Republic Plaza - Lobby & Concourse Levels

March 27 - May 24, 2017

  • Featuring work by 30 faculty and alumni from the University of Colorado Denver's College of Arts and Media
  • Opening Reception: Friday March 31 from 5:30 - 8pm
  • Curated by Andra Archer and Presented by Arts Brookfield
  • Faculty: William Adams, Michael Brohman, Maria Buszek, Jemmy Chien, Lanny DeVuono, Melissa Furness, Viviane George, Carol Golemboski, Quintin Gonzalez, Rebecca Heavner, Rian Kerrane, Bryan Leister, Elizabeth Pugliano, Travis Vermilye, Yang Wang
  • Alumni: Katie Atkins, Walter Barton, Scottie Burgess, Phen Edwards, Timothy C. Flood, Estee Fox, Lorey Hobbs, Julie Jablonski, Penny Park, Laura Phelps Rogers, Walter Ware III, Samantha Weston
  • The Corrugated Collective: M.C. Evans, Byung-Jun, Peter Roach
mfāltepētl – Migrant Tower - Melissa Furness

Cultivation, a collaboration between Arts Brookfield and the College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver, takes over Republic Plaza. Presented March 27 until May 24 with a free artist reception on March 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the exhibition shines a light on the depth and breadth of the creative community at one of Colorado’s most prestigious educational institutions, with an emphasis on new works, site-specific installation pieces, collaborative works and video/film presentations.

“Republic Plaza is a perfect, unexpected setting to display these unexpected artworks,” says Elysa Marden, vice president of arts and events for Arts Brookfield. “The lobby and concourse levels are filled with thought-provoking, visually enticing pieces that show the very best of the College of Arts & Media, and many of the pieces are made specifically for this space.”

Cultivation represents a wide variety of styles and media. Highlights include:
  • āltepētl – Migrant Tower by Melissa Furness, a massive, site-specific tower comprised of hundreds of stacked canvases and presented as a large ruin. Painted onsite in Mexico and depicting the country’s epic history, this work calls to mind ancient Aztec ruins
  • Bryan Leister's Valley, an interactive, electronic remake of the Renaissance double portrait. Two life-size figures are shown in profile and digitally rendered in excessive detail, challenging assumptions about representational art and what it means to be human—especially when they confront real people walking past them
  • Evolution Viewing by Rebecca Heavner, M.L.A., which explores how bird evolution is tightly linked to climate and plate tectonics. This site-specific installation of suspended paper-constructed birds incites the viewer to postulate on the stagnation of bird populations who become trapped in their own world
  • TV PARTY by "The Corrugated Collective”—alumni artists Matt Evans, Byung-Jun and Peter Roach—an electronic assemblage which features a grid of nine CRT televisions showing gestalt imagery through chaotic selection. Using the digital landscape as a source, it re-contextualizes found footage to create something new
Cultivation is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibition is part of Arts Brookfield’s ongoing commitment to presenting free arts programming for the downtown Denver community. For more information about Cultivation and a full schedule of events, visit:

Republic Plaza
370 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202



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