Wyoming Arts Council

Artist Selected for Northwest College Art in Public Buildings Project

A rendering of the sculpture, “Infinite Pattern Esses” by Denver based artist Jodie Cooper will be installed in spring 2018.

Northwest College recently opened the new Yellowstone Building with the goal of strengthening relationships between the college and the community. The building houses state of the art facilities for Criminal Justice, Nursing, Social Sciences and Communications, as well as a conference area and other public spaces. The building qualified for Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings (APB) program. After a multi-step review process, the selection committee has chosen Denver artist Jodie Cooper to create work for the building.

Cooper will be creating a two-part steel plate sculpture that will be installed outside in the grassy area adjacent to the Yellowstone Building. Titled, “Infinite Pattern Esses,” the piece will be laser cut with an organic pattern that will create shadows on the building throughout the day. Over 22 feet in length and 10 feet tall, the sculpture will complement the architecture of the building and is interactive, allowing students to walk in and around it. Installation of the sculpture is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

A second work purchased through the Art in Public Buildings program by Washington artist Debbie Dickinson is a glass tile mosaic titled, “Enduring Vista” for the building, which was installed in 2015.

The Art in Public Buildings was established by state statute in 1991 and is designed to beautify Wyoming’s public buildings and draw attention to the wealth of artistic 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, and the architect for the building. 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.

For more information, contact Wyoming Arts Council Assistant Director Rachel Clifton at rachel.clifton@wyo.gov or 307.777.5305.

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