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New Acquisitions: The Art Museum Collection

June 1 - August 17, 2019

Pat Guthrie Teaching Gallery

Kara Walker
Shirin Neshat



Collecting lies at the heart of the UW Art Museum’s activities, advancing its mission to collect, exhibit and interpret art to inspire creativity and nurture lifelong learning for the people of Wyoming. Acquisitions are made possible through gifts from generous donors or purchases with endowment funds designated for collections.

When it comes to selecting artworks, art museums across the country are looking at their collections and seeing a lack of diversity in the artists acquired over the years. Aware of this tendency, the UW Art Museum has made a conscious effort to acquire artworks by minority and underrepresented artists.

Most recently the UW Art Museum has added artworks by African American artist Kara Walker (b. 1969), Iranian artist Shirin Neshat (b. 1957), and Native American artist Julie Buffalohead (b. 1972). These, among other works recently added to the collection, are featured in New Acquisitions: The Art Museum Collection.

  • Funded in part by Pat Guthrie Special Exhibits Gallery Endowment


Shirin Neshat (Iranian, b. 1957), I am its Secret, 1993, ink on photo paper, 19-1/2 x 13-1/4 inches, W. Sherman and Dorothy Burns Estate Fund, 2018.9

Kara Walker (American, b. 1969), I’ll Be a Monkey’s Uncle, 1996, lithograph on paper, 33-1/4 x 29-1/4 inches, Art Museum Acquisition Fund and the W. Sherman and Dorothy Burns Estate Fund, 2019.1

Julie Buffalohead (Ponca, b. 1972), Straight Legs, 2018, oil on canvas, 53 x 128 inches, purchased with funds from private donors and the Patricia R. Guthrie Special Exhibits Gallery Endowment, 2019.3.0

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