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New Exhibitions to Open at UW Art Museum

January 30, 2015
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This untitled work by Vera Scekic is part of one of the new exhibitions opening Saturday, Feb. 7, at the UW Art Museum.

Three new exhibitions will open Saturday, Feb. 7, for the spring semester at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

Curated by H.L. Hix, UW professor of philosophy, the exhibition “Ley Lines: Intersecting Conversations,” references the aligning of imagery to written response, which generates new ways of thinking about art and literature as a basis for humanist experience, dialogue, conversation and reflection. The exhibition presents the work of artists, each of which has been paired with a writer for a literary response.

Hix will present a public art talk, titled “How We Talk to One Another When We Talk with Art,” at the UW Art Museum Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. The talk will be followed by an interdisciplinary panel discussion moderated by UW philosophy Professor Jeff Lockwood. This event is free and open to the public.

Centered on the Art Museum’s ethnographic collections of West African, Papua New Guinea and South American art, “The Art of Disguise: Cultural Masks from the Art Museum Collection” explores the highly developed art of the mask. By concealing the wearer’s face, masks serve as support for the spirit of deities, ancestors and cultural idols, which are often personified as human or animal, or a composite of the two. A variety of masks will be on view to demonstrate the range of types, styles, sizes and materials of masks.

“The Collector’s Vision: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection” presents a selection of works from the Art Museum’s permanent collection that were received in 2009 through the Fifty Works for Fifty States initiative, which gifted 50 works to one museum in each of the 50 states. Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and his wife, Dorothy, a librarian, spent 45 years and their life savings collecting contemporary American art. This selection of work highlights objects that the Vogels acquired through personal interactions with the artists, and explores the aesthetic choices they made in developing their collection.

An opening reception will be held at the Art Museum Friday, Feb. 13, from 6-8 p.m. to celebrate the opening of spring exhibitions. This event is free and open to the public.

“Ley Lines: Intersecting Conversations” and “The Art of Disguise: Cultural Masks from the Art Museum Collection” will be on view through May 2. “The Collector’s Vision: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection” will be on view through May 16.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit, or follow 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. Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free. 

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