Grand Junction’s Art Center hosts First Friday reception Friday, March 6 |

Grand Junction’s Art Center hosts First Friday reception Friday, March 6

Camille Silverman
Special to the Free Press
Carlos Zamora is shown in his studio. He will host a free lecture at The Art Center on April 3.
Submitted photo |

On Friday, March 6, The Art Center will open three exhibits: the rising talents of Colorado Mesa University students, international power houses in poster graphic design, and top national watercolor artists working today. A free First Friday reception will be hosted from 6:30-9 p.m., starting with awards and artist introductions. Music will be provided by Palmas Guitar Duo from 7-9 p.m.

The 39th Annual Colorado Mesa University Juried Student Exhibit will be held in The Art Center’s North and Atrium Galleries. This exhibition will house both two- and three-dimensional art, as well as video production. Under the guidance of Josh Butler, associate professor of art within Colorado Mesa University’s Art Department, students enrolled in the sophomore seminar course coordinate this exhibit each spring. This year’s juror for the CMU Student Exhibit is Doug Casebeer, associate director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass, Colo.). Casebeer will also give a free lecture at The Art Center on Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m. in conjunction with this student exhibit.

CO2 is a global poster biennial held in the spring of every odd year. The inaugural CO2 exhibition launched in March 2013. Mesa Emerging Designers (MED), the AIGA-affiliated student design group, organizes and facilitates the event with support of Colorado Mesa University, The Art Center, and 2of2 Design Studio. CO2’s exhibition offers an open call for submissions and has the goal of educating through the visual communication of designers worldwide. Though the shape of communication is continually changing, the power of the printed poster has remained a constant. Visiting St. Louis graphic artist Carlos Zarmora will be giving a free lecture on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with this exhibit.

The final exhibit is The Rockies West National, which is organized by the Western Colorado Watercolor Society (WCWS). Each year the WCWS juror picks the best of the entries, which includes many nationally known artists. This year’s juror is watercolorist Fealing Lin from California. Lin will attend Friday’s opening to give out awards and answer questions.

First Fridays and all lecture events are free and open to the public. Listed exhibits will be up through April.

The Art Center is located at 1803 N. Seventh St. in Grand Junction, Colo. For more information on exhibition dates and Art Center hours, call 970-243-7337, ext. 2, or visit

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