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Sans facon

Sans façon Public Art Project for Laramie

Sans façon is an art practice that responds to the relationship between people and place.

The internationally renowned Sans façon (Tristan Surtees and Charles Blanc) began a preliminary research project about Laramie following their first visit to the University of Wyoming in Fall 2015. Their interest in Laramie, Wyoming was inspired in part by the unique community-university partnership that facilitated their visit to Laramie originally, and, after spending some time here, by the people, the community, and its history. As a result, an interdisciplinary group of UW faculty and administrators along with community leaders are pursuing a larger, multi-year, research project with Sans façon.

Surtees and Blanc will return to Laramie in April 2018 for continued research and community interactions. Their visit will culminate in a collaborative community event and plan for a large-scale public art project in Laramie in the future.

If you're interested in getting involved in this exciting project, please contact Mary Katherine Scott,, UW Global Engagement Office.


If you would like to make a contribution to make this project possible, please click below...


Sans façon is organized and supported by the following sponsors and hosts:

University of Wyoming Office of the President

University of Wyoming Global Engagement Office

University of Wyoming Art Museum

University of Wyoming Honors Program

University of Wyoming Department of Art & Art History

University of Wyoming Department of English

University of Wyoming Geological Museum

University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics

Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research

Wyoming Arts Council with support from the Wyoming Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts

Laramie Public Art Coalition

Laramie Main Street Alliance

Wyoming Art Party


Sans façon Steering Committee

Maggie Bourque, Associate Lecturer, Haub School of Environment & Natural Resources

Katie Christensen, Curator of Education & Statewide Outreach, UW Art Museum

Brandon Gellis, Assistant Professor, UW Department of Art & Art History

Amanda Korpitz, Special Events Coordinator, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Susan Moldenhauer, Retired Director & Chief Curator, UW Art Museum

Tim Nichols, Visiting Professor, UW Depts. of Sociology and Honors

Mary Katherine Scott, Program Developer, UW Global Engagement Office

Trey Sherwood, Director, Laramie Main Street Alliance

John Small, Vice President, UW Foundation

Meg Thompson, Coordinator, Laramie Public Art Coalition

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Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Closed Sunday & Monday

Admission: Free

Centennial Complex

2111 East Willett Drive

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-6622


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