Current Exhibition:


Artworks by DAVA Youth

Guest artists: Shane Evans, Daniel W. Sorensen and Geoffrey Chadwick

Opening reception and film screening: Friday September 12th: 4:00-7:30 pm

The exhibition is on view until November 18th, 2014.

artbots postcard to print

This exhibition explores relationships between art and technology through a playful and artistic investigation of robots. DAVA youth created a variety of robots using found materials, drawings and short film. Art robots by guest artists Shane Evans and Daniel W. Sorensen add another layer to the exhibition. The exhibit opens to the public Friday September 12th from 4 to 7:30 pm with a reception and a special screening of short films by DAVA students created at the Colorado Film School.

DAVA Job Training students integrated artistic and technological research into the fabrication of robots. They worked with guest artist Shane Evans (above) to master basic technology and include movement, light and sounds. Student “artbots” are 2 to 4 feet tall and made entirely out of recycled materials. Younger students from DAVA’s Open Studio imagined robots through drawings. They also deconstructed old toys to reassemble them into interactive robots.

Guest artist Shane Evans’ smaller sculptural robots, made from repurposed metal, will be exhibited at DAVA. Paintings by Daniel W. Sorensen contribute to the imaginative aspect of robots in art. Dan also inspired younger students during a robot drawing workshop at DAVA. (below: Lily age 9 drawing robots, Mia age 7 making a robot from old toy parts).

lily age 9mia age 7Short films produced by 24 DAVA Job Training students with Professor Geoffrey Chadwick at the Colorado Film School explore the theme of robots in the context of science fiction, romance, comedy or action shorts.

All exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment. DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) is located at 1405 Florence St., one block south of East Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District.

For more information call 303-367-5886.

Geoffrey Chadwick and students at the film SchoolDan Sorensen Paint the Sky Above: Geoffrey Chadwick, Colorado Film School; Painting by Daniel W. Sorensen.


Upcoming Exhibition:

Art Bazaar

Annual holiday show and sale of works by DAVA youth

with guest artists: Ameet Patel, Elizabeth Truglio, Nicole Banowetz and Kuru Street

Opening Reception: Friday December 5th, 4 pm- 7:30 pm

The exhibit will be up from December 5th to January 9th

Gallery Hours: 10 am-5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment.

Proceeds from this exhibit support year round art programs for youth at DAVA.

Below: Beadwork and painting by DAVA Job Training students ages 11 to 14; block print by Gabriel, age 7; mixed media artwork by guest artist Elizabeth Truglio and recycled flip flop sculptures from South Africa (Kuru Street).

bead work by DAVA studentPainting by Job Training students

guest artists Elizabeth Truglio Winter HillsKuru Street flip flop sculptures


Lanterns at the Holiday Show ArtBot exhibition in the DAVA Gallery Maria at a gallery opening reception Mural detail by Job Training students