Wyoming Arts Council

UW a busy place last week

Bill Harney, Judinung: Dreaming for the Tauwny Frog Face Owl (not dated, paint on linen). Harney says of this painting, “Owl sang all night at the burial ground. It makes people in spiritual darkness happy. It danced back and forth all night.” Courtesy of the UW Art Museum

Got over to Laramie on Thursday last week to hear Salman Rushdie answer audience questions at the Albany County Library. Stimulating answers to some interesting questions. He is one of the great minds in literature and politics of our time. He also took some time to sign books.

Also in Laramie was Bill Harney, the last fully initiated male custodian of the Wardaman Aboriginal culture. There all week, he informed classes in art, anthroplogy, American Indian and International studies. He also used the Art Museum lobby as a studio, painting his unique art on-site; he brought pieces from his personal collection for exhibition.

Bill Harney poses with one of his paintings Thursday at the University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie. Looking on is Leah Griffin, recently retired from the Albany County School District.

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