Contemporary Russian Posters: the Art of Vladimir Chaika’ Opens Sept. 8 at Morgan Library’s First National Bank Gallery

Colorado State University Morgan Library’s First National Bank Gallery will host an exhibition titled "Contemporary Russian Posters: The Art of Vladimir Chaika" in conjunction with the 13th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition. The show will feature posters from the award-winning independent artist, best known for his bold and innovative use of color and type.

Chaika was born in Kazakhstan and currently lives and works in Moscow. Many of his works are held in collections around the world, including the Colorado State Libraries’ International Poster Collection housed in the Special Collections Department on the second floor of the Morgan Library.

The satellite exhibition will open Sept. 8 and run through Dec. 5. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m.-midnight, Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-midnight. The First National Bank Gallery is located on the first floor of the Morgan Library on the Colorado State campus at 501 University Ave. in Fort Collins. For more information, contact Kate Cunningham-Hendrix at (970) 491-1859.

The 13th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, the only international poster presentation in the United States, features 197 art works by 102 graphic artists from 35 countries. Original posters created by some of the world’s most acclaimed artists will be showcased on the Colorado State University campus Sept. 12-Oct. 24.

The posters feature international perspectives on contemporary political, social and cultural issues. This year’s honor laureate is world-renowned artist, design consultant and film maker Chaz Maviyane-Davies. Maviyane-Davies has exhibited around the world, been honored with numerous awards for his work and for several years operated a design studio in Harare, Zimbabwe. He presently teaches graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Chaika was the honor laureate for the 10th International Invitational Poster Exhibition in 1997 and won a gold medal for his poster, "For Rent," in 1995 at the 9th CIIPE.

The poster exhibition is presented by Colorado State, Fort Collins Lincoln Center, Poudre School District, Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau. Financial sponsors include Nita Crisp by All Occasions Catering, Colorado State’s Department of Art, Arts Alive, Colorado Council on the Arts and Fort Fund from the city of Fort Collins.

For additional information about the 13th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, contact the Colorado State University’s Clara Hatton Gallery, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at (970) 491-7634, or visit the Web at