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Spring Semester

January 26 - May 15, 2021

Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery

About the Teaching Gallery

The Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery presents three installations, each specific to a course taught during the Spring 2021 semester at the University of Wyoming. Faculty from a range of academic disciplines select artwork from our permanent collection to support the content and learning goals of their respective classes.

This method of object-based teaching and learning with artwork invites inquiry, curiosity, and creative thinking into the students’ educational experience. These skills are tools to prepare our future workforce and leaders, no matter their path, and help enliven the cultural experience in Wyoming.

This semester, we welcome students and faculty from the following courses into the museum:


Marilyn Bowles's "The Park Bench Debate," oil paint on canvas

CLAS/HIST/POLS 3050: Athenian Democracy 

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

This course examines the period of radical democracy (508/507-322 BCE) at Athens. Students read primary sources in translation, including Aristophanes’ comedy The Wasps (422 BCE), which tells the story of a father locked up in his son’s house as a safety measure. The play questions what roles senior members of society want, should, and can still have in a participatory democracy. Artwork selected will prompt further dialogue throughout the course about the roles of older people in the American experiment in democracy.

Image information: Marilyn Bowles (American, b. 1928), The Park Bench Debate, 1984, oil paint on canvas, 5-1/8 x 6-15/16 inches, Friends of the UW Art Museum Purchase, 1984.124


Oronzo Gasparo's "Cubistic Still Life #1", Tempera paint on paper

EDEL 3170: Art in the Elementary School 

Jennifer Smith, Master Teacher
UW Art Museum

This course provides a foundation for understanding art to facilitate the teaching of art and the integration of art education into the elementary school curriculum. Attention is given to the development of artistic skills and constructing meaningful art experiences by using art objects in lesson plans and teaching.

Image information: Oronzo Gasparo, (American, 1903-1969), Cubistic Still Life #1, 1932, Tempera paint on paper, 20-1/2 x 14 inches, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Millman and the Gasparo Estate, 1973.245 


Sue Pearson's "Feed the Baby" Intaglio and relief on paper

HIST 4412/ENR 5412: Global Environmental History

Dr. Melissa Morris, Assistant Professor
Department of History

This course explores the history of the world through the lens of environmental history. Learning how people responded to environmental crises in the past offers ideas for our own times. Understanding humans’ relationships to the environment and the costs of their decisions upon it is more important than ever.

Image information: Sue Pearson, (New Zealander-Norfolk Islander, b.1967), Feed the Baby, from Indigenous Mapping: Collecting Truths Portfolio, 2017, Intaglio and relief on paper, 8 x 20 inches, gift of Melanie Yazzie, 2018.4.8 

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

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.


Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery immersive digital gallery environment.

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