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Frequently Asked Questions|Art Museum

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Art Museum
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: Free
2111 Willet Drive
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6622
Email: uwartmus@uwyo.edu
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generalGeneral

What is the cost of admission?
The UW Art Museum always has free admission.

Do I have to pay to park at the Art Museum?
No, the parking lot at the Centennial Complex is free.  However, the lot is monitored, so be sure to sign in at the vehicle registry book just inside the front entrance in order to avoid receiving a parking ticket.

What’s the difference between the Art Museum and the American Heritage Center?
While both share the same building, the Centennial Complex, they are quite different.  The American Heritage Center (AHC) is an archive and research facility, and is a separate entity from the Art Museum.  The Art Museum collects only fine art objects and artifacts, with a primary focus on exhibitions, including contemporary art.

Can I take pictures of the artwork in the gallery?
Due to copyright laws, and contractual agreements made with lenders (artists, galleries, or other museums), we do not permit photography in the Art Museum.  If you are a member of the press, a photo permission form can be obtained from the front desk with advanced notice and images can only be used for promotional purposes.

How does the cell phone audio tour work? 
For select exhibitions, a free audio tour is available to museum visitors through their cell phone.  Usually recorded by either a curator or an artist, the tours provide additional information about the works on view.  The tour is accessed by dialing a phone number from your cell phone.  Each work of art has a number assigned to it that when entered into your phone will start the audio clip.  Handouts are available online as well, so you can listen to the audio tour even if you aren’t at the museum.  The flexibility of using your cell phone allows you to listen to all, some, or none of the information and in no particular order.

I want to attend one of the Art Talks at the Art Museum.  Do I need a ticket?
The majority of public programs hosted by the Art Museum are free and you don’t need a ticket, you can simply show up.  Our opening receptions, held in the spring, summer, and fall, are also free and open to the public.

I have a painting and would like to know what it’s worth.  How can I find out?
The UW Art Museum cannot provide appraisals, however, we do maintain a list of regional appraisers that we can share with you.  Please contact our Assistant Curator for a copy.

I am an artist and would like to exhibit my artwork in the Art Museum.  How do I submit a proposal?  
The Art Museum Exhibitions Review Committee meets quarterly to review all exhibition proposals that are received.  Details about what to include in your proposal can be found on our website.

Can I rent the Art Museum for an event?
As a research and educational facility, the UW Art Museum does not have an events staff.  Certain public areas are available for use depending on the space availability, type of event, and director approval.  We do not permit weddings or wedding receptions to be held in the Centennial Complex or on the building’s grounds.  For more information about whether the Art Museum is the right venue for your event, please contact our Assistant Curator.

I’d like to donate a painting to the Art Museum.  Can I drop it off?
Since we are unable to accept or hold any artwork prior to Collections Advisory Committee approval, please do not drop off or send any original artwork.  Instead, submit an image of the object and a close-up image of any signatures with all pertinent information.  More information is available here on our website.  As much as we would love to accept all donations, not all gifts fit within our scope and mission, and the Art Museum and the University of Wyoming have the right to refuse gifts or bequests.

How do I find out what artists the Art Museum has in its collection?
We are currently working on digitizing the collection and making it available to the public online.  In the meantime, please fill out a research request form and email it to our Curator of Collections.  Please allow two weeks to receive a response.

Can I view artwork from the permanent collection that isn’t on view?
If you’re doing research, please fill out a research request form and email it to our Curator of Collections.  Please allow two weeks to receive a response.  The more detail you can provide on the research request form, the better we can respond to your inquiry.

Where can I learn more about a particular artist or type of art?
We suggest you start with a simple online search or at your local library.  After that, you can also fill out a research request form and email it to Assistant Curator.  We may be able to provide additional tips and suggestions for fine art research.

May I talk to a curator?
Curators are often traveling or heavily scheduled, so an appointment is absolutely necessary.  When making an appointment, it is important to state the reason for your call.  In many cases, questions can be answered with a little research on your part, or somewhere on our website.  You can also send an email to the front desk (uwartmus@uwyo.edu) and they can forward your message to the appropriate staff member.


vanAnn Simpson Artmobile

What is involved with a typical Artmobile visit?
A typical Artmobile visit includes looking at the exhibit, which consists of artworks from the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s permanent collection. Following the viewing, a corresponding art lesson is then taught by the Artmobile’s educator.

How much does the Artmobile cost?
The Artmobile program is provided free of charge with minimal responsibilities required of the hosting institution.

What responsibilities are required by the hosting venue?
Host responsibilities include:

1) providing hotel accommodation for the educator,

2) helping set up and take down the exhibit, and

3) maintaining good communication with the Artmobile educator and to ensure a successful event.

If I am hosting, do I have to be in town while the Artmobile is visiting?
Yes. The curator is generally not familiar with the town or location in which the visit occurs.  It is essential for the contact person to be available to answer questions or address any concerns that may arise during the Artmobile visit. If you are a classroom teacher, please do not schedule a substitute during the visit. The Artmobile educator is not a substitute teacher.

What is involved with setting up the Artmobile exhibit?
The exhibition is displayed on four freestanding, double-sided panels and requires a secure, medium-sized room away from direct sunlight. Assembly and disassembly take approximately one hour each and require the assistance of one or two volunteers from the hosting institution.

How long does the Artmobile stay at one venue?
A typical Artmobile visit lasts anywhere from 1 to 5 days. When possible, the Artmobile curator schedules multiple events in the same geographic location. 

The art program at my school is limited time-wise. Can I still schedule a visit?
Yes. Artmobile visits are tailored to meet your needs. Let’s figure out how to make it work.

What is the current Artmobile exhibit about?
The 2013-2015 Artmobile exhibit is titled What’s That? Investigating Abstract Art and presents a variety of abstract images representing the vast and complex history of visual abstraction. The variety of approaches presented in the exhibit allows for natural connections to the arts, as well as, philosophy, history and social studies, science, math, engineering, and business.

How do I schedule an Artmobile visit?
The Artmobile is on the road year round, weather permitting. If you would like to schedule the Artmobile in your town, call the Artmobile educator, Erica Ramsey, by phone at 307-399-2941 or by email at artmobile@uwyo.edu. 

Should I “like” the Ann Simpson Artmobile Program on Facebook?
Yes, please do!  Go to www.facebook.com/uwyoartmobile


classesClasses

Who do we talk to schedule a class or sign up for a class?

For most classes contact our Education staff. To work with 
collections materials contact our Curator of Collections.

How do I find out about your current class offerings and programs?

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Is there a fee for sending my student to one of the museum's classes?
Fees vary according to class, but range from $25 to $60 per student.


Are there scholarships available? How do I obtain one?
Scholarships are available. Contact our Education staff for more information on how to apply.

Are there any free classes?
We do offer free classes throughout the year, especially in March and July.


Can I stay with my student?

Parents of young children often stay. As children grow and mature, they usually do just fine on their own. If you have special needs or concerns, contact our Master Teacher.

My students are in different age groups, but I would like them to be in the same class. Is that possible?

We do try to accommodate families and their needs. Contact our Master Teacher to discuss your particular situation.

My student is 5 years old, and your class cut off is 6 years. But my student is very mature. Can they come to the class? 
Please contact our Master Teacher to discuss your particular situation.


Do you provide programs for community groups, such girl scouts, boys and girls clubs, senior centers, home school associations, civic groups?

We regularly provide programming for all types of community groups. Contact Heather Bender to schedule your group. Whenever possible, please contact us at least two-four weeks in advance to ensure that your group can be scheduled. 


We'd like to book a program or presentation. What can we expect?
We work with each group individually, and will tailor the experience to your groups needs. Everything begins with the artwork on exhibit. We will view the artwork, question and explore it, and if time permits, go into the studio to create new artwork based on the art observed, ideas explored and discussions we have had in the galleries. We recommend at least 45 minutes for a tour, and an additional 45 minutes for a studio activity.


Does your programming support Wyoming's Education Standards?
Our education programming is grounded in Wyoming's Education Standards. If you wish to address particular classroom goals or standards, please tell us when you schedule your visit. We relish planning with teachers to meet their needs, including pre- and -post visit activities.


 

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We are planning to be in Laramie to visit the University. Can we schedule a visit to the Art Museum? How much time should we allocate?
We work with each group individually, and will tailor the experience to your groups needs. Everything begins with the artwork on exhibit. We will view the artwork, question and explore it, and if time permits, go into the studio to create new artwork based on the art observed, ideas explored and discussions we have had in the galleries. We recommend at least 45 minutes for a tour, and an additional 45 minutes for a studio activity.

I'd like to bring my class to the Art Museum for a self-guided tour. Can we just come, or do we need to schedule our visit?

Please schedule your self-guided tour. An education team member or docent may be available to tour with you and answer questions. If you choose to go it on your own, it is helpful for us and you to know what other classes might be in the galleries at the same time.


We only have 45 minutes for a visit? What can we do in that time frame?
We work with each group individually, and will tailor the experience to your groups needs. Everything begins with the artwork on exhibit. We will view the artwork, question and explore it, and if time permits, go into the studio to create new artwork based on the art observed, ideas explored and discussions we have had in the galleries. We recommend at least 45 minutes for a tour, and an additional 45 minutes for a studio activity.


What does a visit entail? How long should we plan on being at the museum?

We work with each group individually, and will tailor the experience to your groups needs. Everything begins with the artwork on exhibit. We will view the artwork, question and explore it, and if time permits, go into the studio to create new artwork based on the art observed, ideas explored and discussions we have had in the galleries. We recommend at least 45 minutes for a tour, and an additional 45 minutes for a studio activity. We have also scheduled 1/2-day and full-day sessions with schools, which allows for in-depth inquiry and creative time. 


How can we prepare our students for the visit?

We relish planning with teachers to meet their needs, including pre- and -post visit activities. Contact us. You can also find curricular units on our website which will provide you with background information and suggestions.


We are a home school group. Can we schedule a visit? Is there a charge?

Yes. We regularly work with home school groups. There is no charge for a one-time museum tour.


How many chaperones should we bring?

We prefer to keep a low student/adult ratio (10/1) when possible. We will work with you to address your needs.


My history students are studying the American West. Do you have any artwork that fits that subject?
Check with us or visit our exhibitions page to see what exhibits are on display in the galleries. Then talk with a member of the education team. With advance notice we can explore options for viewing pieces from our collection that are not currently on display.

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