“In essence, the heightened level of credibility we might gain as a town/ arts group by affiliating ourselves with a major university is huge. The types of programs, events, associations that could be brought to Jackson – or that we might find a way of attending en masse in Laramie, are also considerable.” – Mariam Diehl
Not long ago I was fortunate to meet the University of Wyoming’s Art Museum Director Susan Moldenhauer, a familiar figure to many Wyoming artists and to other museum staff and associates in our state. Moldenhauer was accompanied by university Foundation Relations representative Katrina Woods McGee. Soft-spoken, finely academic, curious, creative and warm, Moldenhauer is also an accomplished photographer. We spoke of the challenges of juggling multiple responsibilities. When she organizes museum exhibits, she “does it with an artist’s eye,” accomplishing the task with an equally strong administrative sense. Some of you may have seen Susan at this past weekend’s three-day “CLICK!: A Weekend for Wyoming Visual Artists,” held at UW.
CLICK! provides opportunity for otherwise isolated Wyoming artists to network; they also have the opportunity to meet regional and national artists such as Eminent Visiting Artist Judy Pfaff, a McArthur Fellowship Genius Award recipient. Pfaff’s show, I Dwell in Possibility, exhibited in Jackson during the summer of 2010 at the Tayloe Piggott Gallery.
Susan’s brief visit here ideally sparks greater interaction between Jackson’s arts and UW. Pushing through our wintry “fourth wall” can be a challenge, but imagining a richer conversation is so exciting. Exhibits expected to be in place at UW later this spring include:
Redefining the Edition: 13 Japanese Printmakers
Haitian Art from the permanent collection
Judy Pfaff: running between hot and cold (working title)
Teaching Gallery: History of Mexico, Islamic Art History, Printmaking, Photography (all permanent collection)
Carol Prusa: Emergent Worlds
Announcing the Children’s Book Illustration Oscars! The National Museum of Wildlife Art released the names of these finalists for its annual Bull-Bransom Award:
Bear Has a Story to Tell, story by Philip C. Stead, illustrations by Erin E. Stead (Roaring Book Press, 2012); More, story by I.C. Springman, illustrations by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012); Nightsong, story by Ariel Berk, illustrations by Loren Long (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012); Oh, No!, story by Candace Fleming, illustrations by Eric Rohmann (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012); This Moose Belongs to Me, story and illustrations by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel Books, 2012).
The 2013 winner (who receives a $5,000 cash award) will be announced at the museum on May 3, 2013, part of the Celebration of Young Artists event.
“The illustrations in the five finalist books for this year’s award are beautiful, creative, and interesting,” says NMWA’s assistant curator of art Bronwyn Minton (you are in the news a lot these days, girl!) “This award continues to highlight talented illustrators of animals and humanity’s relationship with nature.”
The Legacy Gallery is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! Legacy has galleries in Jackson Hole, WY and Scottsdale, AZ. A festive artist’s reception marking Legacy’s quarter century of success in the world of Western Art, takes place Friday, March 8th, 2012, 6-8:00 pm, at Legacy’s Scottsdale location.
Additional weekend events include spotlighting Legacy artist R.S Riddick’s (“one of the Southwest’s best known artists in the late 20th Century [exploring] a wide range of subjects from romantic figure to Western art to still-lifes”) show, “One Artist’s Journey,” on Saturday, March 9th, 10-11:30 am. Riddick’s “The Maiden’s Mirror” is shown at left. That same day, sculptor John Coleman, noted for his representation of Native American themes, will give a sculpting demonstration.