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Published July 27, 2018
Renowned artist, educator and advocate for the arts Sharon Louden will be in-residence at the University of Wyoming Art Museum to install a new suspended, temporary custom sculpture in the Centennial Complex lobby Aug. 6-17.
The installation will be completed and fully open to the public Saturday, Aug. 18. During the two weeks of installation, the public will have the opportunity to observe the unfolding of the artwork and the artistic process.
Using bright, highly reflective, curved aluminum sheets, Louden will build upon her past site-specific installations that engage with the unique architecture of the Centennial Complex. The composition will act as a “drawing in space,” transforming the area from the entrance and spilling out into the sun-drenched windowed area. Louden’s installations change signiﬁcantly depending on the vantage point, outside light and weather conditions, which cause them to create new forms and tensions of seemingly inﬁnite combinations.
During Louden’s time at UW, she also will participate in lectures, discussions and class visits related to her books on the professional practice of a successful artist at UW and other institutions around the state of Wyoming and Colorado’s Front Range.
“The UW Art Museum is honored to have an artist of Louden’s stature and reputation to work directly with our staff and students,” says Nicole Crawford, chief curator of the UW Art Museum. “The public is invited to visit the museum several times over the installation period as the project unfolds. The specific details of the artwork will be determined on-site in order to enhance the dialogue with the architecture and environment of the lobby.”
This is the first major project to use the Susan B. Moldenhauer FUNd for Contemporary Art. The fund was established by an anonymous donor to support major exhibitions by national and international artists who are advancing discussion about the issues of our time and pushing the boundaries of concepts and materials.
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.