicated to art and education," said Jordan.

"Over the last decade, it's clear the CVA has served as an important component to Colorado's preeminent art programs," said Jordan. "Our $2 million goal will allow us to expand and grow our responsibility of providing underserved populations access to world-class exhibits and artists," he added.

"The Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects exhibition is an example of how the CVA works to mirror Denver's diverse community. We stage eye-opening exhibitions by provocative artists who are accessible to people from the city's many diverse backgrounds and cultures," said CVA Director/Curator Jennifer Garner.

With additional support, the CVA plans to extend its Art Outreach program to more at-risk communities. This program embodies Metro State's "urban land grant" mission of bringing solutions to urban problems through higher education, experiential learning and community programs that result in economic development, accessible culture resources and social cohesion.

Metro State is the only public higher education program to maintain accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Currently 950 art majors enjoy instruction from art faculty with diverse and creative backgrounds.

Levels of support and lead-gift naming opportunities range from $5,000 to $750,000. For more information, contact Assistant Vice President of Development Maureen McKenna at 303-556-5158 or mmckenn8@mscd.edu

The exhibition and Sept. 18 lecture are free and open to the public. For information about lecture tickets visit www.metrostatecva.org.

With more than 21,000 students, Metro State has the second-largest undergraduate student population in Colorado. In addition, more than 300,000 people from surrounding communities have taken courses at Metro State for career advancement and personal enrichment. It is one of three institutions that share the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver, where one-fifth of all college students at Colorado's public institutions study.

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Metro State is a fully accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 62,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at www.mscd.edu.