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UW Art Museum to Celebrate Summer Solstice June 21

June 12, 2018
children gathered around watching a spot of light on the cement floor
Visitors during the UW Art Museum’s 2017 summer solstice celebration view the illuminated silver dollar in the Rotunda Gallery. (UW Art Museum Photo)

The public is invited to attend the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s annual summer solstice celebration Thursday, June 21, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The celebration will include appetizers and live music.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive before noon to witness a unique architectural feature in which a single beam of sunlight shines through a solar tube in the ceiling of the Rotunda Gallery and illuminates the 1923 Peace dollar that is set into the center of the gallery’s floor. This free event occurs yearly at noon on the summer solstice. Visitors are invited to celebrate the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer.

Members of the Laramie Astronomical Society and Space Observers, with community astronomer Ray Martin, will have telescopes set up on the terrace for visitors to safely view the surface of the sun until 1:30 p.m.

The UW Art Museum will have free make-and-take art activities, including light-sensitive fabric and reflective sculptures, inspired by “The Butterfly Series: From the Collection of Jordan W. Finkelstein MD, MSc,” located in both the Shelton Studio and the Museum Studio. Activities will end at 2:30 p.m.

Summer exhibitions on view are: “25 Years of Collecting: The UW Art Museum Collection”; “Western Legacy: The E.G. Meyer Family Collection”; “The Butterfly Series: From the Collection of Jordan W. Finkelstein MD, MSc”; “In Process: Behind the Scenes of the UW Art Museum”; “Jon Lodge: Interface”; and “Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley.”

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622, visit the website at, or follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram.

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.

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