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UW Art Museum Celebrates Four New Exhibitions

September 4, 2009 — The University of Wyoming Art Museum will open four new exhibitions with a reception Friday, Sept. 11, from 6-8 p.m.

They are "Ichiro: Netsuke, A Life's Work, The Huey G. and Phyllis T. Shelton Collection of Ichiro Inada Netsuke"; "moss doesn't grow on rolling stones . . . a vision of nature by Brian Burkhardt"; "Kwang-Young Chun: Aggregations"; and "In Pursuit of Equality."

"Ichiro: Netsuke, A Life's Work " presents the largest known collection of netsuke by the master 20th century netsuke artist, Ichiro Inada (Japanese, 1891-1977). Netsuke are small carvings, usually in ivory, that are used in traditional Japanese attire to counter-balance small bags and pouches suspended from the waist belts of kimonos.

Netsuke scholar Norman Sandfield will present a gallery walk through and sign books Friday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m.

Kwang-Young Chun began working on his series of aggregations in the 1990s. His largest sculptural work to date is the centerpiece of the UW exhibition, and can be seen along with wall reliefs not previously seen in the United States.

Chun will present an art talk Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. and a gallery walk through on Friday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m.

Florida artist Brian Burkhardt bridges art and ecology through works that explore adaptation, mutation, and the impact of contemporary society on the environment. His solo exhibition presents the artist's re-creations of nature that include faux botanical environments and specimens. 

"In Pursuit of Equality" tells the story of three women, Nellie Tayloe Ross, Thyra Thomson and Liz Byrd, each of whom were elected officials in Wyoming. It features photographs and three historic documents.

For more information, call the UW Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's Web page at or blog at

Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m- 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays. Admission is free.

Kwang-Young Chun's 14 ft. by 8 ft. aggregation is the centerpiece of the exhibition.


Posted on Friday, September 04, 2009

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