UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art to rock creative scene with sixth annual Brilliant

Daisy McGowan, (719) 255-3504, dmcgowan@uccs.edu Nicole Anthony, (310) 408-6121, nanthony@uccs.edu
Brilliant 2016.

COLORADO SPRINGS– Brilliant, an art party extravaganza to benefit the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art, is scheduled for June 24 at 121 S. Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.

The sixth annual celebration combines art, technology, performance, sound art and music to transform GOCA 121 and the Plaza of the Rockies atrium into a spectacular experience.

“There is so much creative brilliance in our region,” Daisy McGowan, director, Galleries of Contemporary Art, said. “We are thrilled to elevate and celebrate it with our community.”

A five-course dinner with cocktail pairings by Blue Star restaurant kicks off the evening, and continues with an interactive exhibition that invites attendees to explore the multitude of ways in which the internet affects human movements, connections and perceptions. A series of curated performances will take place all evening, including “Psychic Barber” from GOCA’s Cybercy exhibition. Additional artists to perform include Kat and Bob Tudor, Mobdividual, Rock ‘n Roll Shaman, Sean Winters and the Bells of St. Vrain Handbell Ensemble. Guests are welcomed to explore throughout the space as a few surprise elements have also been programmed

Attendees can sample local craft tastings provided by Colorado Common Hard Cider, Distillery 291, Local Relic, Pikes Peak Lemonade Company, Urban Steam and Vapor Distillery.

Brilliant 2016

Brilliant raises financial support for future gallery programs, exhibits and collaborations. Tickets are now available at www.brilliantgoca.com. Tickets for the Brilliant dinner and art party are $125. Tickets for the art party alone are $45. UCCS students with valid identification can purchase tickets for $20. Special group rate discounts are available. Free parking provided in the Plaza of the Rockies garage.

ABOUT THE GALLERIES OF CONTEMPORARY ART

GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture and conversation. By featuring world class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. www.galleryuccs.org

GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries, one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.