Metro State purchases space for Center for Visual Art, the off-campus art gallery
Metropolitan State College of Denver Foundation has closed on the nearly $1.5 million purchase of 965 Santa Fe Drive to house its renowned off-campus art gallery, the Center for Visual Art. The more than 22,000 square feet of property, located in the heart of the Santa Fe Art District, includes 9,000 square feet of gallery space, 6,000 square feet of outlying buildings and 15 parking spaces.
With a strong commitment from Metro State's President Stephen Jordan, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board, the Boettcher Foundation has provided a lead grant of $425,000 to inspire other gifts and donations to the award-winning gallery to help maintain its schedule of cutting-edge exhibitions and community outreach programs. Jordan said the College looks forward to the opportunities this property presents. “After 19 years of renting space, the CVA has accomplished its long-term goal of purchasing a permanent home, ensuring a lasting community legacy to art and education.”
The new location for the CVA will weave into the rich Santa Fe Art District.
“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.
The new location will allow the College to expand the impact the CVA makes in the community by extending its Art Builds Communities (ABC) outreach program to more at-risk children. Jordan said that 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 culture resources and social cohesion.
“The Santa Fe Arts District is located in the heart and soul of the La Alma/Lincoln Neighborhood, and the Metro State art gallery will weave right into the vibrant fabric of this culturally rich community,” said Councilwoman Judy Montero.
“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 has always been a unique asset in city of Denver, and we’re thrilled that they’ve found a permanent home in one of the city’s most established arts districts, said Erin Trapp, Director of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs.
For nearly two decades, the CVA has hosted world-renowned exhibitions that mirror Denver's diverse community, including 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. “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.
“I’m excited about the many opportunities this new space will lend itself to further outreach to Denver’s diverse and urban community,” Garner added.
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 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 www.metrostatecva.org