Two School of Art & Design grads, Olivia Davies and Jessica Forrestal, are being featured in local Colorado art exhibits.

Davies' art can be see in the Synergy: Emerging Artists of Colorado exhibit, on view from January 11 through February 9 at The Collective Community Arts Center in Lafayette, CO. She will speak in a free artist talk on February 9, 6-9pm.

Learn more about Davies' exhibition and artist talk

Forrestal is holding a solo exhibit in Denver called Illuminate Me, Please.

Location: ReCreative Denver (Map)

Opening Reception: February 2, 6-10pm

Show Dates: February 2-23

Artist Statement

American consumer culture revolves around the mass production, consumption, and disposal of objects that are meant to promise functionality and life improvement. This cyclical ritual leaves stacks of user manuals and mounds of deconstructed parts in its wake. Using the authoritative style of a diagram, I investigate the intersection of humans, objects, and environment. My large hand-drawn installations require intensive labor and crafting as I challenge concepts of quality, disposability and time. Using this format of production, objects are reimagined and recontextualized as artworks that challenge the economy of the art object.

About Jessica Forrestal

Jessica holds a MFA in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, a MA in Art and Design from University of Northern Colorado and a BA in Art from Colorado State University. Recently, Jessica was an artist-in-residence at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, Colorado where she debuted a new collection of wall drawings. She was also awarded the opportunity to display her work publicly by a Brooklyn-based non-profit called SaveArtSpace. She has participated in group and solo shows in Brooklyn, New York and in the Denver area. 

Learn more about Jessica Forrestal