The exhibit focuses on innovation in art with works by DAVA youth solving problems, inventing new devices, and presenting new ideas.  Interactive works by guest artists Kat Nechleba and Bryan Leister complete the exhibit which opens to the public with a reception on Thursday September 14th from 4 to 7:30 pm and runs through November 15th, 2017. The opening will include film screenings, mechanical puppets and robot demonstrations. (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) is located at 1405 Florence Street, one block south of Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. For the 9th year, Professor Geoffrey Chadwick from Colorado Film School, Community College of Aurora taught students how to make films. Twenty four DAVA students with 7 other teens from CFS produced more than 14 stories consisting short films, stop-motions, claymations and computer animations. The films will be screened at the opening and on view in the media room for the duration of the exhibit. This summer, the focus has been in using a variety of mechanisms and motors in art to create innovative moving or interactive art projects. Some middle and high school students in the Job Training program created battle-bots while other designed motorized mechanical sculptures and puppets inspired by the works of guest artist Kat Nechleba.   Students ages 7 to 17 in the open studio were introduced to mechanical movements this summer through a STEAM approach to automata and simple machines. They imagined new devices and created 3D models with moving parts, wind and solar power.  Guest artists Kat Nechleba and Bryan Leister add innovative ways to interact with the public. Kat Nechleba creates mechanical puppets with or without motors. Bryan Leister uses hi tech sensors and digital media to give the viewers control of the artwork through body movement.   All of DAVA’s exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment. For more information about the exhibits email       Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with a primary focus on youth engagement. For more information about our programs, visit or call 303 367 5886. facebookicon instagramicon twittericon
Lanterns at the Holiday Show ArtBot exhibition in the DAVA Gallery Maria at a gallery opening reception Mural detail by Job Training students