Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Important Construction Update

The Centennial Complex has scaffolding around the entire copper cone and roof replacement is underway

As roofing construction continues on the Centennial Complex, we have important information if you are planning a visit and need to use the lower entrance into the building, which is the ADA compliant entrance with elevator access.  This entrance will remain open during construction; however, a tunnel is being built in the lower lobby entrance area to ensure public safety during the replacement of the skylights that are immediately overhead.  Access to the elevator will not be diminished, but please do use caution as this is a live work site. 

If you need any assistance, or have any concerns about your visit, please give us a call at 307.766.6622.  We appreciate your continued patience during this process! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Gallery Walk Through this Saturday

Artists Gerald Lang (standing, left) and Jennifer Anne Tucker (standing, right) discuss their work

Gerald Lang and Jennifer Anne Tucker gave an informal Gallery Walk Through this morning at the Art Museum.  Their work is on view in the exhibition, The Botanical Series.  Tucker collects plants and herbs around their farm in central Pennsylvania, and then works with Lang to scan and print these highly detailed and lifelike images.

Tucker is also a practicing herbalist and will be giving an informal talk at the Art Museum on Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 am.  This talk will focus on the plants and herbs featured in the exhibition and provide unique insights from her perspective as an herbalist.  The talk is free and open to the public.

The Botanical Series will be on view at the Art Museum through August 17.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

NEA Funded Grant for Public Art in Laramie

Through their "Our Town" grants program, the National Endowment for the Arts will be funding a $25,000 grant that will support the creation of a public art plan for the City of Laramie.  A public art consultant will work with the community and the supporting organizations: The University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie Main Street Alliance, Laramie Beautification Committee, and City of Laramie, to create a new public art program for the town.

This is exciting news as these partners continue to support public art in Laramie.  You can read more about the NEA and the grant on their website.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Laramie Mural Project Kickstarter Success

Laramie artist Travis Ivey works on the outline of his mural, "Crossing Sherman Hill"

A big thank you goes out to all of the backers of the Laramie Mural Project Kickstarter campaign.  The campaign, which aimed to raise $15,000 in one month's time to provide funds for additional murals, was successfully funded yesterday.  There are still 5 days remaining in the campaign, meaning that any donations received from now until July 21 are additional funds above and beyond the goal.

Work is currently underway on two new murals, one by Travis Ivey and one by Meghan Meier.  Ivey's mural is located on the north facing wall of Modern Printing, and Meier is continuing her popular mural, "Grainery Grove" onto the north side of what is now The Big Dipper.

Additional murals for this summer include one by Jeff Hubbell, and plans are being made for another mural by Dan Toro.  With the funds raised through Kickstarter, the Laramie Mural Project will continue into the summer of 2014, with even more colorful murals being added to downtown next summer.

Thank you to all of the friends and supporters of the Laramie community and the Laramie Mural Project! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Spaces are Still Available for the Summer Teaching Institute

Participants in the 2011 Summer Teaching Institute discuss their work.

There are still available spots for you to sign up for the annual Summer Teaching Institute!  The Summer Teaching Institute is scheduled for July 21-26, 2013. Art and Science Collaborative: Investigating the Natural World considers how we can look at nature from multiple perspectives - as artists, scientists, herbalists - and use those ways of looking to inspire learning.  We'll explore a variety of alternative photography and printing processes with artists Bailey Russel, Gerald Lang, Jennifer Anne Tucker, and Tessa Dallarosa.  In addition, we will benefit from the expertise of botanist Joy Handley and science educator Maggie Bourque as we explore plants in the field, in the classroom, and at the Art Museum, using Lang and Tucker's large prints in the exhibition, The Botanical Series as inspiration.

All classes will be held in the UW Visual Arts Building and at the UW Art Museum under the direction of education curator, Wendy Bredehoft and master teacher, Heather Bender.

Studio time and lab time is included every afternoon to explore new materials and ideas inspired by the original artwork and plants collected by participants.  Studio art experience or scientific expertise is not required, as museum educators and science educators will be on hand to guide teachers in ways to tailor this week’s experiences to their personal school or community education goals.

Cost for the workshop is $150 per person with a $50 non-refundable pre-registration fee.  Partners may register as follows: $150 for first, $125 for second partner and $100 for any additional partners.  There is a $50 non-refundable pre-registration fee for each partner and all partners must register together. Registration forms are available at the Art Museum website at

Monday, July 1, 2013

2013 Gala Date and Theme Announced

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will host its 20th annual Gala ball and fundraiser, “Laissez les bons temps rouler” or, “Let the good times roll,” on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom.

Chris and Kathryn Boswell of Cheyenne are chairing this year’s event.  “We are honored to chair the 2013 Gala, and thrilled that new UW President Bob Sternberg and his wife Karin will be joining us at what promises to be a fun evening for a great purpose.  The Art Museum and its outreach programs not only impact the quality of life around Wyoming, the pre-school through college education programs strengthen student problem-solving and critical thinking skills – a great benefit to our future workforce.”

The annual black tie event is presented by the National Advisory Board of the University of Wyoming Art Museum and provides significant program dollars for Art Museum exhibitions, collections, education, and outreach.   The Art Museum is Wyoming’s only academic museum, which presents art from around the world and places art at the center of learning for all ages.

“Laissez les bons temp rouler” is planned as a fun-filled, festive evening of fine food, libations, music, friends, and an expansive silent auction.  Invitations will be mailed in September.  To add your name to the invitation list, please call the Art Museum’s administrative assistant, 307-766-3477.