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UW Art Museum Gala 2024

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The National Advisory Board of the University of Wyoming Art Museum invites you to dust off your boots and kick up your heels at A Hat Ball, our benefit Gala to be held May 18, 2024, at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, in Laramie, Wyoming.

Take a look at last year's Gala.

Our 2024 Gala theme mirrors an iconic sculpture, Cowgirl Hat Ball, that introduces The New West, a major exhibition celebrating our place in the West, and the 50th anniversary of the UW Art Museum, featuring artworks from the permanent collection.

This fundraising event provides essential support for the museum’s programs, which serve Wyoming’s communities, teachers, faculty, students, and visitors. Over 50% of the UW Art Museum’s annual operating budget comes from private donations, including Gala proceeds. In addition to high-quality exhibitions and a growing collection, the museum’s education programs increase critical and independent thinking skills, promote collaboration, and contribute to student preparedness in our global society.


Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Time: 6 P.M.
Location: Marian H Rochelle Gateway Center, Laramie, WY 
Attire: Western Elegance - Black Tie with inspired Western elements from your place in the West
Don’t miss this opportunity to support the UW Art Museum by attending the Benefit Gala! Purchase your tickets today here! Tickets are available until May 4, 2024.

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The celebratory evening will include: 
6 pm: Social Hour, Hors d’oeuvres, and opportunities to bid on a robust selection of Silent Auction items, including art, local contributions, and exciting travel opportunities.
8 pm: A Three-Course Dinner, Program, and Live Auction of Art and Vacation Packages.
Following dinner: Dance the night away or mingle with friends in our exclusive cocktail lounge.
The New West thumbnail featuring the artwork of Dana Claxton


Terry Maker’s Cowgirl Hat Ball, composed of 500 straw hats, stands both as a celebration of Western culture and a challenge to gendered assumptions. Maker, a Texas-born artist based in Colorado, is known for her use of deconstructed and reconstructed materials, discarded objects, and a playful manipulation of scale. The Cowgirl Hat Ball is currently on display in the University of Wyoming Art Museum's rotunda as part of the The New West exhibition.

Online Silent Auction

Can't attend the 2024 UW Art Museum Gala? Show your support by participating in the online silent auction!


Join the auction remotely and aim to win the bid with our $75 Sharpshooter non-attendee ticket!

The online silent auction will be available during the event hours, and registered bidders will receive information before the Gala. Note that the auction will close at the same time, whether in person or online.

Winning bidders will be responsible for payment of the shipping cost associated with mailing the items won, or local (Laramie) pick-up of your items can be arranged within one week after the Gala.

Sponsor Levels


Open Road






Ten Gallon






Corporate Sponsorship Levels


2024 Gala Corporate Sponsor Levels


Terry Maker (American, b. 1953), Cowgirl Hat Ball, 2019, wood with straw cowgirl hats, 10 feet diameter, courtesy of the artist