Wyoming Arts Council

Plein Air in the Parks: Curt Gowdy State Park Awardees

The Wyoming Arts Council, in partnership with Wyoming State Parks, concluded the first of two Plein Air in the Parks events at Curt Gowdy State Park on June 23, 2024. After creating work over five days, the program closed with an art show, sale, and awards ceremony that offered over $2,000 in cash awards. This year’s judges were Laura McDermit, Director of Laramie Public Art Coalition, and Alexis Pratt, Superintendent of the Historic Governor’s Mansion and Quebec – 01. They deliberated over 30 works of art in the adult and youth divisions.

Adult Division Best in Show winner Elizabeth Baldwin stands next to Wyoming Arts Council staff member Kim Mittelstadt holding the winning piece “Light on the Shoreline.

The Wyoming Arts Council and Wyoming State Parks are pleased to announce the event’s winners. Receiving both Best in Show and 3rd place in the Youth Division was Maggie McClintock (Cheyenne) for her pieces “Nuts About Nuts” and “Dancing in the Moonlight” Taking 2nd Place in the Youth Division was the piece “Camping at Curt Gowdy with Pappy & Grandma & I Love Them,” by Aviv Mantake (Cheyenne).

Elizabeth Baldwin (Laramie), the artist of “Light on the Shoreline,” received Best in Show for the Adult Division. Claiming 2nd place in this division was Georgia Rowswell (Cheyenne) with, “Beautiful WY – Aren’t We Lucky II.” The painting, “Hidden Falls,” by Lori Kostur (Saratoga) received 3rd place, while Angela Jones (Cheyenne) took home the People’s Choice Award for her piece, “A Hike to Remember.”

Plein Air in the Parks seeks to engage state, regional, and youth artists in the legacy of painting on-site outdoors, all while exploring the rich landscapes of Wyoming’s State Parks.

The Wyoming Arts Council and Wyoming State Parks will be hosting another Plein Air in the Parks event in Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, WY on September 11-15, 2024.

For more information on this event please visit, wyoarts.state.wy.us/wac-program/plein-air-in-the-parks or contact Ismael Dominguez at 307-275-4476 or ismael.dominguez@wyo.gov.

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