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Collection of 20th Century Silver Opens at UW Art Museum

July 19, 2011 — "Silver & Metalwork of the 20th Century: The Margo Grant Walsh Collection," an exhibition of more than 185 silver and metal objects from around the world, opens Saturday, July 23, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

A retired interior designer and self-educated collector, Walsh began collecting silver from antique shows, flea markets and dealers and now has a world-class collection from some of the most famous artisans of the 20th century.

"Silver & Metalwork of the 20th Century" includes objects from 21 countries and regions of the world, including Scandinavia, Great Britain, Mexico and the United States.

"It is an extraordinary opportunity to present such an important collection to our Wyoming community. Margo Grant Walsh assembled her collection with a passion for silver and an eye for design, all very evident in this stunning exhibition," says Susan Moldenhauer, UW Art Museum director and chief curator.

Walsh's collection has been exhibited at the Portland Art Museum, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum in Eugene, Ore., Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The exhibition is funded in part by Roy and Caryl Cline, FMC Corporation, the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum Endowment, the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum and Wyoming Public Radio.

For additional information about the UW Art Museum, call (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's webpage at or blog at

Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Dr. in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

A sterling silver and ivory coffee pot from the early 20th century is among items that can be seen in the Margo Grant Walsh collection that opens Saturday, July 23, at the UW Art Museum. (UW Art Museum)

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