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Center for Visual Art Celebrates 20th Anniversary in New Location in the Art District on Santa Fe

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: May 28, 2010

(Denver, Colo.) — After 20 years showcasing acclaimed local, national and international artists, Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Center for Visual Art (CVA) will reopen June 3 at a new permanent location in heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe.

The inaugural exhibition, MIX: CVA + The Art District on Santa Fe features works from artists and galleries within the district and will run June 3-July 3.

The Metro State Foundation purchased the 22,000 square feet property at 965 Santa Fe for nearly $1.5 million to enhance its cutting-edge exhibitions and community outreach programs. The building includes 9,000 square feet of space, with approximately 5,000 square feet dedicated for gallery exhibits.

“The current real estate market opened up some opportunities that did not exist a few years ago,” said Metro State Foundation Board Chair Jon Robinson, adding that the foundation explored all its options and then determined this location would be a great opportunity for the future of the College and its Art Department. 

With a strong commitment from Metro State's President Stephen Jordan, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board, the Boettcher Foundation provided a lead grant of $425,000 to inspire other donations and help make the transaction possible. The College pledged $460,000 toward the purchase and renovation of the gallery over three years. The remaining debt obligation will be reimbursed to the Metro State Foundation as funds are raised by the College.

“The new CVA location will not only enhance the programming the gallery can offer, but it also makes long-term fiscal sense to establish a permanent location,” said Jordan. “This property represents the first in a series of new facilities that will increase Metro State’s connections in the community in coming years.”

The new location will allow the College to enhance many of its outreach programs including, the CVA’s Art Builds Communities (ABC) servicing at-risk children. The ABC 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 cultural resources and social cohesion.

The CVA hosts world-renowned exhibitions that mirror Denver's diverse community, such as Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects, Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics from the Edward and Ann Weston Collection, and The Photography of Alfred Stieglitz: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Enduring Legacy.

MIX celebrates our membership and partnership with the Art District on Santa Fe and the surrounding community,” says CVA Director/Curator Jennifer Garner. “Our new location now puts us in the neighborhood of many of the outreach organizations we currently serve.”

“We feel the diversity of the Santa Fe Art District strongly supports our goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and the outreach efforts of the CVA will allow us to enhance the educational pipeline to Metro State,” said Jordan. An HSI is a federal designation that a higher education institution receives once it attains 25 percent Hispanic enrollment.

The CVA will be open to the public starting June 3 at 7 p.m. with a special public reception. Normal gallery hours will be Tuesday through Friday 11a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon – 5 p.m. Check the Web site for special events with extended hours.

A division of Metro State’s Art Department, the Center for Visual Art contributes to the College’s status as the only public higher education art program in Colorado to maintain accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Currently nearly 1,000 art majors enjoy instruction from the department’s diverse faculty of nationally and internally recognized artists. For more information about the CVA go to


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating in-state undergraduates and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 66,000 alumni, with the bulk of them remaining in Colorado after graduation.