Wyoming Arts Council

New exhibit at UW Art Museum explores evolution of Neltje’s paintings


A new exhibition of paintings by Wyoming artist Neltje will open Saturday, Sept. 7, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

She will give a public art talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in Room 111 of the Visual Arts Building, and a gallery walk-through is planned at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Art Museum. “Neltje. Painting. 1990-2012.” will be the first exhibition to explore the evolution of her paintings, which will be on display through Dec. 21. Both programs are free and open to the public.

For more than 30 years, Neltje has explored a variety of materials and media to visually express her life and experiences. Her earliest paintings incorporated “found objects.” She also explored composition through collage and assemblage, and she learned the creative expression of line through sumi-e ink drawing. Neltje’s research, combined with her literary writing and strong emotions, has been the primary mode of her expression — painting.

The exhibition will include her most recent “Moroccan Suite” series, which establishes a new dimension to her large-scale work: 10 by 30 feet.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum and its blog at www.uwyoartmuseum.org, or follow the museum on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/uwyoartmuseum.

Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. September through November and February through April. Admission is free.

Photo: Neltje’s “Soon We Shall Travel,” can be seen Sept. 7-Dec. 21 at the UW Art Museum exhibition. (Neltje Photo)

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