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Art and Art History Program

Department of Visual & Literary Arts

Visual Arts Building, Room 110

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 3138

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-3269

Email: faoffice@uwyo.edu

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Art and Art History Program

Patrick Kikut

Senior Associate Lecturer: Painting

Email: pkikut@uwyo.edu • Website: http://www.patrickkikut.com
Office: VA 128

B.F.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1990.
M.F.A., University of Montana, 1997.

 

About

I earned my BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and my MFA from the University of Montana, Missoula. I have lived, painted, and taught throughout the Mountain West. I am currently teaching at the University of Wyoming and living in Laramie. My work is in numerous collections including, The El Paso Museum of Art, The Missoula Museum of Art, and the Center for Art and Environment, Nevada Museum of Art.

 

Artist Statement

For the last 30 years I have been exploring and producing studio work that is inspired by my travels through out the West. I consider the whole of the West as my “artistic neighborhood.” Geographically speaking, I define this as an area that reaches from Great Falls, Montana in the North, to Reno, Nevada in the West, down South to Marfa, Texas, and out to Dodge City, Kansas to the East. As I explore this vast landscape I have engaged in the interaction of our ever-encroaching culture upon the edges of wilderness. This “tidal zone” between culture and nature is far from the awe-inspiring screenshot perfection found in our National Parks, Monuments, and Forests. Here, behind the truck stops, and wind-damaged billboards I discover discarded big gulps, busted tool boxes, and wrecked derby cars scattered over the parking lot and onto the dry and frozen land. Often these landscapes read like empty stage sets where props are strewn about as the actors have finished their narrative and exited the scene. I hope that a viewer can use my work to gain a sense of the rugged and enduring beauty of the West as well as our persistent attempts to exploit and survive on a landscape that is mostly inhospitable and unsustainable for the huge demands of our contemporary culture.

 

Samples of Work:


Icon for "Sea Ice After Church 3" - Painting Icon for "Snowbound Speedboat WY" - Painting Icon for "Plastic Jeep and Teepee AZ" - Painting


Icon for "Dream Catcher-Arizona" - Painting     Icon for "Scenic Overview - South Dakota" - Painting     Icon for "Square States Monument"

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Art and Art History Program

Department of Visual & Literary Arts

Visual Arts Building, Room 110

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 3138

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-3269

Email: faoffice@uwyo.edu

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