Thursday, April 25, 2013

2013-2014 Membership Campaign

Roland Blain (Haitian, 1934-2005), Prehistoric Landscape, not dated, oil, 29-3/4 x 39-7/8 inches, gift of Mr. Richard S. Plotka, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1984.231 

Every April the Art Museum launches a new Membership campaign to raise unrestricted funds for exhibition and education programs.  Different membership levels are available for individuals, students, families, and businesses.  Museum members receive a 10% discount on items in the Museum Store and a 10% discount on Shelton Studio classes.  They are also the first to receive updated museum information like our newsletter, and receive invitations to special events and openings.  If you join at the $1000 level, you also receive a reproduction print of the painting above, which can be seen in the current exhibition of Haitian paintings from the collection.

Membership funds are an essential element of the Art Museum as they provide support for projects such as the Museum as Classroom initiative, as well as special exhibitionsThese funds also help support our Visitor Services, who in turn ensure that our museum visitors have a welcoming, informative, and positive experience at the museum.

Membership brochures can be picked up at our Visitor Services desk and will be available on our website soon.  If you'd like to receive one in the mail, give us a call at 307.766.6622 and we would be happy to mail you one!  Won't you consider becoming a museum Member? 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Ask Judy Pfaff Your Questions

An installation view of Judy Pfaff's exhibition, Come What May 

An Art Talk in the format of a Q&A session with artist Judy Pfaff will be held at the Art Museum on Monday, April 15 at 7 pm.  If you've seen Judy's installation at the Art Museum, or are familiar with her work and have a question you'd like to ask her, now is your chance!

We will be collecting questions through next Wednesday, April 10.  Once we receive all of the questions, we'll sort through them and pick the best ones for her to answer on the 15th.  You can submit questions either in the comments section of this post, or on our Facebook page.  If you don't want your question to be seen publicly, you can also email it to our general email account,

The Q&A session is free and open to the public, so we invite you to stop in that evening and hear directly from Judy as she answers what people really want to know about!  Be sure to get your question in today!

Preceding the Q&A session will be an opening reception from 6 - 7 pm, which is also free and open to the public, and the Art Museum will be open that day from 10 am - 9 pm, so there are plenty of opportunities to stop by and see her work before the public programs.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Exhibition of Haitian Art Opens This Saturday

Prefete Duffaut (Haitian, b. 1923), Ville Imaginaire, not dated, oil, 30 x 24 inches, gift of Mr. Richard S. Plotka, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1975.8

A new exhibition of Haitian paintings will open at the UW Art Museum on Saturday, April 6.  Image and Culture: Haitian Paintings from the Art Museum Collection presents an overview of 20th century Haitian art and explores different styles, techniques, and subject matter.

Haitian art is a reflection of the island nation’s unique history, culture, religion, and people.  With vibrant colors and varied styles and techniques, the paintings included in this exhibition address topics ranging from the military and religious history of the country to more contemporary abstract works.  Haitian art is a celebration of the nation’s culture and identity, despite there being little formalization to the various movements and styles.

The exhibition will be on view through May 11.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Last Chance to See Linda Fleming's Large-Scale Sculptures

Linda Fleming's laser-cut steel sculpture, Refugium, is located to the west of the Classroom Building.  It is scheduled for de-installation next week.

This is the final week to see two large-scale sculptures on the University of Wyoming Campus.  After being on long-term loan to the UW Art Museum, two sculptures by California artist Linda Fleming will be de-installed beginning on April 8.

Refugium was installed on the west side of the classroom building in 2008 for the exhibition, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational.  The exhibition brought large-scale works to campus and around the Laramie community.

Fumerole is on view on the sculpture terrace at the UW Art Museum.  It was installed in conjunction with Fleming’s 2012 solo exhibition, Linda Fleming: Modeling the Universe.

Fleming's work explores themes of science, nature, and the human place in the world.  Her large, laser-cut steel works invite the viewer to walk around, and sometimes inside, the sculpture.  Fleming maintains studios in the San Francisco Bay area, Nevada, and Colorado.  She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and teaches at the California College of the Arts.