The Gallery of Contemporary Art in collaboration with the College Advisory Committee of the Denver Art Museum and the UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Department present the thirs exhibition of the best art students from colleges across the Front Range. Twelve institutions are represented with onestudent from each undergraduate and graduate program. The annualexibition was previously mounted at the University of Denver in 2000 and Regis University in 2001.

The schools participating in this exhibition are Adams State College, Alamosa; Colorado State University, Ft. Collins; Metropolitan State College, Denver; University of COlorado,Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder; Colorado College, Colorado Springs; University of Denver, Rocky Mountain College of Design, Denver; Regis University, Denver; adn University of Northern COlorado, Greeley.

Each school’s faculty representative to the Denver Art Museum’s College Art Committee was charged with picking the student or students to represent their program. The selection criteria was determined by each participating school, but the Gallery of Contemporary Art requested that the artists be the student generally regarded as best and brightest.

Sixteen students have been selected, including four graduate students. The exhibition includes painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and installation work. The students were not limited in what they chose to include and were allowed to show as much or little as they wished. Consequently some chose to deliver an extensive body of work, and others a more mosdest selection.

The overall goal of this exhibition is to allow viewers to see what our region’s most gifted contemporary art students are creating. It is also hoped thatt the work will inspire other artists and the public by allowing a preview of what we might expect from artists soon to be working independently in their own art communities across the Front Range.

Exhibition support was contributed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; Colorado Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Colorado General Assembly; the CU Colorado Springs Student Government Association on behalf of the Student Body, Springs Magazine and the Gallery’s Membership.