A free public reception to open the University of Wyoming Art Museum summer exhibitions will take place Friday, June 7, from 6 until 8 pm at the museum.

Nicole Crawford, Curator of Collections at the art museum, says people can expect some of the artists to be in attendence.  "The Finleys and David Simpson will be here," she says.  "We'll also have food and all the galleries will be open at that time."

Exhibitions on display during the exhibition include:

  • Kimonos: Strappo Prints by Harold Garde is the most recent exhibition for the art museum’s “Regional Touring Exhibition Service,” which makes exhibitions of original artwork available to institutions around the state. This exhibition features Strappo prints, a technique that Garde invented, that explore the ‘T’ shape of the kimono.
  • The John and Pam Finley Collection of African and Folk Art presents the first exhibition drawn from the objects in this new Art Museum collection. It features both African objects and folk art from the New Orleans area that are presented from an aesthetic rather than cultural perspective.
  • David Simpson includes large-scale paintings done by the San Francisco-based artist. Simpson applies as many as 30 layers of paint to his specially prepared canvases. Through the use of interference paints to create his color field paintings, the micro-particles of titanium oxide and mica create the appearance of shifting colors as the viewers’ perspectives change.
  • Michael Eastman: Urban Luminosity presents large-scale photographs of urban landscapes. Working at night, Eastman created photographs void of people that capture the monumental architecture of some of the world’s largest cities, including Shanghai, New York and Tokyo.
  • The Botanical Series: Photographs by Gerald Lang and Jennifer Anne Tucker combines Tucker's extensive research and practice as an herbalist with Lang's digital processing skills to create extraordinary images using a scanner and digital printer.
  • Nature Morte: Still Life Masterpieces from the Art Museum Collection explores the tradition of still lifes in a variety of mediums and styles. Featuring photographs, prints and drawings, this exhibition demonstrates how the still life remains an academic tradition through various artists and artistic movements, such as Pop Art and Modernism.
  • Masterworks from the Art Museum Collection showcases some of the most art historically important works from the Art Museum’s permanent collection. It includes works by such artists as Albert Bierstadt, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum and its blog at www.uwyoartmuseum.org, or follow the museum on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uwyoartmuseum.

The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie.