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New Fall Exhibitions Open Friday at UW Art Museum

September 7, 2011
This work by Donovan Widmer is among the new fall exhibitions at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. (Donovan Widmer)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will celebrate the opening of its fall exhibitions during a free public reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

The exhibitions are: "Silver & Metalwork of the 20th Century: The Margo Grant Walsh Collection"; "The West of Eliot Porter: Images of Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah"; "Talismans of Protection from Choson Korea:  Antique Locks, Latches, and Key Charms"; "Donovan Widmer: Small Metals"; and "300 Years of British Silver: Hallmarks of the Monarchies."

"Silver & Metalwork of the 20th Century: The Margo Grant Walsh Collection" features selections from collector Margo Grant Walsh's world-class silver collection. Objects from Scandinavia, Great Britain, Europe and the United States, including Native American work from the Southwest and Mexico, are represented. Grant Walsh will present a public Art Talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, and guide a gallery walk of the exhibition at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Both programs are free and open to the public.

"The West of Eliot Porter: Images of Colorado, New Mexico and Utah" presents color landscape photographs from the Art Museum's permanent collection. Porter created a new way of viewing the world by introducing color to landscape photography.

"Talismans of Protection from Choson Korea:  Antique Locks, Latches, and Key Charms" is an exhibition of rare antique metalwork on loan from the Lock Museum in Seoul, Korea, and organized for travel by the Korea Society, New York. The objects, which are in the forms of dragons, turtles, butterflies and more, are richly symbolic and exquisitely decorative examples of traditional Korean aesthetic and craft traditions.

"Donovan Widmer: Small Metals" includes work from Widmer's four most recent series. He uses traditional metal smithing processes to create images and objects that are amusing, sardonic and sometimes peculiar. Widmer will visit the Art Museum in November for public programs and to meet with UW students.

"300 Years of British Silver: Hallmarks of the Monarchies" presents flatware and other silver dating back to the reign of William III and Mary II (1689-1702). The comprehensive and chronological collection includes silver from each British monarchy through today's Queen Elizabeth II.

For more 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 Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays. Admission is free.

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