The graduating students from the Department of Art at Metropolitan State College of Denver are proud to present Four Day Shelf Life, two collaborative BFA thesis exhibitions. The thesis shows feature artworks produced by twenty-nine of Denver’s up and coming artists in a variety of mediums, such as sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, jewelry & metalsmithing, photography, mixed media, video/digital art, and ceramics.
Many pieces of artwork will be available for sale.
Due to the number of graduating artists the exhibition will be divided into two exhibitions with separate opening night receptions:
Exhibition Dates: Nov 18 – Dec 1, 2011
(Closed Thanksgiving week)
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov 18, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Dec 9 - 15, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, Dec 9, 6-9pm
Modified Gallery Hours for academic reviews:
Friday, 6-9pm, opening receptions
Sunday - Tuesday, closed
Wednesday - Thursday, 11am-6pm
Altered Nature: Notable Interpretations from South America
September 1 – November 5, 2011
ALTERED NATURE: Notable Interpretations from South America features artwork by eight artists from South America who respond to patterns and rhythms in nature, ranging from plant life to human interaction. These artists reinterpret set norms, in nature and society, by challenging misleading certainties with eight distinctly different approaches:
Aldo Chaparro: Originally from Peru and currently living and working in Mexico City, Constantly remixing past and future notions, Chaparro searches for a present where both can coexist.
Soledad Arias: Originally from Argentina and currently based out of New York City, Arias is a master of the metaphor. By indirectly interacting with the viewer she has an innate ability to invoke emotion through unspoken thoughts and forced statements.
Ana Maria Hernando: Born in Argentina and currently living in Boulder, CO, Hernando is inspired by the transparent works of women. Hernando believes that these transparent acts are all around us and devotes her art to shedding light onto a World unknown.
Highraff: A street artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Highraff believes that in order to create art one must let them self be influenced by all that could be considered art. Generally limiting himself to the streets, Highraff strives for a sense of complete coexistence.
Clemencia Labin: Originally from Venezuela and currently living in Germany, Labin explores color, form and space in her work and how each reacts to the other and as a whole. Atmosphere is also an important element for her and with that her pieces speak to her audience in ways that not only make the viewer question society's nature but their own.
Rosane Volchan O’Conor: Originally from Brazil and currently living in Boulder, O’Conor is inspired by both music and biology and the simultaneity of the two. Rhythm becomes her visualization for each organic three dimensional structure she creates, purposefully aiding the viewer towards her own themes of perception.
Luzia Ornelas: Originally from Brazil and currently living in Denver, Ornelas is interested in mainly time-based media and the idea of global communication. Indirect communication mixed with the viewers direct dialogue are situations Ornelas seeks to create and then understand.
Cecilia Paredes: Paredes was born in Lima, Peru and now splits her time between Costa Rica and Philadelphia. Paredes is interested in social norms and the idea of fitting into one’s place through identity. However, her intent is layered with double meanings, forcing the viewer to decide for themselves what her message is.
Reclamation June 2 – August 13, 2011
Opening Reception Thursday June 2
Members and Special Guests, 6-7pm
Public Reception, 7-9pm
Reclamation -- an exhibition where the mundane is beautiful, the industrial is refined and function gives over to form.
Used cardboard, discarded and splintered pallets, last year’s billboard ads, emptied beer cans and film cartridges – all destined for the wasteland see a rebirth as raw material in art making. Detritus of our consumer culture, once serving a functional purpose have been reclaimed as fodder for new formal narratives.
Artists: Sabin Aell, Brian Cavanaugh, Terry Maker, Jon Rietfors, Yumi Janairo Roth,
Sabin Aell subverts billboard messages by repurposing the vinyl, which she repaints, cuts and forms into dazzling installations. Aell shifts the focus from economic concepts of wealth to a genuine well-being of the human self.
For his mixed media constructs, Brian Cavanaugh juxtaposes discarded objects and utilitarian common materials with the aim of creating something significant from the seemingly insignificant.
Terry Maker assembles various everyday elements including medical records, shredded church documents, straws and more into large, resin-poured forms. Cross-sections of the compilations offer surprising views of the embedded objects and exploration of her unusual visual vocabulary symbolizing desire.
Jon Rietfors creates photo-based assemblages using consumer-goods packaging. His works symbolize the joys to be found in the consumer marketplace as promised by advertising.
The works of Yumi Janairo Roth function as both natives and interlopers to their environments, simultaneously recognizable and unfamiliar to their users. Roth collected discarded shipping pallets and modified them with inlaid mother-of pearl using patterns gleaned from traditional Filipino furniture.Her abstract sculptures read as metaphors for life experiences such as the balancing acts that define our lives.
Ann Weber creates monumental sculpture from discarded cardboard.
Collective Vision: New Ways of Seeing with MSCD Faculty
The Center for Visual Art is launching an ongoing workshop and lecture series that taps into the expertise of faculty at Metro State. The first in the series Reclaiming: An Art Making Workshop will be led by professors Yuko Yagisawa and Lisa Abendroth on July 7 from 6-8 p.m. Call 303.294.5207 to register.
Image: Ann Weber, Almost 16 & 15 and 1/2, 2002 cardboard, staples, polyurethane, steel bases
In Other Words: Metropolitan State College of Denver BFA Thesis Exhibition
BFA Show 1: Friday, April 22 - 28
BFA Show 2: Friday, May 6 - 12
CVA will be closed Tuesday, April 26 and Tuesday, May 10 for BFA Oral Reviews
The students graduating with a BFA from the Department of Art at Metropolitan State College of Denver are proud to present In Other Words. The BFA thesis exhibition will feature a collection of artwork from the graduating students in two installments. The artwork is the culmination of the student’s academic careers and will feature a wide mix of media. Many pieces of artwork will be available for sale.
Show 1 Janelle Anderson, Emily Ayres, Courtney Flaherty, Wendi Foster, Jill Renee Grant, Heather Harris, Eileen Hoffman, Stephanie Mann, Tyler Peterson, Audrey Potter, TJ Reagan, Shelly Richardson, Joshua Roe, Mario Sanchez, Monte Smith, Peter Stevinson, Ben Topf, Diana Walsh
Show 2 Stephanie Borgman, William Britton, Katie Cooper, Kayla Demmler, Juan Gallegos, Dawn Gilbert, Jenna Harvey, Fritz James, Amber Jordan, Kelsey Klene, Kate Medlin, Carrie O’Rourke, Alison Peck, Chris Roche, Justin Sackschewsky, Susan Shannon, Randall Stillwell, Ryota Tanaka
SIGHT UNSEEN: International Photography by Blind Artists
March 3 – April 9, 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, March 3
Members and special guests 6-8pm
Public reception: 7-9pm
Live music by Eric Woods (guitar, mandolin, banjo) with Jeff Hooton (bass) from 6:30-8pm
Blind Photography Workshop
with Cinthea Fiss, MSCD Visiting Assistant Professor
Wednesday, March 23, 6pm
$20 ($15 MSCD students and CVA members)
Space is limited. Registration required.
DARK LIGHT: The Art of Blind Photographers
To be screened every First and Third Fridays during the exhibition at 4 and 6pm.
Sight Unseen, the first major exhibition of work by the world?s most accomplished blind photographers. The exhibition explores the idea that blind photographers can see in ways that sighted people cannot.
Many of us, with sight leading as our dominant sense, use images to build our world. Visual information is practical to our survival and yet it has become pervasive in our world. We respond to visual overload by shuttering and narrowing our perception, a form of self inflicted blindness, so as to rebalance our senses. But for the sight-impaired artists in this exhibition, making a photograph has provided new ways of
These artists employ diverse strategies in their work. Some use the camera to
present their own inner visions. Some capture the outside world unfiltered with
a non-retinal photography of chance. And a number of the artists, legally blind
but retaining a limited, highly attenuated sight, photograph to capture the
outside world and bring it into their realm.
In his novel Blindness, José Saramago writes, "Perhaps only in a world of the
blind will things be what they truly are." Beethoven composed music without
the ability to hear, blind Milton and Homer conjured the landscapes of the
heavens and the underworld, and the artists of Sight Unseen further explore
our definitions of blindness and challenge us to reevaluate what it means to
Ralph Baker, New York, NY; Evgen Bavcar, Paris, France; Henry
Butler, New Orleans, LA; Pete Eckert, Sacramento, CA; Bruce Hall, Irvine, CA;
Annie Hesse, Paris, France; Rosita McKenzie, Edinburgh, Scotland; Gerardo
Nigenda, Oaxaca, México; Michael Richard, Los Angeles, CA; Seeing With
Photography Collective, New York, NY; Kurt Weston, Huntington Beach, CA;
Alice Wingwall, Berkeley, CA. Curated by Douglas McCulloh.
The CVA will be open until 8pm every First and Third Friday during the exhibition.
Exhibition Sponsor: Interstate Kitchen and Bar
Collective Nouns: MSCD Art Faculty Biennial
January 7 – February 19, 2011
Meet-the-Artists Friday, January 7
Members and special guest reception: 6-7pm
Public reception: 7-9pm