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CMU’s 437CO announces Eric Elliott and Forrest Zerbe exhibition featuring Still Lives

437CO underwriters and partners help feature faculty art

The Colorado Mesa University Department of Art & Design presents STILL lives, an exhibition of artwork by Assistant Professor of Art Eric Elliott and Instructor of Art Forrest Zerbe in the downtown CMU art gallery from November 1 - 29, 2019.

The exhibition features oil paintings and photographic works that capture the tranquility of the commonplace. Elliott paints multiple versions of ordinary, household objects such as cups and teapots. Each version has variations in shape, structure and brushstroke that reveal connections between formalism and expressionism. Zerbe’s botanical prints are created through the process of mordançage, a method for altering and degrading silver gelatin prints to create unusual effects. In his prints, minute details of plant specimens are intertwined with abstract biomorphic patterns created through the mordançage process.
Image by Forrest Zerbe

“The November exhibition allows 437CO to highlight the creativity and talent of our CMU faculty,” said CMU Assistant Professor of Art History and Art Gallery Director Meghan Bissonnette, PhD. “Faculty exhibitions allow the community to connect with what a wonder resource exists at CMU when it comes to enriching the downtown art scene."

Visitors to the First Friday opening reception will be able to enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres from 437CO 2019 partners Tacoparty, Carlson Vineyard and Kannah Creek Brewing Company. Free transportation to CMU’s 437CO is available through the Dash shuttle for patrons originating on Horizon Drive, the university campus or any other Dash stop along the way.

“Anyone who visits 437CO and demonstrates Dash ridership, or shows a receipt from visiting a gallery partners, can enter to win a monthly prizes offered by CMU student artists,” said Department of Art & Design Department Head Suzie Gardner. “This promotion helps students and faculty get exposure for their work while promoting gallery partnership and visibility.”

About the artists:
Eric Elliott is an assistant professor of art at Colorado Mesa University. He holds a BA in art practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington. He teaches classes in foundations, drawing and painting in the Department of Art & Design.

Forrest Zerbe is an instructor of art at Colorado Mesa University, where he teaches classes in foundations and photography. He received his MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design.

437CO, CMU’s art gallery, is located at 437 Colorado Avenue in Grand Junction, Colorado. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 12-5pm. Admission is free. On Friday, November 1 from 5-8pm there will be a public reception to view the exhibit with remarks and a Q &A with the artists and gallery director, scheduled for 6pm. For more information, call the Department of Art & Design at 970.248.1833. 

437CO would like to thank the following season sponsors:



Written by David Ludlam