CIIPE – Biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition

The first Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE) was organized in 1979 by the Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Art and Art History's highly regarded graphic design unit. The purpose of CIIPE is to bring outstanding examples of international poster design to an American audience. This is accomplished by inviting entries from distinguished poster artists around the world.

Each biennial exhibition features posters created by nearly 100 artists from about 30 countries. Each artist is asked to submit two copies of up to two posters, resulting in exhibitions approaching 200 posters. One copy of the poster is exhibited and sold, while the other copy becomes a part of the International Poster Collection in the CSU Libraries. With the variety of subjects, viewpoints, and techniques that the posters represent, both the exhibition and the collection are excellent sources of education, enlightenment, and enjoyment.

CIIPE remains the only international poster exhibition of its kind in the United States and one of a growing number of similar exhibitions in the world. The program's long-range goal is to continue to focus on the poster as it responds to the contemporary world, to assess the impact of new technologies and the information age on the poster medium, and to spotlight emerging noteworthy designers.

2017 - Honor laureates and Judges Exhibition: Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding


The 20th biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition
– the only exhibition of its kind in North America featuring the world’s top poster artists and designers – returns to CSU Sept. 20 with a lecture in the University Center for the Arts by honor laureates Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding, whose work will be shown in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art. The main opening for CIIPE, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History, will be held Sept. 22 in the Visual Arts Building and Lory Student Center’s Curfman Gallery, where posters also will be on display until Nov. 3.

Since 1979, the goal of this show has been to expose CSU and the surrounding community to these leading international designers,” said CIIPE co-director and coordinator Jason Frazier, assistant professor of graphic design. “The 20th exhibition is sure to have an impact.

2015 - Rene Azcuy

2013 - Gitte Kath

2011 - Leonardo Sonnoli

2009 - Majid Abbasi

2007 - Fang Chen

2005 - Marta Granados

2003 - Chaz Maviyane-Davies

2001 - Kari Piippo