In 1991, the 51st Legislature of the State of Wyoming passed the Art in Public Buildings legislation. One percent of construction costs of new, state-owned buildings is to be utilized for placing artwork in the public setting, helping to beautify our public buildings and draw attention to the wealth of artist experience within our region. The artwork for each project is selected by a committee specifically selected for that project. Each committee typically consists of representatives from the community in which the building is located, representatives from the user agency, artists or other representatives from the art community, the architect for the building, and a representative from the State’s Construction and Management Office. The Wyoming Arts Council coordinates and leads the committee meetings to help administer the project, but does not vote on the selection of artists or artwork.
Lyle London’s sculpture, Dervish, is installed in front of the Pathfinder Building on the LCCC campus.
Northwest College recently opened the new Yellowstone Building with the goal of strengthening relationships between the college and the community. The building houses state of the art facilities for Criminal Justice, Nursing, Social Sciences and Communications, as well as a conference area and other public spaces. The building qualified for Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings (APB) program. After a multi-step review process, the selection committee has chosen Denver artist Jodie Cooper to create work for the building.
Cooper will be creating a two-part steel plate sculpture that will be installed outside in the grassy area adjacent to the Yellowstone Building. Titled, “Infinite Pattern Esses,” the piece will be laser cut with an organic pattern that will create shadows on the building throughout the day. Over 22 feet in length and 10 feet tall, the sculpture will complement the architecture of the building and is interactive, allowing students to walk in and around it. Installation of the sculpture is expected to be completed in spring 2018.
A second work purchased through the Art in Public Buildings program by Washington artist Debbie Dickinson is a glass tile mosaic titled, “Enduring Vista” for the building, which was installed in 2015.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Laramie Regional Office and Wildlife Forensic and Fish Health Lab
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is building a new Regional Office and Wildlife Forensic and Fish Health Lab in Laramie. The new building qualifies for Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings (APB) program. The call went out in May and 36 Wyoming artists answered. Now the selection committee has narrowed the field down to 5 finalists. These are:
– Guadalupe Barajas, Cheyenne
– Ashley Hope Carlisle, Laramie
– Zach Even, Lander
– Justin Hayward, Casper
– Bruce Speidel, Sundance
The new facility will house offices, including for wildlife law enforcement, biologists, access, outreach, conservation, and education staff, a conference room that will be available for public use, and a lab that provides such services as wildlife forensic and ballistic testing, fish health and tooth aging. This office will also be open to the public for general hunting and fishing information and to purchase licenses. The selection committee is seeking artwork for both the interior and exterior of the building.
Finalists will submit a formal proposal to the committee and a final selection for this project is scheduled for mid-August.
Laramie County Community College
The Pathfinder Building (Student Services Center) is scheduled to open on the LCCC campus in the spring of 2017. As the heart of the campus, this building is a starting place for students and houses Admissions, the Bookstore, Disability Services, Financial Aid, and the University of Wyoming Outreach offices, among other programs. Three artists have been selected to create artwork for the Pathfinder Building. Arizona artist Lyle London has installed a 12 foot tall metal sculpture at the entrance to the building. Jake Balcom of Kansas City has been selected to create a ceiling-mounted installation for the hallway outside the conference room, and Montana artist Jim Dolan will create a monumental golden eagle sculpture for the newly formed quad area. Both Jim and Jake’s work will be installed in the spring.
The Flexible Industrial Technology Building (Flex-Tech) opened in time for the start of the fall semester. This building houses the Diesel Technology program, Engineering Technology, the Expanded Welding Fabrication Program, Construction Management, and Process Technology. The artist selected for this building is Chris Coleman, a Salt Lake City artist. His metal, riveted mural can be seen on the second floor of the Flex Tech Building and is visible from the outside courtyard.
Eastern Wyoming College
Currently under construction on the EWC campus is the new Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). This facility will house programs in Welding and Joining Technology, Machine Tooling, Cosmetology, and Health Technology. It will also be the new location for Community Connections – the newly combined Community Education and Workforce Development offices. The committee selected 6 different artists to create artwork for this building, which will be installed in the fall of 2017. Laramie photographer Ed Sherline has two photographs depicting the Torrington area and Laramie artist Ginnie Madsen will create four paintings of the various programs housed in the CTEC building. Colorado artist Laura McElfresh is creating four batik paintings depicting local wildlife and flora. Troy Rider of Idaho visited Torrington this fall and will be creating a wall-mounted metal piece that includes local landmarks. North Dakota plein air painter Greg Walter will be on site in the spring to create four large landscape paintings. Sculptor Gareth Curtiss splits his time between his studio in Montana and his foundry in Washington. He will be creating a life-size bronze sculptor of a welder for the front of the building.
Northern Wyoming Community College District - Sheridan College
Currently under construction, the Mars Agriculture Center will allow for more experiential agricultural learning with features such as an animal science lab, a soils and agroecology lab, an herbarium, a teaching greenhouse, a computerized commodities trading floor classroom, and other high-tech classrooms. This building will open in time for the spring semester. The committee has selected local artist Lonnie Wright of L.J. Wright Ironworks and Design to create three metal panels that will be installed outside the building. Each panel will be 23 feet tall and they will depict themes and subjects related to the building, including agriculture, commerce, and commodities.
Completed Art in Public Buildings Projects
Contact: Rachel Clifton