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Colorado Mesa University and the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are teaming up to bring the university’s art gallery and new art studio space to 437 Colorado Ave. in the heart of Grand Junction’s vibrant downtown.


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CMU/DDA partner to bring art gallery and studios downtown

Colorado Mesa University and the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are teaming up to bring the university’s art gallery and new art studio space to 437 Colorado Ave. in the heart of Grand Junction’s vibrant downtown.

“Our students opened a temporary gallery downtown last semester and it was hugely successful,” said CMU President Tim Foster. “The community has been asking us to establish a presence downtown for many years and, by partnering with DDA, we’ve found a perfect fit.”

Approximately two-thirds of the building will be used by the CMU Art Department and the remainder will house the offices of the DDA and the Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District. In addition to the gallery showcasing student, faculty and guest artist work, the new studio space will provide for both classroom instruction and individual student painting studios.

“Strengthening the links between downtown [Grand Junction] and CMU offers great benefits to both,” said Harry Weiss, DDA Executive Director. “Having more students participating in the life of downtown enhances their college experience, and faculty and staff will find additional opportunities to link their work to the larger community of Grand Junction.”

Minor renovations are currently underway. The space will open on Oct. 3 with an inaugural exhibit. The cost of improvements is being shared between the partners.

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Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations

dnunn@coloradomesa.edu

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