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Just inside the entrance to the Center for Visual Art, CVA, in Denver’s Santa Fe Art District is a welcoming small formal garden, “Green Barrier,” created by Mackenzie Browning — a really striking three-dimensional example of what can happen with contemporary printmaking. Plants, mulch and a covering of rounded river rocks are all printed with silk-screen technique and assembled in a striking composition. Browning is a Canadian, who now lives and works in Denver.
Jurors awarded “Green Barrier” the Sue Brown Cannon Award for excellence in printmaking — as well as six Juror’s Choice awards to other participants, two from each juror. Winners are mixed throughout the exhibit — look for them.
“528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition” results from a collaboration between the Center for Visual Arts, CVA, (Metropolitan State University’s gallery on Santa Fe Drive, a division of the MSU art department), with curator and managing director Cecily Cullen and The Invisible Museum. The latter is led by Denver curator/printmaker/teacher Mark Lunning and Emily Moyer.
The goal was to celebrate the diversity of contemporary printmaking found in this area. Artists who lived/worked within a 528.0-mile radius of Denver were eligible to enter.
They could submit hand-pulled prints and intaglio, lithography, relief, silkscreen or experimental methods, and the variety of techniques is dazzling. Size varies from several floor-to-ceiling works and Browning’s three-dimensional garden to small delicate etchings. Some are colorful, others black and white. Some tell stories, while others are purely abstract — and there are points in between.
Three jurors chose 96 works by 58 artists to be exhibited at the CVA through July 22. They are: Ashley Nason, a visiting professor in printmaking at Metropolitan State University; Ron Pokrasso, longtime exhibiting artist and printmaker; and Mark Ritchie, who teaches printmaking at the University of Wyoming.
A visitor should allow time for close examination and contemplation—how in the world did they do that?! A series of free remaining demonstrations and discussions will offer some explanations. Check msudenver.edu/cva to register. All are free, but space is limited.
• June 16, Third Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m.: “Carving Your Niche — Printmaking Practices + Community” will feature panelists Peter Bergman, Jennifer Ghormley, Thomas McLaughlin and Mandi Quinn.
• June 24, 1 to 3 p.m.: “Gelatin Monotypes” with Emily Moyer is a workshop for all ages, introducing a non-press process.
• July 1, 1 to 3 p.m.: “Screen Printing” with Mark Friday. Pull a print of your own, with Friday’s tools.
• July 15, 1 to 3 p.m.: “Monotypes on Black Printing Paper” with Tony Ortega. Learn a multi-step process to create an image using a plexiglass plate. (Ortega’s prints are included in the exhibit.)
In the student-organized 965 Gallery within the CVA is “Analogue Impressions: Examining the Printmaking Process.”
If you go
“528.0” runs through July 22 at the CVA, 965 Santa Fe DrIVE, Denver. Admission is free. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; noon t0 5 p.m. Saturdays; open until 8 p.m. on First and Third Fridays. 303-294-5207, msudenver.edu/cva.
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