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Pat Guthrie Teaching Gallery Exhibition

January 25 - August 8, 2020

Pat Guthrie Teaching Gallery

About the Teaching Gallery

The Pat Guthrie Teaching Gallery presents four installations, each specific to a course being taught during the Spring 2020 semester at the University of Wyoming. Each academic year, faculty from a range of disciplines select artwork to support the content and learning goals of their class. We invite visitors to explore these connections and how the Art Museum supports teaching across the curriculum.

We are excited to welcome students and faculty from the following courses into the museum:


Albert Bierstadt's "In the Tetons"

Art & Art History: 4790 Environment and Sustainability Issues in Art

Dr. Breezy Taggart, Honors College

Environment and Sustainability Issues in Art investigates the ways in which Earth is represented and used in art as subject matter, sculptural medium, and vehicle for examining relationships between humans and nature. Topics include historical landscapes, earthworks and landart, and environmental activism.

Image: Albert Bierstadt, (German-American, 1830-1902), In the Tetons, Late 19th century, oil on canvas, 27-3/4 x 35 inches, gift of Coe Foundation, 1974.78.0


Elsie Holiday's "Spider Woman"

CLAS 2020: Classical Greek Civilization

Dr. Laura De Lozier, Department of Modern & Classical Languages

This class explores Greek cultures from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Period with special attention to Athens. We read works in translation by Homer, Sappho, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plato, and Apollonius of Rhodes that question our place in this world and the next. This exhibit explores how different peoples from different eras have articulated the end of this existence and what may lie beyond it.

Image: Elsie Holiday, (American Indian-Navajo), Spider Woman, 20th Century, dyed woven natural fibers, 11-1/2 x 11-1/2 x 2 inches, gift of James R. Nolan, 2006.4.6             


 Sue Pearson's "Feed the Baby"

Ecology 5620: Creative Approaches to Writing About Science

Bethann Garammon Merkel, MFA, Research Scientist, Wyoming Migration Initiative & Biodiversity Institute

Creative Approaches taps into best practices in Creative Writing, Journalism, the Science of Science Communication, Literature, and Rhetoric and Composition. Through a writing workshop format, students study and may produce writing in several genres (e.g., science shorts, fiction, journalism for young readers, and more). This course emphasizes writing beyond scientific and academic constraints. Students will develop and practice broadly transferable skills valuable in grant writing, interacting with the media, and enhancing writing for popular and academic audiences. Creative Approaches is offered as a collaboration of the Biodiversity Institute, the Wyoming Migration Initiative, and the UWyo Science Communication Initiative.

Image: Sue Pearson, (New Zealander-Norfolk Islander, b.1967), Feed the Baby, 2017, intaglio relief on paper, 8 x 20 inches, gift of Melanie Yazzie, 2018.4.8


Utagawa Kunisada's "Praying Monk"

English 5061: Rhetoric, Theory, and Criticism: Public Memory

Dr. Nancy Small, Department of English

This course explores lieux de mémoire—places and spaces—where memory is constructed. In particular, works of public memory evoke a circling through time, what Krista Ratcliffe calls the “then-that-is-now” reconnecting us to a shared history, inviting us to reflect over our mutual present, and perhaps inspiring us to (re)imagine our potential futures. Public memories are constructions generated by the symbols and stories we use to express them. Therefore, memory may perpetuate a culture’s master narratives yet also may be transformed through counter-narrative or inclusion of new voices previously ignored or erased. Throughout the semester, we examine public memory as a theoretical concept, as a powerful crafted product, and as a process of (re)creation.

Image: Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), (Japanese, 1786-1865), Praying Monk, 1786-1865, ink on paper woodcut, 14 x 9-1/4 inches, 1984.229.0              

I am a faculty/instructor and I am interested in using the teaching gallery

Exhibitions planning for the teaching gallery begins a minimum of one semester in advance. The teaching gallery is intended for classes that will require students to visit the museum multiple times throughout the semester and complete an assignment that incorporates themes, ideas, and content related to the works on view.
Faculty may schedule class visits to the gallery, arrange meetings with museum education and curatorial staff, and encourage students to engage with the artwork independently outside of class time. The artwork is available to students throughout the semester for use during the museum’s public hours.

Please contact Raechel Cook, Curator of Academic Engagement, to discuss options.

Related Programs:

  • Funded in part by the Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery Endowment

Video walk-through of the "Pat Guthrie Teaching Gallery Exhibition."
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