Monday, December 30, 2013

Laramie Mural Project Listed on Public Art Archive

An overview of downtown Laramie, where 8 murals accent businesses and public spaces.  Image courtesy of Brian Harrington, bhp imaging.

The Laramie Mural Project is now listed on Public Art Archive, an online resource through the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).  Public Art Archive is a free online listing of public art throughout the United States and Canada.  Included in the Laramie Mural Project are 8 murals done by local artists and located in historic downtown Laramie.  By listing the murals on Public Art Archive, visitors who may not be familiar with the project, or with Laramie, can access images, a map, and artist statements in advance of their visit, or from their smartphones.  

You can find the Laramie Mural Project on the Public Art Archive website, and it's a great tool to keep in mind when you travel to other towns and cities nationwide.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Holiday Wishes

Happy holidays from the UW Art Museum!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Art Museum Closed for the UW Winter Break

The UW Art Museum galleries are now closed for 2013.  This past year has seen 21 different exhibitions, ranging from African art to abstract expressionism, Haitian paintings and photography.  We hope you've enjoyed all that was presented! 

Art Museum administrative offices will remain open today and then will be closed for the UW winter break until Thursday, January 2.  The galleries will remain closed in January as we install all new exhibitions that will open on Friday, January 31 at our opening reception from 6-8 pm. 

Thank you to our students, interns, visitors, board members, and supporters for a successful year of creativity, great art, and inspiration!

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Artist Interviews on YouTube

Two new artist interviews are now available on the Art Museum's YouTube page.  Artist Neltje discusses both her sumi-e ink drawings and her large abstract expressionist paintings that are on view through this Saturday, December 21.  A Wyoming artist, this interview provides insight to her process and inspiration.  If you haven't had the opportunity to see her work yet, watch this video and then stop by the museum and see her colorful, large-scale works! 

A second interview featuring Chicano art collector and advocate Cheech Marin has also been uploaded.  In the interview, Marin discusses the motivation behind his collecting, some of his favorite paintings, and the Chicano art movement.  It was a great opportunity to have him in Laramie, and this video helps continue the conversation he started!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Shopping at the Museum Store

Keep the Museum Store in mind as you finish up your holiday shopping!  We have fun Laramie Mural Project items, including coloring books and a variety of tshirts.  There are handy museum totes in a variety of accent colors like orange and green.  And if you still need to send out your holiday cards, the Museum Store has several winter and holiday themed cards available that feature artwork from our permanent collection.  They also work great as thank you notes for all the fabulous presents we hope you receive this holiday season!

The Museum Store will be open Monday-Saturday through December 23 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Thank you for a great Happy Holidays, Laramie! and Festival of Trees

A big thank you goes out to all of you from the community who visited us on Saturday for Happy Holidays, Laramie! and the Festival of Trees!  We had a great turnout with over 1500 people in attendance.  The musical performances throughout the day were fantastic and really put everyone in the holiday spirit!  All of the beautifully decorated trees were successfully auctioned off and are being delivered this week. 

These two events wouldn't be possible without the help of our dedicated docents and volunteers, as well as the community groups who donate their time and talents to decorate trees.  Thanks to all!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Happy Holidays, Laramie! and the Festival of Trees

Join the Art Museum this Thursday evening at 6 pm for the Lighting of the Trees Ceremony as we kick off our annual holiday events, the Festival of Trees and Happy Holidays, Laramie!  We will have live music and refreshments on Thursday evening when the Festival of Trees silent auction opens to the public.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to select the People's Choice Award by voting for their favorite tree!

The silent auction of trees, all of which have been decorated by volunteers from local community groups and organizations, will remain open through Friday and will conclude on Saturday at 2:30 pm.

Happy Holidays, Laramie! is the Art Museum's hugely popular community holiday celebration with music performances throughout the day, an exhibition of artwork by ACSD #1 students, balloon animals with Pinkerbell, visits with Santa Claus, and lots of yummy cookies!  We will begin the musical performances at 10:30 am and conclude at 2:30 pm with the Laramie Community Band.

All of these events are free and open to the public, so we hope you'll join us in kicking off the holiday season!