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‘Chicanitas’ and Neltje Exhibitions Highlight UW Art Museum Openings Friday

September 4, 2013
Colorful abstract art
Neltje’s “Summer Passing” is among paintings highlighting the UW Art Museum exhibition openings Friday, Sept. 6.

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

Exhibitions include “Neltje. Painting. 1990-2012.”; “Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection”; “Contemporary Kachinas from the UW Art Museum Collection”; “Cut it Out!: The Hollywood Art of Jacques Kapralik,” presented by the American Heritage Center; and four small exhibitions in the Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery.

“Neltje. Painting. 1990-2012.” is the first exhibition to explore her work. Subjects have evolved from landscape to figurative to abstract expressionism. Palettes have evolved from dark and somber to bright and clear. The scale of her paintings has always been large, but her most recent “Moroccan Suite” establishes a new dimension to her large-scale work: 10 by 30 feet.

“Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection” features paintings under 16 by 16 inches, and showcases 26 established, emerging Chicano artists. Marin, a well-known entertainer, is acclaimed as a collector of Chicano art. The painting styles include photo-realism, abstraction, portraits and landscapes.

“Contemporary Kachinas from the UW Art Museum Collection” presents a selection of works gifted from the James R. Nolan collection. Based on the Navajo creation tales, these contemporary kachinas recreate lessons taught through myths and use animals to illustrate their strong connection to humans.

“Cut it Out!: The Hollywood Art of Jacques Kapralik” features artwork from the American Heritage Center’s Jacques Kapralik collection. The exhibition follows the rise of celebrity culture and Hollywood publicity through Kapralik’s artwork. From the 1930s-1950s, caricaturist Kapralik produced advertising art for many newspapers and Hollywood film studios.

The Art Museum will continue the Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery for the fall semester. Works of art selected are available to students during the museum’s public hours.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit and its blog at, or follow the museum on Facebook at

Through its “museum as classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open  Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. September through November and February through April. Admission is free.

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