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.