Located in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District, the Center for Visual Art (CVA) is an award-winning, off-campus contemporary art center and gallery for Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU), which offers Colorado’s only public higher education art program. The building is an Industrial structure with a 20-foot barrel ceiling, punctuated by skylights and a full wall of windows. The exterior of the building boasts large murals by world-renowned artists Shepard Fairey, David Flores, Swoon, Evan Hecox, and the Signtologist. The CVA consists of a 9,000 square-foot gallery and a 5,000 square-foot gallery, plus a classroom and storage space. In addition to showing significant contemporary art, the award-winning CVA serves as an interactive art laboratory for MSU students and the community.

Here is an image of the Center for Visual Art, courtesy of Doors Open Denver.


The CVA was founded in 1990 to expose students to leading-edge art and to broaden MSU’s art program, leveraging bold exhibitions, innovative education programs, and entrepreneurial workforce development programs to provide accessible, diverse, high-quality art experiences that advance the global urban dialogue. The CVA moved from LoDo to the Santa Fe Arts District in 2010, and is free and open to the public.

This building preview is part of DenverUrbanism’s special countdown series to Doors Open Denver 2015. Click here for more information on Doors Open Denver.