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

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.