Thursday, May 31, 2012

Artist Creates Clouds in UW Art Museum

Gerri Sayler and Interstitial are featured in this week's Laramie Boomerang 7220 section. Gerri talks about how her inspiration for Interstitial was sparked by the architecture of the University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Centennial Complex.

Visit our Facebook Page for daily photographs and updates as Gerri Sayler continues to work on Interstitial.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea

(l – r):  Barbara Stone, curator of Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea; Rita Meyer, Vice President Wyoming of Rocky Mountain Power; and Susan Moldenhauer, Director & Chief Curator, UW Art Museum
The UW Art Museum is proud to have Rocky Mountain Power as an exhibition sponsor for Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea in honor of its 150th Anniversary.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Behind the Scenes of Interstitial

Two stories above the floor, 132 lines of mason twine stretch tensioned and tied off between the large skylight windows of the Centennial Complex lobby in preparation for the installation of Interstitial, a site specific work created by artist Gerri Sayler

Museum Chief Preparator Stoney Smith and Preparator Conor Mullen worked closely with the artist and University Facilties Engineering to ready the space.

Once installation begins, a scissor lift is used to attach strands of monofilament and hot glue to each pre-strung expanse of twine. Stoney and Conor are on site to arrange each grouping of strands, spacing them on 4’ to 9’ lengths of bamboo and handing them to Gerri on the lift.

What is the most interesting part? Says Stoney, “Watching the piece develop and the play of light on the strands through the overhead windows.” 

Visit us on Facebook to see an ongoing gallery of images showcasing this entire installation!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gerri Sayler and Interstitial

The University of Wyoming Art Museum is very excited to welcome artist Gerri Sayler. Gerri will be in residence to install her site specific work, "Interstitial." In this photo, Gerri discusses Interstitial's overhead suspension system with our Chief Preparator, Stoney Smith. Interstitial will be on display in our Centennial Complex Lobby, taking advantage of the changing light throughout the day. Interstitial will also be available for viewing from both above and below. To find out more about Gerri Sayler and to view some of her work, visit

The Art Museum will be posting daily updates on our Facebook Page Stop by and Like Us to view this installation and other museum happenings!

Monday, May 21, 2012

New Exhibitions Now Open!

Thank you to all to came to our Opening Reception this past weekend. A good time was had by all. We have two new exhibitions in the Gallery and we invite you to come and view them at your leisure! More information is available at our website:

If you are a printmaker, or interested in printmaking, our Francisco Goya exhibition is certain to interest you. As one of our Facebook fans quips:

"Printmakers, monster-lovers and Goya-enthusiasts, come see over 70 prints from Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos series!"

For up to the minute exciting information on all of our exhibitions, be sure to "like" us on Facebook. We now have a dedicated Facebook address so you can find us easily.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Our Summer 2012 Newsletter is now available online!

We invite you to download our 2012 Summer Newsletter direct from our website. The newsletter has lots of exciting information including: Exhibitions, Calendar of Events, Studio Art Programs, Summer Classes, Free Activities, Summer Art Camp, Teen Apprenticeship Program, Summer Teaching Institute, Museum Tour Program, Ann Simpson Artmobile, Touring Exhibition Service and much more! Find out about all the terrific summer happenings at the Art Museum!

Click here to begin enjoying the newsletter!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Two New Exhibitions Open This Saturday

Artist Linda Fleming and Art Museum Chief Preparator Stoney Smith install her large-scale sculpture, Fumerole, on the sculpture terrace.

Two new exhibitions open this Saturday at the Art Museum, just in time for graduation weekend!  Artist Linda Fleming was at the museum this week to help install her exhibition, Linda Fleming: Modeling the Universe, which include more than 60 maquettes and one large-scale sculpture on the terrace.  The maquettes offer insight into her creative process, while the large work, just outside and adjacent to the gallery, provides an example of the scale and space of one of her larger, completed works.

Also opening on Saturday is an exhibition from the permanent collection of artist self-portraits and portraits of artists.  Through the Looking Glass: The Portrait of the Artist is debuting at the Art Museum and is part of the museum's Touring Exhibition Service.  Starting in the fall, this exhibition will be available to schools, libraries, other museums and community institutions around the state for no charge except one way shipping.  Visit the Outreach page of the website to learn more about this service and how you can bring exhibitions of original artwork to your community.

Saturday is also the final day to view two photography exhibitions at the museum: Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime and Photography from the Twentieth Century, the Art Museum Collection, Part I.  

If you're going to be in Laramie for graduation, make a trip to the Art Museum a part of your plans!  We are open Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and admission is free!  Call us at 307.766.6622 for more information on our exhibitions, or to help plan your visit!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Two Photography Exhibitions Open Through Saturday

Jay Jaffee (American, 1921-1999), Untitled (Looking Up a Tower), not dated, gelatin silver print, 12-1/16 x 7-13/16 inches, Gift of Dr. James A. Dewberry, Jr., University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1983.66.4

This Saturday will be the final day to view two photography exhibitions at the Art Museum: Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime and, Photography from the Twentieth Century: The Art Museum Collection, Part I.

Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime explores the intersection between nature and industry through masterful, large-scale color images from around the world. Burtynsky is an internationally acclaimed photographer, whose depictions of global industrial landscapes are in the collections of more than fifty major museums around the world, including the Bibliotéque Nationale in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Photography from the Twentieth Century: The Art Museum Collection, Part I examines the creative vision of the photographer as artist and photography’s place in the development of an American genre. The first in a two-part exhibition, the show focuses on pictorial and portrait traditions – the basis of early photography. The second part of the exhibition, which will focus on innovations in the development of photography and contemporary photographers’ study of place, will open in the spring of 2013.

“Pairing the Art Museum’s photographic collection with the contemporary photography of Edward Burtynsky provides insights into the history of photography as a creative art and the role of contemporary fine art photography in image-making today,” said Susan Moldenhauer, art museum director and chief curator.  “It also conveys the technological advances of the photographic medium over the last 150 years.”

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