October 4 – October 27, 2007
Denver: Substance: Diverse Practices from the Periphery is an international exhibition that
spans across the disciplinary boundaries of design demonstrating how designers integrate
research, process, and practice beyond the traditional confines of the studio environment to
develop meaningful and often life altering solutions. Implicit to the processes held by these
designers is a responsibility to design, research and problem solve while showing a commitment
to working directly with audiences, participants, and communities. While these “projects to learn
from” are often located at the periphery of a discipline, they demonstrate the rich possibilities
that result from embracing the community as a client, where working across socio-economic
borders, cultural divides, and in the margins reveal the depth of the design discipline. In a
consumer culture so oriented towards design today, the exhibition places specific emphasis on
the projects that focus on the needs of under served people, places and problems.
Lisa M. Abendroth, Associate Professor and Communication Design Coordinator at Metropolitan
State College of Denver, is the guest curator for Substance. She has brought together a critical
collection of this timely work making selections based on how the projects can or could change
lives rather than their aesthetic or formal value. Substance is presented at two venues in order
to feature the breadth of design thinking in this genre. Works from the profession are featured
at the Center for Visual Arts (September 6 – November 9, 2007). Emmanuel Gallery highlights
works from junior and senior level undergraduate students and postgraduate students.
Participating Institutions in this exhibition at Emmanuel Gallery are: Archeworks; Bielenberg
Institute at the Edge of the Earth; Central Connecticut State University; Metropolitan State
College of Denver; Montana State University; Syracuse University; University of Florida;
University of Michigan; and University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Both Emmanuel Gallery and CVA will host a Gala Reception the evening of Friday,
October 12 from 7:00-10:00pm in conjunction with the American Institute of Graphic Art’s
(AIGA) national design conference in Denver. For further information on the CVA exhibition go
Emmanuel Gallery is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. on Saturday. We are always free and open to the public. For any further questions
please contact Emmanuel Gallery at (303) 556-8337.
As art galleries go, Emmanuel was tops...
Emmanuel Gallery was nominated as top art space of the year by the
Denver Post in its "Best of the Year 06" article dated December
24, 2006. Kyle MacMillan, art critic, tapped Shannon Corrigan,
curator and director of the gallery, as its driving force in gaining
recognition for the gallery. MacMillian cited that she has instituted
an "ambitious exhibition schedule that has significantly boosted
the space's role in the local 'visual arts' scene" in Denver, and
has "prompted more people to take notice" of what is
happening on the Auraria campus "that was too easily overlooked
before." The gallery's fall exhibition, Treasures Revealed: The
Arts of Hungary, 1890-1955 also took top honors in the "Top
10 Front-Range exhibitions" of 2006.