Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Teaching Gallery This Semester

Leopold Hugo (American, 1863-1933), Untitled, not dated, gelatin silver bromide print, 7-7/8 x 5-15/16 inches, Gift of Hobson and Joan Harrell, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1983.72.4

The UW Art Museum plays a vital role in undergraduate and graduate instruction at the University of Wyoming.  For the spring semester of 2013, the Art Museum will initiate a teaching gallery model in the Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery.  Works of art selected with faculty members for specific courses are installed and available to students throughout the semester for use during the museum’s public hours.

Four classes will be using the teaching gallery the first semester: History 4496/5496 – History of Mexico; Art 3510 – Printmaking I; Art 2265 – Photography I; and Art 3720 – Medieval/Islamic Art History.  
The new installation is divided into four sections, one exhibition per wall, with didactive information.  While the gallery is designed to meet the needs of the academic community, it is also open to the public in order to demonstrate connections between the Art Museum and teaching across the curriculum, supporting UW’s academic mission.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Gallery Walk Through and Art Talk with Visiting Artist Carol Prusa

Carol Prusa (American, b. 1956), Omphalos, 2011, silverpoint, graphite, titanium white pigment with acrylic binder on acrylic hemisphere and fiber optics with aluminum leaf, 50 x 50 x 10 inches, courtesy of the artist

Carol Prusa’s (American, b. 1956) work consists of acrylic hemispherical domes that are articulated with silverpoint drawing and graphite and punctuated by fiber optic lights.  Using mathematical models that physicists have developed to explain the universe, her geometries are expressed as beautifully intricate and interconnected, offering a spiritual force in the ordering of a real world sustained by its own logic.  The result is work that evokes ideas of origin, mysticism and sacredness.

Prusa has an extensive exhibition record that includes the American Museum of Arts and Design, New York City; DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln (MA); Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem; Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville; Louisiana Museum of Art and Science, Baton Rouge; and most recently, the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan.

Prusa will present an Art Talk on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 pm in the Visual Arts Building, room 111.  On Friday, Feb. 1 at 4:30 pm, she will present an informal Gallery Walk Through at the Art Museum.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Her exhibition, Carol Prusa: Emergent Worlds, will be on view Feb. 2 - May 11, 2013.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Accepted Work Posted for the Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Michael Chavez, Public Art Program Manager for Arts and Venues Denver, looks at student artwork as he juries this year's exhibition

Congratulations to those students whose work has been accepted into the 38th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition!  The complete list is below.  95 students submitted 222 works for consideration; and 58 students have 78 pieces in the exhibition.  The exhibition will open on Friday night, February 1 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 pm.  An awards ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm.  If you submitted work, have work in the exhibition, or just want to check out what UW students are making creatively, please join us next Friday night!

Kristin Althoff

Hanna Arzigian
                  Sattva Tea

Daniel Bear
                  Dream Big

Angela Beeson
                  The Forefront of My Mind

Ryan Bohnenkamp
                  Yellowstone Falls

Nico Bourkas

Bryan Brodersen

Kayla Clark
                  Triskele Pretzel Packaging

Justin Cloud
                  Anxiety Society I
Anxiety Society II
Anxiety Society IV

Beth Cochran
                  Blood on Fur
                  Rip, Tear, Shred, Dead

Corey Cook
                  Suna no Onna (The Woman in the Dunes)

Victoria Denecke
                  Take a Bow

April Dockter
                  Rock the Boat

Calee Dunlap
                  Untitled #1
                  Untitled #2

Alethea Durney
                  The Thin Red Line

Katie Giroux
                  The Word Gay

Kelsey Giroux
                  Haunted Air: A Collection of Images
                  Wings in the Head

Courtney Googe
                  I Was a Myth

Thayne Hardy

Mik Harvey
                  2-Key Bird

Chancelor Havlik
                  Fumer tue

Adam Helzer
                  Face Vase

Carli Holcomb
                  Peter the Lepidoptera
                  Under My Skin and Through My Bones

Emily House
                  Source Beef Co-op
                  Tracks Adventure Race

Zach Kennah
                  Still Life with Radishes

Chelsea Klassen
                  Wyoming Fall

Blake Knadler

Amanda Larsen
                  Turkey Green
Cole Lemaster
                  Deception Book Cover Series

Anne Luben
                  Ghost Girls of the Greater Midwest

Molly Markow
                  World Traveler

Nancy Marlatt
                  Refinery Fresh

Seth Marosok
                  Nude; after Duchamp

Maggie Mullen

Stephen Mullins
                  Losing Innocence

Ryan Parker
                  Decaying City

Jasmine Peck
                  English Breakfast 3

Erin Price
                  Haunting Houses Book Series

Brody Read

Clinton Robinson

Brandon Russell
                  Fluid Tension
                  Last Giant Standing

Nathan Schiro
                  Short Stories

Gary Schmitt
                  Forever West
House Broke

Britni Schwartz
                  Turkish Tea
                  Prayer is Better Than Sleep
                  Hak Yol Islam

Aaron Strube
                  Visio Dinosaurus (Dromaeosaur)

Hunter Teig

Danie Thiel
                  Teapot and Cup

Korinne Thoren

Chris Toly
                  Suffice Airlines
                  Thirty Three Baklava

Sam Vogel
                  Aurum Brewhaus

Andy Wempen

Kelsy Werries
                  Kodiak Series

Chloe West

Kaitlyn Whitlock
                  Did She Ever Have a Name?

Holly Wood

Everett Woodward
                  Teapot 1
                  Teapot 2

Jon Young
                  Dance Instructor’s Instructor

Lisa Zirbel

Friday, January 18, 2013

Eminent Artist in Residence on Campus

An installation view of Judy Pfaff’s work at Robischon Gallery Denver, courtesy of the artist and Robischon Gallery

Judy Pfaff, an internationally acclaimed artist known for her installations as well as for her paintings, prints, and drawings, is on the UW campus this semester as the Eminent Artist in Residence.  Pfaff will be teaching classes in the Art Department, providing lectures and talks, and she will also be creating a new installation for the Art Museum.  She will be onsite this spring with the exhibition scheduled to open on April 13.

As plans develop, be sure to stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page as we post updates, images, and information.  To learn more about Judy Pfaff's work, you can visit her website.  To learn more about her time at UW and the Eminent Artist in Residence series, check out the story on the UW website.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Artist Interviews on YouTube

The Art Museum has been working with UWTV on an ongoing project to film interviews with visiting artists, collectors, and even curators.  If you've been to the Art Museum in the past year and had a favorite exhibition, or if there was one you wanted to see and just never made it to the museum, be sure to stop by our YouTube page and check out the interviews that are posted. 

Here at the Art Museum, we think that one of the best ways to learn more about art is to hear directly from the artists!  These interviews present a range of information and highlight artists and their exhibitions from small metalwork to stage design, and site-specific installations that were created just for the Art Museum.  Also included are interviews with collectors whose work was on view in some great exhibitions. 

These interviews can also be a great resource if you're a teacher or professor looking to demonstrate how contemporary artists are using certain materials, or if you're an artist looking for inspiration or motivation!

Watch one or watch them all, but be sure to take a look and let us know in the comments what you think!

This program was funded by the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature, and UW Art Museum Gala Funds.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Art Wednesdays on Facebook

Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1905-1989), Parody of Micaela, from the Carmen Suite, 1971, color lithograph, 21 x 16-3/4 inches, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Dorsky, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1973.16

Did you know that every Wednesday, we present "Art Wednesday" on our Facebook page?  This weekly image and short blurb features a different work from the permanent collection.  With over 8,000 objects in the collection, it would be nearly impossible to exhibit everything, so we rely on Facebook to provide a glimpse into the variety of works in the collection.  Ranging from 2D to 3D, ethnographic objects from Japan and Africa, to Old Masters and contemporary photography, we hope you'll take the time to peruse the images and learn a little more about what the Art Museum has in its holdings!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Preschool Classes Scheduled for the Spring

Artist Teachers work alongside the Art Museum's Master Teacher to provide hands-on instruction in the Shelton Studio.

Last semester the Art Museum's education team began offering Friday morning classes designed specifically for preschoolers.  Recognizing the importance of early involvement with the arts, and the role that art can play in childhood development, the Art Museum aims to introduce students to art in these classes in a way that is fun and engaging.

The list of this spring's classes is below.  If you would like more information on any of the classes, or if you would like to sign up your student, please contact Master Teacher Heather Bender at 307-766-3515 or email 

Can I Try That?
Fridays:  February 1, 8, 15, 22
10-11 a.m., $25/4-class session

We’ll look for inspiration in the work on display in the 38th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition.  Each week students will have the chance to consider two different art-making processes and then select the one they want to explore.  It could be painting, writing, wood sculpture, mixed-media, engraving, and more.  This is an excellent class for experimentation.

Color, Color, Everywhere!
Fridays:  March 1, 8, 15, 29
10-11 a.m., $25/4-class session

We’ll look for inspiration in the work on display in, Image and Culture: Haitian Paintings from the Art Museum Collection and, Beth Van Hoesen: Perfecting Printmaking.  Each week students will have the chance to consider how artists use color to tell stories and convey emotion.  We will use a wide range of materials to explore color in art making.  This is an excellent class for experimentation.

Art Worlds
Fridays:  April 5, 12, 19, 26
10-11 a.m., $25/4-class session

We’ll examine the ways artists create worlds within their works.  Using the exhibitions, Carol Prusa:  Emergent Worlds and, Judy Pfaff, student will create works of art using a wide variety of materials to express their own connections with the “worlds” they create. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Welcome back, students!

The Art Museum would like to welcome students back to campus!  As we look ahead to the spring semester, we'd like to remind any of those students who are interested in participating in the 38th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition that this Thursday and Friday are the drop off dates.  If you will be submitting artwork, it must be delivered to the Art Museum on one of those two days between 9 am and 4 pm.  Registration forms are available on our website, or we will have them available at the drop off table.  

This exhibition is always a favorite, and we're excited to see what UW students have been creating! 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Upcoming Photography Exhibition

Binh Danh (Vietnamese/Cambodian-American, b. 1977), Drifting Souls, 2000, chlorophyll print on leaf, resin, 14-1/2 x 32 inches, W. Sherman & Dorothy Burns Estate Fund Purchase, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 2010.3.1

As an artistic medium, photography is relatively young compared to the long history of painting, drawing, and printmaking.  Photography from the Twentieth Century: The Art Museum Collection, Part II continues to examine the creative vision of the photographer as artist and photography’s role in the development of an American genre.  Part I, exhibited in 2012, explores portraiture and Pictorialism; Part II focuses on the innovations of photography as an art form and the contemporary photographers’ dialogue on the study of place.  Innovations in photographic methods beyond the early gelatin silver prints of the early Twentieth century have expanded the creative boundaries for the photographer with such advances as Polaroid film, large format color capabilities, and alternative printing techniques such as chlorophyll prints.  Following the Pictorialism tradition and with innovative photographic techniques, contemporary photographers use the landscape as their subject to create a contemporary discourse on the study of a sense of place.  

Opening on February 2, this exhibition will be on view through April 27, 2013.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition to Open on February 1

Beth Van Hoesen (American, 1926-2010), Marvin C., 1979, aquatint and drypoint with roulette, printers inks on paper, Artist’s Proof, 10-1/4 x 10-7/8 inches, gift of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 2012.3.12

In addition to the exhibition of Old Master prints, the Art Museum will be opening a contemporary printmaking exhibition on February 1, Beth Van Hoesen: Perfecting PrintmakingThe UW Art Museum received a generous gift of 31 prints and drawings from the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust and selections from this gift are on view as a highlight of this important acquisition of 2012.  

Beth Van Hoesen (American, 1926-2010) spent her life striving to create perfect images – set apart from time and space, unrestricted by context, and distilled to essential fundamentals.  By focusing purely on the subject, such as with her animal depictions, Van Hoesen places her subject in isolation, stripping them of any outside context.  The viewer is forced to look at the subject, only the subject, and it becomes obvious that they have been carefully observed and rendered technically correct.  Her images are born from an almost scientific devotion to line, emphasizing an importance of craftsmanship and technique in the creation of her artwork.  This perfection in her prints comes from many preparatory drawings and early state proofs.  

This exhibition is one of seven opening on February 1 at the opening reception from 6 to 8 pm.  Beth Van Hoesen: Perfecting Printmaking will be on view through March 30, 2013.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Looking Ahead to Spring Exhibitions

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528), The Resurrection, not dated, woodcut, 4-15/16 x 3-13/16 inches, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1983.149.2

While the Art Museum galleries are closed, the staff is busy getting ready for all new spring exhibitions.  Seven exhibitions will open on Friday, February 1 at a free opening reception from 6 to 8 pm.  

One of the new exhibitions opening is, Old Master Prints of the 15th and 16th Centuries: Selections from the Art Museum Collection, which focuses on the German Old Masters and their role in the evolution of European printmaking.  During the last quarter of the 15th century, prints such as etchings, woodcuts and engravings gained some prominence among the pictorial arts as printmakers began to adopt the formal vocabulary of painters and sculptors.  At the same time, they began to shed their anonymity as craftsmen as they worked more independently, becoming Masters of their local artist’s guilds.  Many of these Masters, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach among them, worked in other mediums, but it was their prints that created their international reputations.  Their works on paper could achieve a wider distribution than their paintings.

This is a great opportunity to see work from historically important artists and some truly masterful printmaking techniques.  Be sure to check out this and all the new exhibitions at the end of the month!