Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Cards at the Museum Store

The Museum Store is having a special on winter-themed cards featuring works from the Art Museum permanent collection.  If you haven't mailed out your holiday cards yet, these would be a unique and special way to wish your friends and relatives a happy holiday!  Each bundle of cards includes a variety of artists, from the iconic Americana imagery of Winslow Homer to the Impressionistic and Tonalist paintings of John Henry Twachtman.  Printed specifically for this year, the painting Prairie View Feed Co., by William Nelson is very reminiscent of winter in Laramie.

Stop by today for a bundle of 12 holiday cards with envelopes for only $16, or you can make your own bundle from our dozens of available cards and note cards.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Call for Entries!

Call for work for the 38th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition. Find out more on our website or download a PDF of submission guidelines here.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Never Drink Downstream: Factual tales and artful musings on Wyoming's water

A symposium and reading on Wyoming water conservation and other water issues are scheduled Nov. 9-10 at the University of Wyoming.

An opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the UW Art Museum. After the symposium, a closing reception will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

The symposium, titled “Never Drink Downstream: Factual Tales and Artful Musing on Wyoming Water,” will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both Friday, Nov. 9, and   Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

The reading event, “Listening to Nature: An Evening of Readings and Visual Art by Scientists and Artists,” will feature projects focused on nature and the environment Nov. 9 from 6-8 p.m. in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center auditorium. A reception is scheduled at 5 p.m. The featured readers for this year are Emilene Ostlind, Kristen Gunter, Chris Madsen and Carlos Martinez del Rio.
The symposium will feature more than 35 presenters conveying their experiences with Wyoming water issues, policies and impacts. Presenters include artist Margaret Cogswell, who will discuss her installation artwork, “Wyoming River Fugues,” now on view at the UW Art Museum.
Cogswell’s “Wyoming River Fugues” exhibition is the result of three years of extensive research that included traveling to observe, listen, and record both general and specific landscapes. She searched for sounds or images that capture the pulse of Wyoming rivers and surrounding landscapes and life.
In addition to Cogswell’s speech, Wyoming’s Poet Laureate Pat Frolander will present readings and thoughts on the importance of water to ranchers. For a complete list of presenters, visit and click on the “Upcoming Events” tab.

The UW Colonel Rogers Fund for Excellence supports the events. UW’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, the Wyoming Outdoor Council and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources sponsor the “Listening to Nature” event.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Art Talk and Gallery Walk with John Ezell

John Ezell (American), “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” By Rupert Holmes based on the novel by Charles Dickens, 2004-2005, Directed by Victoria Bussert, Choreographed by Janet Watson, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, courtesy of the artist

You are cordially invited to a special presentation and reception honoring noted Scenic Designer John Ezell, whose work is currently being exhibited at the UW Art Museum, Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building, Room 111. Please also join us for a Gallery Walk-Through at the UW Art Museum, Tuesday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Ezell has created stage designs for notable American dramatists, including Eugene O’Neill, Thornton Wilder, and George Abbott. His productions have been seen in such prestigious venues as the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ezell is known for his experimental use of polystyrenes and vacuum-formed thermoplastics, and designs that respect the playwright’s textual components while infusing Ezell’s own sense of eclecticism, scholarship, and art history.

Ezell is the recipient of nine Critics’ Circle Awards, the Award for Experimental Television Art at the International Non-Commercial Television Festival in Milan, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Award for Excellence. Ezell is the Hall Family Foundation Professor of Design at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Bold Strokes and Finesse was originally curated by Gene Emerson Friedman, assistant professor of scenic design at the University of Missouri and debuted at the 2007 State Expo in Phoenix.

Sponsored in part by FMC Corporation, UW Theatre & Dance’s Guest Artist Series (part of the Eminent-Artist-in-Residence endowment funded by the Excellence in Higher Education Endowment through the Wyoming State Legislature), and UW Art Museum Gala Funds.

Friday, September 28, 2012

"Growth" Continues in Downtown Laramie!

Dan Toro, Growth, mural in progress in downtown Laramie.
The Laramie Mural Project is seeing the completion of its 2nd mural this summer on the corner of Grand and Garfield in downtown Laramie.  Created by Laramie artist Dan Toro, the mural represents the strength of communities who work together. 

The Laramie Mural Project is funded this summer by the Wyoming Arts Council, the City of Laramie, and the Guthrie Family Foundation, and is a partnership project between Laramie Mainstreet Alliance, University of Wyoming Art Museum, and local artists and businesses.  The first mural completed this summer, Escape, by Laramie artist Meghan Meier is on the corner of First and Garfield.  With the completion of Toro's mural, the Laramie Mural Project now has five murals in downtown locations.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Museum Day Live!

This Saturday is Museum Day Live! Museum Day Live is sponsored by the Smithsonian and supports their mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. In celebration of Museum Day Live, everyone who presents a Museum Day Live ticket at the UW Art Museum on Saturday will receive a FREE ART MUSEUM PIN! While supplies last! Enjoy YOUR museum on Museum Day Live!
For a list of museums across Wyoming participating in Museum Day Live, visit this link:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wyoming River Fugues

Margaret Cogswell (American), "Wyoming River Fugues, " installation view, courtesy UW Art Museum.

You haven't seen Wyoming until you have seen it through the eyes of Margaret Cogswell. Her site specific installation at the Art Museum is full of sights, sounds, movement, and narrative . . . all focused on the natural resources surrounding Wyoming's rivers. This installation explores the complex relationship between Wyoming's natural, cultural, historic, engineered, and industrial landscapes.

Stay tuned for a symposium featuring Margaret Cogswell; Friday-Saturday, November 9-10.

Find out more on our website!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Classes for Kids!

Are you a pre-schooler or kindergartener with nothing to do? Are you at your wits' end with your parents trying to keep you busy? Are you jealous because your siblings get to go to "big kid school" without you? The Art Museum has just the ticket!

We have Art Classes JUST for YOU! Have your grownup bring you to our Friday morning Shelton Studio Art Classes! We still have lots of room and we promise your big brothers and sisters will be mighty impressed with your morning adventures here with us at the Art Museum!

Visit our website for more info:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fall Opening Reception at the UW Art Museum

Friday, Sept. 7 - 6-8 p.m.

Join the UW Art Museum in celebrating the opening of new fall exhibitions: The American Vision of Winslow Homer: The Harper’s Weekly Illustrations;  Nature in Bronze: Sculpture from the Art Museum Collection; Caribbean Color, Urban Lines and International Forms: Selected Works by Emilio Sanchez; Bold Strokes and Finesse: The Stage Designs of John Ezell; Margaret Cogswell: Wyoming River Fugues; Harry Krug: Serigraphy; and ‘Please give us one more boom:’ Oil and Gas in Wyoming, presented by the American Heritage Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

Art Talk TODAY, Sept. 6

Join the UW Art Museum for an Art Talk with artist Harry Krug, in conjunction with the exhibition, Harry Krug: Serigraphy. The event is free and open to the public. The Art Museum will be open prior to the Art Talk. The Art Talk will be held in the new Visual Arts Building, across from the Art Museum, in Room 111.

In his series of densely layered serigraphs, artist Harry Krug explores shapes, color and form in energetic, abstract compositions that are inspired by the landscape. Krug’s work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe and he has been featured in several textbooks on printmaking. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

UW Art Museum in the News!

Emilio Sanchez (Cuban/American, 1921-1999), Sol de Mediodía, 1996/1997/1998, lithograph, 15 x 32 inches, Gift of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 2011.7.65

Read all about our new exhibition at the UW Art Museum in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Wyoming River Fugues: On Location at the UW Art Museum!

Artist Margaret Cogswell (second from right) and preparator Conor Mullen (right) install video components for Wyoming River Fugues. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum

After three years of research and developing ideas for her solo exhibition, Wyoming River Fugues, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Margaret Cogswell is now on location for the installation. The exhibition synthesizes hours of interviews and filming in Wyoming into an installation of sculptural components with video and audio components, all orchestrated to the musical form of a fugue.

See more of her work on her website:

The exhibition opens on Friday, September 7 from 6 – 8 pm. Cogswell will give an informal Gallery Walk Through on Friday, September 7 at 4:30 pm and an Art Talk on Monday, September 10 at 7 pm in the new Visual Arts Building auditorium. All events are free and open to the public.

Wyoming River Fugues was made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the UW Art Museum Gala Funds and Wyoming Public Radio.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Growth" takes shape!

Dan Toro continues his work on the mural "Growth" in downtown Laramie. It's fascinating to watch this amazing artwork take shape!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Laramie Mural Project 2012 continues!

Artist Dan Toro is beginning his work on "Growth" located on the Source Gas building in downtown Laramie at 3rd and Custer. Keep your bookmarks pointed right here for exciting updates as this latest mural progresses!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Two New Exhibitions open at UW Art Museum!

Emilio Sanchez (Cuban/American, 1921-1999), Sol de Mediodía, 1996/1997/1998, lithograph, 15 x 32 inches, Gift of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 2011.7.65

Two new exhibitions open tomorrow, August 18, at the UW Art Museum! We can hardly contain our excitement! Read about the exhibitions here: Emilio Sanchez  and here: John Ezell

We hope to see you soon at the Art Museum!

Monday, August 13, 2012

"Escape" in Laramie . . .

Laramie artist, Meghan Meier, has completed the mural titled "Escape" on the north and east walls of Undercover Beds and Spas at Garfield and Second Streets in downtown Laramie, WY.  The work was designed specifically for the location.  Meier says that her new work was inspired by walking or biking by that corner several times a day.  "Not only did I want to paint something that I was proud of, I wanted to paint something that would make me smile every time I saw it. . . . (and) I wanted the mural to make other people smile as well."  Meier also did the mural “Grainery Grove” last summer on the alley wall of Whole Earth Grainery.

The new mural incorporates the three things the artist loves most--bikes, rocks, and trees--whimsically portrayed in a Vedauwoo-inspired landscape.  "I drew an aspen tree escaping his grove (a reference to the “Grainery Grove” mural) for a pleasure ride.  The rocky landscape he rides through is certainly unrealistic, but familiar.  He’s free for the day and stoked about it!  Hopefully reminding everyone to get out and play, enjoy what’s around us, and smile at least a few times a day," says Meier.

The Laramie Mural Project is a partnership between local businesses and artists, Laramie Main Street, and the UW Art Museum.  “Escape” is the first of as many as four murals planned for the downtown area this summer.  It has been funded by the Guthrie Family Foundation, City of Laramie, and the Wyoming Arts Council. Special thank you to Undercover Beds and Spas of Laramie.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer Teaching Institute at the UW Art Museum

How do K-12 educators stay energized and dedicated to teaching and learning, even in the face of monumental mandates for more testing and less creative thinking? They attend the annual Summer Teaching Institute at the UW Art Museum! Transforming Learning: Visual Art as Allegory, Symbol and Discovery was a week packed full of investigative processes that linked original art, writing, cultural history, math, science and more in creative ways to inspire learning and teaching that can be used in any classroom.
Consider this assignment: Begin by walking around the University of Wyoming Visual Arts Facility looking for places where you could envision a large-scale sculpture. Document the most interesting spaces you find using a digital camera or sketching them in your journal. Then, document some of the organic matter that you find outside (i.e. flowers, grasses, trees, etc.). Consider the very small and very large shapes they create. This will serve as inspiration for a symbol/motif. Experiment with how you can translate your motif into three dimensions while remaining mindful of the negative spaces that your symbol/motif may create. Use your symbol/motif multiple times while varying scale, orientation, and form to create visual interest. Then complete a model for a site-specific monument executed primarily in planar materials, using the symbols/motifs inspired by your walk.

This assignment to students on Day 3 of the Institute extended ideas they had been exploring about line and form in two dimensions into the three-dimensional plane, inspired by their considerations of the drawings of Goya and the small sculptures of Linda Fleming. Sounds challenging doesn't it? 
Here's what Hank Washut, an elementary teacher from Casper said about the week: "WOW! This was a wonderful week of learning, creating and growth. I enjoyed the access to the museum, and the many different media and techniques presented. I found the strategies and processes were instructional tools that I can easily utilize. This institute and your instructional team are great. You are an asset to Wyoming educators. I will encourage others to participate in the future and will I will certainly return when it is offered. Thank you all for your thorough preparation and the long hours you gave to each of us. Thank you for sharing your state of the art facilities, they are truly a match the tremendous artists and teachers that you all are!"

Now completing its eighth year, the Summer Teaching Institute provides professional development for school and community educators that is conceptually-based, integrative and focused on original artwork, artists and other original resources. It is supported through the Sigrid See Endowment and the Wyoming Arts Council, through a partnership with the UW Art Museum, UW Visual Arts Department and UW Fine Arts Outreach.

Follow the creative journey of this summer's institute on their blog:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Shhhhh . . . . Save the Date

Bootlegger Ball
University of Wyoming Art Museum Gala
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Details to Follow . . .

Monday, July 30, 2012

Final Week!

This week is the final week to view two exhibitions at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. If you haven't stopped by yet, you don't want to miss the opportunity to see these!

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Gerri Sayler, the artist behind "Interstitial", now on display at the Art Museum, keeps a visual diary of inspiration on her blog. We were excited to see so much of what inspired Gerri while she spent time with us here in Wyoming. We hope you will be inspired too!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Herbert Vogel

The University of Wyoming Art Museum staff and advisory board are saddened to hear of the passing of the prolific art collector, Herbert Vogel.

Herbert Vogel, a retired postal clerk and his wife, Dorothy, a former librarian, spent 45 years and their life savings collecting contemporary American art. Recognizing their collection would be too unwieldy for one institution, and with a desire to share their collection broadly, they developed The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, through the National Gallery in Washington, DC, in which 50 works of art have been distributed to a public collection in each of the 50 states. The University of Wyoming Art Museum was chosen as the Wyoming participant in the program.

More information about Herbert Vogel and the entire gift to the University of Wyoming Art Museum and other institutions can be viewed on the Vogel 50 x 50 website:

We would like to extend our sympathies to Dorothy Vogel and all who mourn Mr. Vogel.  He will be missed by many in the art community.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

The Laramie Boomerang published this terrific article featuring Meghan Meier and the mural "Escape." Meghan is working on this new mural at Garfield and Second Streets in downtown Laramie as part of the Laramie Mural Project.

Click here to read more . . .

Friday, July 20, 2012

UW Art Museum to Present Panel Discussion

A panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition, Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea will be held on Monday, July 23 at 7 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building, room 111. The exhibition in the University of Wyoming Art Museum will be open for viewing before the panel presentation.

Journeys along the Sepik River is partially drawn from a recent gift from The Salgo Trust for Education and features other items lent by Wyoming artist Neltje, and long-time arts advocate and executive director of the Jentel Foundation, Mary Jane Edwards.  Both Neltje and Edwards will be participants of the panel discussion.  The exhibition curator, Barbara Stone, will moderate.  The panel will focus on themes of the exhibition, the uses – both functional and decorative – of some of the objects on view, as well as on personal perspectives of traveling to Papua New Guinea.  This event is free and open to the public.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Escape" starts to take shape!

Meghan Meier continues to work on "Escape" at the corners of Garfield and Second Streets in downtown Laramie. It's an exciting process to watch the pieces of the mural come together!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mural Underway in Downtown Laramie!

Laramie artist Meghan Meier is power washing the north and east walls of Undercover Beds and Spa at Garfield and Second Streets in preparation for her mural "Escape." Meghan designed the work specifically for this space. Check back here for updates as the mural progresses!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Join our Team at the Art Museum!

Join our team at the Art Museum! The Art Museum seeks a dynamic, organized team player to assist with special events, including the Gala, board meetings, and annual Festival of Trees this fall. This is a temporary, full-time position through mid-November. University of Wyoming is an EEO/AA employer. For information or to apply, please visit the UW Human Resources website:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Add some Sunshine to your Week!

Paint Pony Express classes start this week with classes for kids ages 4-12. Find out all the information on our website, along with registration forms and contact information. We'll have all sorts of fun projects and activities for those budding artists!

Find out more here:

Friday, July 6, 2012

Art Camp Starts Next Week!

Know a kid who likes to make art? Send them our way! Our Paint Pony Express classes start next week and run for three weeks in July. The schedule is as follows:

Ages 3-5; Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24
Ages 6-9: Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25
Ages 10 - 12: Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26

Classes run from 1-3 p.m.  Best of all: they are FREE!

Find out more on our website:

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America! The University of Wyoming Art Museum will be closed Wednesday July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will resume Thursday July 5.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Come Join Us at the Art Museum!

Students in the new UW Art Museum Resource Room.

The UW Art Museum is seeking an intern to work in the new Resource Room.  Duties include cataloging and filing books, art magazines, and other publications, processing incoming donations, and updating artist files.  The internship requires excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.  Experience using a Mac is preferred but not necessary.  The internship is unpaid, but students may be able to earn credit through their sponsoring department.  This is a great opportunity for students in library sciences, museum studies, art, or the humanities.

Please visit the Art Museum website for application requirements and more information about earning credit:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Solstice at the Art Museum

We welcome the Summer Solstice in a big way at the Art Museum. The longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer is marked as a solar tube in the ceiling of the Rotunda Gallery illuminates a silver dollar set in the floor at exactly noon. This year was no exception. Conditions were just right and the floor in the Art Museum began to glow as spectators assembled and eagerly awaited the noon hour. 

What is the Solstice? Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol, meaning "sun," and sistere, meaning "to stand still." As the days become increasingly longer, the sun climbs higher and higher in the sky until it appears to stand still. Once the sun has reached its climax at the summer solstice, it will begin to descend as the days become increasingly shorter in the Northern Hemisphere until the winter solstice. In the northernmost parts of Finland and Norway, the sun won't set for months.

Have you liked us on Facebook yet? You can get there by going right here:  Stop by and join in the fun . . . 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cell Phone Tours at the Art Museum

Thomas White Horse, c. 1940, pencil, conte crayon, 10 x 8 inches,
courtesy of the Sandra L. Solomon Trust
Did you know your cell phone can be a great resource at the Art Museum? We offer a cell phone audio tour, and have just added the tour to our exhibit Drawn from Life: Northern Plains Indian Portraits by David Humphreys Miller. Enhance your museum visit by touring the galleries with your cell phone as your guide.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Special Hours for Saturday, June 16 at the UW Art Museum

The Art Museum will be opening at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, June 16 due to an electrical service interruption. The museum will close at 5:00 p.m. Regular hours will resume on Monday June 18, 2012.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the UW Art Museum!

Astronomer Ray Martin shows a museum visitor how to safely view the sun through his solar telescope at last year's summer solstice celebration (UW art Museum)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will host its annual summer solstice celebration Wednesday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This free event celebrates the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. Every year at exactly noon on the summer solstice, the sun shines through a solar tube in the ceiling of the Rotunda Gallery and illuminates the silver dollar that is embedded in the center of the gallery's floor.

Visitors also will have the opportunity to safely view the sun's surface through astronomer Ray Martin's filtered solar telescope, which will be set up on the terrace.

Members of the Wyoming Gamelan Chandra Wyoga, a Balinese percussion group, will provide music for the event.

Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Get Ready for Summer Art Camps at the Art Museum!

We are excited to start our Summer Art Camps this next week at the Art Museum! Our teachers Conor Mullen, Sami Snethen and Sarah Chaires are busy preparing supplies for our students in the Shelton Studio. Find out more about Summer Art Camp...s on our website at:

Spaces are still available for drop-in students. Next week our camp is for ages 6-10. 11-15 year olds may join us the week of June 18. Come make some art at the Art Museum!

Please note! Art Camp Registration will take place in the Museum’s lower level instead of the lobby this summer.  Please use the handicapped accessible entrance to the right of the stairs.  We look forward to seeing you Monday!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interstitial at the University of Wyoming Art Museum

The installation of Interstitial at the Centennial Complex is now complete. Artist Gerri Sayler reflects on her finished installation as the sunlight streams in from the overhead skylights. Interstitial will be on display through December of 2012.

Inspired by both the landscape of Wyoming and the airy space inside the Centennial Complex, Idaho based artist Gerri Sayler (American, b. 1950) transforms the ordinary with her site-specific installation, Interstitial.  With hundreds of strands of hot glue suspended between the skylights inside the Centennial Complex lobby, she is exploring water, clouds, and the space that exists between the landscape and the sky.  Throughout the day, the changing light filters through the sculpture, alternating between opacity and transparency, airiness and shadows.  Sayler creates these strands by drawing with hot glue into water, which rapidly cools the glue and holds it form.

After completing two artist residencies in Wyoming, Sayler was drawn to the various transformations of water, from ice to flowing river and back again, and the similar process of evaporation, cloud formations, and precipitation.  The shape, materials, and overall appearance of her sculpture reflect these explorations in form. 

Interstitial is the final installation to be included in the exhibition, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational, which began in 2008. Funded in part by an anonymous sponsor and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.

Visit our Facebook Page to see a daily diary of the installation of Interstitial. 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Artist Creates Clouds in UW Art Museum

Gerri Sayler and Interstitial are featured in this week's Laramie Boomerang 7220 section. Gerri talks about how her inspiration for Interstitial was sparked by the architecture of the University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Centennial Complex.

Visit our Facebook Page for daily photographs and updates as Gerri Sayler continues to work on Interstitial.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea

(l – r):  Barbara Stone, curator of Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea; Rita Meyer, Vice President Wyoming of Rocky Mountain Power; and Susan Moldenhauer, Director & Chief Curator, UW Art Museum
The UW Art Museum is proud to have Rocky Mountain Power as an exhibition sponsor for Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea in honor of its 150th Anniversary.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Behind the Scenes of Interstitial

Two stories above the floor, 132 lines of mason twine stretch tensioned and tied off between the large skylight windows of the Centennial Complex lobby in preparation for the installation of Interstitial, a site specific work created by artist Gerri Sayler

Museum Chief Preparator Stoney Smith and Preparator Conor Mullen worked closely with the artist and University Facilties Engineering to ready the space.

Once installation begins, a scissor lift is used to attach strands of monofilament and hot glue to each pre-strung expanse of twine. Stoney and Conor are on site to arrange each grouping of strands, spacing them on 4’ to 9’ lengths of bamboo and handing them to Gerri on the lift.

What is the most interesting part? Says Stoney, “Watching the piece develop and the play of light on the strands through the overhead windows.” 

Visit us on Facebook to see an ongoing gallery of images showcasing this entire installation!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gerri Sayler and Interstitial

The University of Wyoming Art Museum is very excited to welcome artist Gerri Sayler. Gerri will be in residence to install her site specific work, "Interstitial." In this photo, Gerri discusses Interstitial's overhead suspension system with our Chief Preparator, Stoney Smith. Interstitial will be on display in our Centennial Complex Lobby, taking advantage of the changing light throughout the day. Interstitial will also be available for viewing from both above and below. To find out more about Gerri Sayler and to view some of her work, visit

The Art Museum will be posting daily updates on our Facebook Page Stop by and Like Us to view this installation and other museum happenings!

Monday, May 21, 2012

New Exhibitions Now Open!

Thank you to all to came to our Opening Reception this past weekend. A good time was had by all. We have two new exhibitions in the Gallery and we invite you to come and view them at your leisure! More information is available at our website:

If you are a printmaker, or interested in printmaking, our Francisco Goya exhibition is certain to interest you. As one of our Facebook fans quips:

"Printmakers, monster-lovers and Goya-enthusiasts, come see over 70 prints from Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos series!"

For up to the minute exciting information on all of our exhibitions, be sure to "like" us on Facebook. We now have a dedicated Facebook address so you can find us easily.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Our Summer 2012 Newsletter is now available online!

We invite you to download our 2012 Summer Newsletter direct from our website. The newsletter has lots of exciting information including: Exhibitions, Calendar of Events, Studio Art Programs, Summer Classes, Free Activities, Summer Art Camp, Teen Apprenticeship Program, Summer Teaching Institute, Museum Tour Program, Ann Simpson Artmobile, Touring Exhibition Service and much more! Find out about all the terrific summer happenings at the Art Museum!

Click here to begin enjoying the newsletter!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Two New Exhibitions Open This Saturday

Artist Linda Fleming and Art Museum Chief Preparator Stoney Smith install her large-scale sculpture, Fumerole, on the sculpture terrace.

Two new exhibitions open this Saturday at the Art Museum, just in time for graduation weekend!  Artist Linda Fleming was at the museum this week to help install her exhibition, Linda Fleming: Modeling the Universe, which include more than 60 maquettes and one large-scale sculpture on the terrace.  The maquettes offer insight into her creative process, while the large work, just outside and adjacent to the gallery, provides an example of the scale and space of one of her larger, completed works.

Also opening on Saturday is an exhibition from the permanent collection of artist self-portraits and portraits of artists.  Through the Looking Glass: The Portrait of the Artist is debuting at the Art Museum and is part of the museum's Touring Exhibition Service.  Starting in the fall, this exhibition will be available to schools, libraries, other museums and community institutions around the state for no charge except one way shipping.  Visit the Outreach page of the website to learn more about this service and how you can bring exhibitions of original artwork to your community.

Saturday is also the final day to view two photography exhibitions at the museum: Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime and Photography from the Twentieth Century, the Art Museum Collection, Part I.  

If you're going to be in Laramie for graduation, make a trip to the Art Museum a part of your plans!  We are open Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and admission is free!  Call us at 307.766.6622 for more information on our exhibitions, or to help plan your visit!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Two Photography Exhibitions Open Through Saturday

Jay Jaffee (American, 1921-1999), Untitled (Looking Up a Tower), not dated, gelatin silver print, 12-1/16 x 7-13/16 inches, Gift of Dr. James A. Dewberry, Jr., University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1983.66.4

This Saturday will be the final day to view two photography exhibitions at the Art Museum: Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime and, Photography from the Twentieth Century: The Art Museum Collection, Part I.

Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime explores the intersection between nature and industry through masterful, large-scale color images from around the world. Burtynsky is an internationally acclaimed photographer, whose depictions of global industrial landscapes are in the collections of more than fifty major museums around the world, including the Bibliotéque Nationale in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Photography from the Twentieth Century: The Art Museum Collection, Part I examines the creative vision of the photographer as artist and photography’s place in the development of an American genre. The first in a two-part exhibition, the show focuses on pictorial and portrait traditions – the basis of early photography. The second part of the exhibition, which will focus on innovations in the development of photography and contemporary photographers’ study of place, will open in the spring of 2013.

“Pairing the Art Museum’s photographic collection with the contemporary photography of Edward Burtynsky provides insights into the history of photography as a creative art and the role of contemporary fine art photography in image-making today,” said Susan Moldenhauer, art museum director and chief curator.  “It also conveys the technological advances of the photographic medium over the last 150 years.”

For more information on exhibitions, please call 307.766.6622 or visit the Art Museum website.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cell Phone Audio Tour Now Available for Papua New Guinea Exhibition

A free cell phone audio tour is now available to museum visitors for the exhibition, Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea. The exhibition includes such items as dance masks, canoe prows, necklaces, and skull racks. The accompanying cell phone audio tour allows visitors to access additional information about these items by dialing a local number from their cell phone. The audio tour was written and recorded by the exhibition's curator, Barbara Stone.

For more information about exhibitions and services available at the Art Museum, please call 307.766.6622 or visit our website.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Final Week to View Two Exhibitions

Brian Dickerson (American), Roseboom, 2011, oil, wax, mixed media on canvas and wood, 71 x 32 x 6 1/2 inches, courtesy of the artist

This is the final week to view two exhibitions at the Art Museum. Brian Dickerson: Constructed Paintings and Drawings and Woven Traditions: Native American Basketry of the Southwest will be on view through Saturday, April 21.

Dickerson explores the idea of remembered landscapes through minimal, three-dimensional paintings on wood. The heavily layered and reworked surfaces contain hidden forms that suggest deep emotional meaning and a sense of mystery.

Woven Traditions: Native American Basketry of the Southwest, features the Art Museum's collection of baskets made by the Navajo, Hopi and Tohono O'odham tribes. The baskets depict elaborate, traditional and contemporary designs, including turtles, spiders, butterflies and kachinas.

The Art Museum is open 10 am to 5 pm, Monday - Saturday with extended hours on Monday evenings until 9 pm. Admission is free. For more information on exhibitions, please call 307.766.6622 or visit our website.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Screening Monday Evening of PBS Series, Art21

On Monday evening, April 16 in the new Visual Arts Auditorium, the Art Museum and Art Department will host a screening of the second half of the PBS series, Art21. Two episodes from the series will be shown: "History" and "Boundaries," and will begin at 6 pm.

Art21 is a series organized every three years by PBS that focuses on contemporary artists from around the world. Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the series focuses on the creative methods and inspiration in today's art world.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Art21, please visit the PBS website. For more information about Art Museum public programs, please call 307.766.6622.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2012-2013 Membership Campaign

The Art Museum has launched the 2012-2013 membership campaign. What does it mean to be a member of the Art Museum? Becoming a member is just one of the ways that you can support the educational and programming goals of the museum. The membership campaign raises 12% of the museum's annual operating budget and is a crucial part of keeping the Art Museum open and free to the public.

If you are interested in becoming a member, there is information on our website that outlines the benefits and rates of membership. If you'd like to receive a hard copy of the membership brochure with additional information about what the Art Museum does with membership dollars, please call 307.766.6622 and we can mail you one.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Exhibition of Papua New Guinea Objects Opens this Saturday

Installation is almost complete for the new exhibition of objects from Papua New Guinea.

This Saturday, a new exhibition will open at the Art Museum. Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea features more than 80 objects from three different collectors. The objects in the exhibition are primarily from the regions of the Sepik and Maprik rivers, and include ancestral and mythological figures, masks, war shields,drums, canoe prows, skull racks and items of personal adornment.

The exhibition is drawn, in part, from the recently gifted collection from the Salgo Trust for Education, originally acquired by the late Hungarian-American financier and diplomat, Nicolas M. Salgo, while on a trip to New Guinea with famed architect I.M. Pei in the early 1970s.

"Expanding the exhibition are objects lent by Wyoming artist Neltje and the former head of the UW Art Department and executive director of Jentel, Mary Jane Edwards, who visited Papua New Guinea in 2006," says Susan Moldenhauer, art museum director and chief curator. "Together, we are able to consider the individual interests and expertise of these three unique travelers."

Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Break at the Art Museum

Students work on art projects during last year's Spring Break Art Camp.

Are you staying in town for Spring Break? The Art Museum has plenty to see and do next week! The 37th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition is only on view through next Saturday, March 17, so be sure to stop in next week to see the wide variety of work being created by students across campus. A free cell phone audio tour is also available for select pieces and were recorded by the art students who created the work.

If you have an elementary aged student, Spring Break Art Camp will also be next week at the Art Museum. Students will explore artwork on view in the museum and then using what they learned, make their own art projects in the Shelton Studio. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of materials, including painting and sculpture, and even writing! For more information or to register your student, please visit our website and check out the downloadable registration form here.

F0r more information about exhibitions or education programs, please call 307.766.6622.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Film Screening on Edward Burtynsky Tonight

Join us tonight for a film screening, Manufactured Landscapes, being held in conjunction with the exhibition, Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime, which is currently on view at the Art Museum. Here is what Zeitgeist Films has to say about this 2006 film by Jennifer Baichwal:

The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet.

The screening will be at 7 pm and will be held next door to the Art Museum in the new Visual Arts Building Auditorium. The event if free and open to the public. The Art Museum will be open tonight until 9 pm, so you can go look at Burtynsky's work either before or after the film screening!

For more information about exhibitions and public programs, please call 307.766.6622 or visit our website.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Only 2 More Weeks to View Student Exhibition

The 37th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition will only be on view for two more weeks. The exhibition includes work from students across campus and in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, video art, and photography. A cell phone audio tour is available for select pieces in the exhibition and were recorded by the student artists. If you haven't visited the Art Museum to see the great work being created at UW, be sure to stop in soon!

This exhibition will be the basis for the Education Department's Spring Break Art Camp, which will be held March 12-16. For more information, or to register your student, please call 307.766.3515.

For more information about exhibitions, education classes, or public programs, please visit our website or call 307.766.6622.

Friday, February 10, 2012

20:20 for Statewide Artists in Pinedale

20:20 for statewide artists will be held on Friday, March 30 at the Sublette County Public Library at 7:30 pm. This event is being held in conjunction with the CLICK! Symposium. For those wishing to participate in 20:20 you must be signed up for CLICK!

20:20 is a fast-paced presentation format whereby presenters are allotted 20 images, which are shown for 20 seconds each. The total presentation time is therefore only 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Presentations by individual visual artists, art groups and educators from across the state are welcome. 20:20 is an opportunity to share accomplishments, new work and new ideas from across the region.

Advance sign-up is required and offered on a first come, first served basis. 20 images must be in a PowerPoint format and sent to UW Art Museum Assistant Curator Rachel Miller by Wednesday, March 21. For more information, or if you have questions, please contact her at 307.766.6621 or