Wyoming Arts Council

Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition selects exhibitors

Works by 39 of Wyoming’s best artists have been selected for inclusion in the Eighth Annual Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition and will be on display at the State Museum from June 23 through August 30.

An opening reception will be held at the State Museum on June 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Governor Dave Freudenthal will be on hand to award this year’s purchase awards. The Bobby Hathaway Juror’s Choice and People’s Choice awards will also be presented. The reception is free and open to the public.

Overall, this year’s show features 50 artistic pieces selected by juror Constance Mohrman, exhibits manager at the Wildlife Experience Museum in Parker, Colo.

The Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition is produced through the cooperative efforts of the offices of the five elected officials, the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, the Wyoming Arts Council and the Division of Travel and Tourism. The exhibition promotes and encourages Wyoming artists while building an art collection available for public officials to exhibit state talent in their offices. To date, the collection has over 70 pieces loaned out for one year, then rotated. Purchase awards have averaged more than $8,000 each year; in addition, the public makes purchases from the exhibit.

Artists selected this year are:

Cheyenne: Joshua Eastman, Rebecca Murchie, Lynn Newman, Connie Norman, Do Palma, Jennifer Rife, and Jim Weis
Laramie: Wendy Bredehoft, Jerry Glass, Dan Hayward, Travis Ivey, Ginny Madsen, Jon Madsen and Terry Reid
Casper: Michael Flicek, Rex Hoff, Ginny Butcher (Evansville) and Phil Smith
Sheridan County: Bunny Connell, Claire Leon, Dianne Wyatt and Neltje
Teton County: Jenny Dowd, Laury Lacy, Shannon Troxler and Michael Farrier
Fremont County: Jerry Antolik, Tony Henry and Mike McClure
Douglas: Sonia Sieg and Tom Hinz
Upton: Marcha Barritt and Eileen Nistler
Buffalo: Trudy Schoonover
Gillette: Edie Reno
Pinedale: Cat Urbigkit
Shell: Karyne Dunbar
RockSprings: Jill Hartley
Wapiti: JL Woody Wooden

For more information about this and other Wyoming State Museum events, please call 777-7022.

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