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.
The Wyoming Arts Council announces that a new call for entry for public art is now open. 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. Through the State of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings program, artwork will be commissioned for both facilities.
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to artists with a deadline of Aug. 31, 2018. This is a national RFQ. Wyoming artists will be given preference. The call is available on CaFE.
The Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) provides acute short-term psychiatric services to people with serious mental illness who are in a crisis situation and are a danger to themselves or others. The design includes outside courtyards, large windows providing light and a view of the outside world, and internal design features that provide a more homelike, calming environment.
The Wyoming Life Resource Center (WLRC) provides safety net intermediate and long term services to people with intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, people with high medical needs, exceptionally difficult behaviors, and people with co-occurring mental health and significant medical needs. The new center’s design includes ten cottages, a therapy building with a pool and gymnasium, two new day program buildings, and a third remodeled day program building that includes the facility’s staff training center.
Both facilities are scheduled to open in late 2020, with an additional renovation at the existing WSH facility to follow. Additional information and plans can be found on the Department of Health website.
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.
The selection committee for the Art in Public Buildings project has identified several possible locations for artwork and is interested in proposals for artwork both inside the building and outside. Grassy courtyard areas outside the main northern entrance and the western entrance could accommodate outdoor sculpture. Kinetic or interactive pieces for the exterior of the building are encouraged. The RFQ for this project has closed and the committee is currently reviewing submissions.
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