Monday, December 21, 2009

James Surls at the University of Wyoming


Now available on the University of Wyoming webpage! Listen to James Surls discussing his new permanent installation in Coe Library.

Click here. Click on refresh to cycle through to the video clip.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Still have holiday shopping to do?


The Museum Store at the UW Art Museum has all you need for holiday shopping. The Museum Store has Christmas cards, holiday decorations and ornaments and FREE gift wrapping! Stop by today to see the selection of:


  • Handmade jewelry in a variety of styles

  • Unique art books

  • Handcrafted items by local and national artisans

  • Museum publications from past exhibitions

  • Fine art reproductions and posters

  • Kids items

  • One-of-a-kind items

There's something for everyone, so be sure to stop by the Museum Store today! The Museum Store is open 10 am - 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 307.766.3982.


The Museum Store on facebook - become a fan today! Look for the new ONLINE Museum Store to launch in the new year!



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

We're Going Green!

An exhibition of the work by New Mexico artist Peter Sarkisian, pictured above, is just one of many exhibitions discussed in the upcoming spring newsletter.
Photo courtesy of I-20 Gallery

As we get ready to publish our upcoming spring newsletter, the Art Museum would like to remind everyone that we are going green! In an effort to cut waste, we are now encouraging museum fans and followers to sign up to receive an electronic version of our newsletters.

The e-newsletter is in a .pdf file format and will be sent directly to your email account. If you have more than one email account, you can sign them all up to be sure that you receive the newsletter in your inbox! As opposed to the black and white version of the printed newsletter, the electronic version will be in full color.

The newsletter contains information on the collection, upcoming exhibitions and events, education programs, and a monthly calendar so you can plan your visits.

To sign up for the electronic, color version of the newsletter, please email the Art Museum's administrative assistant Bev Schroeder at bschroed@uwyo.edu with ENEWS in the subject line.

You may also call Bev at 307.766.3477 if you wish to continue to receive a printed version.

*PLEASE NOTE - if you do not contact the Art Museum with your preference, you may not receive the spring newsletter!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy Holidays, Laramie!


Happy Holidays, Laramie! is a community celebration held every year at the UW Art Museum. Join us tomorrow, Saturday, December 5 from 10:30 am - 4 pm for a day full of live music, refreshments, holiday trees decorated by folks from the Laramie community, Santa Claus, and even a holiday store especially for kids! All events are free and open to the public.
The schedule of musical performances is as follows:

Performing in the Gallery:

10:30 am
Beitel Bulldog Choir and Beitel Chime Choirs

11:00 am
Indian Paintbrush Choir

11:30 am
Slade Elementary School Choir

Noon
String Academy of Wyoming

12:30 pm
United Presbyterian Church Bell Choir

1:00 pm
Snowy Range Academy Chorus and Orchestra

1:30 pm
Lorene Sims' Piano Students

2:00 pm
St. Laurence School

2:30 pm
UW Saxophone Quartet

3:00 pm
Laramie Community Band


Performing in the Lobby:

10:30 am
Gloria Orr-Weiss' Piano Students

11:00 am
High Plains Sinfonia

11:30 am
Dee Moody, Cheryl Hemphill, and Marilyn Sprinkle's Piano Students

Noon
Alla Latchininsky's Piano Students

12:30 pm
Elena Berlinsky's Piano Students

1:00 pm
Elena Berlinsky and Nancy Shaw's Piano Students

1:30 pm
Cindy Peterson's Piano Students

2:00 pm
Laramie Junior High Concert Orchestra

2:30 pm
Spring Creek Singers


Santa Claus will be downstairs in the Centennial Complex Restaurant, along with cookies from Home Bakery and orange drink from McDonalds.


The Kids' Store can be found upstairs, just inside the entrance.


Congratulations to KP Endsley who won the People's Choice Award at last night's Tree Lighting Ceremony for her tree, "The William 'Bill' Hysong Memorial Tree 2009."


Stop by tomorrow to see her tree, and many others. There is a silent auction to purchase any of the trees on display. The auction ends at 2:30 pm.

The exhibition of children's art created by kids in Laramie will be on view tomorrow as well, and will remain on exhibition through December 23.

For more information, call the Art Museum at 307.766.6622.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lighting of the Trees Ceremony TONIGHT!

Kicking off the annual Festival of Trees and Happy Holidays, Laramie! event, the Lighting of the Trees Ceremony will be held tonight from 6-8 pm at the Art Museum. Stop by the museum to see over 30 decorated trees lit up, and to place advance bids on the trees at the silent auction. Also included at tonight's event will be live music, refreshments, and the first chance to see the exhibition of artwork by local Laramie children.

The Festival of Trees and Happy Holidays, Laramie! will continue on Saturday with musical performances throughout the day, cookies from Home Bakery, Santa Claus and the conclusion of the silent auction.

All of these events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Art Museum at 307.766.6622.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Interview with artist Kwang-Young Chun now online

A video still of the interview with Korean artist Kwang-Young Chun at the UW Art Museum.

The UW Art Museum has recently partnered with UWTV on an exciting new project to record and film interviews with regional, national and international contemporary artists. Every year, the Art Museum brings 5-8 contemporary artists onto campus for exhibitions, hands-on demonstrations and public programs. Now, with the help of UWTV, these artists' words, ideas, inspiration and their unique artistic voice will be captured on video and made available to students, community members, and anyone with Internet access!

The first filmed interview of what will hopefully be many to come, is with Korean artist Kwang-Young Chun, whose work is currently on view at the Art Museum. In this short video Chun explains the ideas behind his work, and it also shows the Art Museum's Education Curator, Wendy Bredehoft, interacting with local junior high students in the gallery.

These interviews provide insight into work and exhibitions that are on view at the Art Museum. Hearing directly from an artist about his or her work is a great way to learn about the art, and maybe gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the work.

The filmed interview with Chun can now be seen on the UW homepage. As the University rotates main features on their website, you may have to click the "refresh" or "reload" button several times until the webpage cycles to the interview.

The next interview that will be made available is James Surls, who talks about his new work that was recently installed in Coe Library.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Holidays, Laramie! and Festival of Trees

The 17th Annual Festival of Trees and Silent Auction will be held in conjunction with Happy Holidays, Laramie! at the UW Art Museum this Saturday, December 5 from 10:30 am - 4 pm. This community celebration features musical performances, including a grand finale by the Laramie Community Band, an exhibition of artwork by Albany County school children, art-making activities, refreshments, balloon animals, a Holiday Children's Store, and a visit with Santa Claus!

If you have signed up to decorate a tree, the decorating schedule is below:
Tuesday, December 1: 1-5 pm
Wednesday, December 2: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday, December 3: 10 am - 2 pm

The silent auction begins Thursday evening when you can place advance bids on the trees at the Lighting of the Trees ceremony from 6-8 pm. Bidding will close at 2:30 pm on Saturday during Happy Holidays, Laramie!

The Festival of Trees and Happy Holidays, Laramie! are sponsored by First Interstate Bank and funded in part by Donna Emery, Advantage Real Estate, Laramie Ford, UniWyo Federal Credit Union, First National Bank, Applebees, McDonalds, and Home Bakery. A special thanks to all of you for making this event possible!

The Albany County Student Art Exhibition opens on Thursday, December 3 and continues through Tuesday, December 23.

For more information about any of these activities, call the Art Museum at 307.766.6622.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Museum Hours for Thanksgiving Week

A school group explores the sculpture Doolin Doolin by Ursula von Rydingsvard on the Art Museum's sculpture terrace back in May.
Photo courtesy of the Art Museum.

The UW Art Museum will be open during it's regular hours Monday - Wednesday of this week (Mon: 10 am - 9 pm, Tues-Wed: 10 am - 5 pm). The Museum will then be closed the remainder of the week, Thursday - Saturday, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Things pick back up in full swing the following week, the first week of December, with Festival of the Trees Decorating, followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3, 6-8 pm. Happy Holidays, Laramie! and the Festival of Trees with silent auction continues all day Saturday, December 5, 10:30 am - 4 pm, complete with a visit from Santa Claus and an exhibition of Laramie children's art. For more information about these free events, call the Art Museum at 307-766-6622.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Announcement from the UW Art Department

This news comes from the faculty in the UW Art Department and the Student Art League:


Student Art League presents: The 4 or More Silent Art Auction

Fine Arts Building Lobby
Friday, November 20, 2009 from 5:00 – 10:00 pm


All proceeds benefit Student Art League activities
Bidding starts at $4.00 per 4” x 4” piece
BUY IT NOW price at $44.00 per square

Great Holiday Gifts!


For more information, contact the Art Department at 307.766.3269.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Final "Art:21" Episode from PBS Shown TONIGHT

The final episode from season 5 of the PBS series "Art: 21" will be shown tonight at 7 pm, downtown at Gallery 211, 211 S. First Street. It is free and open to the public.

The UW Art Department and the UW Art Museum have co-hosted weekly screenings of the PBS series, “Art:21” in November. The series explores art in the twenty-first century and focuses on specific artists and themes in each episode. The different artists' inspirations, creative processes and ideas are discussed in each episode, contributing to a diverse discussion of art in the twenty-first century. Gallery 211 is the Art Department's new downtown gallery.

Episode 4, "Transformation" will be shown tonight. Whether observing and satirizing society or reinventing icons of literature, art history, and popular culture, the artists featured in “Transformation” capture the sensibilities of our age while at times inhabiting the characters they have created. Artists include Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman and Yinka Shonibare (image above).

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

35th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition


Entry information/packet can be found at the following locations:

ART DEPARTMENT OFFICE
(Fine Arts building, Room 229)
ART MUSEUM FRONT DESK
WYOMING UNION INFORMATION DESK

Juror: Gary Emrich, Media & Video Artist/Photography Professor, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

Eligibility
Any undergraduate, graduate, or postbaccalaureate student enrolled at the University of Wyoming during the 2010 Academic Year

Media
Original artwork including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, graphic design, ceramics, and mixed media may be submitted. Two-dimensional works must be ready to hang
(matted and framed under glass or plexiglass). Three-dimensional works must be stable. Bases will be provided by the UW Art Museum.

Procedure
A maximum of three (3) works per student may be submitted. Submitted works should have one (1) Identification Tag affixed to the back of each work in addition to a completed entry form. Please contact Sarah Gadd, registrar at 766-6634 if you have questions.

Awards
Awards will be announced on Friday, January 29, at 6:30 pm.

Cash awards
Ann Simpson and Family Award, Lisa Lewis Dubois Student Exhibition Award, the FMC Honors Award, Margaret Arth Award for Excellence, First Interstate Honors Award, Jacque Buchanan Graphic Arts Award, the National Advisory Board Award, UW A&S Dean’s Office Award, the UW Student Art League Award, and the University of Wyoming Art Museum Awards

Purchase awards
Joe C. Tull Memorial Purchase Award in Printmaking and Photography, UW President’s Office, UW Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Student Affairs, UW Division of Administration, UW Libraries, UW College of Health Sciences, the UW Outreach School, Murdock/UW College of Law, UW College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Staff Senate

Schedule
Thursday - Friday, January 14-15
Deliver work: Art Museum, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday, January 21
Accepted work posted, 10 a.m.: Art Museum & Art Department Office
Thursday - Friday, January 21-22
Pick up unaccepted work: Art Museum, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday, January 29
Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. and Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 30
35th Annual Juried Student Exhibition opens
Monday, February 1
Award-winning Student’s Walkthrough, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 1
20:20 Students, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 13
35th Annual Juried Student Exhibition closes
Monday - Tuesday, March 15-16
Pick up exhibited works: Art Museum galleries, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
*Arrangements for returning work can be made on a case-by-case basis

Friday, November 13, 2009

Artwork Selected for Traveling Exhibition

Thank you to all of the artists who submitted work for consideration to be included in an upcoming traveling exhibition of Wyoming artists. It was a great response and the decision was difficult! Many different cities and towns throughout the state are represented in the final selection, as are a variety of media. Congratulations to those artists whose work was selected! The list is below, in no particular order.

1. Morgan Tyree, Powell, WY
Helmets,photograph

2. Pravina Gondalia, Cheyenne, WY
Deep Within: Stream 02, Mixed media collage

3. Ryan Muldowny, Sheridan, WY
Thunderhead, Oil on paper

4. Meghan Cochrane, Cheyenne, WY
Constructed Nativity, Collage mounted on wood

5. Gabrielle Reeves, Laramie, WY
Tohem Zarfi, Watercolor

6. Sue Sommers, Pinedale, WY
Willows on the Ditch, Acrylic on panel

7. Katie Christensen, Laramie, WY
Just Sky, Storm, Monotype

8. John Madsen, Laramie, WY
Light Water, Watercolor

9. Ginnie Madsen, Laramie, WY
Passing, Block print

10. Karyne Dunbar, Shell, WY
Oblivious, mixed media including collage

11. Meggan Stordahl, Jackson, WY
Buffalo Dust, Encaustic

12. Mike Conaway, Evanston, WY
Fire Engine, Evanston Roundhouse, Silver gelatin photograph

13. Craig Satterlee, Powell, WY
Christina’s Room, Photograph

14. Rene Tafoya, Cody, WY
Thunderbird Lodge, Laramie Wyoming, Digital photograph

15. Lynn Newman, Cheyenne, WY
Nate, Watercolor

16. Thomas Bradshaw, Cody, WY
Green Beans, Oil on linen

17. Camellia El-Antably, Cheyenne, WY
Swimming Language, Graphite

18. Ken Driese, Laramie, WY
Train Paint, Laramie, Wyoming, Archival inkjet print

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

WEDNESDAY: Screening of the PBS Series Art: 21, episode 3

Jeff Koons, Bear and Policeman, 1988. Polychromed wood, 85 x 43 x 37 inches. © Jeff Koons, courtesy the artist.

Episode 3 of the PBS series "Art: 21" will be screened this Wednesday night, November 11 at 7 pm downtown at the UW Art Department's new gallery space, Gallery 211.

This episode, Systems, features artists who realize complex projects through acts of appropriation or accumulation. In some instances, they create projects vast in scope, which almost elude comprehension. Artists invent new processes to convey the attitudes of today’s supercharged, information-based society, examining why we find comfort in some systems while rebelling against others.

Screenings of Art:21 are co-hosted by the UW Art Department and the UW Art Museum. They are free and open to the public. Episode 4, Transformation, will be shown next Wednesday, November 18.

For more information, call the Art Museum at 307.766.6622 or the Art Department at 307.766.3269.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Last Week to See Burkhardt, Crow Exhibitions

This bone hair pipe breastplate is one of the many Crow objects of adornment on view at the Art Museum.

This is the last week to see two great exhibitions at the UW Art Museum - Adornment: Native American Regalia, Selections from the Peter W. Doss Crow Indian Artifact Collection and moss doesn't grow on rolling stones...a vision of nature by Brian Burkhardt. Both exhibitions will be on view through Saturday, November 14.
Adornment was curated by guest curator Barbara Stone and features a variety of men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories, including pouches, belts, moccasins, jewelry and headdresses. The intricate beading and craftsmanship of Plains Indian artisans can be seen.
moss doesn't grow on rolling stones... features the work of Miami artist Brian Burkhardt, who began his career as an organic farmer before turning to art. His work explores ecology, hybridization, Darwinian trickery and mutation. A 10 foot by 10 foot geodesic dome is the centerpiece of this exhibition, and served as Burkhardt's studio. The exhibition also features the work Take Heed, which the artist created specifically for this exhibition.
Both of these exhibitions feature a free cell phone audio tour with additional information about the works on view.
For more information, call the Art Museum at 307.766.6622 or visit our webpage. Admission is free.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

REMINDER - Art Preparation Workshop FRIDAY

Art Preparation for UW Students


Friday, November 6
10 am
Fine Arts Building, room 226

A free workshop by UW Art Museum preparators Sterling Smith and David Jones

Learn proper matting and framing of 2-dimensional art
Learn how to prepare 3-dimensional art
Get answers to questions specific to preparing your artwork

Presented by the UW Art Department and UW Art Museum
in advance of the Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Art Exhibition

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Museum Store is now on Facebook

The Museum Store of the UW Art Museum is now on facebook! Become a fan and get the latest news on new inventory, sales and discounts! Click here!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Episodes 1 & 2 of PBS Series Art: 21 on Wednesday Night

Carrie Mae Weems. Mourning, 2008. Archival pigment print, 61 x 51 inches. © Carrie Mae Weems, courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

The first two episodes of the PBS series, "Art: 21" will be screened this Wednesday night, November 4th at Gallery 211 (211 S. 1st St.). The screening will begin at 7 pm and each episode is about an hour long. This program is co-hosted by the UW Art Department and UW Art Museum and is free and open to the public.

"Art: 21" explores art in the twenty-first century and focuses on specific artists and themes in each episode. The different artists' inspirations, creative processes and ideas are discussed in each episode, contributing to a diverse discussion of art in the twenty-first century.

Episodes 1 and 2 are based around the themes of Compassion and Fantasy. Compassion features artists whose works explore the possibility of understanding and reconciling past and present, while exposing injustice and expressing tolerance for others. Artist Carrie Mae Weems, her work pictured above, is one of the artists featured in episode 1.

Fantasy presents four artists whose works or personal stories transport viewers to imaginary worlds and altered states of consciousness. With works that seem at times hallucinatory, irreverent, and sublime, each of these artists pursues a vision first held in the mind’s eye.
Episode 3 will be screened on Wednesday, November 11 and episode 4 will be shown on Wednesday, November 18. Screenings are at Gallery 211 and begin at 7 pm.
For more information, call the art department at 307.766.3269 or the art museum at 307.766.6622.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Art Workshop for UW Students next Friday

Art museum chief preparator Sterling Smith (left) and preparator David Jones (right), shown here installing Charles Parsons' sculpture on Prexy's Pasture last summer, will host a matting, framing and art preparing workshop for UW students next Friday.

With the annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Art Exhibition just a few short months away, UW Art Museum chief preparator, Sterling Smith, and preparator, David Jones, will host a workshop on Friday, November 6th at 10am in the Fine Arts Building for all interested UW students. Smith and Jones will demonstrate the proper way for matting and framing artwork and how to best prepare 2D and 3D art for exhibition.

The annual exhibition, which is open to all UW students at the undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate level, aims to give aspiring artists a professional experience working with both a juror and a museum. Students are expected to submit artwork that is professionally prepared and ready to install. This workshop will provide tips and pointers on how to do that, and the UW preparators are ready to answer any questions about how to best prepare and present your artwork!

For more information, call the museum at 307-766-6622.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Steven Siegel's Sculpture to be removed TODAY!


The work created by New York artist Steven Siegel, It goes under, will be removed from its location along the Laramie Greenbelt on October 27-29. The de-installation is expected to take 2 to 3 days. The community is welcome to stop by and watch the removal process.
Siegel was in Laramie last summer to create the sculpture on site. The location along the Laramie Greenbelt, near Commerce Street, offered a natural setting surrounded by pathways, roadways, and corporate structures. Known for his use of recycled material – red mulch, in this case – the Siegel created a meandering, earthworm-like form. Flooding of the Laramie River early in the installation process influenced the final form of It goes under.

Other sculptures in Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational remain throughout the Laramie community and on the University of Wyoming campus. For additional information on exhibitions, call the UW Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum website.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Screenings of the PBS Series Art: 21, series 5

Artist Cindy Sherman and her work, an example shown above, is one of fourteen contemporary artists explored in PBS series Art: 21.

The UW Art Department and the UW Art Museum will co-host weekly screenings of the PBS series, Art: 21 in November. The series explores art in the twenty-first century and focuses on specific artists and themes in each episode. The different artists' inspirations, creative processes and ideas are discussed in each episode, contributing to a diverse discussion of art in the twenty-first century.

The new season - Season 5 - includes artists John Baldessari, Cao Fei, Mary Heilmann, William Kentridge, Kimsooja, Jeff Koons, Florian Maier-Aichen, paul McCarthy, Allan McCollum, Julie Mehretu, Doris Salcedo, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare and Carrie Mae Weems.
Screenings will be held at the new Art Department gallery, Gallery 211, on the first three Wednesdays in November. Two episodes will be screened the first night, and one episode on each of the following Wednesdays. The schedule with episode titles is listed below.
Wednesday, November 4, 7 pm
Episodes 1 and 2: Compassion and Fantasy
Wednesday, November 11, 7 pm
Episode 3: Systems
Wednesday, November 18, 7 pm
Episode 4: Transformation
For more information contact the Art Department - 307.766.3269 or the Art Museum - 307.766.6622. The official PBS website is here.

Friday, October 23, 2009

James Surls Installation in Coe Library Underway

Jonathon Hickerson, Paul Tholl,
and Anthony Teneralli assemble Rolling Flower
under the new skylight in Coe Library.

James Surls is in Laramie today to install his commissioned work for Coe Library, Rolling Flower. He is assisted by volunteers Jonahon Hickerson, Paul Tholl, Anthony Teneralli, and Frederick Schmechel. Rolling Flower is a 12-ft diameter work consists of a center stem with 12 floral elements. It was created in Surls' Colorado studio and transported to Laramie by the artist.

Surls will discuss the work tomorrow, Saturday, in Coe Library on the 5th floor of the new expansion at 1 pm. His talk is free and open to the public.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cell Phone Audio Tour for "Artists from France" Now Available

The cell phone audio tour for the exhibition, Artists from France: Paintings and Prints from the Art Museum Collection is now available. This is a free service offered by the UW Art Museum and provides additional information about each artist in this exhibition. Artists from France features work in various different media, from many genres and major artistic movements, including Surrealism, Pointillism and from the Barbizon school.

The cell phone audio tour provides biographic information on these artists and helps explain their artistic influences and the impact they had on the art scene throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As many of the works in this exhibition are works on paper, there is also a prompt that explains some of the printmaking techniques used in these works. See below for prompt numbers and instructions. Handouts are available at the Museum's front desk and on our website.

Dial 307-200-0040 from your cell phone. Press the corresponding number, followed by the pound key (#).

1 - Audio Tour Instructions
2 - General Museum Information
50 - Introduction to Artists from France
51 - Printmaking Processes: Definitions and Explanations
52 - Felix Bracquemond, Geese in Storm
53 - Jules Dupré, Summer Landscape
54 - Charles‐François Daubigny, Le Lever Du Soleil
55 - Auguste Lepere, Coucher De Soleil Derriere Les Arbres
56 - Albert Besnard, La Morte
57 - James Jacques Tissot, Au Bord De La Mer and Printemps
58 - Raoul Dufy, La Plage Et Le Port
59 - Ferdinand Jean Luigini, A Bridge in Flanders
60 - Charles Meryon, St. Etienne‐Du‐Mont
61 - Felix Hilaire Buhot, Une Matinee D’Hiyer Au Quai De L’Hotel Dieu
62 - Edgar Degas, Dancer
63 - Pierre Bonnard, Sainte Monique
64 - Paul Gauguin, Couseuse
65 -Paul Signac, Barques De Pêche á Marseille
66 - Georges Rouault, Fille Nue
67 - Jacques Villon, Portrait of Rimbaud
68 - André Masson, Surrealist Woman
69 - Henri Matisse, Ronsard Love Poems
70 - Yves Tanguy, Surrealist Figures
71 - Jean Cocteau, Evocation Au Dieu Ra


Funding for this program is provided by the Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.


Artists from France will remain on view through December 23, 2010.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Press Release: Art Museum Gala

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
October 16, 2009

Contact: Shantana Judkins
Publicist
University of Wyoming Art Museum
(307) 766-3497
shantana@uwyo.edu


The University of Wyoming Art museum will host its 17th annual benefit ball, “Gala 2009: A Highland Fling,” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, in the University of Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom.

The Art Museum’s event of the year will include both silent and live auctions, run by auctioneer Dan Sullivan, gourmet dining and dancing to live music performed by Play It Forward.

“Tom and I are confident that we will have a sellout crowd again this year,” said Jacque Buchanan, Gala co-chair along with her husband UW President Tom Buchanan. “It seems that tough times bring out the best in our generous Art Museum supporters, and having an event where the men can wear skirts is certainly attracting some notice! The guys in kilts might decide to vie for a very special trip to Nova Scotia, where they’ll have additional opportunities to wear those tartans.”

Many other unique items will be up for grabs during this year’s live auction including Peter Fillerup’s bronze “Fanning a Twister-Steamboat,” a wonderful log dog house, paintings, art photographs and, of course, lots of single malt Scotch. Special items this year will be experiences that you and your family will enjoy—from going deep under the earth to explore the FMC mine to enjoying a “Chef’s Table” at the new Cavalryman Supper Club.

For those who like to take their chances, two raffles are being held to benefit the Museum as well. While the winners will be announced at the Gala dinner, they need not be present to win. A fabulous diamond necklace underwritten by Dooley Oil will be the first raffle drawn, and the second item is a $1,000 gas card provided by Gala sponsor Laramie GM Auto Center.

The Gala Benefit Ball is held annually to provide funds for the Art Museum’s exhibitions, education, collection and outreach programs that support nationally renowned and culturally significant exhibitions and programs for Wyoming and the surrounding area.

Dinner, the live auction and dancing will follow the cocktails and silent auction. Individual tickets are available for $175 as are table sponsorships at various levels. To purchase your tickets or for more information call the Art Museum at (307)766-3477.

“Imagine learning from the masters” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs. The Art Museum and Museum Store are located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reminder: One Week to Submit Images for Touring Exhibition


Only one week remains for Wyoming artists to submit images for consideration to be included in a traveling exhibition organized by the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The DEADLINE is Thursday, October 22. Details are below in the official Call for Wyoming Artists.

The University of Wyoming Art Museum is pleased to accept submissions by Wyoming artists for its Touring Exhibition Service. For more than 25 years, the Art Museum has circulated exhibitions of original art throughout Wyoming. Whether from the museum’s collection or borrowed from artists, these exhibitions are available to libraries, schools, community centers, galleries, and museums statewide.

We are pleased to feature a selection of up to twenty Wyoming based artists in a new exhibition to tour through the Touring Exhibition Service. In addition, the Art Museum will be creating educational tools and information online for use by K-12 teachers. This is a wonderful opportunity to have your work seen and studied in a variety of Wyoming communities by the public and school groups. We anticipate a three-year tour which will visit at least five communities annually.

Please submit for consideration three images of your artwork, a brief artist’s statement, and resume by October 22, 2009 to:

Touring Exhibition Artist Submission
c/o Nicole Crawford
Curator of Collections
UW Art Museum
Dept. 3807, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071-2000
Or by email to ncrawfor@uwyo.edu

DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ARTWORK – only jpegs, tiffs, slides or photographs of work will be accepted. Please include with each image: title, size, date, and medium. Requirements: Artists must live and work primarily in Wyoming.

All work must be two-dimensional and ready to frame. No charcoal or pastel can be accepted due to the long-term travel conditions. Size must not exceed 14 x 18 inches in total and image size must not exceed 10 x 12 inches.

Online information on current exhibitions with the Touring Exhibition Service is available at www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum, click on Outreach.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

UPDATED - Cell Phone Audio Tour for Brian Burkhardt Exhibition Now Available

The cell phone audio tour for the exhibition moss doesn't grow on rolling stones....a vision of nature by Brian Burkhardt is now available! This FREE program offers additional information about the exhibition and explores the themes and ideas present in Burkhardt's work.

The information can be accessed through a simple phone call just by dialing a local (307 area code) number. If you're in the museum, handouts are available at the front desk. If you're interested in the information but can't make it to the museum, you can still call in. There's even a feedback feature that allows you to record a voicemail telling us what you think of the audio tour, the exhibition, or general comments about your museum visit. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!

Instructions for how to use the audio tour are below:
Dial 307-200-0040 from your cell phone.

Press the corresponding number, followed by the pound key (#).

1- Audio Tour Instructions

2- General Museum Information

82- Introduction to moss doesn’t grow on rolling stones. . .

83- Dome

84- Flora series

85- Jellyfish series

86- Rocking Chair

87- Shopping Cart

88- Take - Heed

Press 0, followed by the pound key, to leave us your comments and suggestions.
UPDATED!
A .pdf version is available for you to print out and bring with you to the museum, or call in from home!
Funding for this program is provided by the Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.

Friday, October 9, 2009

James Surls to Present Public Talk at Coe Library

James Surls, Rolling Flower
Courtesy of the artist


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


James Surls, nationally known artist, will give an Art Talk on Saturday, October 24 at 1 p.m. in William Robertson Coe Library. The public Art Talk is free and will be followed by a reception to celebrate the installation of Surls’ newest piece, Rolling Flower, in William Robertson Coe Library.


Surls is best known for his sculpture work. He is noted as being “one of America’s most important living sculptors and one of the most distinctive creative forces on the international art scene in the last several decades.” Time Magazine announces that “Surls sculpture is infused, at the start, with a real sense of fright: the noonday demon lurking in the woodpile.”


Surls is also known for his work with non-profit organizations and emerging artists. He has worked as an arts administrator and arts educator alongside his wife and fellow artist Charmaine Locke. Both Surls and Locke have large-scale sculptures in the exhibition Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational.


University of Wyoming Libraries

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Save the Date: James Surls Art Talk at Coe Library

Nationally known, Colorado-based artist James Surls will present an Art Talk on Saturday, October 24 at 1 pm at Coe Library. His Art Talk will be followed by a reception to celebrate the installation of his new piece, Rolling Flowers, in Coe Library. Surls created the piece specifically for the new library wing. With the installation of his metal and wood sculpture, the focus on public and community continues in Laramie.

Surls is known for his work with non-profit organizations and emerging artists. He has worked as an arts administrator and arts educator alongside his wife and fellow artist Charmaine Locke. Both Surls and Locke have large-scale sculptures in the exhibition Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational.


Mark it on your calendar today! This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Netsuke Carving going on RIGHT NOW at the Art Museum!

Montana artist Nick Lamb, shown above, has begun his netsuke carving demonstration for the evening. The picture above was taken just minutes ago in the Art Museum lobby!

Stop by this evening to see what he's creating! Nick has brought examples of his work that you can pick up and see hands-on. There are books to look at, tools to see and Nick is here to answer your questions about netsuke.

This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Netsuke Carving Demonstration on Monday Evening

A netsuke titled, Chanticleer, by Montana artist Nick Lamb. Lamb will be at the museum on Monday night to give a netsuke carving demonstration.
Photo courtesy of the artist.
A netsuke carving demonstration by Montana artist Nick Lamb will be held at the Art Museum on Monday evening, October 5 at 6 pm. Netsuke are small toggles that were worn with traditional Japanese men's clothing. The netsuke hung from the obi belt of a kimono to counterbalance the weight of a small pouch or medicine box. This public program is being held in conjunction with the exhibition, Ichiro: Netsuke, A Life's Work, The Huey G. and Phyllis T. Shelton Collection of Ichiro Inada Netsuke that is currently on view at the Art Museum through November 14.

Lamb carved his first netsuke in 1983 and is today recognized as one of the foremost contemporary, non-Japanese netsuke carvers. Lamb began his formal training in graphic design while attending Berkshire College of Art in his native England. In 1973 he started woodcarving as a hobby. By the early 1980s he had won several woodcarving prizes. His work has been exhibited internationally.
Bring the family by the Art Museum this Monday night at 6 pm for this fun, educational and FREE event! For more information, please call 307.766.6622.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Look for your Art Museum Gala Invitation in the Mail!



Invitations for the Art Museum's 2009 gala - A Highland Fling, have been mailed! If you haven't received yours yet, look for it this week in the mail.

The Art Museum Gala is an annual fundraiser with proceeds going to support museum programming. There will be a silent and live auction, great food, and dancing. This year, in keeping with the Scottish theme, there will be a specialty scotch bar. Categories for the silent auction include Art, Great Getaways, Fabulous Finds, and new this year is the category Exceptional Experiences.

Attire is black tie, and of course, kilts are welcome!

For more information, to receive an invitation, or to purchase tickets, call the Art Museum Administrative Assistant Bev Schroeder at 307.766.3477 or bschroed@uwyo.edu.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Call for Wyoming Artists


The University of Wyoming Art Museum is pleased to accept submissions by Wyoming artists for its Touring Exhibition Service. For more than 25 years, the Art Museum has circulated exhibitions of original art throughout Wyoming. Whether from the museum’s collection or borrowed from artists, these exhibitions are available to libraries, schools, community centers, galleries, and museums statewide.

We are pleased to feature a selection of up to twenty Wyoming based artists in a new exhibition to tour through the Touring Exhibition Service. In addition, the Art Museum will be creating educational tools and information online for use by K-12 teachers. This is a wonderful opportunity to have your work seen and studied in a variety of Wyoming communities by the public and school groups. We anticipate a three-year tour which will visit at least five communities annually.

Please submit for consideration three images of your artwork, a brief artist’s statement, and resume by October 22, 2009 to:

Touring Exhibition Artist Submission
c/o Nicole Crawford
Curator of Collections
UW Art Museum
Dept. 3807, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071-2000
Or by email to ncrawfor@uwyo.edu

DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ARTWORK – only jpegs, tiffs, slides or photographs of work will be accepted.

Please include with each image: title, size, date, and medium.

Requirements:
Artists must live and work primarily in Wyoming.
All work must be two-dimensional and ready to frame.
No charcoal or pastel can be accepted due to the long-term travel conditions.
Size must not exceed 14 x 18 inches in total and image size must not exceed 10 x 12 inches.
Online information on current exhibitions with the Touring Exhibition Service is available at www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum, click on Outreach.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It Goes Under Removal Delayed

Steven Siegel, it goes under
Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum

It goes under remains on view along the Laramie Greenbelt until mid-October. Plans to remove the work earlier this week were thwarted by the hail and snow on Monday.

Monday, September 21, 2009

20:20 This Wednesday in Cheyenne!

20:20 for statewide visual and performing artists, musicians and writers, arts educators and organizations is this Wednesday, September 23 from 7 - 9 pm at the Little American in Cheyenne. This event is being held in conjunction with the Wyoming Arts Council Arts Summit, also at the Little America. They will be holding conference registration Wednesday evening, immediately preceding 20:20.

20:20 is a fast-paced presentation whereby presenters are allotted 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, resulting in a 6 minute and 40 second presentation. It's a great opportunity for artists to share what they're working on. The goal of 20:20 is to foster open dialogue, connect colleagues and provide a forum for discussion within the Wyoming arts community. Please join us on Wednesday night for this fun event!

The presenters are:
1. Georgia Rowswell
2. Pravina Gondalia
3. Carolyn Hoyle
4. Sonjia Weinstein
5. Zak Pullen
6. Kristi Baxley (Rawlins Main Street)
7. Joy Keown
8. Bea Haggar
9. Mary Jane Edwards (Jentel)
10. Win Ratz
11. Dan Hayward
12. Sonja Caywood
13. Ken Driese
14. Anne Hatch
15. Mark Koons
16. Ji Eun Kim

A future 20:20 event is planned for statewide art students in February. For more information on 20:20, please call or email UW Art Museum assistant curator Rachel Miller at 307.766.6621 or rmiller@uwyo.edu.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Final Days to see It Goes Under

Located along the Laramie Greenbelt, New York artist Steven Siegel's 170 foot long, site-specific sculpture It Goes Under is the latest sculpture to leave the exhibition, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational

The exhibition Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational will see the departure of Steven Siegel's piece, It Goes Under, next week. Located along the Laramie Greenbelt, the sculpture resembles a worm or snake moving through the ground. Made from screening and recycled mulch, Siegel created the piece specifically for this exhibition and personally selected it's location. The New York based artist was on site last summer to install the work and was subjected to a variety of Wyoming weather, including heavy winds, excessive rain and a mosquito hatch. The flooding of the Laramie River ultimately determined the final shape that the sculpture took.

Be sure to stop by the Laramie Greenbelt before next week to see It Goes Under before it is de-installed. Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational is an ongoing exhibition of large-scale sculpture throughout the city of Laramie and on the UW campus. While some works must leave the exhibition, others are committed to remain on view and there is the possibility of adding new works to the exhibition as it continues.

For more information on the exhibition, please call the Museum at 307.766.6622 or visit the website.


Monday, September 14, 2009

River High to leave Laramie

John Henry, River High
Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum

The monumental, red sculpture in front of the Laramie Rec Center, River High, will disappear from Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational and from Laramie in the coming weeks. Efforts to purchase the work have fallen short and artist John Henry is not able to extend the loan for the exhibition. Stay tuned!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Art Museum Events Today

Netsuke from Ichiro: Netsuke, A Life's Work
Photo courtesy of the Art Museum

Spend the day at the Art Museum today!

10:30 am
Kwang-Young Chun: Aggregations, new work
Gallery Walk Through with the artist

4:00 pm
Ichiro: Netsuke, A Life's Work
The Huey G. and Phyllis T. Shelton Collection of Inada Ichiro Netsuke
Gallery Walk Through and Book Signing with Netsuke scholar Norman Sandfield

6 - 8:00 pm
Opening Reception for new exhibitions





Shelton Art Studio Programs at the UW Art Museum

Students work with instructor Jeanie Schlump during a previous Teens and Adults art class at the museum

Shelton Art Studio Afterschool Classes

Wrap It, Shape It, Fold It, Tape It
Pre-K to Kindergarten Thursdays 3:30-4:30 Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1
Grades 1, 2 and 3 Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29

$25/ 4-class session - Scholarships are available - Pre-registration recommended

Consider all of the wonderful things you can make from paper! This month we will look at the work of artist Kwang-Young Chun who uses mulberry paper to wrap and tie geometric shapes, from which he creates three-dimensional forms. Then we will explore the possibilities of paper by wrapping, bending, folding, gluing, taping and more to create our own imagery and forms.

Where Does Moss Grow?
Pre-K to Kindergarten Thursdays 3:30-4:30 October 8, 15, 22, 29
Grades 1, 2 and 3 Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 October 6, 13, 20, 27

$25/ 4-class session – Scholarships are available - Pre-registration recommended

We’ll explore moss doesn’t grow on rolling stones…a vision of nature by Brian Burkhardt, which is an installation that connects science and art. We’ll examine our natural world by using discovery processes that link science and art in the studio, allowing us to explore creative ideas and interesting combinations of art materials.

Carry It with You
Pre-K to Kindergarten Thursdays 3:30-4:30 November 5, 12, 19
Grades 1, 2 and 3 Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 November 3, 10, 17

$20/ 3-class session - Scholarships are available - Pre-registration recommended

What if you didn’t have pockets? Where would you carry small items that are important to you? In Japan, before the twentieth century, men used miniature sculptures known as netsuke, hung by cords from their obi belt to secure personal belongings in small pouches. Crow Indians often used small pouches that attached to their belts or special cases that hung over their shoulders to carry items. We’ll explore examples of these special items on exhibit in our galleries. Then we’ll create our own carry-alls.

Monday Night Class


The No-Stress Art Class: Painting Nature with Water Media
Teens and Adults 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. each Monday
Classes run Sept. 14 through

$50/each 4-class session OR “Drop In” rate - $15/class -Scholarships are available

Join artist Jeanie Schlump each week for a new lesson in painting nature with watercolors or acrylic paints. This class is structured to accommodate students’ individual schedules. Each Monday night session will provide a different painting experience, and students may progress at their own pace. If you have always wanted to try watercolor or acrylic painting, but wanted a little bit of assistance, don’t miss this class. It’s an enjoyable time of learning and experimenting – for adults and teens only! No experience is necessary.
FOR TEACHERS: Professional Development Credit is available.

Teen Apprenticeship Program
Teens ages 13 and up are encouraged to apply for a position as a Shelton Studio Apprentice. Student apprentices become part of the museum’s education team and are trained to work alongside artist/teachers in Shelton Studio classes, and assist with art activities, lesson plans and studio set up and organization. If selected the teen must commit to working at least 20 hours in the studio, plus assisting with Happy Holidays, Laramie! And Festival of Trees (8 hours), and complete our Shelton Studio Apprentice training program (2 hours). Apprentices who fully complete the program will have the opportunity to spend 20 hours working in the Shelton Studio, under the guidance of an artist/teacher, on an approved art project of their choice. Materials and supplies will be supplied by the art museum.

NEW! Afternoons at the Museum
Ages 6-10 Monday, September 28 1-4:45 pm
Monday, October 26 1-4:45 pm

$20/student - OR - $15/student for families with 3 or more children
Scholarships available – pre-registration encouraged


What do students do when they have a day off from school because it is a Staff Development Day for teachers? Why not spend the afternoon at the Art Museum? On Monday, September 28 and Monday, October 26, students between the ages of 6-10 might wish to spend the afternoon looking at cool art, and then making their own art in the Shelton Studio. Modeled after our art camps, each day will be jam-packed with things to do. Healthy snacks will be provided.


After School Enrichment Program

A student from the Lab School shows off her artwork during a previous After School Enrichment Program


Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 may participate in a free after-school program at the Art Museum called Imagine Learning from the Masters. This program is made possible through a partnership with Albany County School District #1 and uses original art work in the UW Art Museum to enhance students’ art, writing, thinking and speaking skills.

Students will have the opportunity to sign up for the program through their elementary school. Each program meets for eight consecutive one-hour sessions and follows the Art Museum’s model of enquiry – observe, question, explore, create and reflect. These dynamic classes engage students in essential learning activities in ways that are fun and creative. They will work with professional artists and writers and a master teacher on writing and art skills, using art on exhibit as a starting point for their own ideas and creative processes.

Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 pm. Students are bused to and from the Art Museum courtesy of Albany County School District. Contact your elementary school principal for information on how to participate.

This program is made possible through a partnership with Albany County School District #1, and with additional funding through the Laura Jane Musser Foundation, the Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation and the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Art Talk: Kwang-Young Chun TONIGHT!

Korean artist Kwang-Young Chun's fourteen foot tall sculpture, Aggregation08-AU022 is currently on view at the UW Art Museum.
Photo courtesy of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Korean artist Kwang-Young Chun will present a public Art Talk tonight, Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 pm at the UW Art Museum. The talk is free and open to the public. Chun's Art Talk is a public program in conjunction with his solo exhibition, Kwang-Young Chun: Aggregations, new work, which features a 14 foot tall sculpture and 6 wall pieces not before exhibited in the U.S.

Chun began working on his series of Aggregations in the 1990s. The highly textured pieces are created from small Styrofoam shapes that the artist covers in mulberry paper recycled from Korean books. The paper is hand-tied around the geometric shapes.

Chun will also be presenting a Gallery Walk Through on Friday, September 11 at 10:30 am. The opening reception for the Art Museum's fall exhibitions will also be that evening, beginning at 6 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about this and other exhibitions, visit the UW Art Museum webpage or call 307.766.6622.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Deadline for 20:20 is This Wednesday

The deadline to sign up and submit images for 20:20 is this Wednesday. 20:20 will be held for statewide visual and performing artists, educators, organizations, writers and musicians on Wednesday, September 23 at 7 pm. It is being held in conjunction with the Wyoming Arts Council Arts Summit in Cheyenne. 20:20 will be at the Little America in Cheyenne.

20:20 is a fast-paced presentation format whereby presenters are allotted 20 images, which are shown for 20 seconds each. The total presentation time is therefore only 6 minutes and 40 seconds. 20:20 is an opportunity to share accomplishments, new work and new ideas from across the region. The program is meant to foster open dialogue and communication among artists and organizations and to provide an opportunity for networking with colleagues.
For more information, or to sign up, contact the Art Museum Assistant Curator, Rachel Miller, at rmiller@uwyo.edu or 307.766.6621.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Visual Arts Series at the University of Wyoming


Visual Artists Series Poster Front
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Visual Arts Series Poster Back
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The University of Wyoming Art Department and Art Museum announce the University of Wyoming Arts Series featuring visiting artists and scholars scheduled during the fall semester 2009.

For additional information: Art Department webpage and Art Museum webpage

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Korean artist Kwang-Young Chun at the Art Museum Next Week

Kwang-Young Chun, Aggregations08-AU022, 2008,
mixed media, 14 ft x 8 ft diameter
Photo courtesy of the Aldrich Museum of Art

Korean artist Kwang-Young Chun uses recycled mulberry paper pages from Korean book and medicine wrappers to wrap and hand-tie around small styrofoam forms and construct into large-scale scultpure and wall reliefs. The series called Aggregations began in the 1990s. Initially two-dimensional, he has more recently explored floor-based sculptural constructions. The largest of these to date is Aggregations08-AU022. It was created for the Aldrich Museum of Art in Ridgefield, CT and comes to the University of Wyoming as the centerpiece of Chun's solo exhibition, Aggregations, new work.

Chun will visit the museum next week to assist with the exhibition installation and to present two public programs:

Art Talk, Thurs, Sept 10, 6:30 pm

Gallery Walk Through, Fri, Sept 11, 10:30 am

He will also attend the opening reception for this and other new exhibitions at the University of Wyoming Art Museum on Fri, Sept 11, from 6 - 8 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Art Museum webpage.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Upcoming Events with Artist Brian Burkhardt

Brian Burkhardt, Shopping Cart, abandoned shopping cart, polyurethane foam, spray foam, spray paint, acrylic paint, polymer clay, wire, polyester threads, plastic micro beads, patina, cotton, fibers, gelatin capsules, aluminum foil, wood glue, and gorilla glue, 48 x 36 x 75 inches
Photo courtesy of Gallery Diet


Join Miami-based artist Brian Burkhardt and UW Science faculty on Thursday, September 3, beginning at 6:30 pm, for an Art Talk, followed by response and discussion on the topic, Scientists View Nature Through the Lens of Art: The Seen and Unseen.

Burkhardt is currently installing his exhibition moss doesn’t grow on rolling stones…a vision of nature by Brian Burkhardt, in the UW Art Museum. Burkhardt’s work explores the symbiotic relationship of humans, ecosystems, the flora and fauna of the living world, the impact of technology and the adaptation of species in contemporary environments.

The faculty response and discussion is sponsored in part by the UW Program in Ecology. Participating science faculty are, Jeff Lockwood, Stephen Jackson, Naomi Ward, Pete Stahl and Carlos Martinez del Rio. Students and community are encouraged to attend.

Public programs scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition include:
Thursday, September 3 10:30 am Gallery Walk Through
Thursday, September 3 6:30 pm Art Talk
Thursday, September 3 7:30 pm Response and discussion with UW Science Faculty

For more information call 307.766.6622. All programs are free and open to the public.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Final Days for 'it goes under'

Steven Siegel's it goes under is scheduled to be removed
from Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational in mid-September
Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum

The largest work in Scultpure: A Wyoming Invitational, it goes under is made from wood, multch, and wire mesh. It was created by New York artist Steven Seigel, who is known for his site-inspired large scae sculpture made from recycled or easily attained materials. This is the second work to leave the exhibition.

Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational will continue as many works have been lent on an extended basis for the exhibition. A walking/driving tour guide is availble on the Art Museum's webpage.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Preparations for Japanese Netsuke Exhibition Underway

Sarah Gadd, museum registrar (l), and Rachel Miller,
assistant curator (r), place more than 100 Japanese netsuke in casework.

Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

Comprised of the entire Huey G. and Phyllis T. Shelton Collection of Inada Ichiro Netsuke, Ichiro: Netsuke, A Life's Work opens to the public on Sept. 5. The special collection was gifted to the Art Museum earlier this year and is accompanied by the recently published catalog, Ichiro: Master Netsuke Carver (Paragon Books, 2009; Norman Sandfield and Huey Shelton).

Netsuke scholar Norman Sandfield will conduct a Gallery Walk Through followed by a book signing on Fri., Sept. 11, at 4 pm. The opening reception for this and other new exhibitions is from 6 - 8 pm that evening.

For more information, visit the Art Museum webpage.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Florida artist Brian Burkhardt on campus next week

Brian Burkhardt's glowing Dome
sets the stage for his fabricated hybrid
plants and organisms to be presented
at the UW Art Museum.

Photo courtesy of Gallery Diet.

Florida artist Brian Burkhardt will be in Laramie next week to assist with the installation of his solo exhibition, moss doesn't grow on rolling stones . . . a vision of nature by Brian Burkhardt. Dome is the studio in which this rather "mad-scientist/artist" has playfully re-figured nature. His Office Plant series offer hybrids of plants and office machinery--cell phones and fax machines.

For his Wyoming exhibition, he has created a new work, Take Heed, an installation of caterpillers that include in braille "take" and "heed."

Three public programs are scheduled during Burkhardt's residency, all on Thurs., Sept. 3:

10:30am
Gallery Talk Through

6:30pm
Art Talk

7:30pm
Panel: Scientists View Nature Through the Lens of Art: The Seen and Unseen
UW faculty scheduled to respond to Burkhardt's work include Naomi Ward (microbial genomics, Molecular Biology), Carlos Martines del Rio (ecophysiology, Zoology), Pete Stahl (microbial and fungal ecology, Renewable Resources), Stephen Jackson (director, Program in Ecology) and Jeffrey Lockwood (natural sciences and humanities, Philosophy).

Information may be seen on the Art Museum webpage and its press release.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sculpture Documentary to air on WY PBS

Patrick Dougherty's site-specific sculpture, Shortcut, is one of 18 sculptures included in the exhibition Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. The exhibition, and Dougherty, were highlighted in a documentary by UWTV that will air in September on Wyoming PBS.
Photo courtesy of the Art Museum.

A documentary by UWTV, Imagine Learning from the Masters: Public Art and Community Partnership will air on Wyoming PBS on Sunday, Spetember 13 at 5:30 pm. The film, narrated and filmed by UWTV's Mary Jung, features interviews with several of the artists who contributed work to the exhibition, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. In addition to hearing from artists such as James Surls, Patrick Dougherty and John Henry, the documentary includes comments from UW and city administrators.


Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational was organized by the UW Art Museum in the summer of 2008, during a time when the Museum's galleries were closed for renovation. The exhibition has sparked an over-year-long discussion on public art and continues to receive enthusiastic responses. A public art symposium was held in April, during which time the documentary was first shown.


Be sure to tune in Sunday night, September 13 to hear insider stories about the installation process, artists' motivations and a discussion on the positive aspects of having public art in Laramie.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sculpture Exhibition to Continue

Linda Fleming's Refugium on the plaza west of the
Classroom Building will remain in the exhibition.
Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

With the ongoing positive response from the community and the university campus, the Art Museum has extended the loans on many of the sculptures in the outdoor exhibition, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. Over the coming years, some works will be removed from the exhibition and new works will be added, creating an evolving program that offers changing configurations of artwork and opportunities to bring new artists into the program.

The first sculpture to be returned to the artist was Deborah Butterfield's Billings which has been on view in the Art Museum's lobby. The second work to be removed will be Steven Siegel's it goes under, the 125-ft long earthworm-like work along the Laramie Greenbelt. Removal is scheduled for mid-September.

For information on the exhibition and links to download the audio tour (use your cell phone to listen to information about each of the works in the exhibition!) and the locator maps of the sculpture in the exhibition and works permanently on view at UW and in Laramie, visit the museum's webpage.