Past Exhibits

Where Will Your Camera Take You?

March 6-May 29, 2020

An exhibition of photography by CMU students in the AFP&MD and Studio Art programs. Organized by Forrest Zerbe, Instructor of Photography at CMU. 

Melissa Sclafani and Bobby Zokaites: Conflux

February 7-28, 2020

An exhibition of sculpture, painting, and mixed media works by Arizona-based artists Melissa Sclafani and Bobby Zokaites that show the breadth and expansion of childhood nostalgia.


December 6, 2019-January 31, 2020

A biennial poster exhibition featuring graphic design from national and international designers. 

STILL lives: Eric Elliott and Forrest Zerbe

November 1-29, 2019

Paintings by Eric Elliott, Assistant Professor of Painting, and photographic works by Forrest Zerbe, Instructor of Photography in the Department of Art & Design. 

Rachel Carson: STAGED

October 4-25, 2019

Paintings by Rachel Carson, Lecturer in the Department of Art & Design.

Jiyoun Lee-Lodge: Roommates and Strangers

September 6-27, 2019

An exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, and installation work by Jiyoun Lee-Lodge from the Roommates and Waterman the Stranger series.


July 5 - August 23, 2019

A national juried exhibition featuring work by CMU alumni, and hosted by 437CO and Colorado Mesa University's Art and Design Alumni Chapter.


May 3-June 28, 2019

Painting and sculpture by Adrina Anders, Addie Mingilton, and Sam Speir.

Conscious Reflections

April 5-26, 2019

Printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics by Alaina Bittner, Charli Gonzales, Hannah Martin, and Troy Utley. 

Street Art and Design at CMU

March 1-29, 2019

An exhibition featuring wheat paste, stencils, graffiti markers, and CNC cuts, all in a street art style by CMU design students. 

Exposure: The Best of CMU’s Photography

February 1-22, 2019

An exhibition featuring photography by CMU students selected by Forrest Zerbe, Lecturer of Photography. 

Small Matters

December 7, 2018 - January 25, 2019

A national juried exhibition of small works, juried by Jared Steffensen, Curator of Exhibitions at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.  

Lenka Konopasek: Disputed Territory

November 2-30, 2018

An exhibition featuring paintings and three-dimensional paper works by Lenka Konopasek. Konopasek is a Salt Lake City-based artist whose work explores the theme of natural and man-made disasters.

Matthew Hopson-Walker: Poverty is the Muscle of War

October 5-26, 2018

An exhibition of artwork by Matthew Hopson-Walker, artist and Assistant Professor of printmaking at Fresno State University in Fresno, California. The exhibition featured screen prints, lithographs, intaglio and relief prints from the Empire Valley series.

Kalina Wińska: Atmospheric Gaze

September 7-28, 2018

An exhibition of mixed media drawings by Kalina Wińska, artist and Associate Professor of Art at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. In the Atmospheric Gaze series, Winska transforms scientific data, such as radar images, surface weather analysis data, and ERSST data, into exceptionally rendered abstract drawings.

The Black Arts: A Tarot Show

July 2-August 31, 2018

Original prints depicting the 22 figures of the Major Arcana of the tarot deck by printmakers from across the country. 


May 4-June 22, 2018

Mixed media prints, paintings, and cast metal, mixed media and ceramic sculpture by Diane Krane, Vanessa Porras, Jamie Christine, Rikki Cook and Seirrha Key. 


April 6-27, 2018

Prints, paintings, and ceramic, cast metal and wood sculptures by Darian Green, Zach Drake, Eric Nestle, Cameron Williams and Marcus Fingerlin. 


March 2-30, 2018

Mixed media paintings and cast metal, ceramic and wood sculptures by Rachel Moore, Midge Hampton, Riley Kennedy, Katie Miller and Zach Tabb. 


February 1-24, 2018

Paintings and sculpture by Michaela Cross, Cynthia Hendrickson, Tanner Hoffman and Terri VanBenschoten.

co2 Poster Biennial

December 1-14, 2017 & January 16-20, 2018

The Colorado Mesa Art & Design Department and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts present the 2017 co2 Poster Biennial, an exhibit of diverse graphic design from around the globe. Students in Mesa Emerging Designers, CMU’s graphic design club, contact designers in numerous countries to announce the co2 open call for posters. co2 does not have a specific theme, but instead is intended to be a poster show about graphic design itself. The works use different languages and theories of design to achieve their intended visual communication. Poster themes range from the political to straightforward event announcements. Visit for additional information.


Illinois Unearthed

October 2-November 17, 2017

A ceramic exhibit featuring artists associated with Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Utilitarian forms have a long history in ceramics and continue to be a driving force in contemporary practice. The artists exhibiting work are Harris Deller, Amy Chase, CJ Niehaus, Noel Bailey, Matthew Schiemann, Pattie Chalmers and Bethany Benson.

Laura Grossett, The Wishbone the Jawbone and the Backbone

September 1-29, 2017

Grossett is an artist, printmaker, teacher, and founder of Mad Deer Press from Fort Collins, CO. Mediums featured in this exhibit include screen printing and mezzotint etchings.

Run Across Europe

June 1-August 25, 2017

Photographs taken by students and faculty who were part of a Summer 2016 CMU trip to Hungary, Croatia, and Montenegro. CMU’s Art & Design Department and Outdoor Program jointly planned and led the trip. Photographers in the exhibit include Grant Duta, Morgan Wagner, Kaitlin Webb, Alec Williams, Jenna-Lee Yoneshige, and Forrest Zerbe.

Studio Art BFA Senior Shows 2017

Glimpse: Nicole LaRose, Justin Squier and Patricia Gibson

May 3-27, 2017

Materials featured include porcelain, found objects, and cast metal.

Quintessence: Kira Norby, Nadine O'Brien and Jess Smith

April 4-29, 2017

Mediums include painting and sculpture.

Unity in Chaos: Lindsay Hanson and Caleb Brown

March 1-30, 2017

Featuring mediums including bronze, ceramics, and printmaking.

Chroma & Monochrome through Vida en Movimiento: Mitchell States and Elisa Uribe

February 1-28, 2017

Exploring the light, space, and energy of the natural world using various mediums, including porcelain, bronze, and steel.


The 437CO Juried Student Show

November 17, 2016-January 28, 2017

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

Featuring 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

July 13-September 23, 2016

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.

Studio Art BFA Senior Shows 2016

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

May 2-June 30, 2016

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

April 1-29, 2016

Existence, Michael Martinez, Jenni Jones, & Lauren Stern

March 1-27, 2016

Transcend, Kayla Golub, Matthew Jones, & Ethan Dow

February 1-26, 2016

Tony Holmquist, Etched Permanence and Reconstruction

December 4, 2015-January 28, 2016

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

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

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

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.