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.