Monday, March 31, 2014

Art Museum Now on Instagram and Will No Longer be Blogging

The UW Art Museum now has an Instagram feed!  We're in the market of visual arts and we wanted a way to share more images with you, and have our visitors be able to share their images with us!  Instagram seemed like the logical choice, so we hope that you find us and follow us at uwartmuseum. 

We've also noticed that our blog has been seeing less activity, and that blogging didn't seem to be the best way to share information.  After today, the Art Museum will no longer be actively blogging, but we won't be taking it down so you can still find past information.  Our website will remain the primary source of information, and you can always find up to date info and news on our Facebook page. 

We hope you'll transition with us to a more visual vocabulary, and we hope to see all of your great photos at the #uwartmuseum!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Survey for UW Students

UW Students compare art and artifacts in the Resource Room

The UW Art Museum has launched a survey to get feedback from UW students about the types of activities and levels of involvement that they'd like to see from the museum.  Currently, the museum is exploring options to engage UW students outside the classroom.  Ideas include a student docent program, a student membership level, an informal museum group, or increasing after hours events for students.  

The short survey is easy to complete and is available on Survey Monkey. Students who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter their email address to be entered to win a $25 gift card to The University Store.  The survey will be available through April 14.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Upcoming Public Programs for "Art from the Grocery Aisles" Exhibition

We have lots of fun and informative public programs coming up in conjunction with the exhibition, Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles.  Check out the attached poster for a complete list.  All events are free and open to the public!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sign Up Now for March Art Month Classes and Spring Break Art Camp

There is still time to register your student for Spring Break Art Camp, which starts next week, or there are two more weeks of Saturday classes for March Art Month.  More information is on the attached flyer, or you can call our education department at 307.766.3515 for details or to register.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Final Days to View Juried Student Exhibition

Visitors look at artwork in the Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition

This Saturday, March 1, will be the final day to see the 39th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student ExhibitionThis annual exhibition highlights work done by students across campus who are enrolled in the current semester.  A wide range of mediums are showcased, including painting, drawing, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, metalsmithing, and photography.  

The 39th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition is always a popular exhibition at the Art Museum and is different and unique each year.  You don't want to miss it!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Art Museum Collaborates with UW History Department for Cambodia Project

Art Museum Curator of Collections Nicole Crawford (center) talks with students in the Resource Room

UW Art Museum Curator of Collections Nicole Crawford and Dr. Isa Helfgott, Assistant Professor in the UW History Department, have been awarded a grant from Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research.  The project title is, “Museum and Reconciliation in Cambodia: A Cross Cultural Collaboration between UW and the Sleuk Rith Institute.”

The project is a three-stage collaboration with the Sleuk Rith Institute in Cambodia, the leading organization for commemoration and remembrance of atrocities committed under the Khmer Rouge. In phase one, Dr. Helfgott and Ms. Crawford will provide on-site collaboration and training in historical research and curatorial practice to support a permanent Museum of Memory consisting of a central museum in Siem Reap and 24 provincial museums throughout Cambodia. Phase two will create a study abroad class on genocide and historical memory bringing UW students to Cambodia to work on research and exhibition development for the Museum of Memory. Phase three will present an exhibition of documentary material and cultural artifacts from Cambodia at UW and include a symposium where UW students and faculty will present alongside experts from Cambodia. 

The project will begin a long-term collaboration between UW and the Sleuk Rith Institute involving faculty from multiple units and visiting scholars from Cambodia. This is a great outreach opportunity for both UW and the Art Museum.  It will be exciting to see all of the developments and ideas that come from this cross-cultural project!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

WPM Showcases "The Art Behind Creating an Art Exhibition"

Featured on Wyoming Public Media, Curator of Collections Nicole Crawford and Chief Preparator Sterling Smith layout an exhibition

Wyoming Public Media paid a visit to the Art Museum in January as preparations were underway for the new spring exhibitions that opened on January 31.  Micah Schweizer followed curators and preparators as objects were matted and framed, exhibitions were laid out in the galleries, and labels were hung.  This behind the scenes look is a unique opportunity for museum visitors to learn about all the small details that go into any exhibition.  The story is available on the WPM website, which also features the radio broadcast.  Thank you to WPM for learning about and sharing this rare look at the Art Museum!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sign Up Now for 20:20 in Fort Washakie

The Art Museum is partnering with the Wyoming Arts Council to present a three day conference, “CLICK!: A Weekend for Wyoming Visual Artists” April 4-6, 2014 in Fort Washakie at the Wind River Institute. 

CLICK! Is an event designed to engage Wyoming artists in strengthening and building their careers.  The weekend will feature keynote speakers, panels, sessions on a variety of topics and hand-on sessions in the Wind River Institute’s Maker’s Lab.

The Art Museum will host a 20:20 event on Saturday, April 5 during lunch.  This is an opportunity for artists and arts organizations from around the state to share their work with other artists and organizations.  The structure is very specific.  Each artist has 20 slides, which are shown for 20 seconds each, giving everyone approximately six and a half minutes to talk about their work.  Signing up to present at 20:20 is on a first come, first served basis and spaces are limited.   You can contact Art Museum assistant curator Rachel Miller at 307.766.6621 or to sign up.

For more information about CLICK!, or to register for the conference, please visit the Wyoming Arts Council website.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Public Programs with Eminent Artist in Residence Bently Spang

An installation view of some of the works in the exhibition, Bently Spang: On Fire

UW Eminent Artist in Residence Bently Spang will present two public programs in conjunction with his solo exhibition at the Art Museum, Bently Spang: On Fire.  On Thursday, February 6 at 7 pm he will present an Art Talk in the Visual Arts Building, room 111.  On Friday, February 7 at 10:30 am, Spang will be at the Art Museum to provide a Gallery Walk Through.  Both events are free and open to the public.

The works included in On Fire are part of an ongoing series where Spang tells the story of the 2012 Ash Creek Wildfire from the perspective of the trees.  The fire devastated his family ranch located on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana.  The works are rubbings of the charred trees, and a video piece that documents Spang's process is also in the exhibition. 

Spang is on campus for the spring semester as the UW Eminent Artist in Residence through the American Indian Studies Program.  Funding for his visit and the exhibition are provided in part by the UW American Indian Studies Program, the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowment, and UW Art Museum Gala Funds.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Artist Interviews on YouTube

Two new artist interviews are available on the UW Art Museum's YouTube page.  Interviews with color field painter David Simpson and installation artist Judy Pfaff are now available!  As part of an ongoing series filmed by UWTV, these interviews are an opportunity to hear directly from contemporary artists about their work.  Started in 2010, there are dozens of great videos to utilize!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Exhibitions Open Next Week

Birdman, 20th Century, stone, 11 x 8-1/2 x 3-1/4 inches, gift of Mrs. William T. Mulloy, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1978.247.66

The Art Museum is looking forward to our new spring exhibitions!   Join us to celebrate during the free public reception on Friday, January 31, 6 – 8 p.m.  An awards ceremony recognizing accomplishments in the 39th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition will begin at 6:30 p.m.  See below for a list and description of what exhibitions are opening.  More information, including a link to the most recent newsletter, can be found on our website.

A highlight of Art Museum programming every year, the 39th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition features work from UW students in a variety of media, including small metals, ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, and graphic design.

A triennial exhibition, the UW Art Department Faculty Exhibition showcases the creative work of the University of Wyoming Art Department faculty.  Participating faculty include Kristen Bartel, Diana Baumbach, Ashley Hope Carlisle, Peter Fine, Leah Hardy, Margaret Haydon, David Jones, Patrick Kikut, Ricki Klages, Mark Ritchie, Bailey Russel, Doug Russell, and Shelby Shadwell.

Bently Spang: On Fire is part of an ongoing series of works by artist Bently Spang (Northern Cheyenne, b. 1960) that tell the story of the 2012 Ash Creek wildfire, a fire that devastated his family’s ranch located on their ancestral homeland of the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana.  In this work, Spang seeks out the story of the fire from the perspective of the trees he grew up with on his family’s land.  He facilitates their voice through a series of video-documented, performative rubbings on paper of the now charred trees.  Spang is on campus for the spring semester as the Eminent Artist in Residence in the American Indian Studies Program.

Ghastly Swamps and Ghost Towns: American Gothic Landscapes from the Art Museum Collection showcases the Art Museum’s collection of landscapes that exemplify a Gothic style or mood.  While many often think of the swamps and bayous of the American South as being particularly Gothic in nature, this exhibit conveys the variety of American places that can and have been depicted in a Gothic style including several examples from the American West.

Ancestral Spirits: Easter Island Sculpture from the Art Museum Collection presents small sculptures that reflect the culture and capture the artistry of this ancient island.  These sculptures were created as honorary pieces for ancestors, were used as items of personal protection, or were created conjunction with cultural and religious practices.

Continuing the success of the pilot program begun last year, the Art Museum will continue the Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery for the 2014 spring semester.  The five courses utilizing the teaching gallery this semester are: Art 3002 – Mesoamerican Art & Architecture; History 4480/5480 – Modern US History: 1929-1960; History 1221 – US from 1865; Honors 2151 – Modern Japanese Society and Culture; Anthropology 4020/5005 – Anthropology of Childhood.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Curator, New Van, New Exhibition for the Ann Simpson Artmobile

Anthony Toney (American, 1913-2004), Rooftops, not dated, serigraph, ed. 2/15, 11-1/16 x 12-1/8 inches, gift of Mr. William Dean, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection

The Ann Simpson Artmobile is gearing up for its 32nd year on the road. The Artmobile is starting fresh in 2014 with a new curator, a new exhibit, and a new van!  Erica Ramsey, the new Artmobile Curator, is ready to share the new exhibition, What’s That? Investigating Abstract Art with people all over Wyoming.  The new exhibit features a variety of approaches to abstraction in an array of media including  serigraphs, etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, aquatints, a pen and ink drawing, and a gouache painting; all from the UW Art Museum’s permanent collection.  Rock River, Casper, Glendo, Chugwater, and Cheyenne have already reserved time with the Artmobile.  The Artmobile is a statewide program that offers interactive presentations about the current Artmobile exhibition, and hands-on art workshops where Artmobile programming is inquiry-based, tailored to meet the needs of its audience, and coordinated with the Wyoming educational standards in Visual and Media Art.  

If you would like more information, or to schedule a visit, please contact Erica by phone at (307) 399-2941, or by e-mail at

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Accepted Work Posted for the Annual Student Exhibition

Congratulations to the following students for their work that has been juried into the 39th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition!  This year, 68 students submitted 175 works for consideration, and 49 works by 38 students are included in the exhibition.

If your name is on this list, please take a minute to look over your name and the title(s) of the works listed.  If there are any inaccuracies, please email with corrections.  Artwork must be ready to install and delivered to the Art Museum on Thursday, January 16 and Friday, January 17 between 9 am and 4 pm.

We are looking forward to another great exhibition this year!  All students and the public are invited to the opening reception on Friday, January 31, 6-8 pm, where an award ceremony at 6:30 pm will recognize cash and purchase awards.

Zacharia Ajour
                  Untitled #24
                  Ripples #8

Hayley Allington
                  Matchbox Graham Crackers

Alyssa Benning
Justin Cloud
                  Form Follows Failure I

Mary Cunningham
                  Remembering a Cowboy

Jamie Dry
                  Seven Horn Set

Calee Dunlop

Kelsey Giroux
                  The Little Spider Girl
                  Spider Diptych

Chancelor Havlik
                  Still Life with Blue Bowl

Adam Helzer
                  Untitled Ceramic Sculpture

Bridger Huhn
                  Squirrel Dinner Set

Jean Jewell
                  Boxed Tea

Nedra Jouini

Beth Maddox

Nancy Marlatt
                  The Hike

Alyssa Maurer

Stephanie Mecca

Michaela Metzler
                  Simplay Kids Soap Packaging

Lena Olsen

Ryan Parker
                  Laramie #8

Daniel Plemel

Kandase Quinn
                  Crater Lake

Janine Reinhardt
                  Mountains of Time

Kendrea Ritterbush
                  Left_Over Minerals

Clinton Robinson
                  Box of Chocolates
                  Hasaw Chan K’awill

Hannah Sease

Keith Staley
                  surface with light
Stacey Stibora
                  Long Term Relationship
                  Delicate Destruction

Aaron Strube
                  Walking the Deamon

Korrine Thoren
                  Home Grown

Jase Thulin
                  Castings that Made America

Valerie Vasquez

Mariah West

Rene Williams
                  Pod Ring

Austen Williams

Shantel Wright
                  Trapped – View 2

Marisa Yagi

Lisa Zirbel
                  Caging “The Other”

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Jurying Process for the Student Exhibition

This year, the application and jurying process for the Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition was changed to a completely online process.  Students were asked to submit up to three images on a call for entry website, where they also created a user profile and could provide additional information like an artist statement.  In the past, students physically brought their work to the Art Museum, where the juror would then have to sift through hundreds of works of art, which is what last year's juror Michael Chavez is doing in the picture above.  The online process is not only safer for the artwork, but also better prepares students for what they'll encounter outside of school.  Many national and international galleries and museums use a similar online process for shows and exhibitions, so UW students will have the experience they may need in professional setting.

By moving to an online process, the Art Museum was also able to reach out to a juror who is more distantly located than we were able to in year's past.  This year's juror is Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner of Gallery Diet in Miami, FL.  Each year, the juror brings their own unique perspective to the student exhibition, and we're excited to see what Nina's gallery background and experience with contemporary art will add to this year's exhibition!  Accepted work for the exhibition will be posted on Tuesday, January 7.