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UW, Laramie Organizations to Host Sans Façon April 26

April 17, 2018
two people dancing outside in the dark
A public art storytelling event with Charles Blanc and Tristan Surtees, collectively known as Sans façon, will take place at the UW Visual Arts Building Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Sans façon is an art practice that responds to the relationship between people and place. (Sans façon Photo)

A joint planning committee of University of Wyoming and Laramie organizations will host a free public art storytelling event with Charles Blanc and Tristan Surtees, collectively known as Sans façon, Thursday, April 26.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. at the UW Visual Arts Building. It will be a participatory event in which audience members will be part of the experience. It also will be an opportunity to share some key findings by Blanc and Surtees about their new public art experience, called “Here: the Laramie Experiment,” a complete work of art in itself, but also will inform the plans for possible future public art projects in Laramie.

During the week of April 23, Sans façon, supported and guided by a diverse campus and community steering committee, will host small community forums that will be the basis for research about sense of place in Laramie and Albany County. This research defines “Here: the Laramie Experiment.” The duo also will discover sense of place through work with the collections at the UW Geological Museum. The two will conduct research with the Wyoming State Geological Survey, interview local historians and explore other unique aspects of place.

Sans façon formed in 2001 as a collaborative art practice between English artist Surtees and French architect Blanc. Sans façon is an art practice that responds to the relationship between people and place. Working internationally, the duo’s approach renews awareness and tempts interaction with the surroundings, and is realized through networks of communities, organizations and individuals.

The event is sponsored by Laramie Main Street Alliance, Laramie Public Art Coalition, First Interstate Bank, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, UW Art Museum, UW Global Engagement Office, UW Honors College, UW Department of Art and Art History, UW Department of English, UW Department of Geology and Geophysics, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, UW Geological Museum, Wyoming Humanities Council, Wyoming Arts Council (with support from the Wyoming Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts), and Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research.

For more information about Sans façon’s public art project for Laramie, visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/learn/outreach/public-art/sans-facon/ or email Mary Katherine Scott, program developer in the UW Global Engagement Office, at mkscott@uwyo.edu.

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