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

For immediate release
October 16, 2009

Contact: Shantana Judkins
University of Wyoming Art Museum
(307) 766-3497

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

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, 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.
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


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.