Wyoming Arts Council

Wyoming State Capitol Sculpture Project

A watercolor rendering of the Wyoming State Capitol, courtesy of Paul Brown, architect

Originally constructed in 1890, the Wyoming State Capitol building was closed to the public in 2016 and is currently undergoing a largescale renovation (Capitol Square Project) that is slated for completion in spring of 2019. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark.

The central rotunda of the Capitol contains four niches on the third level that are visible from all levels of the rotunda. Currently, the State of Wyoming is in the process of selecting an artist to design and create four sculptures, one for each niche in the Capitol Rotunda. Each sculpture should be allegorical and representative of the attributes, values, symbolism, and history of the State.

An RFQ for the project closed in December with over 100 submissions received from artists nationally and internationally. Selected finalists have been invited to submit a formal proposal packet and to travel to Cheyenne to present their design ideas.

Complete information about the renovation can be found on the Capitol Square Project website. Questions about the sculpture project should be directed to Rachel Clifton, Assistant Director, Wyoming Arts Council at 307-777- 5305 or rachel.clifton@wyo.gov.