Students sort through submitted posters for upcoming co2 poster biennial event
Colorado Mesa students opened and sorted more than 330 poster submissions received from throughout the world.


International graphic designers to speak at local poster event

The Colorado Mesa University 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, contacted designers in numerous countries to announce the co2 open call for posters. As of Nov. 6, 338 posters from around the globe had been received. 

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.

Since its inaugural presentation in 2013, co2 has grown to fill two gallery spaces and may be viewed both at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts and at 437CO, CMU’s downtown art gallery, Dec. 1-14, 2017 and Jan. 16-20, 2018. 437CO is open Monday-Saturday, 12-5pm.

Four international designers will be in town to speak at the 437CO First Friday Reception on Dec. 1 at 7pm. Designers Richard Bailey and Lukas Paltram from London-based firm Dalton Maag, David Voss from Germany and Christopher Scott from Ecuador will be commenting on their work. Music by DJ Green from 7:30pm-9pm. Carlson Vineyards wine and Kannah Creek Brewing Company beer will be available for purchase at 437CO, with proceeds to benefit the Art & Design Department’s visiting artist programs.

For more information, call the Art & Design Department at 970.248.1833 or visit

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