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UW Hosts Annual Art Intensive for High School Students

January 11, 2019
easels and drawing boards set up around display of many objects
A drawing room still life in the UW Visual Arts Building was used for the 2018 High School Art Intensive last semester. (Doug Russell Photo)

More than 120 students from 11 Wyoming high schools participated in the High School Art Intensive at the University of Wyoming last semester. The annual event, hosted by the Department of Visual and Literary Arts, is partially funded by an “inreach” grant from the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.

Students interested in art participated in a two-day, immersive experience that consisted of educational sessions and focused on hands-on workshops. The students, along with their art teachers, had the opportunity to meet current UW art students and faculty members as well as participate in studio art workshops.

“The UW High School Art Intensive weekend is a unique and exciting opportunity for high school art students from around the state to visit our department, use our facilities and work with our exceptional faculty and students,” says Doug Russell, associate professor of art.

He adds that the program provides high school students with hands-on experiences that they often are not able to have in their own schools.

“This energy is then carried back into the school districts and their art classrooms, invigorating and encouraging their students and teachers,” Russell says. “Through this kind of inreach activity, we nurture and enrich the roots of the arts within our state and beyond.”

For more information about the event, email Russell at or Philip Moline, UW Presents director, at

Student participants, listed by high school, were:

Buffalo High School -- Kaitryn Blaney, Alex Cahhal, Gabriella Grabin, Rueban Haas, Syndey Hall, Clara Kuzara, Ayleen Meriam, Naomi Rabou, Jac Stowe, Katelyn Sutton, Emily Todd, Andy Wages, Marc Wodahl and Mckenzie Wright.

Campbell County High School -- Sugar Bond, Tasha Buell, Becky George, Keely Hagen, Morgan Hanson, Dani Johner, Kylee Myers, Brooklyn Nowack, Cierra Roberts, Karlie Roberts, Arleth Rodriguez, Jazlyn Schmidt and Kena Vance.

East High School (Cheyenne) -- Joslyn Arambula, Baylie Flood, Arianna Grant, Iris Hallberg, Derrick Hammer, Corrin Martinez, Ben Powell, Jeremy Reif, Savannah Stoddard, Alexandra Tafoya, Thomas Van Overbeke and Adrynah Vielly.

Green River High School -- Caitlyn Croft, Kiera Edmonds, Rachel Heisinger, Edana Jakubowski, Amber Juel, Shelbee McFadden and Ashley Warner.

Jackson Hole High School -- Grace Blascoe, Kendyl Gersten, Lucy Kirkly, Cecilia Lopez, Brooklyn McCooey, Fabian Negrete-Oseguera, Jason Puente, Allie Smith, Gabby St. Claire and Aspen Waldron.

Lander Valley High School -- Rita Bove, Sophie Bove, Laura Browning, Ella Burns, Krysta Dohopolski, Megan Dowdel, Winter Hewitt, Mackenzie Jordan, Madeline Logan, Gus Moseman, Jake Newton, Josh Snyder, Dorian Thomas, Kat Wanner and Kim Weigel.

Mountain View High School -- Alexis Hunter, Britney Larsen, Nikki Leonard, Alyssa Spires, Ridge Tysver and Ryker Tysver.

Rawlins High School -- Joshua Aguilera, Maia Bauer, Kaylene Cooper, Kate Hazen, Madelynn Kulmus, Gabe Martinez, Prianka Patel, Hope Paulson, Ashlee Rathbun, Angela Schweisberger, Sydney Shellito, Mckeon Snodgrass and Finnegan Willis.

South High School (Cheyenne) -- Jordan Anderson, Brianna Carabajal, Hailey Chafin, Jennifer Dvorak, Nathan Fawcett, Sydnie Gilbert, Savannah Gissendanner, Nadi Hartshorn, Eva Humble, Jason Ibanez, Astrid Sarai Iglesias, Kristal Keenan, Morgan Lenton, Anna Lindeen, Antonia Lopez, Riana Marten, Ainsley McKinney, Isaac Mingming, Natalie Moore, Reese Mullins, Samantha Palmer, Andrew Patterson, Hailey Poteet, Matteo Ricciardi, Lydia Toelle, Blake Tuttle, Sierra Yanez and Leanna Zeller.

Torrington High School -- Jenessa Derby, Chloe Krick, Brooke Loy and Hannah Nicholes.

Worland High School -- Jonathan Anderson, Gabe Cardenas, Isidro Cardenas, Isabella McTague, Jalana Michaels and Lillian O’Callaghan.

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