Wyoming Arts Council

Family Day July 19 at UW Art Museum

From a UW press release:

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s second annual Family Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 19.

Families are invited to meet internationally-known artist Patrick Dougherty, observe his work-in-progress on Prexy’s Pasture and create their own sculptures.

Dougherty will talk with families about his unique sculpture created from saplings. Families will have the opportunity to learn more about Dougherty’s creative process and how he forms locally-found and harvested saplings into a sculpture that is a response to, and inspired by, the site on which they are created. Families may then return to the museum to create their own sculptures from saplings or other materials provided by the art museum.

Two sessions with the artist are scheduled. The first session begins at 10 a.m. and the second session begins at 1 p.m., both at the art museum; then, accompanied by Education Curator Wendy Bredehoft, participants will travel to the installation site to talk with the artist. Families returning to the museum will be able to work on their sculptures until 4 p.m.

“It has been fascinating to watch this sculpture take form over the past two weeks,” Bredehoft says. “On Saturday it should be at that stage where viewers can still see the construction process undertaken by Patrick and his Laramie assistants while imagining what the final sculpture will look like.”

Dougherty is on location to create a sculpture for the Art Museum’s exhibition of public art, “Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational.” Seventeen large-scale sculptures are being installed on campus and in Laramie over the summer.

The Wyoming Arts Council sponsors Family Day activities. Additionally, the museum store’s inaugural Trunk Show will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the museum’s lobby. Laramie jeweler Jennifer Durer is the featured artist.

“Imagine learning from the masters” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs.

The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 22nd & Willett Drive in Laramie. The museum and store are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

FMI: www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum or the museum’s new blog, www.uwartmuseum.blogspot.com

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