In 1991, the 51st Legislature of the State of Wyoming passed the Art in Public Buildings legislation. One percent of construction costs of new, state-owned buildings is to be utilized for placing artwork in the public setting, helping to beautify our public buildings and draw attention to the wealth of artist experience within our region. The artwork for each project is selected by a committee specifically selected for that project. Each committee typically consists of representatives from the community in which the building is located, representatives from the user agency, artists or other representatives from the art community, the architect for the building, and a representative from the State’s Construction and Management Office. The Wyoming Arts Council coordinates and leads the committee meetings to help administer the project, but does not vote on the selection of artists or artwork.
Lyle London’s sculpture, Dervish, is installed in front of the Pathfinder Building on the LCCC campus.
The Pathfinder Building (Student Services Center) is scheduled to open on the LCCC campus in the spring of 2017. As the heart of the campus, this building is a starting place for students and houses Admissions, the Bookstore, Disability Services, Financial Aid, and the University of Wyoming Outreach offices, among other programs. Three artists have been selected to create artwork for the Pathfinder Building. Arizona artist Lyle London has installed a 12 foot tall metal sculpture at the entrance to the building. Jake Balcom of Kansas City has been selected to create a ceiling-mounted installation for the hallway outside the conference room, and Montana artist Jim Dolan will create a monumental golden eagle sculpture for the newly formed quad area. Both Jim and Jake’s work will be installed in the spring.
The Flexible Industrial Technology Building (Flex-Tech) opened in time for the start of the fall semester. This building houses the Diesel Technology program, Engineering Technology, the Expanded Welding Fabrication Program, Construction Management, and Process Technology. The artist selected for this building is Chris Coleman, a Salt Lake City artist. His metal, riveted mural can be seen on the second floor of the Flex Tech Building and is visible from the outside courtyard.
Currently under construction on the EWC campus is the new Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). This facility will house programs in Welding and Joining Technology, Machine Tooling, Cosmetology, and Health Technology. It will also be the new location for Community Connections – the newly combined Community Education and Workforce Development offices. The committee selected 6 different artists to create artwork for this building, which will be installed in the fall of 2017. Laramie photographer Ed Sherline has two photographs depicting the Torrington area and Laramie artist Ginnie Madsen will create four paintings of the various programs housed in the CTEC building. Colorado artist Laura McElfresh is creating four batik paintings depicting local wildlife and flora. Troy Rider of Idaho visited Torrington this fall and will be creating a wall-mounted metal piece that includes local landmarks. North Dakota plein air painter Greg Walter will be on site in the spring to create four large landscape paintings. Sculptor Gareth Curtiss splits his time between his studio in Montana and his foundry in Washington. He will be creating a life-size bronze sculptor of a welder for the front of the building.
Opening in January, the new Pronghorn Center on the Gillette College campus is the home court for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as for new athletics in the future. The building will also house a Health Sciences Simulation Laboratory and will be a gathering space for student engagement, along with a fitness center, gymnasium. Two Gillette artists have been selected to create work for the Pronghorn Center. Tom Ford will be creating a wall-mounted metal piece celebrating the college. Tricia Scheele is creating 200 stoneware pronghorns that will be installed the entrance.
Currently under construction, the Mars Agriculture Center will allow for more experiential agricultural learning with features such as an animal science lab, a soils and agroecology lab, an herbarium, a teaching greenhouse, a computerized commodities trading floor classroom, and other high-tech classrooms. This building will open in time for the spring semester. The committee has held their initial meeting and is in the process of finalizing the artist selection.
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