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Three Exhibitions to Open at UW Art Museum in September

August 22, 2018
artwork with stylized fish, boat and person on it
Alexander Swiftwater McCarty’s “Remember Where You Come From” is among works included in “Indigenous Mapping: Collecting Truths” on view Sept. 4-March 23, 2019, at the UW Art Museum. (Melanie Yazzie Photo)

Three new exhibitions will open at the University of Wyoming Art Museum in September.

Organized by artist Melanie Yazzie, “Indigenous Mapping: Collecting Truths” will be presented in conjunction with the 2018 Mid America Print Council conference. The UW Department of Art and Art History will host the conference Oct. 3-6.

“Indigenous Mapping: Collecting Truths” illustrates 12 indigenous artists’ notions of “home” through various printmaking techniques. Each artist shares a different perspective that reflects his or her widely varied home communities. Yazzie has donated the entire portfolio to the UW Art Museum. The artworks will become part of the museum’s permanent collection for use in future exhibitions, research and teaching. The exhibition will open Sept. 4 and will be on display through March 23, 2019.

“Representations of Identity and the American Dream” in the Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery was curated by museum studies interns Cameron Green and Jandey Shackelford, in partnership with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative. For Freedoms is a nonpartisan platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. The organization says that citizenship is defined by participation -- rather than ideology -- and that art can be a vehicle that broadens participation and deepens public discourse. The exhibition will be on view Sept. 4-Nov. 24.

“The Floating World: Printmaking Techniques in Japanese Ukiyo-e” explores printmaking processes in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). Featured are Japanese prints from every major era of Japanese printmaking. The exhibition includes works by accomplished artists such as Hishikawa Moronobu, Kitagawa Utamaro I, Hokusai and Utagawa Kunisada I. The exhibition will open Sept. 8 and will run through March 23, 2019.

“We are excited to present artwork from a diverse group of artists that demonstrates to the public the unique perspective in which each individual artist approaches their work,” says Nicole Crawford, chief curator of the UW Art Museum.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (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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