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UW Ann Simpson Artmobile to Visit Black Butte High School in Rock Springs

January 27, 2017
black and white print with a mask above and a rose below
Hank Laventhal’s “L’image de Rose” is among works included in the UW Artmobile exhibition “Surrealism: Visions of the Mind” that will be on view at Black Butte High School in Rock Springs Feb. 14-17. (UW Art Museum)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s Ann Simpson Artmobile, sponsored by Union Wireless, will visit Black Butte High School in Rock Springs with the exhibition “Surrealism: Visions of the Mind” Feb. 14-17.

Black Butte High School art students will host a community night to present the Artmobile’s exhibition, including student work in response to the exhibition Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“Surrealism: Visions of the Mind” features the work of 15 artists, representing the international significance of the 20th century artistic movement.

“My students will benefit so much from the Artmobile visit,” says Shari Kumer, art teacher at Black Butte High School. “We have limited opportunities to see historical artworks in person, but it’s so much better than looking at them on the internet. The experience is so much richer when students can see masterworks in actual size, texture and medium. I appreciate this opportunity so much.”

High school art students will attend deep-looking sessions and make original art in response to the exhibition throughout the week with Erica Ramsey, Artmobile educator.

“Black Butte High School students have worked hard to plan a fun community night where they can showcase their ability to analyze historically significant works of art and their creative responses,” Ramsey says. “The Rock Springs community can show its support for these enthusiastic young artists by joining us for surrealist games and light refreshments provided by Union Wireless.”

The exhibition and community night are free and open to the public, sponsored by Union Wireless.

The Ann Simpson Artmobile program is a free core outreach program for the UW Art Museum, traveling museum-quality original artwork statewide for the past 35 years. On average, the Artmobile travels two to three weeks out of every month to Wyoming communities that have little or no access to original art. The Artmobile reaches out to people of all ages, backgrounds and developmental abilities, with special focus given to Wyoming’s K-12 schools and underserved populations including seniors, veterans and individuals with special needs.

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

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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