Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Harold Garde Strappo Demonstration at UW

Harold Garde demonstrates how to remove a Strappo print from the glass plate.

Ginne Madsen gets her first look at her firt Strappo print.

Florida artist and UW alumn Harold Garde developed a print transfer process called Strappo.  Working with acrylic paint, a glass plate, and gesso, an image is painted and transferred onto paper.  During his 3-day residency at the Art  Museum in conjunction with his 50-year retrospective exhibition, Garde conducted a workshop to demonstrate the process to students and local artists. 

Harold Garde. painting. 50 years. is on view at the UW Art Museum through August 21, 2010.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Upcoming Events at the Art Museum

Painter and UW alumnus Harold Garde's retrospective opens this Saturday.
Image courtesy of the Museum of Florida Art

On Saturday, a retrospective of UW alumnus Harold Garde will open at the UW Art Museum. The exhibition - Harold Garde. painting. 50 years. highlights prints and paintings by Garde, who was trained in Abstract Expressionism. Over forty works will be on view, exploring different themes, subjects, and symbols. The Art Museum is open on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

A series of public programs are scheduled in conjunction with Garde's exhibition. Below is the complete schedule. All events are free and open to the public, with no sign up required. For more information, call the Art Museum at 307.766.6622.

Monday March 29, 2010

10:30 am: Gallery Walk Through: Harold Garde and Pam Coffman, curator of education at the Museum of Florida Art

6 pm: Opening reception for Harold Garde with light refreshments

7 pm: Art Talk: Harold Garde and Pam Coffman

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

10:30 am: Strappo demonstration, part I

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

10:30 am: Strappo demonstration, part II

The strappo demonstration is a 2 day event to allow for drying. Strappo is a printmaking technique developed by Garde. Attendees are encouraged to participate. This program will be held in the Art Museum's Shelton Studio. Supplies are provided.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Film Screening on Monday Night

An exhibition of painter Harold Garde opens at the Art Museum on Saturday, March 27th. This image, Black Pinnacle, is one of over 40 works that will be on view.
Image courtesy of the Museum of Florida Art

The Art Museum will open a new exhibition next week, Saturday, March 27th. The exhibition will features paintings and prints by UW alumnus Harold Garde. Garde attended UW in the 1940s on the GI Bill, after serving in WWII. His work is influenced by abstract expressionism, a uniquely American art movement that began in New York during the 1940s. He has also created a printmaking technique known as strappo, in which layers of gesso (a white medium typically used as a ground for painting) and dried acrylic paint are transferred from glass to paper.

A series of public programs are scheduled in conjunction with this exhibition, the first of which is a film screening of Harold Garde: Working Artist (Acadia Moving Pictures and the Museum of Florida Art, Dale Schierholt, director). The film will be shown in advance of the exhibition opening to provide a preview of Garde's work and creative process. The screening will be held on Monday evening, March 22, beginning at 7 pm at Gallery 211 (211 S. 1st Street). Special thanks to the UW Art Museum for sharing their great gallery space for this event! The film screening is free and open to the public.

For more information on the film or Garde's work, visit the artist's website.

There is also a short video about his work available on YouTube.

For more information about other upcoming programs in conjunction with this exhibition, please call the Art Museum at 307.766.6622. Be looking on the blog next week for a full schedule of events.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

20:20 Call for Statewide Presenters

The UW Art Museum is pleased to announce its fifth 20:20 event. 20:20 is a fast-paced presentation format whereby presenters are able to show 20 images for 20 seconds each. The total presentation time is only 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Advance sign-up is required and offered on a first come, first served basis.

20:20 Statewide is scheduled at the Hilton Garden Inn, Casper on Friday, April 23, 8-10 pm. It is open to statewide visual artists. The deadline to submit images in a PowerPoint format is Friday, April 9.

This is part of a weekend of arts events that includes a Saturday evening reception to announce the recipients of the 2010 Wyoming Arts Council visual arts fellowship. That will be followed by an artists' roundtable featuring the three fellowship judges.

20:20 is an opportunity to share accomplishments in the arts, ideas, new work and images. The program is meant to foster open dialogue and communication among student artists and to provide an opportunity for networking with colleagues.

The format of 20:20 is borrowed from a program that was first developed in Japan by two architects who were looking for a new way to present design ideas in an upbeat and exciting way. Events like 20:20 now occur internationally as specially organized evening events where the focus is on sharing information and community participation.

For more information on 20:20, or to sign up, please contact UW Art Museum Assistant Curator Rachel Miller at 307.766.6621 or

Monday, March 8, 2010

Final Week to See the Juried Student Exhibition

Student artist Sarah Hayman works in the print shop. Hayman has two pieces in the Juried Student Exhibition.
Photo courtesy of UW Photo Services.

This is the final week to see the 35th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition. The exhibition will be on view through this Saturday, March 13. Every year the UW Art Museum hosts the juried student exhibition, bringing in an outside juror to review artwork and curate an exhibition. This year there was a record number of students who submitted a record number of works for consideration. After the 283 pieces were reviewed, 62 works by 53 students were accepted.

There is a wide array of media in this year's exhibition, including photography, fiber arts, oil and acrylic paintings, sculpture, digital media, charcoal and graphite drawings, and graphic design. The exhibition is open to any UW student enrolled in the current academic year, and it's always exciting to see what art students are creating, as well as those in computer science, education, or marketing!

Be sure to stop by the Art Museum this week to see the many talents of UW students! For more information and the complete list of students in the exhibition, visit our website. There is even a cell phone audio tour for certain works in the exhibition.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"Contemporary Art in WY" is On the Road!

This monotype print titled Just Sky, Storm, by Laramie based artist Katie Christensen, is one of eighteen works by Wyoming artists now circulating the state.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

The University of Wyoming Art Museum is happy to announce that the latest exhibition of its "Touring Exhibition Service" has begun it's two year travel around the state! Contemporary Art in Wyoming features a selection of eighteen contemporary Wyoming artists who offer a variety of subjects that embrace the landscape, daily life, and personal expression in a range of media that includes watercolor, photography, collage, printmaking, painting, and drawing.

This week, the exhibition premiers at the Meeteetse Museum. The touring schedule is set through 2012. Check below to see when Contemporary Art in Wyoming comes to your town! There is only one available opening left, so if your city or town isn't on the schedule and you would like it to be, contact Curator of Collections Nicole Crawford at 307-766-6529 or For more information about the Art Museum's Touring Exhibition Service, check out this link on our website.


March 1-April 17: Meeteetse Museum

May 3-June 19: Torrington Homesteaders Museum

July 5-August 21: Campbell County Public Library, Gillette

September 6-October 16: Plaza Diane Community Center for the Arts, Powell

November 1-November 30: Park County Library System, Cody

December: University of Wyoming Art Museum


January 3-February 19: Community Fine Arts Center, Rock Springs

March 7-April 16: Northern Wyoming Community College, Sheridan

May 2-June 18: Greybull Library

July4-August 20: Crook County Museum and Art Gallery, Sundance

September 5-October 15: University of Wyoming Art Museum

October 31-December 17: Carbon County Museum, Rawlins


January 2-February 18: Natrona County Public Library, Casper

March 5-April 14: Art Association of Jackson Hole

April 30-June 16: Hot Springs County Historical Museum, Thermopolis

July 2-August 18: AVAILABLE

September 3-October 20: Basin City Arts Center

November 5-December 15: Headwaters Arts and Conference Center, Dubois

Monday, March 1, 2010

20:20 Tonight at the Art Museum

Tonight, beginning at 7 pm at the Art Museum, UW art students will participate in 20:20. 20:20 is a program that allows artists, educators, or organizations to give brief presentations about their work. This is the fourth in a series of 20:20 events held over the past year; each program focuses on a specific group of artists. Tonight's 20:20 highlights student artists.

Following the presentations, several local Laramie artists will take a few minutes to offer feedback and comments, and introduce themselves to the next generation of artists.

Join us tonight for this fun and informative evening of art and dialogue! 20:20 is free and open to the public.