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.
A new call for entry for public art at Sheridan College is now open. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to artists with a deadline of July 13, 2018.
Sheridan College in north-central Wyoming is currently building a new Technical Education Center. Through the State of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings program, the college is seeking artwork for both the interior and the exterior of the building.
This is a regional RFQ open to artists from North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Idaho. Wyoming artists will be given preference.
The call is available on CaFE. Additional details, including eligibility requirements, timelines, and budget information are available on CaFE. Floor plans and images are available here. Submissions to the RFQ must be made through CaFE by the deadline listed. There is a committee for the project, tasked with reviewing applications, selecting finalists, and making the final artwork selection. Wyoming artists are encouraged to apply.
Scheduled to open in August of 2018, the Technical Education Center houses four programs: Machine Tool, Construction Technology, Welding, and Diesel Mechanics. The floorplan of the building is laid out in four corresponding sections. The new facility will have the capacity to serve up to four times the current number of students. The building is located at the south end of campus, with the Student Center located to the north. The northern entrance to the building is the most visible and the most connected to the rest of 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 scheduled for June of 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. It is scheduled to open in summer 2018. Four Wyoming artists were selected to complete artwork for the interior of the building. Bruce Speidel of Sundance is creating two large landscape paintings of the region; Zach Even of Lander is creating four paintings focusing on fish species of the region; Justin Hayward of Casper is creating three large scale charcoal drawings of mammals in the region; and Ashley Hope Carlisle of Laramie is creating two cast-resin and laser cut acrylic pieces for the lobby ceiling and stairwells that focus on the regional watershed, fish and waterfowl
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.
Eastern Wyoming College
The new Career and Technical Education (CTEC) opened on the EWC campus in the summer of 2017. This facility houses programs in Welding and Joining Technology, Machine Tooling, Cosmetology, and Health Technology. It is also 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. Laramie photographer Ed Sherline has two photographs depicting the Torrington area and Laramie artist Ginnie Madsen has created four paintings of the various programs housed in the CTEC building. Colorado artist Laura McElfresh created four batik paintings depicting local wildlife and flora. Troy Rider of Idaho visited Torrington last year and created a wall-mounted metal piece that includes local landmarks. North Dakota plein air painter Greg Walter was also on site last 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, which will be installed in the summer of 2018.
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