Polina Saran

August 16, 2023

Arts and Culture

PHOTOS: The art of the installation

Students help install the latest exhibition, ‘Colorado Women to Watch,’” at the Center for Visual Art.

Polina Saran

August 16, 2023

What does it take to install an art exhibition? Precision, creative problem solving, attention to detail and patience, to name a few of the skills that Art students at Metropolitan State University of Denver gain when working to install exhibitions at the Center for Visual Art.

“This experience working at CVA and having internships in other areas have helped me more professionally and are such great learning experiences that I feel more grateful for them than working in the studio making art for myself,” said Kristi Zaragoza, an Art student at MSU Denver who’s helping to install the exhibition CVA.

For the latest exhibition, “Colorado Women to Watch,” on display August 18 to October 21, students worked with influential artists Kim Dickey, Ana María Hernando, Maia Ruth Lee, Suchitra Mattai and Senga Nengudi, who have roots in Colorado. In addition to exhibiting their works at CVA, these five women were nominated to represent Colorado on the national level at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about opportunities for Art students at MSU Denver.

The "Colorado Women to Watch" exhibition opens August 18 at CVA. Photo by Polina Saran
Students install the "Colorado Women to Watch" exhibition at CVA. Photo by Polina Saran
Andrew Cline, right, and Maxwell Kwan install the work of Ana María Hernando for an exhibition at CVA. "There's more community here than I ever thought," said Kwan, and Industrial Design student at MSU Denver. "The number of galleries and artists that are in Denver is just baffling to me." Photo by Polina Saran
Andrew Cline installs artwork at CVA. Photo by Polina Saran
MSU Denver students Kristi Zaragoza and Astrid Wenham work on the installation. "I think it's really essential that everybody learns how to feel comfortable using tools and equipping a space to be presentable to the public," said Wenham. Photo by Polina Saran
"Figuring out the math for (designing the space) and the placement for each piece, especially on pieces that aren't your traditional rectangle, I think is really fantastic," said MSU Denver student Astrid Wenham. Photo by Polina Saran
"Colorado Women to Watch" is one of the shows I've been most excited about since I first learned it was coming when I started last year, and I felt it was really important to complement that show with something that's exploring more gender fluidity," said Kristi Zaragoza, Art student at MSU Denver and curator for the upcoming exhibition, "Fluid State," in CVA's 965 Project Gallery. Photo by Polina Saran
Andrew Cline, right, and Maxwell Kwan install work for an upcoming exhibition at CVA. "A lot of artists have the capability to make great art, but then they're not given the tools to actually professionally hang it or build pedestals or do these other things that also come along with being an artist," Kwan said. Photo by Polina Saran
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