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James Boyle* -- 2000 -- Outstanding Former Faculty
When the Department of Art was created in the College of Arts and Sciences, James M. Boyle was hired to head it. Over the next 29 years, the department blossomed. "He saw the coexistence of different styles and ideas as vital to educational artistic discourse and to understanding the richness of the human experience," according to Art Professor David Reif. A Pennsylvania native, Boyle earned a B.F.A. in 1935 from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. While an instructor of art at the University of Colorado, he earned an M.F.A. in 1944. In 1946, he came to the University of Wyoming to lead the Art department. Though painting and design were Boyle’s mediums, he taught drawing and other beginning courses in order to develop a department with broad offerings. He was an active member of the Wyoming Art Association and founder of the Western States Art Schools and Museums Association. In 1965, the governor appointed him to help organize the Wyoming Council on the Arts. He served as first chairman after it was established by state statue. Over the years, his paintings were exhibited regionally and nationally. He and three other members of the Art department designed the tile murals in the foyers of the Classroom Building at UW. Boyle retired in 1975 and died in 1996.
*In loving memory.