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UW Art Museum Receives Major Donation

October 31, 2008
frog burger sculpture
David Gilhooly's painted ceramic, "Frog Sandwich," is among the 50 works gifted to the University of Wyoming Art Museum by New York collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel. (UW Art Museum)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum has been selected to receive a gift of 50 works of art from New York collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel.

The gifts, received with the help of the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are part of a national gifts program titled "The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States." It will distribute 2,500 works from the Vogels' collection of contemporary art throughout the nation, with 50 works going to a selected art institution in each of the 50 states.

Artists whose work is being donated to the UW Art Museum include Gregory Amenoff, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis, Chryssa, Charles Clough, Richard Francisco and many others.

"The UW Art Museum's primary collecting areas are American modern and contemporary art," says Susan Moldenhauer, museum director. "This generous gift from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel collection significantly complements and expands our holdings in late 20th century art. We are honored to be selected to be part of the ‘Fifty Works for Fifty States' project."

The Vogel Collection has been characterized as unique among collections of contemporary art, both for the character and breadth of the objects and for the individuals who created it. 

For more information, visit the museum's Web site at or call (307) 766-6622.


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