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Gallery seeks long-term relationships to bolster downtown art and to assist in Downtown Development Authority’s Creative District initiative

Grand Junction – The Colorado Mesa University Foundation and Department of Art and Design announced that 437CO, CMU's downtown art gallery, is offering 2019-2020 underwriting and partnership opportunities. The new gallery partners will be established in July and formalized in August 2019. Open to the community, the CMU art gallery will feature its business partners and underwriting supporters throughout the exhibition season beginning in August 2019. 

“We believe underwriting in the CMU Gallery provides unique value to those who want to promote their business and a pathway for people who value enhancing the art community and advancing the mission of Downtown Grand Junction and their creative district designation efforts,” said Suzie Garner, MFA, head of the art and design department.   

The 2019-2020 CMU Gallery partnership opportunities include: 

-Exclusive Galley Underwriter 

-Official Downtown Restaurant of the 437CO gallery

-Exclusive wine and beer of the 437CO gallery 

In addition to traditional gallery underwriting, CMU is working with Downtown Grand Junction to integrate partnerships and cross-promotional opportunities that will increase downtown visitation, promote the Dash shuttle route and promote the creative district initiative. 

In addition to CMU student art, the gallery is also available for community events and visiting artist exhibitions. 

In 2018 Downtown Grand Junction established Grand Junction’s downtown area as a creative district. The designation makes downtown eligible for special funds and resources in order to promote arts and culture in the community. 

“Working with and supporting the downtown galleries is an important part of growing and fostering the vibrancy of downtown using the creative district designation as a growth cornerstone,” said Downtown Grand Junction Director Brandon Stam. “Seeing our creative district assets become creative and innovative in response to the opportunity is exciting.” 

CMU Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art History Meghan Bissonnette, PhD, expressed optimism about the coming year and said she is excited about the student, faculty and visiting artist exhibitions planned for the 2019-20 season. 

“We have already received inquiry from possible sponsors and underwriters for the coming year and we look forward to hearing from gallery supporters who are interested in a long-term partnership with CMU, Downtown Grand Junction and the greater downtown business community." 

For more information about 2019-2020 exhibitions contact the CMU Department of Art and Design at 970.248.1833 or visit the CMU Art Gallery webpage.. For information about sponsorship opportunities, visit the CMU Foundation website.

To secure your visibility in the CMU art gallery and to learn more about the benefits of underwriting contact Liz Meyer at the CMU Foundation at 970.248.1410.



Written by David Ludlam