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Sculpture Exhibition Transitions into Downtown Mural Project
June 19, 2012 — The final work of a multi-year University of Wyoming sculpture exhibition can now be seen in the UW Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive.
Idaho-based artist Gerri Sayler‘s “Interstitial” is a site-specific installation that will be on view through December. All remaining works in the exhibition are scheduled for de-installation in summer 2013 and will not be replaced.
“Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational” featured 17 sculptures (by 16 artists) that were placed around the city of Laramie and on the UW campus. By invitation, an additional work was included by Ark Regional Services’ artists. The exhibition has evolved over the years and now includes “The Laramie Mural Project.” In 2011, local artists Talal Cockar, Meghan Meier and Travis Ivey created three murals for downtown businesses. Four murals are planned for this summer.
To date, three works were added to the sculpture invitational exhibition and 10 works have been de-installed, including those by Deborah Butterfield, Steven Siegel, Patrick Dougherty, James Surls, Charmaine Locke, Chris Drury, Jun Kaneko, John Henry, Charles Long and Charles Parson. Two additional works -- “Granite Windows” by Texas artist Jesus Moroles and “Braced Ring with Outlyer” by Colorado sculptor Carl Reed -- are scheduled for removal this summer. Both sculptures are located on Prexy’s Pasture.
“'Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational' was an enormous success that provided an opportunity to bring nationally and internationally renowned artists and their work to UW and Laramie,” says Susan Moldenhauer, director and chief curator of the UW Art Museum. “What began as a one-year project has remained in place for nearly five years, and an outgrowth of interest in public art in our community resulted in the initiation of ‘The Laramie Mural Project’ in downtown Laramie.”
Moldenhauer curated the invitational, which was organized by the UW Art Museum in partnership with various agencies in the city of Laramie, and the Albany County Public Library. “The Laramie Mural Project” is a partnership between Laramie Main Street Alliance and the UW Art Museum.
Gerri Sayler’s “Insterstitial” can be seen in the Centennial Complex lobby.