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UW Art Museum Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

May 20, 2016

The University of Wyoming Art Museum has received a $20,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support an exhibition and catalog on artist Brandon Ballengée.

The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work; lifelong learning in the arts; and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” says NEA Chair Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from the University of Wyoming Art Museum offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

“Waste Land: A Survey of Works by Brandon Ballengée, 1996-2016” will present more than 100 works and installations that explore the evolution of his creative and scientific work. Included in the exhibition will be works from such series as “Malamp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians” based on his biological research and artwork exploring the declines and potential causes of deformities among amphibian populations; “Frameworks of Absence,” which explores the loss of species over time; and “A Habit of Deciding Influence,” photographs made from Darwin’s personal collection of pigeons while an artist in residence at the Natural History Museum, London.

Ballengée titles his series and the exhibition with references drawn from literature and poetry.

Ballengée also will transform the historic railroad cars in Laramie’s Depot Park into the “Love Motel for Insects: Laramie Railroad Depot Variation and Pollinator Garden,” a temporary work designed to attract nocturnal insects and an adjacent pollinator garden, which will attract pollinating insects.

The artist will engage with the public through lectures, class visits and a symposium, while community-based workshops, field trips and a summer institute for K-12 art and science teachers will complement the exhibition.

“We are delighted to have the support of the NEA for American artist Brandon Ballengée’s first U.S. survey exhibition,” says Susan Moldenhauer, UW Art Museum director and chief curator. “The exhibition and its full complement of educational and community-based programs will offer a variety of experiences in learning about our local and global biodiversity through art and science.”

For more information about NEA grant projects, go to, or follow on Twitter by using the hashtag #NEASpring16.

For more information about the UW Art Museum, call (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. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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