The Neltje Center is located near Sheridan Wyoming.

Located just south of Sheridan, Wyoming

Aerial view of the Neltje Center

ABOUT THE NELTJE CENTER for excellence in creativity and the arts

The Neltje Center provides a sanctuary for UW students, faculty and other creatives to unleash their imagination in one of the most scenic areas of Wyoming, near the Bighorns just south of Sheridan. It's a place where writers, painters, and creators of all kinds can find inspiration in the natural beauty and incredible artwork that surrounds them. In this unique environment, arists are empowered to push the boundaries of their craft, experiment with new ideas, and create works that challenge the status quo. The center is named after Neltje, a renowned painter and philanthropist who, in 2001, founded the Jentel Artist Residency. Learn more about the Neltje Center here







  • UW faculty concert

    Neltje Center Special Event: Concert by Award-Winning UW Faculty

    May 24, 2024

    At the Neltje Center

    This concert at the Neltje Center by award-winning UW faculty will take place Friday, May 24, at 4 p.m. and will be followed by light refreshments and a reception with the musicians.

    The concert will feature works by Mozart, Villa-Lobos, Cornick as well as jazz classics from the Great American Songbook and more. Featured musicians include John Fadial (violin), Jiwon Han (piano), Scott Turpen (saxophone), Ben Markley (piano), Soyeon Kang (piano), Nicole Riner (flute), and Magdelena Wór.

    This event is by invitation only. Please RSVP to this event by 5/15 to

  • Neltje as Collector


    June 22, 2024 - January 6, 2025

    At the University of Wyoming Art Museum

    Neltje's interest in art went far beyond her work as a painter. She enjoyed collecting the paintings, sculptures, and ceramics of artists she loved regionally and nationally. She also traveled extensively around the world and collected the work of artists and artisans from Papua New Guinea, Africa, Indonesia and beyond. This exhibition features highlights from Neltje's extensive collection, shedding light on her interests and aesthetic taste. 

  • Dear Body of Water postcard


    July 1 - 7, 2024

    At the Neltje Center

    Intermedia artist Gretchen Ernster Henderson writes across environmental arts, cultural histories, and integrative sciences. At the Neltje Center, she will lead a series of place-based, literary ecoarts workshops to communally replenish WaterWays:

    Participants are invited for "Dear Body of Water": a poetic water-harvesting project writing postcard-sized love letters to bodies of water to grow a chorus of care connecting watersheds, locally and globally.

    In "Listening with Water: Writing to Reinhabit the World," participants reimagine the liquid presence of water in our words, rippling between lines and poetics of place, pulsing across the planet and under our skins.

    This residency activates a year-long collaboration to renew ways of knowing and caring for Water.

    To search for more Neltje Center events, visit the A&S Calendar.



The Neltje Center for Excellence in Creativity and the Arts serves to achive the following goals. 

  • Expand opportunities for visual, literary, and performing art students to achieve excellence in their fields.

  • Strengthen Jentel’s reputation as a nationally recognized artist residency.

  • Collaborate with cross-sector partners to contribute to Wyoming’s creative economy through innovative professional development programing and excellent arts experiences for community members and visitors.

To learn more about these goals and key strategies, click the button below.

Contact Us

Beth Venn
Executive Director, Neltje Center for Excellence in Creativity and the Arts
Phone: (307) 766-4101