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Astrophotography Exhibition Opens April 5 at UW Art Museum

April 2, 2014
Image of total solar eclipse
Jay Pasachoff’s “Easter Island Eclipse” inkjet print is among works that will be on display in the “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” exhibition opening Saturday, April 5, at the UW Art Museum (Bates College Museum of Art Photo)

“Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” exhibition will open Saturday, April 5, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 2.

An opening reception is scheduled Friday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the UW Art Museum. Public programs begin with a talk by Daniel Dale, chair of the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy, Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in Room 111 of the Visual Arts Building.

The exhibition is among the first to explore astrophotography as an art genre. It will feature 106 images by 35 artists from around the world and will demonstrate a variety of subjects, from landscapes to deep sky objects. The exhibition also will include historically significant photographs such as the first successful image of the solar analemma.

Anthony Shostak, curator of education and lead curator at Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine, organized the event. The presentation is funded in part by an anonymous sponsor, FMC Corp., UW Art Museum Gala funds, Wyoming Public Radio and the Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

A series of public programs is scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition. They’re free and open to the public.

A faculty and community response panel will be at the Art Museum Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Panelists are Dale; Beth Loffreda, Creative Writing MFA Program director; Nathan Bender, Western history and folklore; Paul Flesher, Religious Studies director; and Rachel Sailor, art history.

Christopher Cokinos, author and associate professor of English at the University of Arizona, will present a reading at the Art Museum Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

UW Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor Chip Kobulnicky will present a talk Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Room 111 of the Visual Arts Building. UW creative writing Professor Jeff Lockwood will lead a writing workshop focusing on interstellar communication Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the Art Museum.

The UW Planetarium will host a series of shows beginning Friday, April 4, and ending Friday, May 2. Two shows are scheduled each night, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit the planetarium website at

Summer programs include the annual Summer Solstice celebration Friday, June 20, at the UW Art Museum from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Every year, on the solstice, a beam of sunlight shines through the specially designed solar tube in the Art Museum rotunda and, at noon, illuminates a silver dollar in the center of the floor.

The Art Museum and the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy will host “An Evening Under the Stars” outside the Art Museum Wednesday, July 9, from 8:30-10 p.m. The evening will feature music, storytelling and astrophotography.

For more information, call the UW Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit or its blog at 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. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are 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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