Water Line: A Creative Exchange

Featuring 19 artists working in photography, mixed-media installation, video, ceramic and sculpture

Center for Visual Art

August 4 - October 21, 2017

  • Opening reception during Art District on Santa Fe's First Friday and summer block party: Friday, August 4, 6-8
  • Artist talk with Anna McKee & Jim White, C.U. professor of geological sciences and environmental studies: Thursday, September 14, 6pm
  • Art, Democracy and Water, artist talk with Matt Jenkins and Lynna Kaucheck of Food & Water Watch: Wednesday, September 20, 6pm
  • Uncanny Territory, artist talk with Natascha Seideneck: Wednesday, October 4, 6pm
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Images (left to right): Natascha Seideneck, Uncanny Territory, 2017
Cannupa Hanska Luger, We Have Agency VII, 2016
Anna McKee, WAIS Reliquary: 68,000 Years (detail), 2016, image by Joe Rudko

Artists include: Anna McKee, Aurora Robson, Cannupa Hanska Luger, The Infamous Flapjack Affair and National Park Experience, Isabelle Hayeur, Matt Jenkins and Lynna Kaucheck (Food & Water Watch), Natascha Seideneck, Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson, Tomiko Jones and Jonathan Marquis, Vibha Galhotra, Winter Count Collective

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) Center for Visual Art (CVA) announces an exhibition that examines the loaded issue of water and promotes stewardship, advocacy and activism through the work of contemporary artists, and in direct conversation with students, policy analysts and scientists.

The exhibition will feature artists’ critical response to institutional and individual actions that contribute to the water crisis, as well as imaginative solutions, practical and not, for addressing the issue. The challenge presented to artists is to engage audiences in multi-channel dialogue about water, with the intent to make visitors think differently about solutions to this problem that affects everyone, and requires the efforts of all.

“Water is the center of concern and debate everywhere,” said Cecily Cullen, CVA Managing Director / Curator. “Through the lens of art, visitors will learn not only about the challenges we face, but what can be done both individually and collectively to manage and sustain our scarce water resources.”

The artists are responding to news and reports that not only global communities are facing, but also thinking about those closer to Colorado and surrounding areas. Shrinking glaciers in Rocky Mountain National Park that source the major rivers in Colorado affect us directly, while protestors battle with oil companies for the right to protect rivers in North Dakota, and students in Michigan and Oregon have been consuming contaminated water from drinking fountains at their schools. The crisis of access to clean, plentiful water has been waged worldwide for decades. It has become an immediate and localized crisis.

Center for Visual Art
Metropolitan State University of Denver
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
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Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM


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