CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
Metropolitan State College -- Denver, Colorado
A move to larger space required combining two tenant spaces in a historic building previously used as a parking garage, and to create a new gallery as well as facilities for educational and outreach programs. Art takes precedent over architecture, with the design creating intimate as well as expansive spaces while providing a sequence of discovery through each new show.
Although affiliated with Metro State College, the gallery is in the heart of the city's historic LoDo art district. This state funded project was undertaken by a semi-independent non-profit organization, administered by the Auraria Higher Education Campus, in commercial tenant space under the jurisdiction of the Denver Building Department. Coordination of the various authorities was critical to project success.
New carefully balanced HVAC with tight humidification control and additional security were required to allow the center to attract more prestigious shows. The opening show in the new gallery was a presentation of rarely seen Picasso print work that received national attention.