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Artist Steven Siegel Creates Sculpture near Greenbelt


June 6, 2008 — New York artist Steven Siegel is on location through June 21 on the Laramie Greenbelt near the Commerce Street access to create a site-specific sculpture.

Sculpted with found, recycled materials, the sculpture is anticipated to approach 125 feet long by 5 feet in diameter. This is one of 15 public artworks in "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational," an exhibition organized by the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

Volunteers are needed to assist Siegel during weekdays throughout the installation. Persons interested in working with and learning from a master sculptor can call Sarah Gadd at (307) 766-6621.

Oversize bundles of newspaper, compacted cans or plastic bottles reference the disposable commodities of our culture. He selected the location near the Laramie River for his work for its juxtaposition of nature, commerce and travel. The site is visible from Interstate 80 eastbound (to the south) and may be accessed from Commerce Street or the Laramie Greenbelt.

Siegel has created site-specific sculptures in many locations in the United States and Europe, including New Jersey's Grounds for Sculpture, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Geumgang Nature Art Biennale (South Korea), Atre Sella (Italy), Neuberger National Biennial of Public Art (SUNY/Purchase) and the Tanekaer International Center for Art and Nature (Denmark).

He has received numerous awards, including the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant in 2006, the New York Foundation for the Arts -- Visual Artist Fellowship Award in 2001, and the ArtsLink Collaborative Projects Award in 1999. Siegel earned his M.F.A. degree (1978) from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.

His work has appeared in more than 80 publications, including Orion Magazine, Sculpture Magazine and the New York Times. He has taught sculpture and drawing since 1979, most recently in 2006 as a visiting artist at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colo.

Exhibition highlights include "Wonderful Life," completed in 2008, a series of 52 mixed media wall pieces about the simple, cumulative changes that happen from generation to generation. Images of his boulder-like works of paper, aluminum and electronic waste can be seen at www.stevensiegel.net.

Sculptures in "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational" will be placed or created on location through July.

"The exhibition will offer extraordinary educational opportunities for students of all ages to learn about the artists, their creative process, and the behind-the-scenes view of just how these large-scale works are created and placed," says Susan Moldenhauer, the art museum's director and chief curator. The exhibition will be on view from Aug. 1, 2008 through July 31, 2009.

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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Artist Steven Siegel's installation along the Laramie Greenbelt begins to take shape.

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