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Ark Regional Services to Create Sculpture for UW Art Exhibition

June 27, 2008

The artists at the Creative Arts Center of Ark Regional Services in Laramie are working on a large-scale sculpture made of sheet metal for "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational."

Inspired by Alexander Calder's large, colorful and whimsical stabiles and guided by visual arts coordinator Debbie Gardner and local artist Alison Arnold, Ark artists are creating their own interior designs for the yet-to-be-named sculpture. People will be able to walk both around and inside the public sculpture, which will be placed in front of the Creative Arts Center at 1174 N. 4th St.

"This project is an exciting artistic experience for all the participants," says Mary Arnold, manager of the Creative Arts Center. "They are learning about Alexander Calder, a renowned American artist, as well as three-dimensional design, group cohesiveness and the process and production of public sculpture."

The Creative Arts Center provides opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities to explore and express their creativity and learn and grow in an integrated and enriched community environment.

"We are thrilled that Ark agreed to participate in this community-wide celebration of art," says Susan Moldenhauer, director and chief curator of the University of Wyoming Art Museum. "The efforts by the administration, teachers and residents to create a special work for their facility are remarkable."

"Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational" is being organized by the UW Art Museum, various agencies in the City of Laramie and the Albany County Public Library. Sculptures will be placed or created on location through July. The exhibition will be on view from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2009.

For more information on "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational," go to the Web site at

Bringing the world of art to Wyoming, the UW Art Museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 22nd and Willett Drive in Laramie. The museum and store are open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

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