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:

(Fine Arts building, Room 229)

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

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

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.

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 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

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

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

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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.