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The 19th biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition hosted by the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University features works of top poster artists and designers worldwide. Now in its 36th year, the biennial event is the only exhibition of its kind in North America. 

The main exhibition opens Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 28 in the Clara Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts Building and the Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center, both are located on the main CSU campus. The exhibition will open with a public reception at 7 p.m. at the Hatton Gallery and a poster sale in both galleries from 7-9 p.m.

Exhibition winners will be announced during the opening reception by the 19th CIIPE exhibition judge. A limited number of exhibition posters and full-color catalogs will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis.

Featuring works from over 70 poster artists and designers from six continents, leading international graphic designers and many emerging artists, the 19th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition – or CIIPE – showcases examples of global visual communication to an American audience, promoting international understanding and dialogue through outstanding design. The unique exhibition provides CSU students and the community first hand-exposure to a diverse presentation of prevailing social, cultural, and commercial perspectives.

Each biennial year, the exhibition features an exhibition judge and honor laureate; these positions spotlight artists with lifetime records of excelling in the poster medium.

This year’s Exhibition Judge is Alejandro Magallanes of Mexico City, whose work has been shown extensively internationally. Magallanes has dedicated his work to politics and fun. He has written six children’s books varying from poetry to cartoons, and has designed and illustrated many posters and books. Magallanes believes that the image becomes most valuable – worth a 1,000 words – when it evokes emotions, making it unforgettable.

The judge’s lecture will take place at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Lory Student Center Theater, followed by an opening reception. Magallanes’s work will be highlighted at the Curfman Gallery in the LSC from Sept. 18 – Oct. 28.

The 19th CIIPE exhibition Honor Laureate is Rene Azcuy of Mexico, formerly of Cuba. Mr. Azcuy’s work has been at the top levels of international achievement for over 50 years. He is particularly known by his inventive imagery in posters of Cuban and Latin-American cinema and theater. CIIPE directors are honored to host Mr. Azcuy for the opening reception ribbon cutting.

A valuable extension of the biennial exhibition is the International Poster Collection which holds past and present CIIPE poster entries. The collection, created through the collaboration between CSU Libraries and the Department of Art and Art History, is part of Morgan Library’s Archives and Special Collections. The online display features a searchable database of posters from the 7th show (1991) to the present, and an artist database of biographical information.

“Visitors to the 19th show will recognize the CIIPE signature commitment to gather the best efforts of the highest level of poster artists in the world,” said exhibition organizer John Gravdahl, professor of Graphic Design at CSU. “It is an ever changing cross section of diverse artistic achievement and cultural perspectives. Each poster is unique. Each show is unique.”

The Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition was founded in 1979 at Colorado State by Phil Risbeck, professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University; Bob Coonts, CSU retired affiliate faculty; and John Sorbie, former art professor at CSU, now deceased.

The 19th exhibition is made possible in-part through a grant from the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Fund, which was established to enhance the cultural development and atmosphere of Colorado State. Additional sponsors include the University Art Museum and the FUNd Endowment at Colorado State University

19th Biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition