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.
Northwest College (NWC) in Powell is constructing a new Student Center, scheduled to open in 2024. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to artists with a deadline of Nov. 18, 2022. The call is available on CaFE. Additional details including eligibility requirements, timelines, and budget information are available on CaFE. Submissions to the RFQ must be made through CaFE by the deadline listed. The new Student Center will replace the current building, which was built in the 1960s. The facility is intended to be used primarily by students, staff, and faculty but does include a community center for public events and gathering. The space is intended to be inviting with a modern dining hall and bright, safe spaces where students can engage in studying, eating, gathering, and leadership. The ground level entry is meant to reinforce the design concept of a grand hall or main communal space. At the center of the facility is a two-story great hall space with a floor-to-ceiling, double sided fireplace and an adjacent two-story wooden wall. The committee is interested in commissioning work that is integrated into either the fireplace or the wall. After an initial committee review of submissions to the RFQ, selected finalists will be invited to submit a proposal to address one or both of those locations.
A video of the interior that shows identified locations for artwork is available here courtesy of Hord Coplan Macht.
Casper College is currently constructing a new Visual Arts Building on campus in Casper. Missouri artist Nathan Pierce is fabricating a stainless steel and acrylic sculpture, “In the Wind.” The sculpture will be installed in the fall of 2022.
Central Wyoming College, located in Riverton, is constructing a new Rocky Mountain Complex, which will house their agriculture and animal science programs. Chicago artist Michael Young is fabricating a large stainless steel sculpture that will incorporate LED lighting, seating, and firepit. The sculpture will be installed in the fall of 2022.
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 fall 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. It will be installed in the spring of 2023.
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 2023.
Contact: Rachel Clifton