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UW Art Exhibition Inspired by Natural History Collections Opens March 27

March 9, 2018
poster for event with bird on it
This sketch, created by UW junior Frances Ngo, a zoology major from Chino, Calif., is being used as part of the promotional flier for “Art in the Museum: Inspired by Life,” an art exhibition inspired by work in natural history collections. The exhibition is March 27-April 27 in the UW Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center. (UW Museum of Vertebrates Photo)

“Art in the Museum: Inspired by Life,” an art exhibition inspired by work in natural history collections, is scheduled March 27-April 27 in the University of Wyoming Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center. A reception is set Thursday, March 29, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Berry Center.

The UW Museum of Vertebrates (UWYMV), in conjunction with the Biodiversity Institute, sponsors the event. Associated students and researchers of UWYMV will produce all of the exhibition pieces.

“The show is based around inspiration that students and researchers have received while working in natural history research collections,” says Elizabeth Wommack, staff curator at the UWYMV. “Many of them are based upon inspiration they have gained working in the UWYMV with our research specimens of all different types of vertebrates and vertebrate preparations.”

Wommack says there are tentatively eight pieces slated for the exhibition, but that number could increase before the exhibition opens. She adds construction of the show will begin immediately after the university’s spring break.

The Berry Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information, call Wommack at (307) 766-6227 or email

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