2017 Exhibition and PechaKucha

Join us for our bi-annual exhibition and PechaKucha event!



September 7th – October 11th
Opening Reception, September 7th, 5:00-8:00 pm
Concordia University Gallery

September 21st, 6:00-8:30pm
Concordia University

Check out the link at the top of our menu for all the details.

CVA Action 2017 Update!


Just wanted to let everybody know to keep watching our site and Facebook for updates about our upcoming exhibit and Pecha Kucha this fall. We’ll have more updates to share in the coming weeks.

CVA Representing at the Heart 4 Art Fundraiser

R to L: Joshua W Murray (CVA), Caroline Houdek (CVA), Liz Kasper (SAA), Neil Johnston (CVA), Shannon Brunette (CVA), Steve Harmon (CAA).
R to L: Joshua W Murray (CVA), Caroline Houdek (CVA), Liz Kasper (SAA), Neil Johnston (CVA), Shannon Brunette (CVA), Steve Harmon (CAA).

Attending the White Bear Center for the Arts Heart 4 Art Fundraiser last week was alumni from the different incarnations of the College of Visual Arts . CVA Action was introduced to Liz Kasper, a graduate of the School of Associated Arts and Steve Harmon, a graduate of the College of Associated Arts.

Photos from PechaKucha

Thank you to everyone that made PechaKucha a success! CVA Action would like to thank presenters Pascal Staub, DC Ice, Abby Haddican, Joseph Kuefler, Marc Stephens (speaking about Aaron Purmort’s work), Jehra Patrick, Ben Levitz, and Jamey Erickson. We also would like to thank Val Jenkins and Rosalux Gallery.

CVA Action and Rosalux Gallery present PechaKucha

PechaKucha Presenters

What is a PechaKucha you ask?

PechaKucha is a simple presentation format of a set of 20 slide show images, each image advances automatically every 20 seconds as the presenter shares their work. We are thrilled to have 8 artists and designers who attended the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN share a snapshot of their work since their CVA days!

Announcing our PechaKucha presenters: DC Ice, Jamey Erickson, Abby Haddican, Joseph Kuefler, Ben Levitz, Jehra Patrick, Pascal Staub and the late Aaron Purmot, whose work will be presented by his colleague Marc Stephens.

Join us at Rosalux Gallery on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Presentations will begin at 7:45 sharp. Come mingle, buy some dinner at La Plancha food truck, enjoy beer from a local brewery and connect with the artists, designers and friends of CVA!

Also showing at Rosalux is Sticky Ridges and Other Perils of Silent Senses featuring the paintings of Laura Stack and paintings/drawings of Val Jenkins.

Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
7:00 to 10:00 pm, presentations begin at 7:45

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Photos from Reverberations

A huge thank you goes out to everyone that made the Reverberations show a success! We couldn’t have done it without the support from Form+Content Gallery, Traffic Zone Gallery, the CVA alumni, and former faculty and staff.

photos by Steve Stenzel



Reminder to join us for the opening reception of Reverberations on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm with ongoing performance of Dear One by artist Aki Shibata. Reverberations is a juried exhibition featuring the work of 44 artists who attended the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN.

Thank you to Reverberations juror, Kristin Makholm, who is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, is a respected curator, art historian and teacher. She has held curatorial positions at The Saint Louis Art Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum. While teaching art history and running the gallery at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Kristin led two prominent regional arts fellowship programs; the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists and the Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
6:00 to 9:00 pm

Form + Content Gallery
Whitney Square Building
210 North 2nd Street, Suite 104
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Traffic Zone Gallery
250 3rd Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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Tokyo Type Directors Club

Join us October 15th for the Concordia Leaders of Design lecture series and the Tokyo Type Directors Club gallery opening.

Fall is in full swing! The leaves are colorful, the temperature is dropping, and you’re looking for fun things to do outside of your house. We suggest meeting up with some former CVA folks at the opening reception for the Tokyo Type Directors Club on Oct. 15th!

The night will start off right with the Concordia Leaders of Design lecture series at 6:00pm, which includes Jon Forss and Ryan Hageman and is immediately followed by the Tokyo Type Directors Club gallery opening reception at 7:30.

Find out more and get your tickets by following the link below.


A juried exhibition featuring the work of artists who were students at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN.

Form+Content Gallery is pleased to present the first juried exhibition of artwork by alumni and students from the College of Visual Arts since its closing in 2013.  Anyone who attended the college during its rich and lively history from 1948-2013 is invited to submit their work to this juried exhibition.  Exhibition venues are Form+Content and Traffic Zone Galleries located one block apart in downtown Minneapolis. The juror is Kristin Makholm, Executive Director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Members from Form+Content Gallery, Traffic Zone Gallery and the CVA Action group have generously committed to providing exhibition space and hosting for this exciting event. Additionally, a one night accompanying event will also take place at Rosalux Gallery. The exhibition runs from February 26–March 21, 2015. Opening reception February 28, Saturday 6:00-9:00.

Find the Call for Submission information at:


CVA 2024 continues work on a turnaround plan for The College of Visual Arts

CVA Action subcommittee CVA 2024 met again yesterday with higher education guru David Mathieu to further develop a turnaround framework for CVA, with a focus on college structure, space and building usages, and marketing strategy. In addition to establishing a viable and sustainable path forward for the college, the plan also emphasizes a mission to “restore the importance of educating an emerging workforce in practical creative problem-solving, as provided by a quality and thoughtful undergraduate fine arts and design experience.”

We will present a draft to CVA faculty and other stakeholders by this Friday, and with their input, plan to publish a final draft shortly thereafter. Stay tuned!