Everyday Explorations: CSU’s Visual Arts Building

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Apr 242013

Author: Kelsey Contouris

It’s gray. Dreary. Dull.

From the outside, that is.

The west entrance of the Visual Arts building

The west entrance of the Visual Arts building

The Visual Arts building may not appear to be the ideal place for fostering imagination, but the inside tells a different story. Just walking through the main stretch of the building, you’ll find an impressive array of artwork on display – drawings, paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography, you name it.

Constructed in 1974, Visual Arts stands on the south side of Pitkin Street across from Braiden Hall. The sprawling complex is home to a number of classrooms, studios and workshops where students can build and master their artistic skills. Having enjoyed art classes in high school, I was particularly excited for this week’s exploration.

Colorful pipes run along the ceiling in the main hallway.

Colorful pipes run along the ceiling in the main hallway.

I entered the building through the west doors as several other students were making their way to 8 a.m. classes. Again realizing that I would look like a strange tourist for taking pictures in front of everyone, I cut into a hallway off to my right until traffic died down. It wasn’t the most spectacular first impression – just a bunch of lockers, offices and some studios. It actually reminded me very much of the art hallway in the high school I attended freshman year.

This thought struck me again as I toured other parts of the building – the slanted skylights, exposed pipes zigzagging across the ceiling, quaint courtyards outside and numerous projects lining the walls were all eerily familiar. If my high school’s art department were to take over the rest of the building, this is what it would look like.

Paintings line the walls.

Paintings line the walls.

As I made my way down the main corridor, I noticed a sign directing students to room F113, which, oddly enough, is where one of my journalism classes will be next semester. I followed the signs past some more offices and classrooms only to find an average-sized lecture hall, pointlessly far away from the rest of my classes next semester. At least I can look forward to admiring some of the artwork while I’m in the building.

I continued down the main stretch, snapping photos of some paintings and pottery. I passed a small counter called the Sova Cafe, which advertised bagels, cookies, coffee and more. I imagined what the place must look like on a normal afternoon – students hanging out on the hallway benches or lounging in the courtyards outside, probably drawing in sketchbooks as they have lunch. Being an art student in this building must be pretty nice.

Even the landscaping is artsy.

Even the landscaping is artsy.

I eventually came to another entrance area facing Pitkin Street. An old, red telephone booth stood by the doors, as well as a wiry sculpture of a human body. As I kept walking down the hall, I saw a few weathered pieces of art equipment and more projects filling display cases. I came to the east doors and turned right into a hallway containing more drawings, lockers and studios. I was amazed at how tall the studio doors were – they practically went up to the ceiling!

After I took a few more photos, my exploration was over. I was pleasantly surprised to find such a vibrant, artsy environment inside that cold, gray brick exterior. If you have time to check out the visual arts building, or if you end up with a miscellaneous lecture there, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with what you see.

The Gallery: Issue 6

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Mar 082013

Author: CollegeAveStaff

The gallery is a place where you can come and enjoy your passion for fine photography. The staff of College Avenue takes these photos in their spare time.

Photos by Allison Lecain, Joe Nunez, Kelsey Contouris, Lauren Martin, Natasha Leadem, and Mary Wilson.

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Artists interpret veteran stories through print

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Nov 132012

Author: Michael McNulty

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niur2RyBb_c[/youtube]This Veteran’s Day, artists and veterans came together to explain their stories in a different way. The Veteran Print Project is an attempt to bridge the gap between veterans and citizens by having a conversation that converts stories into art pieces.

Yvette Pino founded the project in Madison, Wisconsin and brought the task to Colorado State University this year. The Morgan Library held the exhibition on Thursday November 8 for the artists, veterans and general public to view everyones work and hear the veterans’ stories.

For more information on other veteran print projects, visit their website here.

CSU University Center for the Arts hosts special director and translator for “Spring Awakening”

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Oct 092012

Author: Sean Korbitz


Denver Center Theatre’s Douglas Langworthy translated this 1906 Broadway play for the UCA.  Langworthy and guest director Garrett Ayers discuss the challenges faced in presenting this controversial play.

Documentary Directed and Produced by: Brianna Silletti & Nicole Barton

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Ashes to Art: Fort Collins philanthropists find beauty in High Park Fire debris

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Oct 092012

Author: Katie Spencer


Lori Joseph and Tim O’Hara started The Art to Ashes Project benefitting the Volunteer Poudre Firefighters. Art projects came from all over the country from 60 different artists and 30 different states. The artists received a package of ashes and a fireball. To learn more about the auction visit  their website.

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