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Opening Reception for Wyoming Art Party Exhibition June 9 at UW

June 1, 2017

The Wyoming Art Party will host an opening reception for “Topophilia,” featuring the works of three artists, Friday, June 9, from 5-7 p.m. at the University of Wyoming.

The exhibition, on display June 9-Aug. 23, and the reception, free to the public, are in the UW Visual Arts Building Gallery, located on the corner of 22nd Street and Willett Drive.

The Wyoming Art Party (WAP) is an organization started by two local Laramie artists, June Glasson and Meg Thompson, whose mission it is to organize art projects and shows that connect individuals throughout Wyoming.

According to WAP’s website, the artists work in different regions, disciplines -- fine arts, writing, music and craft -- and are from different backgrounds, with the goal of creating work that represents art in Wyoming as it is, rather than as it is thought to be. WAP organizes inclusive projects to celebrate the innate creativity of local community.

“Topophilia” is a loving reconfiguration of the mythology of our American West through studio practices and collaborative projects, says Diana Baumbach, UW art associate professor.

Drawing inspiration from objects, place and Western identity, “Topophilia” artists Glasson, Thompson and Adrienne Vetter make work both individually and with community-based practices created through WAP. The exhibition features an archive of objects and documentation from past community projects by WAP alongside a curated selection of the artists’ individual studio work.

They describe “Topophilia” as a “strong sense of place, which often becomes mixed with a sense of cultural identity among certain people and a love of certain aspects of such a place.”

For more information about WAP, visit the website at

The Wyoming Art Party community events have been supported and funded by Laramie Main Street Alliance, Wyoming Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Guthrie Family Foundation, private donations and volunteer support.

The UW event can be found on Facebook at

For more information about the opening reception and exhibition, call Baumbach at (307) 766-3049 or email, or call Thompson at (307) 399-7259.

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