Landmark for a legend: 20th international poster exhibition opens at CSU this month

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The 20th biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition – the only exhibition of its kind in North America featuring the world’s top poster artists and designers – returns to Colorado State University this fall.

The 20th CIIPE begins Sept. 20 with a lecture at the University Center for the Arts by Honor Laureates Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding, whose work will be shown in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art. The main opening for CIIPE, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History, will be held Sept. 22 in the Lory Student Center’s Curfman Gallery and the Visual Arts Building, where posters will be on display until early November.

“Since 1979, the goal of this show has been to expose CSU and the surrounding community to these leading international designers,” said CIIPE Co-Director and Coordinator Jason Frazier, assistant professor of graphic design. “The 20th exhibition is sure to have continued impact.”

CIIPE will feature nearly 150 posters by more than 70 artists from over 40 countries. In addition to the two opening events, a CIIPE panel on “Picturing Human Rights” will be held Sept. 21 at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art. And earlier that day, art and art history students will have the opportunity to talk with Scorsone and Drueding at a brown-bag session.

Schedule and locations

CIIPE Honor Laureates: Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding

Exhibition: Sept. 20 – Dec. 15, Works on Paper Gallery, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

UCA Visiting Artist Lecture: 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, Organ Recital Hall, UCA

CIIPE Human Rights Panel: “Picturing Human Rights”

5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, UCA

Speakers: Silvia Canetto of the Department of Psychology and Caridad Souza, director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at CSU, join Alice Drueding and Joe Scorsone

CIIPE Main Exhibition Opening Night

6-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22

Social Hour: 6 p.m., Lory Student Center Theatre

Comments and Ribbon-Cutting: 7 p.m., Lory Student Center Theatre and Curfman Gallery, LSC

Exhibition Hours: 7-9 p.m., Curfman Gallery, Lory Student Center and Hatton Gallery, Visual Arts Building

Posters and an exhibition catalog will be available for sale at the opening.

CIIPE Main Exhibition

Sept. 22 – Nov. 3

Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center and Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts Building

About the CIIPE

CIIPE remains the only international poster exhibition of its kind in the United States and one of a growing number of similar exhibitions in the world. First organized in 1979 by the Department of Art and Art History’s highly regarded graphic design unit, the exhibition brings outstanding examples of international poster design to an American audience by inviting entries from distinguished poster artists around the world. It was founded by Phil Risbeck, professor emeritus in the Department of Art and Art History; Bob Coonts, CSU retired affiliate faculty; and John Sorbie, former art professor at CSU, now deceased.

In the CIIPE, each artist submits two copies of up to two posters, resulting in exhibitions that can approach 200 posters. One copy of the poster is exhibited and sold, while the other copy becomes part of the International Poster Collection in the CSU Libraries. With the variety of subjects, viewpoints and techniques that the posters represent, both the exhibition and the collection serve as sources of education, enlightenment and enjoyment.

CIIPE Honor Laureates

The 2017 CIIPE Honor Laureates, Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding, have been designing posters together since 1986.

Scorsone received his B.F.A. from The University of Buffalo and M.F.A. from The University of Illinois, both in graphic design. Drueding has a degree in art history and in graphic design from Brown University, and a degree in graphic design from Temple University. They are both professors emeriti at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. They are recipients of numerous awards, and their work has been included in more than a dozen publications and exhibited around the world.

They are best known for their advocacy and support of pressing issues of the day. Typical subjects of their work include public health, environmental protection, human rights and free speech. With a clarity of ideas presented through compelling designs, and often using humor to provide access to difficult issues, Scorsone and Drueding draw attention to their causes while frequently raising funds for them as well.

“Picturing Human Rights” Panel

The panel discussion will examine how the visual arts can help bring attention to human rights, informing people’s thoughts on these critical issues and enacting positive change. Moderated by Lindsey Nielsen of the ACT Human Rights Film Festival, panel members include artists Alice Drueding and Joe Scorsone as well as Silvia Canetto, CSU professor of psychology, and Caridad Souza, director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at CSU.

For information about awards given during the last CIIPE in 2015, visit The Department of Art and Art History is in CSU’s College of Liberal Arts.