Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Register Your Student Now for March Art Camps and Classes

Students work on art projects in the Shelton Studio during an art camp last year

The Art Museum's Education team is gearing up for a month full of fun and exciting art camps and classes!

March is “Youth Art Month” nationwide, and the Art Museum is offering a series of free Saturday classes for students ages 4 – 11.  This year’s classes will take place on March 9, 16, and 30, from 1-3 p.m. each day.

Every Saturday, students will investigate new ideas and creative processes, in addition to exploring and making art.  Projects will be based on the artwork that is on view in current Art Museum exhibitions.  Students will spend time in the galleries, following the Art Museum education model of observe, question, explore, create, and reflect, as well as time in the Shelton Studio working on their own art projects. 
There is no fee for this class, but pre-registration is encouraged.  Parents of students 5 years old and younger are asked to remain with their students.  Be sure to wear art-making clothes! 

Spring Break Art Camp will also be held again this year during the week of March 18-22 for students ages 6-10. 
The theme of this year’s Spring Break Art Camp is “Investigating the Artistic Process.”  Students will explore the artwork exhibited in the Art Museum and then use what they learn to draw inspiration from everyday moments to make extraordinary art!  Students will discover different kinds of materials and ways to make art in the Shelton Studio, including sculpture, painting, collage, and more.  

Students may enroll for the entire week or for just a day.  The cost is $60 for the week or a $15 a day drop-in rate.  Healthy snacks will be provided. 

For more information on these classes and camps, or to register your student, please call Master Teacher Heather Bender at 307-766-3515 or email her at  

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Final Days to View Juried UW Student Exhibition

An installation view of the 38th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition

This is the final week to view all of the works on view in the 38th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition.  This Saturday will be the final day to view the exhibition in its entirety.  A selection of the works will then be moved into the Centennial Complex Gallery, which is located just inside the front entrance of the building.  

The Art Museum's Education team uses the student work during Spring Break Art Camp, which will be held during the week of March 18.  Spring Break Art Camp is for students ages 6 through 10, and using the artwork made by UW students is a great way to learn about different techniques and materials, and to gain inspiration.

For more information about exhibitions or education programs, give us a call at 307-766-6622.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Schedule the Touring Exhibition for Your Community

N. Jay Jaffee (American, 1921-1999), Self Portrait, NYC 1978, 1978, Gelatin Silver Print, 11-1/4 x 7-1/2 inches, gift of Dr. James A. Dewberry, Jr., University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1983.66.1

Through the Looking Glass: The Portrait of the Artist is a new exhibition available through the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s Regional Touring Exhibition Service for exhibition periods of 4 to 6 weeks across the state.  The Touring Exhibition Service offers exhibitions at no charge to Wyoming organizations and are designed for sites such as libraries, schools, community centers, galleries and museums.  The only cost for each venue is one way shipping to the next venue.  The exhibition is labeled, interpreted, and crated for travel, and is accompanied by press releases, images, and education materials.

Through the Looking Glass: The Portrait of the Artist explores the tradition of self-portraits and portraits of artists in variety of mediums including drawings, prints and photography.   Involved in creative pursuits, artists become interesting candidates for portrait subjects and self-portraits allow for the artist to make a unique statement about themselves.  With traditional commissioned portraits the expectation is a favorable likeness of the sitter, however an artist’s self portrait or a portrait of the artist reveals more than the sitter’s physical appearance removing the conventional constraints and allowing for more experimentation.

If you would like to bring the Regional Touring Exhibition to your community, please contact Art Museum Registrar Fay Bisbee at 307.766.6634 or   

The Regional Touring Exhibition Service is funded in part by the UW Art Museum Gala Fund and the FMC Corporation. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Job Opportunity at the Art Museum: Part-Time Marketing Associate

Updating the Art Museum's website is one of the tasks of the Marketing Associate

Have you ever wanted to work at the Art Museum?  Here is your opportunity!  We are currently seeking a part-time Marketing Associate.  This position is crucial to promoting the museum, whether it's working with local newspapers, updating the website with current exhibition information, or designing eye-catching ads. 

If you're interested in applying, you can visit the UW Human Resources webpage and click on the "Prospective Employees" tab.  The full job description is listed below.  We hope to see lots of applications!  The position closes on March 7.

Please Note

This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule working 20 hours/week. The successful candidate must be available to work Wednesday mornings to attend a staff meeting.

Essential Duties

Draft, produce, and distribute press releases for print, radio, and TV with review by appropriate Art Museum Staff. Establish and maintain working relationship with print, radio, and TV contacts. Assist in making recommendations on unsolicited advertising and promotional opportunities to the director.

Using University webpage templates, create Art Museum and Museum Store web pages in consultation with Museum staff. Maintain webpage through timely updates. Add Art Museum events to various online calendars (UW, Chamber of Commerce, Wyoming Tourism, etc).

Design ads and produce various print needs for the Art Museum Gala. Happy Holidays, Laramie! and the Festival of Trees.

Assist in the design and production of posters, flyers, etc for Art Museum programs in consultation with appropriate staff member.

Draft promotion schedule of deadlines for distribution to staff for planning. Maintain accountability through archiving and report systems. Other duties at the request of the director.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate Degree and two years' work experience in Communication, Webpage and/or Public Relations.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and/or written communication skills.
Valid Driver's License with a motor vehicle record that is compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy Found at:

Desired Qualifications

Prefer a Bachelor's Degree.
Experience with Microsoft Office specifically Word and Excel.
Experience with Acrobat, Photoshop and/or Illustrator.
Experience with web management and/or use of a MAC.
Assist with Social Media updates.
Records maintenance and management experience.
Customer service experience.
Organizational skills and the ability to multi-task.
The ability to be a team player and contribute to a productive work environment.

Required Materials

Complete on-line application, resume, cover letter, and contact information for three work-related references.
Please submit up to five examples of print, graphic and/or web based work to

Monday, February 18, 2013

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Collections Assistant Mary Katherine Scott documents one of the many pieces being added to the Art Museum collection

There are many projects that happen behind the scenes at the Art Museum.  Whether it's a professional photographer coming in to photograph works from the permanent collection and organizing those digital files, or a student intern cataloging publications in the Resource Room, the Art Museum gets a lot of help in many different places.  All of these projects and jobs help make the resources we have more available, and often times contribute directly to getting an upcoming exhibition ready to go.

One of those jobs has been processing the John and Pam Finley Collection, a long term loan to the UW Art Museum.  The Finley Collection consists of almost 115 masks, wooden figures, textiles, staffs, and weapons from all over Africa, as well as almost 50 examples of African American folk art from the southern United States.  A selection of pieces from the Finley Collection will be on exhibit starting in June of this year.  Assistant Mary Katherine Scott has been down in the collections area for the past few months, filling out vital paperwork that helps document and track each piece.  In addition, Scott will process a 2011 donation by The Salgo Trust for Education of 68 artifacts from Papua New Guinea.  A number of these artifacts were included in the recent exhibit Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea, which was on view in the summer of 2012.

The Art Museum is a busy place beyond what you see in the galleries, but it makes it all worthwhile when a great exhibition comes together!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Binh Danh Photographs on View in New Exhibition

The Art Museum was first introduced to the work of artist Binh Danh in 2010.  A solo exhibition at the museum showcased Danh's chlorophyll prints - a unique method of exposing negatives onto leaves or grasses and preserving the image in resin.  Danh continues to explore unique photography techniques.

Two of Danh's pieces that were recently acquired by the museum are currently on view in the exhibition, Photography from the Twentieth Century: The Art Museum Collection, Part II.  In addition to a chlorophyll print, a unique daguerreotype is also on view.  Danh brings a contemporary take to this otherwise traditional photography technique.

If you visited the museum and saw Danh's solo exhibition, be sure to stop by and check out the current photography exhibition.  For more information on Danh's work, you can also visit the Art Museum's YouTube page and watch the interview with Danh that was filmed in 2010.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

CLICK and 20:20 for Wyoming Artists

The Art Museum is partnering with the Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) and the UW Art Department High School Intensive Program for a weekend of art programming.  The first CLICK conference was held last year in Pinedale with the goal of connecting Wyoming artists.  This year it's being held in Laramie, March 1-3, and will include special workshops for high school students from around the state, sessions for professional artists, and will culminate with the announcement of the WAC Visual Arts Fellowship winners.

A special 20:20 program will be held during lunch on Saturday, March 2 at 11:30 am in the new Visual Arts Building.  There are still a few available spots for artists, arts educators, and arts organizations to sign up.  Sign up is on a first come, first served basis with a deadline of February 22.  For more information, or to sign up, please contact Art Museum Assistant Curator Rachel Miller at 307.766.6621 or

For more information on CLICK or to register, please visit the WAC's website.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cell Phone Audio Tour for Beth Van Hoesen Exhibition

Beth Van Hoesen (American, 1926-2010), Marvin C., 1979, aquatint and drypoint with roulette, printers inks on paper, Artist’s Proof, 10-1/4 x 10-7/8 inches, gift of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 2012.3.12

If you're visiting the Art Museum and are checking out the exhibition, Beth Van Hoesen: Perfecting Printmaking, be sure to utilize the free cell phone audio tour that's available!  This service is a quick and easy way to learn more about the various printmaking techniques used in the works on view, and to learn more about the artist and her subjects.  It's easy to use - simply dial a 307 area code number and enter the prompt number that you'll see hanging below the label.  Your cell phone becomes your personal tour guide as you move between works and look closer!  

Monday, February 11, 2013

Gallery Walk Through Tonight

An installation view of the 38th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition

Join us tonight for a Gallery Walk Through with the Award Winning students from the 38th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition.  Those students who won either a purchase or cash award are invited to talk more in depth about their work - either the work that is on view in the exhibition or other projects they have.  This is an opportunity to learn more about the creative work being done by students across the UW campus, as well as a professional development opportunity for students to answer questions and talk about their artwork.  

The Gallery Walk Through begins at 7 pm and is free and open to the public.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Extended Monday Evening Hours Begin Tonight

Friday night's crowd at the awards ceremony for the 38th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition

We had a great turnout on Friday night for the opening reception and awards ceremony for the 38th Annual Juried UW Student ExhibitionCongratulations to those who had work accepted into the exhibition and those who won awards!  Head over to our Facebook page to view some photos from Friday evening. 

Now that the new exhibitions are open, we are once again moving to extended hours on Monday evenings.  Beginning tonight through April, the Art Museum will be open until 9 pm on Monday nights.  With the new teaching gallery and with such great exhibitions, we hope these extended hours give you more visiting options!