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.
Central Wyoming College, located in Riverton, is constructing a new Agriculture and Animal Science Center. The new facility will house programs in Agriculture, Crop and Soil Sciences, Equine Studies, and Farrier Science, as well as the CWC Rodeo team and a meat processing program. The committee is interested in work for the exterior of the building by the main entrance that helps define the building and the programs it houses. This project is currently on hold.
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 identified several locations that may be conducive for artwork: both entryways, common areas around the building, or the central area/atrium in the center of the building. Finalists for this project are WindDriven Studios (Laramie, WY), David Griggs (Denver, CO), M. Sean Mercer (Kent, OH) and Ilan Averbuch (Long Island City, NY. Images of the building and floor plans are available here.
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.
Rob Beishline and Shelley Beishline of Tooza Design in Salt Lake City, Utah have been selected to create an outdoor piece for the Casper State Office Building 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 from Memphis, Tenn. 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