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.
The Wyoming Arts Council posts all public art calls and RFQs on CaFE. Details including eligibility requirements, deadlines, and project budgets are available within each RFQ on CaFE. Wyoming artists are given preference. CaFE is free for artists to use.
Casper College is currently constructing a new Visual Arts Building on campus in Casper. The committee has selected four finalists, who will submit full proposal packets to the committee. It is expected that a final decision will be made in early March. The finalists are: Gegham Abrahamyam (Lynnwood, Washington), John Adduci (Chicago, Illinois), Stan Dolega (Laramie, Wyoming), and Nathan Pierce (Cape Girardeau, Missouri). View exterior images and a site plan with possible locations for artwork here.
Central Wyoming College, located in Riverton, is constructing a new Rocky Mountain Complex. The committee has selected three finalists who will submit a full proposal packet to the committee. The final selection is expected to be made in early March. The finalists are: Haiying Wu (Issaquah, Washington), Carolyn Braaksma (Wheat Ridge, Colorado), and Michael Young (Chicago, Illinois). View an aerial image and site plan with possible locations for artwork here.
Laramie County Community College (LCCC) recently completed the Surbrugg Prentice Auditorium on the main campus in Cheyenne. Michele Gutlove (Natick, MA) installed a handmade glass piece, “Optical Play” in the lobby and vestibule. The ceiling mounted work is lit from above and with the natural light from the large windows casts colors.
The Wyoming Department of Health, along with the Veteran’s Commission and State Construction Department, are constructing the Veteran’s Home of Wyoming Skilled Nursing Facility, located in Buffalo, Wyoming. The committee has selected David Alan Clark (Lander, WY) to install a life-size bronze sculpture, “The Family Business” in spring of 2022.
The University of Wyoming recently completed construction on the Engineering Education and Research Building (EERB) in Laramie. The new facility includes various laboratory spaces, a makerspace, student innovation and project space, and the Dean’s office. The committee has selected WindDriven Studios (Laramie, WY) to create an outdoor sculpture on the Lewis St. side of the EERB. The sculpture will be an interpretation of a historic engineering transit that incorporate the various engineering departments housed in the building.
The Wyoming Department of Health is currently building two new healthcare facilities: the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, and the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander. Joseph Bellacera (West Sacramento, CA) recently installed large, acrylic, wall mounted panels at both facilities. The work depicts local scenery, wildlife, colors and patterns. Joan Sowada (Gillette, WY) completed fine art quilted pieces for both locations that are wall mounted and based on photographs of people and programs at the facilities.
Sheridan College in north-central Wyoming recently completed construction on the new Technical Education Center. Photographs by former Sheridan College faculty member Dave Marquith have been installed. An exterior powder coated steel piece by local artist Lonnie Wright will be installed in 2022.
Rob Beishline and Shelley Beishline of Tooza Design (Salt Lake City, UT) have recently completed installation of their site specific piece in Casper. “Past and Future Frames” is a large scale, outdoor installation that combines wood and steel frames. The piece references the site of the building, which is the former site of the CNW (Chicago and Northwestern Rail) rail yard and roundhouse, and connects to the industrial themes of the building’s architecture.
Ben Butler (Memphis, TN) has been selected to create two site-specific works for the interior of the Science Initiative Building on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. Butler will work with faculty, staff, and students to gather data points and information about their research and projects to create two abstract sculptures. Both pieces will be built from hundreds of wood pieces, which will complement the architecture and design elements of the building. “Connectome” is a wall installation that will span multiple levels and “Cloud Morphology” is a ceiling mounted piece.
Contact: Rachel Clifton