Wyoming Arts Council

Four Wyoming artists receive purchase awards at Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition ceremony

Four Wyoming artists received Purchase Awards from Governor Matt Mead recently during the 2013 Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition reception held at the State Museum.

The Governor’s Choice Purchase Award was presented to Eileen Nistler of Upton, for her intricate drawing “Daddy’s Girl.” The work also received the Bobby Hathaway Juror’s Choice Award.

Sonja Caywood of Dayton was a recipient of a Purchase Award for her oil painting “Sunday Morning Fellowship,” as was Laramie’s Travis Ivey for his oil painting “The Old Canal.”

A striking color photo composition, “Ice Rings, Wind River Range” by Laramie’s Ed Sherline took the fourth Purchase Award.

“Afternoon Shadows,” an oil painting by Laramie’s Janet Hodson, received an honorary People’s Choice Award.

Established under an initiative by Governor Jim Geringer and organized under the auspices of the Wyoming State Museum and the Wyoming Arts Council, the Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition is an annual juried art competition providing a means for work by Wyoming artists to be displayed in state offices.

Works receiving Purchase Awards join a growing collection of prestigious art inspired by Wyoming’s unique landscapes, culture and wildlife. The state’s five statewide elected officials and representatives from other state agencies participating in the program select the Purchase Award winners.

All remaining artworks from this year’s exhibition are for sale and will remain on display at the Wyoming State Museum through June 30. All sales benefit the purchase fund for the permanent art collection at the Wyoming State Museum. FMI: 307-777-7022.

Artwork on home page: “Sunday Morning Fellowship,” Sonja Caywood, oil, 16″x40″

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