Skip to Main Navigation. Each navigation link will open a list of sub navigation links.

Skip to Main Content

Apply to the University of Wyoming apply now

Global Resource Navigation

Visit Campus
Download UW Viewbook
Give to UW

UW Art Museum’s Summer Teaching Institute to Investigate Diversity, Biodiversity

July 6, 2016
group of people on a dock watching someone with waders in the water
Participants in the 2016 Summer Teaching Institute will take part in an “Eco-Actions” stream study, led by artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée, pictured here during “International Save the Frogs Day” in 2010 in Lough Boora, Ireland. (Kevin O’Dwyer Photo)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s 2016 Summer Teaching Institute, “Transforming Learning: Investigating Diversity and Biodiversity,” will examine the intersections of art and science, and feature the work of artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée. The institute is planned July 25-29.

K-12 science teachers, art teachers, general classroom teachers and community educators are invited to participate in this professional development opportunity. Professional Teaching Standards Board credits or UW continuing education credits are available. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of group rates and register with partner educators from their schools, districts or communities.

Cost of the workshop is $175 per person with a $50 non-refundable preregistration fee. Partners may register as follows: $175 for first, $150 for second partner and $125 for any additional partners. There is a $50 non-refundable preregistration fee for each partner, and all partners must register together. Lunch is included for five days and one evening dinner. Registration forms are available at the Art Museum website at

Using themes of classroom diversity and biodiversity, the UW Art Museum and UW Biodiversity Institute have joined together for the Summer Teaching Institute to highlight the work of Catherine Wagner, an assistant professor in the UW Department of Botany, and Margaret Haydon, a professor in the UW Department of Art and Art History, along with Ballengée. Wagner and Haydon focus on cichlid and sturgeon species and ecosystems, respectively, in their scientific and creative research.

Throughout the week, Bethann Merkle of CommNatural will lead sessions on field journaling for artists and scientists. The Art Museum education team, along with faculty and educators from the Biodiversity Institute, will use the museum’s inquiry process to encourage deep reflection and engage instructors and participants in creating new conversations, and provide methods for teaching and learning about intersections of art and science in the classroom and community.

All portions of the professional development will take place in the UW Visual Arts Building, UW Art Museum, Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center and other campus locations, directed by Katie Christensen, Art Museum curator of education and statewide engagement.

Studio time is required every evening to explore new materials and ideas inspired by original artwork, scientific findings and assigned readings. Previous art studio or science experience is not required to participate in this workshop.

For more information and to register, contact Christensen at (307) 766-3496 or

“Museum as Classroom” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs. 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.

Share This Page:

Contact Us

Institutional Communications

Bureau of Mines Building, Room 137


Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2929


Find us on Facebook (Link opens a new window) Find us on Twitter (Link opens a new window)

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Twitter Icon Youtube Icon Instagram Icon Facebook Icon

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Gainful Employment | Privacy Policy | Harassment & Discrimination | Accessibility Accessibility information icon