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Art Gallery at 437 Colorado Avenue

437CO is CMU's art gallery in downtown Grand Junction. The gallery is located at 437 Colorado Avenue (between 4th and 5th Streets) in a building shared with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). In addition to the gallery, the building houses a studio space for classroom instruction and artist presentations. During exhibits, the gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 12-5PM. Gallery admission is free and all receptions and artist events are free and open to the public.

For additional information, please call the Art & Design Department at (970) 248-1833.

Schedule of 2016-2017 Gallery Exhibits & Events

The 437CO Juried Student Show

November 17, 2016-January 28, 2017

Friday, December 2, Reception 5-9PM; local wine & beer available for purchase.

The gallery will be closed for CMU's Winter Break beginning Saturday, December 17 and will re-open Monday, January 16.

An exhibit of student art selected by CMU Art & Design faculty, with works in the mediums of sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, painting, graphic design, animation, and mixed media.

CMU Art & Design Faculty, That would be chaos...

October 3-November 10, 2016

Friday, October 7, Reception 5-9PM; Artist Talk 5:30PM (Eric Elliott & Eli Hall); local wine & beer available for purchase.

Friday, November 4, Reception 5-9PM; Artist Talk 5:30PM (Josh Butler & Araan Schmidt); local wine & beer available for purchase.

That Would Be Chaos features 2D and 3D work from CMU's Art and Design faculty, both full-time and part-time. Media include painting, graphic design, ceramic installation, photography, sculpture, printmaking, sign painting, and mixed media.

James Surls & Charmaine Locke, The Two of Us

A joint exhibit with The Art Center

July 13-September 23, 2016

Friday, August 5, Reception 5-9PM; local wine & beer available for purchase.

Friday, September 2, Reception 5-9PM; Artist Talk 7:30PM; local wine & beer available for purchase.

The work of acclaimed artists James Surls and Charmaine Locke will be on display both at 437CO and at the Grand Junction Art Center. After many years of making art and raising a family in Texas, Surls and Locke moved to Colorado in 1997 and now live and work in the Roaring Fork Valley. Surls' sculptures of wood, stone, and steel are in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA in New York, the Menil Collection and Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in Texas, and the Los Angeles County Museum in California. Locke's work, both two- and three-dimensional, reflects her study of psychology and her interest in portraying human behavior and motivations through visual symbols.

View the online-only exhibit catalog, featuring artwork images and scholarly essays.

Schedule of 2015-2016 Gallery Exhibits & Events

Studio Art BFA Senior Shows

A series of four exhibits highlighting the work of Senior-level students pursuing a BFA in Studio Art. Media will include printmaking, painting, mixed media, sculpture, and ceramics.

Ineffable; Kurt Breshears, Nikkeya Gray, Kay Hunt, & Katie Ziegelman

May 2-June 30, 2016

Friday, May 6, Reception 5-9PM; Artist Talks 5:30PM; local wine & beer available for purchase.

Slip, Press, Stroke; Kaitlynn King, Ashtonn Means, & Colin Williams

April 1-29, 2016

Friday, April 1, Reception 5-9PM; Artist Talks 5:30PM; local wine & beer available for purchase.

Existence, Michael Martinez, Jenni Jones, & Lauren Stern

March 1-27, 2016

Friday, March 4, Reception 5-9PM; Artist Talks 5:30PM; local wine & beer available for purchase.

Transcend, Kayla Golub, Matthew Jones, & Ethan Dow

February 1-26, 2016

Friday, February 5, Reception 5-9PM; Artist Talks 5:30PM; local wine & beer available for purchase.

Tony Holmquist, Etched Permanence and Reconstruction

December 4, 2015-January 28, 2016

Friday, December 4, Reception 5-9PM; Artist Talk 5:30PM; local wine & beer available for purchase.

Holmquist's work utilizes the processes of traditional printmaking, drawing, and collage media elements and incorporates the concepts of visual music and rhythm. Holmquist is an Assistant Professor of Art at Fort Lewis College in Durango, where he teaches Printmaking and Foundations classes. He received his MFA from CSU Fort Collins. He has recently exhibited his work at the International Print Center of New York, Manhattan Graphics Center, and the National Arts Club in New York City.

Cortney Boyd and Nate Steinbrink, Nostalgic

October 2-November 20, 2015

Friday, October 2, Reception 6-10PM

Boyd and Steinbrink are Denver-based glass artists who both received their MFA's from Southern Illinois University. Boyd worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University for six years. She has been awarded scholarships to the Pittsburgh Glass Center and Pilchuk Glass School to further her research. Steinbrink was formerly the curator of exhibits at the University Museum at Southern Illinois University. Steinbrink and Boyd are in the process of converting a former Denver gas station into a glass studio.

Steve Hilton, austerity

August 17-September 28, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 10AM artist presentation in the studio space

Friday, August 21, Reception 6-10PM; Artist Talk 6:30PM

Hilton received his MFA in Ceramics from Arizona State University and also holds an MS in Art Education and a BS in Geology. His work, which is a fusion of sculptural and wheel-thrown components, is in the permanent collections of museums, universities, and private individuals in the US and in numerous foreign countries. Hilton is currently a full-time ceramics and art education faculty member at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX and is the programs director for NCECA (The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts).

Rebecca Woods, she rose to devour

June 6-August 13, 2015

Friday, June 5, Reception 6-10 PM; Artist Talk 6:30PM

Woods is a CMU graduate who received her MFA in Installation and Performance Art from the University of Newcastle in the UK. Using light, Woods creates an experiential exploration of narrative, space, and mood, telling the mythological story of a snake that became the moon.