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At the start of each academic year, the Art and Art History Program hosts a Welcome Back Picnic for new and returning students to connect or reconnect with other students and faculty. The Picnic is a wonderful way for students to establish relationships with their peers and learn about student groups and other upcoming events in the Department of Visual Arts.
At the close of each semester, the Department of Visual Arts hosts a dinner for graduating seniors. This is a casual and entertaining get together to celebrate each student's achievement in the Department of Visual Arts and to wish them well in their future endeavors.
This year’s Art Intensive will consist of focused, intensive workshops in the areas of Art History, Foundations, Art Education, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Ceramics, Metalsmithing, Sculpture, and Visual Communication Design, and is designed for outstanding high school students with a strong interest in art. In addition, we will also be featuring a short Art History lecture and a Foundations presentation, both of which will precede studio work for all students!
Every spring faculty and students from the University of Wyoming Art and Art History Program travel to Casper to be a part of the Wyoming Secondary Arts Educator's symposium. Our students set up demonstrations and conduct workshops during the symposium allowing interested high school students to meet, talk and work with them. Members of the faculty conduct on the spot portfolio reviews and accept scholarship applications from eligible high school students. Scholarship winners are announced at the annual WSAE awards banquet that evening.
For more information please contact: Doug Russell email@example.com
Every spring, the Department of Visual Arts hosts the Annual BFA Group Exhibition. This exhibition showcases the work of graduating students in the BFA in Studio Art and the BFA in Visual Communication Design. The reception for this exhibition coincides with our Graduating Senior Celebration where the department celebrates and acknowledges all students graduating with department degrees in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
Learn more about the BFA Program.
Every spring, the University of Wyoming Art Museum hosts the Annual Student Juried Exhibition. This exhibition showcases student talent in the Department of Visual Arts and throughout the University of Wyoming. Jurors are chosen by the Art Museum from the region and are prominent curators and museum/gallery directors. This event is the highlight of the year for the Department of Visual Arts, and numerous purchase awards and prizes are given at the opening of the event.
To apply for the Juried Student Exhibition, please submit your work here.
The term "Croquis" is a French term meaning "sketch". It is often used to describe short quick drawings done from a live model. The Croquis sessions at the University of Wyoming are run by students in Student Art League and usually meet once a week in Room 250 of the new Visual Arts Building. The sessions allow for both long and short poses and offer students a time outside of class to work from a live nude model. Current meeting times and costs are: Fridays from 6 - 8 p.m. in VA 250. Attendance is free, but donations are suggested and highly appreciated! For more information please contact: Shelby Shadwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Art League Meetings:
General Meetings: Fridays, 3:00 pm
Meetings are during the school year.
The Ceramic Art Guild Silent Benefit Auction is a fundraising event for student travel to the annual NCECA (National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts) conference. Usually held the first week of December, the auction features one of a kind ceramic pieces made by students and faculty, as well as delicious refreshments. The auction is a campus and community wide event that brings people together to purchase student work and support an important component of the students ceramic art education. For more information please Contact: Kait Arndt at email@example.com.
An all day affair after the Sculpture Society works for weeks to prepare, our UW students come together in early fall of every school year to recycle donated materials so that they may create art. In 2004, after one year of teaching at UW, Professor Ashley Hope Carlisle built an iron casting furnace so she could teach the students how to make varying scale sculpture utilizing scrap iron with a little elbow grease and a team mindset so they can accomplish a set goal- to make art as communication with the world around them. Citizens all over Laramie have given the art department scrap to recycle, and Pacific States Pipe in Provo, Utah donates the fuel, so all that is left is to create molds and work together to turn the rusty gifts into 2700 degree molten metal. Schools from all over the region come to UW to pour iron with our students, which offers great connections, and really fosters working together to accomplish a great deal. The public is welcome to come and view the process, and is invited to partake in the fun by creating a tile in iron while contributing to funding students in traveling to conferences, and exhibition opportunities. For more information please Contact: Ashley Hope Carlisle firstname.lastname@example.org