Thursday, June 28, 2012

Come Join Us at the Art Museum!

Students in the new UW Art Museum Resource Room.

The UW Art Museum is seeking an intern to work in the new Resource Room.  Duties include cataloging and filing books, art magazines, and other publications, processing incoming donations, and updating artist files.  The internship requires excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.  Experience using a Mac is preferred but not necessary.  The internship is unpaid, but students may be able to earn credit through their sponsoring department.  This is a great opportunity for students in library sciences, museum studies, art, or the humanities.

Please visit the Art Museum website for application requirements and more information about earning credit:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Solstice at the Art Museum

We welcome the Summer Solstice in a big way at the Art Museum. The longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer is marked as a solar tube in the ceiling of the Rotunda Gallery illuminates a silver dollar set in the floor at exactly noon. This year was no exception. Conditions were just right and the floor in the Art Museum began to glow as spectators assembled and eagerly awaited the noon hour. 

What is the Solstice? Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol, meaning "sun," and sistere, meaning "to stand still." As the days become increasingly longer, the sun climbs higher and higher in the sky until it appears to stand still. Once the sun has reached its climax at the summer solstice, it will begin to descend as the days become increasingly shorter in the Northern Hemisphere until the winter solstice. In the northernmost parts of Finland and Norway, the sun won't set for months.

Have you liked us on Facebook yet? You can get there by going right here:  Stop by and join in the fun . . . 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cell Phone Tours at the Art Museum

Thomas White Horse, c. 1940, pencil, conte crayon, 10 x 8 inches,
courtesy of the Sandra L. Solomon Trust
Did you know your cell phone can be a great resource at the Art Museum? We offer a cell phone audio tour, and have just added the tour to our exhibit Drawn from Life: Northern Plains Indian Portraits by David Humphreys Miller. Enhance your museum visit by touring the galleries with your cell phone as your guide.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Special Hours for Saturday, June 16 at the UW Art Museum

The Art Museum will be opening at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, June 16 due to an electrical service interruption. The museum will close at 5:00 p.m. Regular hours will resume on Monday June 18, 2012.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the UW Art Museum!

Astronomer Ray Martin shows a museum visitor how to safely view the sun through his solar telescope at last year's summer solstice celebration (UW art Museum)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will host its annual summer solstice celebration Wednesday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This free event celebrates the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. Every year at exactly noon on the summer solstice, the sun shines through a solar tube in the ceiling of the Rotunda Gallery and illuminates the silver dollar that is embedded in the center of the gallery's floor.

Visitors also will have the opportunity to safely view the sun's surface through astronomer Ray Martin's filtered solar telescope, which will be set up on the terrace.

Members of the Wyoming Gamelan Chandra Wyoga, a Balinese percussion group, will provide music for the event.

Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Get Ready for Summer Art Camps at the Art Museum!

We are excited to start our Summer Art Camps this next week at the Art Museum! Our teachers Conor Mullen, Sami Snethen and Sarah Chaires are busy preparing supplies for our students in the Shelton Studio. Find out more about Summer Art Camp...s on our website at:

Spaces are still available for drop-in students. Next week our camp is for ages 6-10. 11-15 year olds may join us the week of June 18. Come make some art at the Art Museum!

Please note! Art Camp Registration will take place in the Museum’s lower level instead of the lobby this summer.  Please use the handicapped accessible entrance to the right of the stairs.  We look forward to seeing you Monday!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interstitial at the University of Wyoming Art Museum

The installation of Interstitial at the Centennial Complex is now complete. Artist Gerri Sayler reflects on her finished installation as the sunlight streams in from the overhead skylights. Interstitial will be on display through December of 2012.

Inspired by both the landscape of Wyoming and the airy space inside the Centennial Complex, Idaho based artist Gerri Sayler (American, b. 1950) transforms the ordinary with her site-specific installation, Interstitial.  With hundreds of strands of hot glue suspended between the skylights inside the Centennial Complex lobby, she is exploring water, clouds, and the space that exists between the landscape and the sky.  Throughout the day, the changing light filters through the sculpture, alternating between opacity and transparency, airiness and shadows.  Sayler creates these strands by drawing with hot glue into water, which rapidly cools the glue and holds it form.

After completing two artist residencies in Wyoming, Sayler was drawn to the various transformations of water, from ice to flowing river and back again, and the similar process of evaporation, cloud formations, and precipitation.  The shape, materials, and overall appearance of her sculpture reflect these explorations in form. 

Interstitial is the final installation to be included in the exhibition, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational, which began in 2008. Funded in part by an anonymous sponsor and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.

Visit our Facebook Page to see a daily diary of the installation of Interstitial.