Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Art Museum Closing Early

Due to the snowstorm, UW is closing early today at 1 pm. This includes the Art Museum. Be sure to check the UW website tomorrow to see if we will be open on Wednesday.

From all of the staff members at the UW Art Museum, have a happy and safe holiday! Keep an eye on our blog and facebook pages through January for up to date information.

Monday, December 20, 2010

This Week at the Art Museum

There are several things going on this week at and around the Art Museum that visitors should be aware of. Due to the construction of the new visual arts facility to the east of the Centennial Complex, there will be some detours along Willett Drive and 22nd Street this week. While visitors will still be able to access the parking lot entrance, visitors can expect different traffic patterns and construction vehicles.

The Art Museum has stopped extended Monday hours for the rest of the year. The building will close tonight at 5 pm. We will be open through Wednesday, the 22nd of this week. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm. We will be closed for the holidays beginning this Thursday, the 23rd. Administrative offices will reopen on Monday, January 3rd. The museum will remain closed through Friday, January 28th when we reopen with all new exhibitions. An opening reception will be held that evening from 6-8 pm and is free and open to the public.

The Museum Store is also open this week through Wednesday, the 22nd from 10 am - 5 pm. If you have last minute holiday shopping to do, this is a great place for unique gifts!

During the holiday closure, be sure to keep checking the blog and the Art Museum and Museum Store facebook pages for updates and information. If you have questions, please call us at 307.766.6622.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Interview with Binh Danh posted on You Tube

A short video interview with Vietnamese-American artist Binh Danh is now available for viewing on You Tube.  He discusses his conceptual ideas, personal history, and creative process.  The interview was filmed during his October 2010 visiting artist residency at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.  His solo exhibition, Binh Danh: Life, TImes and Matters of the Swamp, closes on December 22, 2010.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Art Museum Purchases Furunes Portrait for Collection

Anne-Karin Furunes, Portrait #18

The Art Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of Anne-Karin Furunes' Portrait #18, an 88 x 63 inch perforated canvas created in 2007 and on view in the museum for Furune's solo exhibition, Portraits of Unknowns.

Furunes creates images by perforating black of white painted canvases with thousands of various sized holes.  Reminiscent of the dot pattern of half-tone photographic prints, her images reference the photographic persona of her subjects.  Her work explores the medium of photography and the implications of capturing realistic imagery.  View up close, the canvases are abstract fields of dots on a background.  From a distance, the portrait emerges.

The subjects for Furunes' portraits are drawn from photographs in a Swedish archive devoted to the now-discredited notion of categorizing people by race, ethnicity, and mental capacity.  Her anonymous portraits from the archive restore respect and human dignity to her subjects.

Furunes studied at the National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo and is a professor and dean of the Trondheim At Academy, Norway.  She is extensively known in Europe and Australia. Her US introduction was through the Barry Friedman Ltd. exhibition in 2007.  She is represented in such public collections as the National Museum of China, Beijing; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; the Tromsp Museum of Contemporary Art, Norway; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasama, Finland; and the Museum of Art, Trondheim, Norway.  She is represented in the US by Barry Friedman Ltd., New York.

The purchase of Portrait #18 was made possible by funds from the UW Art Museum Collections Fund, the W. Sherman and Dorothy Burns Estate Fund, and by the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum in honor of Rosemary Skinner.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Only Two More Weeks to See Fall Exhibitions

Only two more weeks remain to see the fall exhibitions on view at the UW Art Museum. The final day to see all of the exhibitions is Wednesday, December 22.

Currently on view are two exhibitions from the Art Museum's permanent collection: Artists From France: Paintings and Prints from the Art Museum Collection and Cold War in America: Works from the 1950s-1970s. Also on view are two solo exhibitions by international contemporary artists: Anne-Karin Furunes: Portraits of Unknowns and Binh Danh: Life, Times, and Matters of the Swamp. Finally, there is an exhibition presented by the American Heritage Center: Home Front on the Frontier: Wyoming During World War I.

The exhibition of Albany County and Laramie schoolchildren's artwork will also close on December 22, so if there is an artist in your family whose work is included in that exhibition, be sure to stop by and see their work on the walls of the Art Museum!

December 22 is the last day that the Art Museum will be open before the holidays. The Museum Store is a great place to do your holiday shopping, so make sure you visit and see all of the unique gifts!

For more information, or with questions, please call 307.766.6622.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy Holidays, Laramie!

Governor and Mrs. Dave Freudenthal's tree, "Forever West" is one of the 30 trees on view.

Please join us on Saturday, December 4 between 10:30 am and 3 pm for Happy Holidays, Laramie! This fun and free event is a great way to kick off the holiday season! Please see below for the complete schedule of events and musical performances. For more information, call 307.766.6622. We hope to see you there!

10 am - 5 pm, The Museum Store: Holiday Shopping
The Museum Store will be open with a variety of great gift ideas

10 am - 5 pm, Art Museum Galleries: Laramie and Albany County Schoolchildren's Art Exhibition
This exhibition showcases the creativity of local schoolchildren

10:30 am - 3 pm, Centennial Complex Gallery: Kids' Store
This kid-friendly store features holiday gifts for under $5

10:30 am - 3 pm, Shelton Studio: Holiday Craft Studio
Kids can make their own holiday crafts, all materials provided by the Art Museum

10:30 am - 3 pm, Restaurant: Cookies and Orange Drink
Take a moment to enjoy some refreshments

11 am - 2 pm, Restaurant: Santa Claus
Be sure to bring a camera

Gallery Performances
*Warm up in the multi-purpose room, downstairs
10:30 am: Snowy Range Academy, Amy Wright
11:00 am: Snowy Range Academy Orchestra, Amy Wright
11:15 am: Piano Students, Dee Moody
11:30 am: Beitel Bulldog Choir and Beitel Chime Choir, Alice Telander
12:00 pm: United Presbyterian Church Bell Choir, Kim Buchanan
12:30 pm: High Plains Sinfonia, Kayla Walker and James Przygocki
1:00 pm: Indian Paintbrush Elementary Choir, Sally Edgar
1:30 pm: Piano Students, Cindy Peterson
2:00 pm: Piano Students, Lorene Sims and Miriam Galbraith
2:30 pm: St. Laurence School, Jennifer Lyford
3:00 pm: Laramie Community Band, Robert Belser

Lobby Performances
*warm up in the Stockgrower's Room
10:30 am: Piano Students, Marilyn Sprinkle
11:00 am: High Plains Sinfonia, Elena Berlinsky
11:30 am: Piano Students, Nancy Shaw
12:00 pm: Piano Students, Cheryl Hemphill and Kim Shepherd
12:30 pm: Piano Students, Gloria Orr-Weiss
1:00 pm: Piano Students, Alla Latchininsky
1:30 pm: Spring Creek Elementary, Terena Main
2:00 pm: Piano Students, Jennifer Bond
2:30 pm: Laramie Junior High School Orchestra, Linda Eason

It's a Tie!

KP Endsley's tree, "William 'Bill' Hysong Memorial Tree 2010 - Tickled Pink."

This year's People's Choice Award is a tie! The votes were tallied after last night's Tree Lighting Ceremony where people voted on their favorite holiday tree in the Festival of Trees. The tie came down to Governor and Mrs. Dave Freudenthal's tree, "Forever West" and KP Endsley's tree, "William 'Bill' Hysong Memorial Tree 2010 - Tickled Pink." Congratulations to both!

There was a great turnout at last night's event, which included musical performances throughout the evening. The festivities continue tomorrow during Happy Holidays, Laramie! between 10:30 am and 3 pm. This annual community event is free and open to the public. Be sure to stop by for a visit with Santa Claus, holiday musical performances, or to bid on one of the many beautifully decorated holiday trees!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Join us Tonight for the Lighting of the Trees Ceremony

Join us tonight at the Art Museum for the Lighting of the Trees Ceremony! This event will be between 6 and 8 pm and is free and open to the public. There are 30 decorated trees this year in the Festival of Trees, each on decorated by a community group or organization. In addition to the trees, there are 9 pedestal items, including holiday decorations and wreathes, also donated by members of the community. All of these items are up for auction, which kicks off tonight and runs until Saturday, December 4th, when it closes at 2:30 pm. All proceeds from the auction will benefit museum programs.

The Lighting of the Trees Ceremony and Reception will feature musical performances to get you in the holiday spirit! Brownies, punch, and hot cider will also be available. This night of festivities is a great way to preview the trees, be the first to place a bid, and to vote for the People's Choice Award. Begun last year and only open to voting tonight, this fun award is a great way for the community to acknowledge the tree that they like the best!

Please join us tonight for an evening of artwork, music, and holiday cheer!

For more information, please call 307.766.6622.

Monday, November 29, 2010

This Week at the Art Museum

Kick off the holiday season at the Art Museum! This week we will be counting down to the annual community celebration, Happy Holidays, Laramie! on Saturday, December 4th, from 10:30 am to 3 pm. This year will include cookies, visits with Santa Claus, musical performances by community and school groups, and an exhibition of Laramie and Albany County children's artwork.

The Festival of Trees begins tomorrow, when the different groups of volunteer decorators will select their tree and begin decorating! The Lighting of the Trees Ceremony is Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm. This is also when the silent auction begins and visitors will have the chance to place the beginning bids! The auction will close at 2:30 pm on Saturday, during Happy Holidays, Laramie!

Also on Saturday, the Museum Store will have a special Kids' Store, with gifts available for under $5. The Museum Store has also received new holiday merchandise this week, so be sure to stop by and take care of your holiday shopping!

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about these events, please call 307.766.6622. We hope you will start the holiday season with us at the Art Museum!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Hours at the Art Museum

The Art Museum will have different hours this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be closed Thursday - Sunday, but will re-open on Monday, November 29th. Preparations will continue for the 18th Annual Festival of Trees and Silent Auction. Decorating is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, November 30th. Tuesday also marks the opening of the Laramie and Albany County Children's Art exhibition.

Festivities culminate next Saturday, December 4th with the community celebration Happy Holidays, Laramie! This day of music, cookies, artwork, and Santa Claus is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

Enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We hope you will visit us tomorrow and next week to celebrate the holidays!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Juried Student Exhibition Call for Work Announced

The 36th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition call for work has been announced! This yearly exhibition is open to any undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate student enrolled at UW during the 2011 academic year. This includes those students who took classes in the fall 2010 semester and who graduate in December. It is open to students in all disciplines. Original artwork in any medium is welcome. All work must be ready to hang.

The exhibition will be open January 29-February 12 with an opening reception from 6-8 pm on Friday, January 28th and awards ceremony that evening at 6:30 pm.

Please follow this link to the official call for entries, which includes important dates and information. Hard copies are available for pick up in the Art Department office, the Union information desk, and at the Art Museum front desk.

This is a great professional development opportunity for student artists. It provides experience in preparing artwork for display, the process of a juried exhibition, and gives students the chance to show their work in a museum setting. This year's juror is Robyn Peterson, the Executive Director of the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, MT. The juror process is different each year as jurors come from different states, institutions, and professional backgrounds. Last year's exhibition saw a record 283 works submitted for consideration and the Art Museum is excited to see what's in store this year!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Andy Warhol Sale at the Museum Store

The Museum Store at the UW Art Museum is holding a 50% off sale on Andy Warhol merchandise! The exhibition, Iconic Mass Culture: Andy Warhol's Portraits closed this past Saturday after great visitor turnout and an enthusiastic response! To say thanks for visiting, and to carry on the celebration of his work, this sale will run though the end of the year.

Items for sale include t-shirts, canvas totes, playing cards, books and catalogs, magnets, and notecards. If you saw the exhibition and missed out on purchasing one of these great items, or if you're simply an Andy Warhol fan, be sure to visit the Museum Store, which is open 10 am - 5 pm Monday through Saturday, with Monday hours extended to 9 pm through the end of November.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Museum Store manager Rosie Chapp at 307.766.3982. Some exceptions apply to sale items.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Decorators Still Needed for the Annual Festival of Trees

The Art Museum's annual holiday celebration is just around the corner! The 18th Annual Festival of Trees and Silent Auction will conclude on Saturday, December 4th, along with the community holiday celebration of art and music, Happy Holidays, Laramie! The festivities begin at 10:30 am and conclude at 3 pm. Events include visits with Santa Claus, musical performances by school and community groups, and the ever popular Festival of Trees Silent Auction. There is also the annual exhibition of Albany County schoolchildren's art, which will remain on view through December 23rd.

The Festival of Trees kicks off on Tuesday, November 30th, when registered community and school groups, individuals, and businesses select their tree from the assortment of 30 and begin to decorate! There are still trees available, so if you or someone you know is interested in decorating a tree, please contact the museum at 307.766.3477.

Decorating will continue on Wednesday, December 1st, and Thursday, December 2nd, culminating in the Lighting of the Trees Ceremony and reception on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm. Thursday night is also when the silent auction opens, and visitors will have the chance to cast a vote for their favorite tree.

All events are free and open to the public. Tree decorations and the decorator's time is donated, with all of the proceeds going toward Art Museum programming. If you would like more information on how you can participate in the festivities, or are interested in decorating a tree this year, please call 307.766.3477.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The New Videos Posted on YouTube

Anne-Karin Furunes interview on YouTube

Two new video interviews and a video walk through of an exhibition are now available on the UW Art Museum YouTube channel.  Collectors Erivan and Helga Haub discuss their collection, Western Art, and Wyoming in their video interview for the exhibition People of the West: A Collector's Vision, Selections from the Erivan and Helga Haub Collection.  Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes talks about her large scale portraits in her exhibition Anne-Karin Furunes: Portraits of Unknowns.  And a video walk through of Lia Cook's 2009 exhibition, The Embedded Portrait, is also available.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Final Week to See Two Exhibitions

Bill Schenck (American, b. 1947), An Ancient Place, 1999, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inches, Erivan and Helga Haub Family Collection of Western Art

This is the final week to see two exhibitions at the UW Art Museum. People of the West - A Collector's Vision, Selections from the Erivan and Helga Haub Collection features a range of paintings, sculptures, and prints from the Haub's collection of Western American art. Ranging from Taos Society of Artists to contemporary artists, this exhibition portrays the various people and cultures of the West.

Iconic Mass Culture: Andy Warhol's Portraits is an exhibition of Polaroid and silver gelatin prints that were recently gifted to the Art Museum from the Andy Warhol Foundation's Photographic Legacy Program. In addition to these mediums, four screen prints are also on view. These three different media offer insight into Warhol's creative process.

The final day to see both of these exhibitions is this Saturday, November 13. Admission is always free. The Art Museum is open 10 am - 5 pm, with extended hours until 9 pm on Mondays. For more information, please call the museum at 307.766.6622 or visit the website.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tonight at the Art Museum - Art Talk: Chris Drury

Chris Drury, Mozel Rhine Whirlpool, 2010, courtesy of the artist

British land artist Chris Drury is in Laramie, visiting the UW campus to discuss a new site-specific work to be included in the exhibition, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. Similarly to artist Margaret Cogswell's visit this week, it is important for Drury to gain an understanding of the campus and town in order to create a work that meshes with its surroundings.

In conjunction with his visit, Drury will present a public Art Talk tonight at 7 pm, at the Art Museum. It is free and open to the public. He will be discussing his previous works and his approach to themes such as culture, the environment, and nature. For more information on Drury and his work, visit his website or blog.

Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational first opened in 2008 and continues to evolve. Two previous site-specific works, by artists Patrick Dougherty and Steven Siegel, have been removed. The Art Museum is excited to be working with Chris Drury to create a new work for the exhibition!

For more information on public programs or exhibitions at the Art Museum, please visit the website or call 307.766.6622.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Artist Margaret Cogswell in Laramie in Preparation for Her Upcoming Exhibition

From L to R: Art Museum Director and Chief Curator Susan Moldenhauer, artist Margaret Cogswell, and Art Museum Curator of Education Wendy Bredehoft at Gray Rocks Reservoir this past summer when Cogswell first visited the area for research.
Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.

Artist Margaret Cogswell is returning to the Laramie area today to continue researching rivers and water bodies in the state in preparation for her 2012 exhibition at the UW Art Museum. Cogswell first visited Laramie this past summer to familiarize herself with the area and gather resources. During her second visit, she will focus on meetings and interviews with scientists, environmentalists, member of the community, and UW faculty.

Many times when an artist creates a site-specific work, such as Cogswell's upcoming installation, they have to visit an area multiple times to gather information, perform research, and meet with local and regional experts. Cogswell's work focuses on the physical and metaphorical significance of water in our lives. She examines the history, the cultural impacts, and the issues surrounding water.

For more information on Cogswell's work, please visit her website. For more information on Art Museum exhibitions and programs, please visit the website or call 307.766.6622.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Art Museum Audio Tour Featured in Internationally Distributed Newsletter

The latest UW Art Museum cell phone audio tour for the exhibition, Anne-Karin Furunes: Portraits of Unknowns, was featured in the November Guide By Cell email newsletter. Guide By Cell is the mobile technology provider that provides the platform for the Art Museum to create and distribute the cell phone audio tours to museum visitors. Guide By Cell works with over 800 museums internationally and is an Affinity Partner of the American Association of Museums. See below to read the newsletter!

November 1, 2010

Visitors to the University of Wyoming Art Museum can use their cell phones to hear artist Anne-Karin Furunes talk about her creative process and the subject matter of each of the displayed series within Anne-Karin Furunes: Portraits of Unknowns.

To create buzz about the exhibit’s opening, Furunes visited the gallery for a public lecture and walk-through, which helped students and other visitors make a mental connection between the audio tour and the artist.

“We’ve done 14 Guide by Cell tours
in the past, but this is one of our top two most attended,” said Rachel Miller, Assistant Curator at the UW Art Museum. “It’s a really cool feature, and people love that they can use their cell phones to hear directly from the artist!”

Dial (307) 200-0040 from any phone and follow the prompts to hear from Furunes.

Want to bring your audience closer to the artists? Get in touch and we’ll set you up with a pilot account for your own mobile audio tour.


Dave Asheim
Guide by Cell
(415) 615-0150

Monday, October 25, 2010

Art Museum Receives Award from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund

From a UW Press Release:

The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund awarded $25,000 to the University of Wyoming Art Museum for "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational." Funds will be used to add several new works of modern or contemporary art to the outdoor exhibition in the coming year.

The UW Art Museum in 2008 launched "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational" in response to the interests of the university and Laramie communities for art in public places and to enable the museum to remain active during a year-long closure of its galleries for renovations. Initially planned as a one-year program, its success identifies an ongoing need to continue the exhibition.

Originally, 18 works of art comprised the exhibition: 12 works created or lent by artists, 5 from the Art Museum permanent collection, and one created by the artists of ARK for their new Creative Arts Center.

"Over the last year, five of the works on loan have been removed from the exhibition," says Susan Moldenhauer, Art Museum director and chief curator. "Funding from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, along with an anonymous gift to support new work for campus, offers an opportunity to add at least two new works to the campus exhibition."

According to its Web site, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund supports Wyoming's culture and heritage through grant funding of innovative projects for the, "enjoyment, appreciation, promotion, preservation, and protection of the state's arts, cultural and historic resources."

For more information about the exhibitions, call the UW Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's Web page at

"Imagine learning from the masters" is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum's programs. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays. Admission is free.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Gala 2010: A Magical Mystery Tour

One of the many live auction items for Gala 2010: A Magical Mystery Tour, this 11-11-11 trip is a special opportunity for two lucky individuals to experience the mysteries of ancient Egypt from November 9 through 19, 2011. The winning bidders of this extraordinary tour will be part of an exclusive insider’s visit to the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx at sunrise on Friday, November 11, 2011 (11-11-11), a unique date in history!
Donated by Windows of Egypt Tours, Cairo, Egypt.

From a UW Art Museum Press Release:

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will host its 17th annual benefit ball, “Gala 2010: A Magical Mystery Tour,” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, 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 The Full Basmati.

“Tom and I are as excited as everyone else about our sixties theme this year, and what a wonderful job our auction committee has done gathering strange and exciting items—from roller derby to paintball, and from an Egypt trip to hunting from a yurt—there’s sure to be something for everyone,” said Jacque Buchanan, who co-chairs the Gala with her husband, UW President Tom Buchanan. “We know this will be an especially exciting event this year, with all of the focus we’ve had recently on the arts in Wyoming and UW.”

For those who like to take their chances, two raffles are being held to benefit the Art 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 Visa Gift 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 to the sounds of The Full Basmati will follow cocktails and the 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.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Homecoming Sale at the Art Museum Store

To celebrate the University of Wyoming's Homecoming weekend, the UW Art Museum Store is holding a sale of 10% off all Andy Warhol merchandise. These special items, including fun t-shirts and totes, magnets, tablets, and books, were brought in to help celebrate the exhibition, Iconic Mass Culture: Andy Warhol's Portraits, which is on view at the Art Museum through November 13.

The homecoming sale begins today and runs through Monday. For more information on the special events going on for homecoming, please visit the University's webpage. Be sure to include a visit to the Art Museum and Museum Store in your weekend activities and pick up some great Andy Warhol merchandise! For more information on the Museum Store, please call 307.766.3982.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Peter Sarkisian Exhibition Opens in Taiwan

Exhibition announcement for the Taiwan Museum of Art

Peter Sarkisian: Video Works, 1996-2008 opened in the Digiark Gallery at the Taiwan Museum of Art last weekend.  Curated by the UW Art Museum's director and chief curator Susan Moldenhauer, the exhibition premiered at UW last spring.  The Taiwan Museum of Art is the first venue of a the touring exhibition, which has been organized by the UW Art Museum.  For more information, click here.

Additional venues on the tour include the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Sioux City Art Center, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Binh Danh Cell Phone Audio Tour Available

The cell phone audio tour for the exhibition, Binh Danh: Life, Times, and Matters of the Swamp is now available. This is the second audio tour to be recorded by the artist. Earlier this fall Anne-Karin Furunes recorded a cell phone audio tour talking about her exhibition. While Binh Danh was in Laramie for his artist residency, he also took the time to record information about his exhibition.

There's no better way to learn about art than to hear directly from the artist! We hope you take the time to listen to this information, whether you're visiting the Art Museum, or just want to hear what Binh has to say about his work! The audio tour can be accessed for free from your cell phone by dialing 307.200.0040. Handouts are available at the Art Museum front desk and will soon be available online.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Two PowerPoint Workshops to be Held in November

Have you wanted to present at a 20:20 event but have questions about how to use PowerPoint? PowerPoint is a crucial element to 20:20, allowing for the fast pace and a quick transition between presenters. As more artists and arts organizations move from slides to digital images and programs like PowerPoint, questions about how to transition to the computer program are common. Other issues that frequently come up are how to organize information, add images, and edit the presentation.

The Art Museum has learned that Works of Wyoming (WoW) and the Wyoming Women's Business College (WWBC) will be holding two workshops in November to address these PowerPoint issues. Both workshops, one on Nov. 4 and one on Nov. 5, will be conducted by Chuck Egnaczak. Visit the WWBC calendar for details on the Nov. 4 workshop, or visit the WoW website to contact someone about the Nov. 5 event.

The Art Museum encourages artists, educators, and organizations to take advantage of these workshops, hopefully leading to greater participation in 20:20!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tonight at the Art Museum - Art Talk: Binh Danh

Artist Binh Danh talked with docents and the members of the public this morning during his Gallery Walk Through.
Photo courtesy of the Art Museum.

Vietnamese-born artist Binh Danh is at the Art Museum Monday and Tuesday of this week to give public presentations and to speak with people about his unique creative process, his inspiration, and the themes that can be seen in the work in his solo exhibition, Binh Danh: Life, Times, and Matters of the Swamp, currently on view at the Art Museum.

This morning, Danh gave a Gallery Walk Through to an assembled group of museum staff, docents, and the public. He showed some unframed examples of his chlorophyll prints, explained that process, and also provided hands-on examples from his current body of daguerreotypes. Danh will be presenting a more formal Art Talk this evening at the Art Museum, beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about public programs or exhibitions, please call 307.766.6633 or visit the website.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Monday at the Art Museum

Binh Danh (Vietnamese/Cambodian-American, b. 1977), Son #6, 2006, chlorophyll print on grass, resin, 11-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches, courtesy of Haines Gallery and the artist

Coming up next week at the Art Museum are two public programs with the artist Binh Danh. Both will be held on Monday, October 11, and are free and open to the public.
A Gallery Walk Through will be held at 10:30 am, and a more formal Art Talk will be that evening at 7 pm.

Danh was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States at age 2. His work is featured in the exhibition, Binh Danh: Life, Times, and Matters of the Swamp, which will be on view at the Art Museum through December 23. Danh has created a unique art form called "chlorophyll prints" in which photographic images are embedded into living leaves and grasses through the plant's natural process of photosynthesis.

The work in this exhibition explores popular media and imagery from the Vietnam War. Underlying the historic imagery is also contemporary commentary on current wars and military conflicts, and how popular opinion and memories are shaped by the media.

Be sure to come by the Art Museum on Monday to hear the artist speak about his work and creative process! For more information, call 307.766.6622 or visit the website.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Have you received your Gala invitation?

Invitations for Gala 2010: A Magical Mystery Tour have been mailed! The annual fundraising event is rapidly approaching. It is Saturday, October 23, 6 pm to midnight in the Wyoming Student Union Family Room and Ballroom. Attire is black tie.

Events of the evening include a silent and live auction, dinner, drinks, and dancing. The Gala is the Art Museum's largest fundraiser, with all funds going toward exhibitions and programming.

If you haven't received an invitation and would like to receive one in the mail, please contact Bev Schroeder at 307.766.3477. Please consider joining us for an evening of fun and to show your support for the UW Art Museum!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Artist Chris Drury Scheduled to Visit the University of Wyoming

Chris Drury, Rhine Mosel Slate Whirlpool created from 20 lbs of slate
for the Koblenz Garden Festival 2011.
Courtesy of the artist

British artist Chris Drury is scheduled to be on campus November 8 and 9, 2010.  Part of his visit will include a public Art Talk on Monday, November 8 at 7 pm in the Art Museum.  Titled Edge of Chaos, Drury will discuss the range of his work over the last 15 years, including Landscape; Antarctica; collaborations with scientists, doctors, ecologist, biodiversity works; and more.  

Drury's visit is in conjunction with Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational and is made possible by an anonymous gift and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Art Museum Wants to Hear From You

The Art Museum has recently launched a new visitor survey that we hope you'll take the time to fill out after your visit.

Whether you are a student, teacher, member of the Laramie community, or are visiting from farther away, we want to hear from you! Surveys are available at the front desk and can be deposited anonymously in the box outside the Museum Store.

The survey takes only a few short minutes to fill out and helps us understand who are visitors are, why they visit the Museum, and what other suggestions you might have for us.

Don't forget, there's also a feedback feature on our Facebook page and cell phone audio tours, as well as the comments section of this blog. We hope you feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

TONIGHT at the Art Museum - Art Talk: David McCarthy, Pop Art Scholar

Andy Warhol (American 1928-1987), Sylvester Stallone, 1980, Polaroid, 4 x 3 inches, University of Wyoming Art Museum, gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts, Inc., The Andy Warhol Visual Legacy. Copyright 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Tonight at the Art Museum will be an Art Talk by David McCarthy, a Pop Art scholar and art historian from Rhodes College. The title of his talk is, "American Made, American Masquerade: Andy Warhol's Democratic Portrait Gallery." This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition, Iconic Mass Culture: Andy Warhol's Portraits, on view at the Art Museum through November 13.

McCarthy will also be presenting a Gallery Walk Through on Friday morning, beginning at 10:30 am. Both events are free and open to the public. He is sponsored by the UW Art Department and the UW Art Museum. For more information on this or any other public program, please call 307.766.6622.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Art Museum Docents Attend Symposium in Denver

Art Museum docents and education staff outside the Denver Art Museum.
Photo courtesy of the Art Museum.

UW Art Museum Docents attended the Denver Art Museum's (DAM) Volunteer Symposium on September 24 and 25. Docents Sue Ettema, Genevieve Legowski, Margaret Plumb, Karen Maxfield, Sid Walter, and Judy McBride, along with Art Museum educators Wendy Bredehoft and Heather Bender, attended sessions that presented new information on visitor trends, and ways to engage museum visitors. Workshops included "New Perspectives on Thinking about Traditional Arts" by Michael Cassin, Director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and "New Perspectives on Thinking about Contemporary Art" by Shelly Casto, Director of Education, The Wexner Center for the Arts.

These sessions provided lots of talking points over lunch and wherever the group convened. It was agreed that "museums are places that contain the most wonderful things in the world" (Cassin) and that "artists are people on a quest for knowledge" (Casto).

UAM Docents explored exhibits with DAM docents and other participants through gallery walks and discussions, putting into practice models for investigating traditional and contemporary art. Additional highlights of the trip included a visit to the exhibition, Tutankhamen: the Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, and the DAM's three gift shops.

For more information on the UW Art Museum's docent program, please call the education office at 307.766.3496.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Museum Store is Now on Facebook

The Museum Store has a new Facebook page! Check out the newly launched page to see photos of merchandise, upcoming events, and for the chance to discuss your thoughts on the store and it's merchandise.

The format of Facebook allows for quick responses from Museum Store manager Rosie Chapp and her staff. It also is easy and fast to upload photos of new merchandise as it comes in. Like the Art Museum's Facebook page, it's a place that allows you to give feedback, and is a great place to find the most up-to-date information.

On Facebook, search for "UW Art Museum Store" and click the "Like" button.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Art Museum Education Department Wins Programming Award

Participants in the 2010 Summer Teaching Institute discuss their artwork.
Photo courtesy of the Art Museum.

Congratulations go out to the Art Museum's education team for receiving the EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming. This is a regional award given by the Mountain Plains Museum Association, which also places the Art Museum Education Department in contention to receive the national level award given by the American Association of Museums.

The award was given for Transforming Learning: Summer Teaching Institute, an annual summer program hosted by the Art Museum to help teachers, librarians, and community leaders learn about ways to incorporate original artwork into their teaching. This prestigious award is given for "exemplary creativity and innovation in museum educational programming."

To learn more about the great things that the education team is doing, or to tell them congratulations, give them a call at 307.766.3496, or email Master Teacher Heather Bender at hbender1@uwyo.edu.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Cell Phone Audio Tours Available

Two new cell phone audio tours are now available. The audio tour for the exhibition, People of the West - A Collector's Vision, Selections from the Erivan and Helga Haub Collection features information about each artist and work in the exhibition. From historic paintings to contemporary, and including bronze sculpture, be sure to check out each of these interesting prompts.

For the exhibition, Anne-Karin Furunes: Portraits of Unknowns, the artist recorded each of the prompts. She talks about her creative process, and also shares information on each of the different series or bodies of work in the exhibition. This is the first time that the Art Museum has asked an artist to record the audio tour; it's always a great opportunity to hear directly from the artist!

The cell phone audio tour is a free feature. It can be accessed while you are visiting the Art Museum, or if you cannot make it to the exhibitions, or are a student looking for additional information on the work, you can simply call in from your cell phone. Handouts, including instructions, are available in a .pdf format on the Art Museum website. Click here for the handout for the Western art exhibition, and click on this link for the handout for Anne-Karin Furunes.

We always welcome your feedback and comments. You can tell us what you think in the comments section of this blog, on our Facebook page, or there is a feature on the audio tour that lets you leave a voicemail message.

Monday, September 20, 2010

20:20 Tonight at the Art Museum

Tonight at the Art Museum will be 20:20 SE WY. This free and public event will begin at 7 pm and feature short presentations by local and regional artists, who will have the chance to show images and talk about their latest work and projects.

This is a great opportunity for the public to come and see what local artists are working on and what projects are taking place in their community. 20:20 is also an opportunity for educators, arts organizations, and artists to get together to share ideas and network.

Following the presentations, the presenters and the audience members are invited to move downtown to Altitude Chophouse and Brewery for food and drinks, and to continue the conversation.

This low-key event is always a lot of fun and promises to reveal lots of new artwork and ideas! Join us tonight at 7 pm at the Art Museum for art, conversation, and good company!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Today at the Art Museum

A perforated canvas portrait by Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes from her Portraits of Pictures series. Image courtesy of Barry Friedman, Ltd.

There are several events today at the Art Museum. At 4:30 pm Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes will present a Gallery Walk Through. She will talk about her unique artistic process of perforating canvases, as well as the various series she has created, and her source material.

Following the Gallery Walk Through, beginning at 6 pm, is an opening reception for all of the new fall exhibitions. Six new exhibitions will be celebrated. Refreshments will be served. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please call the Art Museum at 307.766.6622.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

River High Coming Down

Deinstalling River High

The monumental red steel sculpture, River High, is being deinstalled this afternoon and relocated to its new home in northern Wyoming.  The work created by Tennessee artist John Henry has been on view at the Laramie Rec Center for two years and was the anchor work for the exhibition, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational, on the University of Wyoming campus and in its surrounding city of Laramie.

John Henry's sculpture, River High, leaves today

Tennessee artist John Henry's monumental sculpture, River High, was the keystone piece of Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational

The latest sculpture to leave the exhibition, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational will be John Henry's monumental red sculpture, River High. The work will be de-installed today with help from the Tennessee artist's studio crew, City of Laramie employees, and UW Physical Plant workers.

The sculpture, located on Boulder Drive near the Rec Center, can be seen by those entering town off of I-80. It was the keystone piece of the exhibition, welcoming people to Laramie. Be sure to stop by today to see this vibrant work one more time or to watch the de-installation process.

The sculpture exhibition will continue to change and evolve as works leave, and new pieces are added. Keep checking this blog, the Art Museum website, or Facebook page for the latest information.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Art Talk: Anne-Karin Furunes TONIGHT

Anne-Karin Furunes (Norwegian, b.1961), Portraits of Pictures - Portrait 18, 2007, acrylic on canvas, perforated, 88-1/4 x 63 inches, image courtesy of Barry Friedman Ltd.

Tonight at the UW Art Museum, Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes will present a public Art Talk at 7 pm. Furunes paints large scale canvases either white or black, and then hand-perforates the canvas to create a portrait. The highlights and shadows created by the holes causes the image to shift and change as the viewer moves around the paintings. Using images from archives, and contemporary images taken from public places, Furunes restores an individual identity to each of her portraits.

The Art Talk tonight is free and open to the public. Furunes will also be holding a Gallery Walk Through on Friday, beginning at 4:30 pm. For more information on these programs, please call the Art Museum at 307.766.6622.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fall 2010 Newsletter Now Available Online

Frederic Remington's painting, Conjuring Back the Buffalo, is featured in the fall newsletter and is included in the exhibition of Western American art from the Erivan and Helga Haub collection.

The Art Museum fall newsletter is now available on the museum website in a .pdf format. The online version is in color and has information about all of the new exhibitions now on view at the museum. Information on the upcoming education classes and programs can also be found inside, along with the latest in collections news and a spotlight section on our new board members.

This online, color version is also available to be emailed. If you are not on the email list and would like to be, please contact Bev Schroeder, Administrative Assistant, to be added. If you would like to continue to receive a black and white hard copy, please contact Bev at 307.766.3477 or bschroed@uwyo.edu.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Extended Monday Hours Begin Tonight

Binh Danh's "chlorophyll prints," including this one, Son #4 are included in his solo exhibition, which is one of six new fall exhibitions now open at the Art Museum.

The UW Art Museum will begin its extended Monday night hours, beginning tonight. Through the month of November, and between February and April, the Art Museum stays open until 9 pm on Monday nights. These extended hours are helpful for students utilizing exhibitions in their classes but who don't have the time to visit during the day. It's also a great time to visit for those who work during the day but don't want to miss out on any of the new exhibitions. Consider coming to the Art Museum on a Monday evening for something fun, educational, and new! The Museum Store will also be open on Monday evenings until 9 pm.

Six new fall exhibitions are now open at the Art Museum. Included are two exhibitions by international contemporary artists: Anne-Karin Furunes and Binh Danh. Also on view is an exhibition featuring Polaroids, silver gelatin prints and screen prints by Andy Warhol, Western American art from the Erivan and Helga Haub Collection, and an exhibition featuring work from the Art Museum's permanent collection from the Cold War period. The American Heritage Center is presenting an exhibition about Wyoming during World War I. Stop by tonight to check out these new and exciting exhibitions!

The Art Museum is open 10 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday with extended Monday hours until 9 pm. For more information on exhibitions and programs, please visit the website.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sign Up Now for 20:20 SE WY

It's time to sign up for 20:20 Southeast Wyoming. 20:20 will be held on Monday, September 20th at the UW Art Museum from 7 to 9 pm. Join us for drinks and discussion afterward at Altitude Chophouse and Brewery. This is a program that was begun over a year ago at the museum to gather artists, educators, and organizations together for a chance to share work and network with colleagues.

The format of 20:20 gives presenters 20 slides, each one shown only for 20 seconds, resulting in a 6 minute and 40 second presentation. This format means that more people are able to share what they've been working on, recent projects and accomplishments, or upcoming plans. So, if you're an artist, arts educator, or represent an arts organization in the southeast region of the state and would like to share what you do, please sign up!

Sign up is on a first come, first served basis. Presentations must be in a PowerPoint format and submitted no later than Friday, September 17th. For more information, or to sign up, please contact assistant curator Rachel Miller at 307.766.6621 or rmiller@uwyo.edu.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Big Day for the Arts!

All Things Seen Naked, a diptych by Wyoming artist Neltje.

It was a day of exciting arts related announcements and progress on the UW campus today. Today was the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fine Arts building, to be built over the course of the next 18 months at 22nd and Willett, adjacent to the Art Museum. This new building will hold all of the visual arts classrooms, studios, and a new gallery. The building, situated closely to the Art Museum, will mean even greater collaboration between the museum and the department.

Also announced today was an unprecedented gift from Wyoming abstract expressionist, Neltje. You can read more about all the details in this UW press release. Neltje's generous gift exemplifies her philanthropic spirit and her continued support of the arts in the state. Her gift changes the role of the university in the arts within Wyoming and across the nation. The Art Museum thanks Neltje for her generosity and is excited to see all of the possibilities emerge!