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Two UW Art Museum Exhibitions Close Saturday

April 27, 2015
abstract art canvas featuring bright colors and shapes
Alisa Henriquez’s “Resolve” will be on display through Saturday, May 2, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. (Courtesy of Alisa Henriquez)

Saturday, May 2, is the final day to see art exhibitions “Ley Lines: Intersecting Conversations” and “The Art of Disguise: Cultural Masks from the Art Museum Collection” 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 to think about art and literature as a basis for human 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. A free cell phone audio tour accompanies the exhibition and features the authors reading their written responses to the artwork.

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 support the spirit of deities, ancestors and cultural idols, which often are personified as human or animal, or a composite of the two. Used in performances, masks celebrate rites of passage, funerals or blessings; and often teach moral lessons. A variety of masks are on display to demonstrate the range of types, styles, sizes and materials of masks.

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

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