Community Invited to Attend Opening Ceremonies, Events, for International Poster Exhibition

FORT COLLINS – The Fort Collins and regional community is welcome to attend the opening ceremonies and corresponding activities Sept. 11-13 for the 13th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition.

Activities include:

–     Opening Ceremonies at the Lincoln Center Sept. 11

Opening ceremonies for the Poster Exhibition will feature work and a presentation by world-renowned artist, film maker and this year’s honor laureate, Chaz Maviyane-Davies. The ceremonies also will feature work by exhibition directors and high-school students, and include a guest reception. Opening ceremonies take place from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center and are free and open to the public.

–     Poster Exhibition Opening and Reception Sept. 12

The International Poster Exhibition officially opens with a reception from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Visual Arts Building on the Colorado State campus. During the reception, exhibition winners will be announced and a poster sale will take place in the Hatton and Curfman galleries. Attendees will also have the first opportunity to view the exhibition and speak with a number of participating artists. A limited number of copies of exhibition posters, as well as exhibition catalogs, will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. The reception is free and open to the public.

–     Lunchtime Discussions by Honor Laureate and Visiting Artists Sept. 10, 11 and 12

Poster exhibition honor laureate Chaz Maviyane-Davies and other visiting designers, including Andrew Lewis and Cedomir Kostovic, will be leading lunchtime discussions from noon-1 p.m. on Sept. 10, 11 and 12 in the Directions Gallery in the Visual Arts Building. Discussions will be focused on poster art and contemporary graphic design but are open for attendees to ask questions and talk about whatever interests them. The lunchtime discussions are free and open to the public.

–     Special Performance of "A Lesson From Aloes" Sept. 11, 12 and 13

The Colorado State University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance is presenting a special production of "A Lesson From Aloes" by South African playwright Athol Fugard. The play, which  addresses issues related to apartheid, is directed by Laura Jones and features Tom Sutherland, Wendy Ishii and Earlie Thomas. The play will run for three consecutive nights beginning Sept. 11 with each performance beginning at 8 p.m. in Johnson Hall. On Sept. 13, the play will be followed by a "talk back" session with poster exhibition honor laureate Chaz Maviyane-Davies and other exhibition leaders. Tickets range from $5 to $12 and are available at the Lory Student Center Information Desk, (970) 491-6444, or at the Johnson Hall Box Office, (970) 491-5116.

More than 190 original posters created by the world’s most acclaimed artists will be showcased at Colorado State’s Hatton and Curfman galleries poster beginning Sept. 12. The six-week-long exhibition, the only international poster presentation organized in the United States, features work by more than 100 graphic artists from 35 countries. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Exhibition information is available on the Web at or by calling (970) 491-7634.