When we think of the art of Taos, the first image we usually conjure up is the landscape, colored in the tones of the mountain Southwest. Yet that's not what all Taos art turns out to be, especially in contemporary times, as artists continue to flock to northern New Mexico to tune out of the status ... More >>
Metropolitan State College of Denver is hosting a dedication ceremony this afternoon that will showcase its newest monument: a 12-foot-high, 8-foot-deep, 10-foot-wide,1.5 ton water sculpture designed by artist Rik Sargent, and dedicated to Metro's One World, One Water Center for Urban Water and Educ ... More >>
She wasn't named chief of the Denver Police Department -- although she was rumored to be a leading contender until Michael Hancock decided to go outside of the DPD to tap Robert White. But tonight Captain Tracie Keesee will get another honor: She's the alumni recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Women ... More >>
Bravo! The theater department at Metropolitan State College of Denver has become the first college theater department in the state to gain accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre. And not for just one of its programs, but all three: the BA in theater, the BFA in musical the ... More >>
In this week's art column by Michael Paglia, the Westword art critic writes that the images in Out Figured -- which closes after Saturday, April 7! -- raise "disturbing, or at least edgy, philosophical, sexual, psychological or sociological issues."
On Saturday night, Westword introduced the eighth class of MasterMinds -- artistic entrepreneurs who are changing the cultural landscape. Since we started the program, we have given more than $130,000 in grants to artists and arts organizations. The latest winners (click on the link for profiles): M ... More >>
At least two Santa Fe Drive venues are beating First Friday to the punch by opening shows tonight. At Metropolitan State College of Denver's Center for Visual Art, the high-profile group show Out Figured offers a contemporary and anything-but-cliched look at figurative art. The reception is from 7 t ... More >>
Recognizing that the local arts scene needed a little fertilizer to really get going, and growing, eight years ago Westword created a program to honor the visionaries -- artists and organizations alike -- who are changing the cultural landscape of metro Denver. And we decided to not just honor th ... More >>
As we prepare for the commercial holiday that follows a little thing called Thanksgiving, the debate over whether stores should begin opening at midnight on Black Friday is raging. But when and where did Black Friday come from? What does it really mean? We asked Darrin Duber-Smith, Marketing Profess ... More >>
James Denton The play Enrique's Journey, adapted by Su Teatro artistic director Anthony Garcia from the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nazario, debuted last weekend in Denver, bringing to light the harrowing story of Central American immigrants who risk life and limb riding the top ... More >>
Film has inspired popular culture for decades, but some people don't actually know where the inspiration for their favorite films comes from. Today, Columbus Day, Metropolitan State College of Denver film studies professor Vincent Piturro will celebrate Italian heritage -- and in a way that he hopes ... More >>
An anonymous donor has given $1 million to Metropolitan State College of Denver to launch a water education program with the best name ever: the OWOW Center, which is short for the One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship. Starting in fall 2012, Metro will offer a minor ... More >>
Don't be ashamed of your mimosa intake.Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it's time to really buckle in and start preparing for the big family holidays. Or, it's just time to leave on the cheap for a little while because you blew all your cash this summer on mid-afternoon mimosas in the su ... More >>
The 2Kool crew: Bimmer Torres, Alexandra Soto, Ratha Sok and Katrina Nguyen. Ratha Sok just couldn't stop tagging. Growing up in the projects of Westwood, he found his young voice in a spray can. Graffiti was the only art he knew. And eventually, he got caught. Ratha spent two months in Juvie ... More >>
Youth designers at DAVA learn from the pros.
A new show sparks a cross-cultural dialogue.
Internationally-renowned contemporary artist Roberto Juarez, who is based in New York, is in Denver now for a stint as a visiting artist at Metropolitan State College of Denver. But even non-students have a chance to learn from -- and about -- him. Thatâ€™s because Juarez will discuss his work and ... More >>
Ah, 1995: a time when entire Best Of categories were devoted to the O.J. Simpson trial, Bernie Bickerstaff and Dikembe Mutombo were still dominating the sports pages, and Mel's Bar and Grill was still new. Check out the winners from our 1995 Best Of issue after the jump.
The Center for Visual Art’s installation show is a force of cool in LoDo.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Japanese design is showcased at the CVA, while more art censorship hits Colorado.
Bill Burgess and Don Quade raise Walker's status, but the chips are down at the CVA.
Metro students strive to fill in the blank spots -- and heal old wounds -- in local Chicano history.
Auraria's effort to offer students "free" legal services cost plenty and ended badly.
Sensory Circus seeks to juggle creative circuits
Exhibit continues departed director’s legacy at the Center for Visual Arts.
A tale of two art venues.
Lovers Stories to Share, storytelling with Skywalker
The printer for two college papers refuses to print a photo of a naked woman.