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16th biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition ends Dec. 22

December 4, 2009
By Paul Miller

Vibrant, compelling images that explore cultural, social, and political worlds are on display through Dec. 22 during the 16th biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition.

Opera de Massy, Turandot, by Michel Bouvet (French)

Visual ingenuity on display

For the first time, the exhibition is being featured in one venue – Colorado State University’s Art Museum at 1400 Remington St.

“The visual ingenuity displayed in the posters is extraordinary as artists take on a number of issues and come up with myriad visual solutions that are quite astounding in their impact,” says Linny Frickman, museum director.

28 countries represented

The exhibit, which features works of 82 artists from 28 countries, includes a solo exhibition by Majid Abbasi, CIIPE’s honor laureate from Iran and specialist in Iranian typography.

Abbasi display ends Dec. 11

Colorado State is hosting Abbasi’s first visit to the United States, says John Gravdahl, CSU art professor and co-coordinator of the show. Abbasi’s work is on display at the Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center through Dec. 11.

“We’re honored to welcome Majid Abbasi to CSU, not only because of his masterful work in the poster medium but also because of his passionate and tireless advocacy for the advancement of graphic design and freedom of visual expression in his native Iran,” Frickman says.

Leading and emerging graphic designers

Excerpt from Theatre and Humanism in Today's World of Violence, by Bojiday Ikonomov (Bulgaria)

CIIPE, founded in 1979 at CSU, highlights excellence in poster design from leading and emerging graphic designers from around the globe. The exhibition presents a comprehensive look at the medium, its aesthetic and social implications, and its viability in the digital age.

“Posters may seem low-tech, but the recent use of Shepard Fairey’s poster in the Obama campaign is the ultimate example of the impact that this medium still has,” Frickman says.

Sponsors and supporters

CIIPE was 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. Other supporters include Fort Fund and the Colorado Council on the Arts.

Art Museum, plus satellite displays

Satellite exhibitions throughout Fort Collins are featuring specific historical, geographic, and thematic subjects.

All events and exhibits are free and open to the public.

Originally published in Colorado State Magazine, Winter 2009-2010.