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UW Art Museum and Wyoming Arts Council Host Public Art Symposium

February 24, 2009
Three people working on scultpure
Artist Jesus Moroles, seen here creating his work "Granite Windows" with Jamie Fritz of Dayton, a senior in art, and Kara Peterson of Evanston, a senior in journalism, will be among artists attending the Public Art and Community: Inspiration and Reflection symposium hosted by the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Arts Council April 2-4.

Registration is now open for a 2½-day symposium, sponsored by the University of Wyoming Art Museum in partnership with the Wyoming Arts Council (WAC), to consider the importance of public art in communities and on campuses.

"Public Art and Community: Inspiration and Reflection" is scheduled for April 2-4 at the UW Conference Center.

Ten of the artists in "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational" will present sessions on their work. Nearly 30 other presenters will discuss other public art programs in Wyoming, various aspects of planning and installing the sculpture exhibition in Laramie, examples of how the exhibition has been used in the classroom and creative responses to the sculpture.

The symposium also offers opportunities for Wyoming's artists to attend the announcement of the WAC's Visual Arts Fellowship awards and to participate in roundtable discussions with WAC staff to discuss WAC programs and artists' needs.

Two Thursday, April 2, symposium sessions are free and open to the public. Art Slam features internationally renowned artists John Henry, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Jesus Moroles in a discussion about their work. Conference participants can share their creative work or information about the arts in their communities in the second public session.

"20:20 is an exciting and energetic format whereby presenters will be able to show 20 images for 20 seconds each in a PowerPoint presentation," says art museum publicist Travis Hoff. Advance sign-up is required for artists and organizational representatives who wish to contribute to this kaleidoscopic view of the arts in Wyoming.

Registration forms may be downloaded from the UW Art Museum Web page,, or may be requested by calling the Art Museum, (307) 766-6622, or the Wyoming Arts Council, (307) 777-7742. Early bird registration ends March 15. A special rate for students is available.

The Wyoming Arts Council enhances the quality of life for the people of Wyoming by providing resources to sustain, promote and cultivate the arts.

"Imagine learning from the masters" is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum's programs. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Dr. in Laramie. The museum is open Mondays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call (307) 766-6622, visit the UW Art Museum blog,, or the Wyoming Arts Council blog,

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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