Monday, June 30, 2008

Updated July Schedule of Installation

Here is an updated installation schedule for July:

July 7 - 27
Patrick Dougherty on location to create a new work from locally-harvested sapling. The site for his work is the northeast corner of Prexy's Pasture.

July 17
Installation of James Surls new work on Prexy's Pasture and Charmaine Locke's bronze scultpure, Open Book, at the Albany County Public Library.

July 28
Installation of Carl Reed's Braced Ring with Outlyer on the west end of Prexy's Pasture.

Stay tuned for the installation dates for John Kearny's Alligator at the City Annex, Robert Russin in Undine Park, and John Henry's large-scale metal sculpture, River High, near the Rec Center.

For complete information, visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

ARK Artists Create Large-scale Sculpture for Creative Arts Center

The artists at the Creative Arts Center of ARK Regional Services are working on a large-scale sculpture made of sheet metal for the University of Wyoming Art Museum's major exhibition of public art, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational.

Inspired by Alexander Calder's large, colorful and whimsical stabiles and guided by visual arts coordinator Debbie Garner and local artist Alison Arnold, ARK artists are creating their own interior designs for the yet-to-be-named sculpture. People will be able to walk both around and inside the sculpture, which will be placed in front of the Creative Art Center at 1174 N. 4th St.

"This project is an exciting artistic experience for the participants," says Mary Arnold, manager of the Creative Arts Center. "They are learning about Alexander Calder, a renowned American artist, as well as three-dimensional design, group cohesiveness and the process and production of public sculpture."

The Creative Arts Center provides opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities to explore and express their creativity and learn and grow in an integrated and enriched community environment.

"We are thrilled that ARK agreed to participate in this community-wide celebration of art," says Susan Moldenhauer, director and chief curator of the University of Wyoming Art Museum. "The efforts ARK's administration, teachers, and residents to create a special work for this exhibition are remarkable."

For additional information, visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum

Linda Fleming's Refugium installed at the Classroom Building

Refugium installed on the new plaza west of the Classroom Building on N 9th St. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

Oakland artist Linda Fleming was in Laramie last Thursday to oversee the installation of her laser-cut steel sculpture, Refugium, on the new plaza west of the Classroom Building. The 18-ft long work is accessible through an entryway at the north end. Visitors are invited to enter the sculpture, sit on a chair, and be enveloped by the organic patterning of light and shadow created by the work.

Press Release for Linda Fleming, click here.
For complete information, visit www.uwyo.ed/artmuseum.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Moroles' Granite Windows Assembled on Prexy's Pasture

Jesus Moroles' Granite Windows is sited on Prexy's Pasture. Art faculty David Jones and his class arrive at the sculpture as they did a bike tour of all the works now on view in Scultpure: A Wyoming Invitational. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

Texas artist Jesus Moroles completed the assembly of his new work, Granite Windows, located on the west end of Prexy's Pasture (opposite Half Acre Gym). Finish work will continue over the next few weeks. Moroles said he was happy with the new work. Using a tank to refer to Wyoming's mining industries, the work furthers his exploration in combining found steel objects and granite.
Granite Windows is an interactive work so that viewers may climb inside, sit atop, and/or move the work on its spindle. The "windows" offer interesting and ever changing views of Prexy's Pasture. There are interesting surprises of texture and structure to be discovered inside the scultpure.
For complete information, www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.
Press release for Jesus Moroles, click here.

Art Camp Students Create Artwork after visiting Steven Siegel on location

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Yesterday, the subject of the Art Museum's Summer Art Camp was Steven Siegel's site-specific work, It goes under. Students were bussed to the site in West Laramie to meet the artist and experience the 170-ft long sculpture. Returning to the museum, students used similar recycled materials--window screen mesh and shredded paper--to create their own "worm-like" sculptures. They stuffed their mesh tubes with paper, using long tubes as a plunger, and then wrapped used wire to wrap and shape their creations.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wanxin Zhang sculpture to be installed in Old Main

Wanxin Zhang, Waiting (2007, glazed ceramic, 76 x 24 x 18 in, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, Patricia S. Guthrie Special Exhibits Endowment and the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum Purchase). Photo courtesy of the artist.

Waiting, a new acquisition in the Art Museum's collection, is scheduled to be installed in the President's Suite of Old Main on the campus of the University of Wyoming on Monday, June 23.
One of five works from the museum's collection to be included in Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational , Wanxin Zhang's first solo museum exhibition was on view in the Art Museum during the spring 2007. Zhang lives in California and is respresented by Bernice Steinbaum Gallery.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Moroles on location to complete Granite Windows

Jesus Moroles, assisted by Art Museum Chief Preparator Sterling Smith, works on assembling Granite Windows Tuesday on Prexy's Pasture. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

Texas artists Jesus Moroles returned to the University of Wyoming campus today to assemble his new work, Granite Windows, for Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational which has been organized by the University of Wyoming.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Week of June 16 Update

This is the final week for Steven Siegel to create his work on the Laramie Greenbelt. The weather is finally warming up and the site is drying out from recent flooding. Steve and his crew of interns have made great progress since last week, having worked out a system of screen, mulch, and wire assembly that forms the exterior of the sculpture.

Jesus Moroles returns tomorrow to complete his work Granite Windows on Prexy's Pasture. He will be on site Tuesday - Wednesday, June 16 - 17 to complete the assembly of granite components inside the steel tank framework of the scultpure.

On the west end of Prexy's Pasture, the third site for scultpure is in its initial preparation. Carl Reed's Braced Ring with Outlyer is scheduled for installation in July.

For complete information, www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Artwork, When and Where - Ongoing and Future Installations

Linda Fleming's Refugium is scheduled to be installed on the University of Wyoming campus in late June for Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The following is an updated schedule of ongoing and future installations as well as information of scultpure currently on view as Scultpure: A Wyoming Invitational begins to transform our campus and community.

Currently on view at the UW Art Museum

Deborah Butterfield, Billings, 1996, found steel, welded, 87 x 102 x 32 in, lent by the artist

Ursula von Rydingsvard, Doolin Doolin, 1995-1997, cedar and graphite, 83 x 212 x 77 in / 210.8 x 538.5 x 195.5 cm, lent by Neltje

Jun Kaneko, Untitled (dango), glazed ceramic, 75-1/2 x 59 x 29 inches, 2001, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, Purchased by Patricia R. Guthrie, the W. Sherman and Dorothy Burns Trust, and the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum Acquisition Funds, 2004.3

Jesús Moroles, Eclipse, Vermont granite, 78-1/2 x 33-1/4 x 7-1/2 inches, 1990, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, gift of Harvey and Mireille Katz, in honor of Olga Mordo, 1998.8

Currently on view at Prexy’s Pasture

Charles Parson, Molto Allargondo, 65-ft long, steel, glass, plastic, earth, lent by the artist

Ongoing and future installations

June 16 - 17
Completion of Granite Windows (found steel tank, red granite, 8-ft dia x 7-ft high ) by Jesús Moroles, Prexy’s Pasture

June 14 - 21
Completion of sculpture by Steven Siegel, Laramie Greenbelt, Commerce Street

June 26
Installation of Refugium (2007, laser cut steel, 105 x 228 x 108 in) by Linda Fleming, west plaza, Classroom Building (pending)

July 7-25
Site specific installation created from found saplings by Patrick Dougherty, Prexy’s Pasture

July 21-23
Installation of 10 x 10 x 10-ft stainless steel sculpture by James Surls, Prexy’s Pasture

July 21-23
Installation of Open Book (2004, bronze, 1 of 5, 79 x 63 x 40 inches) by Charmaine Locke, Albany County Public Library

July 28-29
Installation of Braced Ring with Outlyer (2008, stone, steel, dimensions variable) by Carl Reed, Prexy’s Pasture

July 28 - 30
Installation of River High (2008, painted steel, 80 ft high) by John Henry, Laramie Recreation Center

Installation dates to be determined

Installation of Alligator (1973, chrome plated steel, welded, 26-1/2 x 115 x 24 in, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, gift of Mr. Harris J. Klein, 1974.3) by John Kearney, Carnegie Building, City of Laramie Annex

Installation of First Steps (c.1972, bronze, 5 x 6-1/2 x 3-1/2 ft, gift of Isadore Familian, University of Wyoming Art Museum, 1991.23) by Robert Russin, Undine Park

Installation of Waiting (2007, glazed ceramic, 76 x 24 x 18 in, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, Patricia S. Guthrie Special Exhibits Endowment and the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum Purchase) by Wanxin Zhang, Old Main, President’s Suite

For complete information, visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Water Recedes as Steven Siegel's Site-Specific Installation Progresses

Steven Siegel's sculpture emerges from the receding waters of the Laramie River Thursday as work progresses. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

With brisk winds, chilly temps, and receding water, Steven Siegel continues to work on his site-specific sculpture along the Laramie Greenbelt. Mother Nature has not been kind over the last two weeks during the artist's visit with rain, a snow squall, cold, constant wind, and rising waters of the Laramie River that flooded the area last weekend. Still, the artist's spirits are high as he remains focused on completing the work over the next week.

The Art Museum's Summer Art Camps begin next week as well and students will venture to the site to talk with the artist and learn about alternative materials and creating art for a specific location.

If you want to meet the artist and see his work in progress, the site is along the Laramie Greenbelt in West Laramie. From Snowy Range Road, turn south at the Gunslinger Gas Station (Snowy Range Road west of I-80), proceed to the second left (Commerce St), and park near the paved entrance to the Greenbelt. Walk east toward the Laramie River and you will discover Steve's work.

For information on the Art Camps, click here.
Press release for Steven Siegel, click here.
For complete information, www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Moroles Sculpture Takes Shape on Prexy's Pasture

Physical Plant staff, the University of Wyoming Art Museum exhibition preparator Sterling Smith, and the artist Jesus Moroles nudge steel tank into place to receive granite infill. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

Texas sculptor Jesus Moroles was on location earlier this week to install his work for Sculpture: A Wyomng Invitational. Created from a found tank and lined with 10,000 lbs of red granite, Granite Windows will be an interactive sculpture that invites viewers to climb inside the work and/or take it for a spin.

To date, the floor is complete as are the cross-platforms in the work. The east and west "windows" have granite in place. Moroles will return to Laramie in the next week to complete the work.

Press release for Jesus Moroles, click here.
For complete information, www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Laramie Flood impacts work on Steven Siegel's Sculpture

Rising flood waters surround Siegel's scultpure on the Laramie Greenbelt. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum

Laramie was deluged with nearly 2 inches of rain in 2 days this week resulting in elevated water levels for the Laramie River. Areas southwest of the city are particularly vulnerable, including the site for New York artist Steven Siegel's site-specific installation. While rain didn't slow the artist's progress on the sculpture, the rising water has impacted the ability to work on some sections of the inner structure. The National Weather Service expects the river to crest on Saturday morning and we hope the waters will be receding by Monday.

Casper Star Tribune article, click here.
Press release for Steven Siegel, click here.
For complete information, www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.






Thursday, June 5, 2008

Jesus Moroles On Site Next Week

Albert Haskins, UW Physical Plant, off loads granite for Moroles Sculpture on Prexy's Pasture. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

From June 9 to 11, Texas artist Jesus Moroles will be on location creating a new work for Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. The exhibition has been curated by Susan Moldenhauer, director and chief curator of the UW Art Museum, and organized by the Art Museum in partnership with the University of Wyoming, various agencies of the City of Laramie, and the Albany County Public Library.

Moroles has designed an interactive work that will be created from a tank found at Ace Salvage and his signature material, granite. Sited just west of Half Acre Gym, the sculpture will be assembled by Moroles with the assistance of the museum's chief preparator Sterling Smith, preparator David Jones, and the museum's interns for the project: Michael Hurley, Jamie Fritz, Jedidiah Cracco, Kara Peterson, and Bethany Reisner.

Moroles will be on location Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 9 - 11.

Press release on Jesus Moroles, click here.
For complete information, www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.

Siegel Sculpture Takes Shape on the Laramie Greenbelt


Steven Siegel's Sculpture on the Laramie Greenbelt at the end of the day Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

Steven Siegel, assisted by UW Art Museum chief preparator Sterling Smith and a number of student interns, has established the basic structure of his site-specific work for Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. After 3 days of working in the museum's woodshop and on site, the sculpture is beginning to emerge from the soggy banks of the Laramie River. Tomorrow, red mulch from the Cheyenne Recycling Center will be delivered. Additional structural components will be added as the work stretches beyond its current 75-ft length.

Working with Steven is a delight and being part of the creative process for the sculptural work for Laramie is a lot of fun. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah at the museum, 766-6621. Volunteers for the coming weeks (June 9 - 20) to assist in completing the work and will also be needed for the 3 weeks in July when Patrick Dougherty will be in town to create a work from saplings.

Press release on Steven Siegel, click here.
For complete information, www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Charles Parson's Molto Allargando completed on Prexy's Pasture

Molto Allargando by Charles Parson on Prexy's Pasture, University of Wyoming. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

With sod work complete, Molto Allargando by Charles Parson now rises magestically from Prexy's Pasture on the campus of the University of Wyoming. The first of five works that will be placed in this newly renovated center of campus, it is the first of 16 works placed outside the museum that will comprise Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational.

Public programs planned with the exhibition include:
July, day TBD
Public Art Talk by Patrick Dougherty

Sept. 12, 4 - 5:30pm
Public Opening Celebration, Prexy's Pasture

Apr. 4-5, 2009
Public Art and Communities: Impact and Inspiration (working title)
UW Conference Center
A two-day symposium with artists in Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational and more that 20 additional presenters who will discuss the impact and important of public art in our communities and on our campuses.
Press release for Charles Parson, click here.
For complete information, www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Artist Steven Siegel begins 3-week Residency to create new work for Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational

On Monday, June 2, New York artist Steven Seigel arrives for a three-week visit to create a new site-specific installation for Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. Steve visited Laramie several weeks ago to consider sites and options for materials. Since he works with locally-available recycled materials, we took him to ARK, the Laramie City Dump, and the Recycle Center in Cheyenne. His works will be created near the Laramie Greenbelt east of the Commerce Street entrance (west side). Steve selected the site for its unique juxtaposition of nature, industry, commerce, and travel. The site is visible from I-80.

Steve will begin his work in the University of Wyoming Art Museum's shop to fabricate the internal structure for the work. We anticipate 3 days for this aspect of the project and then he will will begin constructing the work on location. Final materials for the sculpture will also be selected and delivered to the site. For this particular project, we look forward to working with Laramie Parks & Recreation.

This will be the second off-site installation for Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. Of the 16 sculptures scheduled for the exhibition, 5 are off-campus and have been made possible through a very special partnership with the various offices and agencies of the City of Laramie and Albany County.

VOLUNTEERS are needed to assist in the creation of Steve's sculpture between June 5 and 18. Plans are to work 8 - 5, Monday - Friday. If you are interested in helping, please contact Sarah Gadd, assistant curator at the Art Museum, 766-6621.

Press release for Steven Siegel, click here.
For complete information, www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.

Charles Parson sculpture installed on Prexy's Pasture

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Off-loading and placing sections of Molto Allargando. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum


Molto Allargando nearing completion. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum

The first off-site installation for Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational was created by Denver sculptor Charles Parson for a site on Prexy's Pasture. Molto Allargando is a 65-ft steel and glass work that references the horizon line so prominent in the American West. The artist, Art Museum personnel and interns, and UW Physical Plant staff undertook the project of off-loading and place sections of the sculpture on the prepared site. Installation, including berming and sod work, was completed in two days.

Press release on Charles Parson, click here.
For complete information, http://www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.