Poignant and powerful, Shelby Lee Adams’ (American, b 1950) imagery of Appalachia—its people and its culture—are raw, rivoting, compassionate and genuine. Adams approaches his subjects from the perspective of an insider. He was born in the hollers of Eastern Kentucky, and as a youngster, accompanied his uncle, a family doctor, on home visits throughout the region.
Image: Shelby Lee Adams (American, b. 1950), Berthie Napier with Pipe and John, 1992, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches, courtesy of the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
Drawn from the Art Museum’s permanent collection, Places and Spaces features artwork by American artists produced under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of the signature relief programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.
From 1935 to 1939, the WPA’s Federal Project Number One put artists to work documenting the American experience. The WPA was a work relief program but it also embraced broad cultural goals: to bolster achievement in the fine arts and to promote a “cultural democracy” in which art existed for and about the people.
Image: Charles E. Pont (American, 1898-1971), Coal Breaker, 1939, engraving, 6 x 8 inches, gift of the Works Progress Administration, 1968.56
The Art Museum continues the successful teaching gallery model in the Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery by working closely with faculty from History, Art & Art History, School of Energy Resources, and English.
The courses included this semester are: Energy Resource Management and Development 2500 – Communication Across Topics in Energy; History 1221 – US Since 1865; Art 3002 – Mesoamerican Art & Architecture; English 4640 – Democracy in the Americas.
Image: Osrel B. Alfred (American, b.1936), Ephraim Shopping Center, not dated, watercolor, 11-5/8 x 20-7/8 inches, gift of National Endowment for the Arts and Friends of the UW Art Museum Purchase, 1975.127
Beyond the Model: Women Artists and Photographers from the Art Museum explores female artists and photographers who have been influential to art history. The exhibition is the second in a series on women artists from the Art Museum collection.
Women have been the subject of the most famous works of art, however as artists they have been historically underrepresented. Often it was only aristocratic women who had access to some training in art, yet many women chose marriage over art. The most recognized female artists were either nuns, children of painters, or the spouse of an artist. Their subjects were typically scenes of mothers and children and still-lifes since women were not allowed to train from nude models; they drew on imagery that was familiar.
Image: Anna Massey Lea Merritt (American, 1844-1930), Ophelia, 1880, etching, 8-1/8 x 5-5/8 inches, Anna Hoyt Mavor Collection, 1973.180
Jon Schueler: Weathering Skies, April 1 - June 24, 2017, East Gallery
Hung Liu: American Exodus, April 1 - August 12, 2017, Friends, Colorado Galleries
Skyscapes: Selections from the Art Museum Collection, April 1 – September 9, 2017, Chicago Gallery
With Imagine Learning from the Masters as a guiding principle, the Art Museum’s exhibitions bring the world of art to Wyoming to support the academic mission of the University of Wyoming, provide original resource material for students of all ages, and enhance the cultural life of Wyoming’s citizens and visitors. The Art Museum features an average of 15-17 exhibitions annually. Exhibitions rotate generally on a semester schedule, allowing professors to incorporate original artwork into their curriculum and providing access for students to view and use the exhibitions as a resource for original research and scholarship. The schedule typically combines exhibitions curated from the permanent collection, contemporary art by regional, national and international artists, and art from the American West.
Several exhibitions are scheduled on an ongoing basis. The Annual University of Wyoming Juried Student Exhibition is open to any enrolled student at UW and provides insight to the array of work created by students across campus. Every December, the Laramie and Albany County Student Art Exhibition is featured in conjunction with the holiday celebrations, Happy Holidays, Laramie! and the Festival of Trees. A triennial UW Art Department Faculty Exhibition showcases artwork by the department’s faculty.
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