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 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 from West Sacramento, CA and Joan Sowada from Gillette, WY will be creating work for buildings at both locations. Both projects are expected to be completed in 2021.
Sheridan College in north-central Wyoming recently completed construction on the new Technical Education Center. Photographs by former Sheridan College faculty member Dave Marquith will be installed in the building this spring, and a collaborative student project will take place this fall to add additional artwork in or around the building.
The State of Wyoming is constructing a new office building in Casper that will house eight state agencies. After a regional RFQ was issued, five finalists have been selected to submit formal proposals for consideration. Those artists are: Shawn Rivett from Casper, WY, Colorado artists Patrick Marold of Nederland, Mike Clapper from Denver, and Joshua Weiner from Boulder, and Shelley Beishline from South Jordan, UT. Their proposals will be presented to the selection committee in late June and an artist will be selected by early July. This building is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
The University of Wyoming is constructing a new Science Initiative Building on the campus in Laramie. Construction is expected to begin this spring. A national RFQ was issued and five finalists have been selected to submit formal proposals. Artists are: the Science Art Liberation Team (SALT) from Laramie, WY (Brendon Gellis, Bethann Garramon Merkle and Meg Thompson Stanton), Massachusetts artists Resa Blatman from Somerville and Gregory Gomez of Newtonville, Ben Butler from Memphis, TN, and In Plain Sight Art from Minneapolis, MN (Amy Baur and Brian Bolden). Proposals will be presented to the selection committee in early July.
Contact: Rachel Clifton