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Exhibitions Transition at the UW Art Museum

August 6, 2014
Painted elk hide
Cadzi Cody’s “Shoshone Painted Hide (Scenes of Plains Indian Life)” can be seen through Aug. 9, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. (Freedman family)

This is the final week to view two exhibitions at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. Saturday, Aug. 9, is the last day to see, “Staff Selects II” and “Traditional/Contemporary: American Indian Artwork.” A new exhibition, “Luz y Colores: Emilio Sanchez’s Caribbean” also opens the same day.

“Staff Selects II” is an opportunity to see a range of works from the collection and learn about them from the perspective of those who work in the building every day. Each Art Museum staff member selected their favorite piece from the permanent collection. Many of the works have not been exhibited before.

“Traditional/Contemporary: American Indian Artwork” combines historic objects in traditional mediums, such as pottery and a painted elk hide, with living artists working in contemporary mediums, such as acrylic on canvas and collage, to present an aesthetic view of the development of American Indian art.

Born to a prominent family in Cuba, Emilo Sanchez (1921-1999) moved to Miami as a boy, partly due to the instabilities in Cuba. His strong ties to Cuba during his upbringing in the United States began a life-long dual relationship with both cultures, evident throughout his career.

“Luz y Colores: Emilo Sanchez’s Caribbean” highlights the artist’s investigation of the effects of light and color with Caribbean architectural themes. Sanchez began working with his well-known architectural subjects in the 1960s when clients in Cuba commissioned paintings of their plantation houses, which led to other house and architectural portraits that he continued throughout his career. The portraits are not precise renderings of the buildings and houses, but reinterpretations with personal elaborations that show his fundamental concern with the effects of light and shadow. This exhibition will be on view through Nov. 15.

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

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 Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m,-5 p.m. Admission is free.

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