Friday, April 30, 2010

The Museum Store presents a trunk show of Laramie cloth artist Dona Fleming

A cloth design by local fabric artist Dona Fleming.
Image courtesy of the artist.

The Museum Store at the University of Wyoming Art Museum presents a Trunk Show with Laramie cloth artist Dona Fleming Monday, May 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fleming will also discuss ArtCloth and textile surface design at 1:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

The Trunk Show premieres Fleming’s Studio Wear, her line of garments fashioned from utility textiles and hand painted silk scarves, wraps, and jackets. Fleming has developed a simple design that is translated into shirts, tunics, and smock-length garments. The simplicity of the designs honor the humility of the utilitarian textiles and take both to the status of fashion.

Fleming will discuss ArtCloth and textile surface design. ArtCloth, a phrase coined by Jane Dunnewold, owner of ArtCloth Studios in San Antonio, TX, honors the embellished textile as complete artwork in and of itself. These works usually consist of lengths of fabric that have been treated with multiple layers of painted dyes, block and silkscreen printing, digital printing, and many other techniques. Moving textiles from the domestic application to the realm of gallery artworks, ArtCloth exhibits are now found in museums and galleries internationally. In addition to her own work, Fleming will show two samples of work by Jane Dunnewold and Els Van Barrle. Textile surface design describes the process of dying and applying imagery to the surface of fabrics. She will discuss some textile surface design techniques, including hand painting, printing, and lamination.

The Museum Store and the UW Art Museum are located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Dr in Laramie. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call (307) 766-6622 or visit

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mother's Day Gift Workshop

Students work on art projects in the Shelton Studio.

Join us at the Art Museum on Saturday, May 1st for a hands-on Mother's Day Gift Workshop. Between 10:30 am and 12 pm families are invited to stop by the Museum Store to purchase kid-friendly items that can then be decorated in the Shelton Studio. From ceramic planters to birdhouses and sun catchers, this is your chance to make a truly unique gift for Mother's Day!

Dads and husbands - the Museum Store carries one-of-a-kind jewelry, scarves, books, and decor that would make the perfect Mother's Day gift! Stop by the Art Museum this Saturday for one-stop Mother's Day shopping!

For more information, call the Museum Store at 307.766.3981.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

From the Education Department: Afternoons at the Museum

Afternoons at the Museum
Ages 6-11 Monday, April 26 1-5 pm

$20/student - OR - $15/student for families with 3 or more children Scholarships available – pre-registration encouraged

Students work on art projects in the Shelton Studio.
Photo courtesy of the Art Museum.

What do students do when they have a day off from school because it is a Staff Development Day for teachers? Spend the afternoon at the Art Museum! On Monday, April 26, students between the ages of 6-11 are invited to paint and sculpt in the Shelton Studio, after exploring the colorful art work of artist Harold Garde. Garde was a student at the University of Wyoming in the late 1940’s and the current retrospective of his expressive paintings and prints provide exciting opportunities for creating new work. Healthy snacks will be provided.

Harold Garde (American, b. 1923), Small Green Pitcher, image courtesy of the Museum of Florida Art

For more information on this, or any other education program, contact the UW Art Museum's education department at 307.766.3496.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

UPDATED - There's Still Time to Sign Up for 20:20

UPDATED - It's not too late to sign up for 20:20 Statewide to be held in Casper. Due to the number of available spaces still open for presenters, the deadline to sign up for the next 20:20 event has been extended to this Friday, April 16th.

20:20 is a fast-paced presentation format where artists, arts organizations, and educators are invited to give a brief presentation about their latest artwork and accomplishments. Presentations are given in a PowerPoint format, with 20 images each shown for 20 seconds.

Attendance is free, so if you don't want to present, be sure to stop in to see what artists from around the state are working on!

The next 20:20 will be held on Friday, April 23rd at the Hilton Garden Inn in Casper, from 6-8 pm. It is being held in conjunction with a weekend of arts related events and discussion hosted by the Wyoming Arts Council. Visit their blog for more information on the weekend of events.

To sign up for 20:20 or for more information, please contact Art Museum Assistant Curator Rachel Miller at 307.766.6621 or

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Interview with Peter Sarkisian on UW Webpage

Visit the University of Wyoming webpage to view Peter Sarkisian talking about his work in the UW Art Museum's mid-career retrospective, Peter Sarkisian: Video Works, 1996 - 2008.

Note:  You may need to hit the refresh button to cycle through to the video.