New gallery for student visual, digital art 'something very special'

Next Stage Collaborative at Denver Performing Arts Complex is a new showcase for student and faculty visual and digital artworks

January 16, 2017
Chancellor Dorothy Horrell
Chancellor Dorothy Horrell enjoys an augmented reality project. Courtesy Robert King Photography.

The curtain has officially been raised on the Next Stage Collaborative, a new exhibit space for University of Colorado Denver students and faculty to display art and digital projects. The gallery is in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Students celebrated the opening with CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell and officials from the City and County of Denver.

“Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, bring your families, because this is something very, very special,” Horrell said. “I couldn’t be more proud.”

The gallery gives College of Art & Media students and faculty a space to display their work and the opportunity to gain experience managing a gallery. College of Architecture and Planning students worked on the design and construction of the gallery, giving them real-world training.

“It’s remarkable that this used to be an unused retail space, and now it’s a beautiful and flexible modern gallery,” Horrell said.

The university worked with Denver’s Arts & Venues office to plan the project and is receiving funding from a grant from Denver’s Next Stage Now program.