Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

White Columns Curated Artist Registry

"Wise It" by Brian Haberman, from the Phoenix Series
Cheyenne artist Brian Haberman notified Wyoarts that he has been the first Wyoming artist accepted to the White Columns Curated Artist Registry online site, a site for artists not affiliated with a New York City-based gallery. They currently have over 600 artists who have been accepted.

It's an easy registration and uploading process, but because of the volume of registrations they receive, hearing back if you've been accepted or not could take some time.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Northern Arapaho artist Robert Martinez from Riverton wins First Peoples Fund fellowship

From a press release:

First Peoples Fund, a Rapid City-based national nonprofit organization supporting the work of indigenous artists nationwide, is proud to announce its 2012 Artist in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital Fellows.

2012 Artist in Business Leadership Fellows:
·        Robert Martinez (Northern Arapaho), a mixed media artist from Riverton, WY
·        Joseph Allen (Sicangu Lakota), a photographer from Ogema, MN 
·        Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy), a basket weaver from Princeton, ME 
·        Jereldine Redcorn (Caddo/Potawatomi), a clay/ceramics artist from Norman, OK 
·        Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu Lakota), a mixed media artist from White River, SD
·        Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota), a Hip-Hop artist from Chicago, IL 
·        Ken Metoxen (On^yote?a*ka), a potter/sculpter from Oneida, WI 
·        Wade Fernandes (Menominee), a musician from Keshena, WI 
·        Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet), a writer/videoographer from Suquamish, WA
·        Sondra Simone Segundo  (Haida), a watercolor artist from Seattle, WA 
 2012 Cultural Capital Fellows:
·        Lois Chichinoff Thadei (Aleut), a printmaking/weaver artist from Olympia, WA
·        Bonnie LeBeau (Cheyenne River Sioux), a quilter/textile artist from Eagle Butte, SD
·        James Star Comes Out  (Oglala Lakota), a multi medium artist from Pine Ridge, SD
·        Pete Peterson, Sr. (Skokomish), master carver from Hoodsport, WA

The 2012 Artist in Business Leadership Program is an independent business arts fellowship program that features a working capital grant of $5,000 to be used to support a one year marketing plan/strategy or business goal as defined by the artist applicant.  Artists will receive technical assistance, a professional network of peers, as well as travel funds to participate in FPF's individualized professional development workshops. The fellowship also provides a focus on new works to stimulate creativity and a renewal of energy in Native art expression.

The 2012 Cultural Capital Program is a $5,000 grant that provides tradition bearers of tribal communities the opportunity to further their important cultural work. The program is designed to support previous year Community Spirit Award recipients allowing them to commit more time in teaching and sharing their ancestral knowledge and practices with others who want to learn.
The Fund is supported  in part by the Ford Foundation, Bush Foundation's Regional Arts Development Program II, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation (Minnesota), Nathan Cummings Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Native Arts and Culture Foundation, The John T. Vecurevich Foundation, The HRK Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Open Society Foundation.
For further information about First Peoples Fund or to apply for support through one of our programs, please visit, or contact us at First Peoples Fund, P.O. Box 2977, Rapid City, SD 57709-2977 

Robert Martinez ( is a Wyoming Arts Council roster artist. Bring him to your community through an Arts Across Wyoming grant. FMI:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Save the date for "CLICK! A Weekend for Wyoming Visual Artists"

You might call this a save-the-date blog post to remind you to keep an eye out for the save-the-date postcard that soon will be landing in your mailbox.

Wyoming Artists, Save the Date for "CLICK! A Weekend for Wyoming Visual Artists." This multi-sponsor event takes place March 30-April 1, 2012 in Pinedale. Much info on building art opportunities, networking with new and old pals, sessions with WAC fellowship jurors, and more. Booking and hotel info forthcoming from mailings and blog posts from the WAC. Stay tuned and mark your calendars!

WOW social media sites offer marketing advice to artists

Wherever you may be in your arts career, sound marketing advice is crucial. Artrepreneurs in WY may want to get to know Felicia Follum and Works of Wyoming in Laramie. The Wyoming Arts Council has worked with WOW on a number of occasions, notably last spring’s visual arts symposium.      
Fellow artists, family and friends. I would like to introduce you to Works of Wyoming. I am currently the AmeriCorps intern working primarily on social media marketing as well as working in the gallery space and gift shop. (Last year I worked as the Graphic Design Intern for WOW and the WWBC. You can see my blog for that here.) 
As the social media marketing person (I would love to say coordinator, though I do not officially have a title) I have been posting some marketing tips on the WOW blog. My current goal is to post every week on either Tuesday or Thursday and sometimes both. In addition to weekly social media marketing tips, there are basic professional development tips for artists, some fun projects and of course announcements for our workshops and shows. 
It would make my day if you would check out the blog and share it with your friends, especially artists and small business owners who could benefit from our services.  In addition to sharing the blog with people, I would also love to have more examples to post.  If you would like to have your social media site, plans, or strategies in the blog, please comment below or contact me on the WOW Facebook page.  If you would like to contact me through WOW feel free.  Their phone number is 307.742.6574 and the email address is 
If you are not from Wyoming and would like help with your social media comment below for more info.  If you are from WY not a part of WOW you should look into becoming a member. 
WOW Blog
WOW Facebook
Art Facebook Page (I don't add people I don't know in real life to my personal page, so be sure to go to FeliciaFollumDesign not FeliciaFollum. Thanks!)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Next "Jentel Presents" Dec. 6 at SAGE Space in Sheridan

Jentel Artist Residency Program is pleased to present this month’s residents in an event open to the public.  “Jentel Presents” will take place Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 5:30-7 p.m. at SAGE Space, in the Historic Train Depot on Fifth and Broadway, across from The Sheridan Inn.   This month’s presenters include a painter, a creative non-fiction writer, a photographer, a printmaker, a fiction writer and a multi media artist. “Jentel Presents” is a community outreach program that features visual presentations and readings by the visual artists and writers at the residency.

Presenters include: Zach Bucek, Los Angeles, CA; A painter/sculptor, Zach is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. His location provides an indeterminate space where much of its inspiration must be sought out beneath its superficial veneer of transformation.  Mark Hoyer, Davis, CA; A creative nonfiction writer, Mark writes about places – those he has inhabited and those that have inhabited him. He lives in the Sacramento valley in northern California. Dan Larkin, Rochester, NY; A photographer, Dan hails from Rochester, NY, home of Kodak. Due to his fair skin and red hair, Dan is convinced he has a distinctive sensitivity to nuances of light and color, hence his predilection for photography. Michelle C. Moode (Wilson), Los Angeles, CA; A printmaker, Michelle walks far and fast, digs in the dirt and drinks many cups of tea. She thinks about time and space. She is still looking for home. April Sopkin, Brooklyn; A fiction writer, April once sold marionettes at a mall kiosk. The youngest of four kids, she knows well the value of doing one’s own thing. Jennifer Yorke, Chicago; A multi media artist, Jennifer makes collages, drawings, prints, photographs and books. She lives and gardens in Chicago with her husband Rob and dogs Fabio and Leonard.

There is no admission charge for “Jentel Presents” and refreshments are available.

The Jentel Foundation offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. While at Jentel, visual artists and writers have the opportunity to experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land.

The Jentel Artist Residency Program accepts applications twice a year from visual artists in all media and writers in all genres for a one-month residency. A residency includes a comfortable accommodation; common living, dining and recreation areas; a private workspace and a stipend to help defray expenses during the program.  For more information please visit or call Jentel at (307)737-2311.

Jackson filmmaker interviewed on Wyoming Public Radio

Filmmaker (and WAC grant recipient) Jennifer Tennican sends this (better hurry and dial in to WPR):

Tune in to "Morning Music" with Grady Kirkpatrick at 11:15 AM tomorrow for some music from the upcoming film, "The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads." It should be mostly music with some Q & A with the director, Jennifer Tennican.

WPR - 90.3 FM (Jackson)

PLEASE be aware that there is an on-line fundraiser RIGHT NOW  to match a $5K donation from a local foundation.  To find out more, please go to: or, if you are a FB person, go to - donate and your entered in a raffle with great prizes.

Arts Incubator of the Rockies may help young Wyoming creatives find ways to stay in the state

Dance Theatre at University Center for the Arts at CSU
Editor's Note: This is the second post in a two-part series about the Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR) project.

Three Fort Collins, Colo., entities have banded together to create the Arts Incubator of the Rockies. State arts agency staffers (including the WAC’s Michael Shay and Rita Basom) joined them last week because we’re all trying to look ahead rather than behind. Our futures depend on it.

Traditional art forms are on the decline, and have been for at least a decade. Symphonies, opera, ballet, art museums, and all the rest see declining attendance. The audiences that remain are older. Expenses continue to climb. 

On the other hand, art schools continue to crank out record numbers of artists and writers and musicians. The supply side is thriving. The traditional demand side is shrinking. But a survey by Julliard shows that only 10 percent of music grads stay in the industry.

Beet Street in Fort Collins is trying to breathe some new life into both the creation and the presentation of the arts. They are joined in this regional endeavor by the CSU School of the Arts and the City of Fort Collins. They were partners in a successful National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town grant that brings $100,000 to the AIR effort. The Western States Arts Federation in Denver and nine state arts agencies gathered in F.C. last week to discuss our involvement.

In our previous post, we outlined some of the core and potential programs that will be addressed by AIR. The major physical effort will be the renovation of the old Carnegie Library into a regional arts center.

WAC staffers toured the building on Thursday. It's one of a cluster of historic buildings in City Park. Next door is the sprawling county library, which once was housed in the Carnegie Building, as was the case in hundreds of American towns and cities.

Exhibits, archives and storage for the Fort Collins Museum are now crammed into the Carnegie. All of it, along with the staff, will move to the new 47,000-square-foot Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center by the summer. This new public-private partnership will feature interactive exhibits that blend history and science. It also has a new Digital Dome Theatre that is part planetarium and part IMAX

Meanwhile, back at the Carnegie, Beet Street's Beth Flowers tells us about the plans for the space. It will feature physical classrooms, a virtual learning center, an AIR resource center, Beet Street offices, black box theatre, gallery and other public spaces. The city owns the building so will maintain and manage it. CSU will conduct community-based continuing ed courses as well as classes that will feed into its new minor in Arts Business and Leadership and Master of Music in Arts Leadership and Administration.

Yet to be decided is how neighboring states fit into the equation. We spent two days last week discussing options in the newly renovated Lincoln Center. Wyoming trains scads of artists at its lone four-year public university and its many community colleges. How will AIR serve them? 

Architect's drawing of exterior of new
UW visual arts building
The University of Wyoming could have its own CSU-like "A" for "Agricultural" on a mountain if one were close enough to campus. And that "A" could stand for "Arts." UW is in the midst of a complete revamping of its arts infrastructure. The massive new visual arts building, located strategically next to the award-winning UW Art Museum, will open in January. The old fine arts building will get a complete renovation over the course of the new two years. The English Department's creative writing program (ranked No. 30 in the nation by Poets & Writers mag) continues to be housed in the oldest building on campus (go figure).

Beefed-up endowments bring amazing performers, artists and writers to campus. Internationally-renowned dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones wraps up his UW residency this month. Rebecca Solnit, Camille Dungy, Colson Whitehead and Salman Rushdie have taught young writers the past few years. Visual artists such as Jesus Moroles, Deborah Butterfield and Ursula von Rydingsvard have taught at UW and their sculptures have been featured on campus.

But the problem remains. UW does not have an arts administration degree program. And students still get a limited exposure to the business side of the arts. Some will get teacher certification and teach. Some will go on to master's and Ph.D. programs and teach. Many others will want to make a living as artists and will have to figure it out for themselves.

We in Wyoming have an option that other regional players don't have -- we're right down the road from the AIR project in Fort Collins. Those arts business courses will be nearby. Some will be offered online, too. But since you're already traveling down snow-clogged roads to go to the hookah bar, why not take a workshop while you're there?

At last week's meeting, we talked extensively about ways that state arts agencies such as the Wyoming Arts Council could help sponsor AIR courses. Wyoming students could attend physical classes in F.C. Or maybe some of those courses could be offered at UW in some sort of cooperative agreement with border rival CSU. We talked about a partnership among regional land-grant universities -- all of our states have one.

We have hundreds of talented artists in Wyoming. We also have a problem with our college grads moving out of state to start careers in Denver, Salt Lake City, L.A., and Portland. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could find ways for our homegrown creatives to stay in Casper and Pinedale and Evanston? They will need business acumen to do so. Luck helps, too. But what's that famous saying about luck? "The harder I work the luckier I get." Maybe that should be: "The smarter I work the luckier I get."

We all need to work smarter in tough times. AIR could be one of the ways to work smarter. Wouldn't it be great if Cheyenne could claim a new motto that said: "Cheyenne: Where Fort Collins buys art and attends arts events." Maybe even this: "Cheyenne: Where Cheyenne shops and buys art and attends arts events." 

Wyomingarts will keep you posted on AIR developments. 

NEA Chair Rocco Landesman praises Red Cloud Indian School Heritage Center during swing through S.D.

From Rapid City Journal: Rocco Landesman, chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts, speaks at the Dahl Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. Landesman was part of a Panel discussion on Creative Placemaking in the Black Hills Region. (Ryan Soderlin/Journal staff). "This is probably the best example of that that I’ve seen anywhere in the country,” said Rocco Landesman, who is finishing a three-state tour to visit organizations with grant money from the endowment. “You visit the [Red Cloud] Heritage Center and see Native American art produced by the people in those tribes, the Lakota people right there. It’s so obvious that it’s tied to that place; that this couldn’t happen in Malibu or New York City.”

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Arts Association of Jackson Hole hosts "Out of the Woods" silent auction Nov. 18

A Fundraising Benefit 
for the Art Association of Jackson Hole
Friday, November 18, 6 - 9pm
Center for the Arts Theater Lobby   

This is an all-out, noisy silent auction!  Satiate your appetite for divine food and wine, generously donated by our premier Valley restaurants and Westside Wine and Spirits! For the past 2 years we have accepted donations from participating Art Fair Jackson Hole artists who attend our summer art fairs in Miller Park The quality and variety of donated items is beyond belief!  250+ items; jewelry, photography, glass and ceramics, wood and fiber, paintings and multi media work.  If you can imagine it, it is represented at the Out of the Woods silent auction!   
for information on Buy it Now auction items and gift packages to be raffled off the night of the event!  

We will raffle off a suite & dinner for two at Amangani, fly fishing trips with John and Morrison Simms, a tandem paragliding trip from Jackson Hole Paragliders and lift tickets from JH Mountain Resorts.

You will also have the opportunity to bypass the bidding process with Buy It Now pricing on select works of art from Jen Harmon Allen, Jennifer Rasmusson, Thais Beltrame, Joffa Kerr, Dwayne Harty and Amy Ringholz.
Yet another reason to attend our Out of the Woods auction this Friday night... glazed, ceramic beer steins made by Sam Dowd and the Teton Mudpots. You can purchase one and then fill it up with beer provided bySnake River Brewery.  
Wine provided by Westside Wine & Spirits

Participating Restaurants 
Café Genevieve, The Aspen's Market, The Blue Lion, The Fine Dining Group
The Wort, The Merry Piglets, Persephone Bakery, The Garage, Coco Love, Trio, Jackson Whole Grocer 

Special Thanks to  
Amangani, John & Morrison Simms, JH Mountain Resort and Jackson Hole Paragliders for their generous raffle contributions   

 And of course thanks to all of the Artists who donated work and made this event possible! 

Gov. Hathaway statue to be unveiled Friday

A workman applies finishing touches to the pedestal that supports a new sculpture (covered by tarp) of former Wyoming Gov. Stan Hathaway by Wheatland artist Carl Jensen. Dedication of the statue is set for Friday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m., and will be attended by Gov. Matt Mead. The statue was a gift to the state of Wyoming accepted by the Capitol Commission and the State Building Commission. It is not part of the Wyoming Art in Public Buildings program.

Lander Art Center Holiday Art Fair set for Dec. 4

The Lander Art Center Annual "Art in the Afternoon" Holiday Art Fair is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  A special members’ preview will take place from 9-10 a.m.  If you aren’t already a Lander Art Center member, sign up now to beat the rush!

A $2 entry donation will be requested at the door.  Proceeds will go to the Lander Art Center.
The Lander Bar will sell drinks, including mimosas, bloody marys,  and non-alcoholic drinks.
Apple Valley market will be selling soup for lunch.
The Lander Valley High School Choir will sing holiday carols throughout the day.
Participating artists for Art in the Afternoon 2011 are:
Anita Thatcher: wool and recycled felted items
Anna Hulme: wool felted humans and creatures
Annie Reber: traveling massage/bodywork
Audrey Eaton: classic jewelry made from natural stones and cultured pearls
Bill Yankee: intaglio printmaking
Byron Seeley: multi colored textured clay work
Chris Hulme: hand-blown glass ornaments and pendants
Colleen Drury: oil and watercolor original artwork and reproductions
Cristin Zimmer: decorative ceramic platters and small encaustic paintings
Dannine Donaho: miniature watercolors and pen and ink drawings and oil paintings
Deanna Trumble: hand-made soap
Diantha States: woven rugs, placemats, stuffed animals and more using natural fibers and recycled trimmings
Doug and Sandy Lowinske: handcrafted woodwork made from native aspen
Jacquelyn Oliver: copper and feather jewelry
Jagoe Reid: hand-dyed crepe de chine (silk) scarves and colorful hand-made hula hoops
Jennifer Schiefen: beaded jewelry
Joanne Rubino: prints of paintings
Kenneth Reiman: stoneware and porcelain clay work
Lander Valley High School Art Club: soup bowls and lino-cut holiday cards
Lennie Poitras: handmade fine silver and sterling silver jewelry with a botanical theme
Linda Johnson: watercolor paintings
Lori Hunter: children’s clothing, accessories, and mixed media children’s room décor
Lucille Kara: marbleized paper
Mary Johnson: hand-made soaps packaged in colorful cotton bags, natural jewelry made from local rocks, semi-precious stones, recycled pottery and glass
Matlynn Snodgrass and Andalusia Reed: origami crane mobiles, hand-made journals, and recycled wool hats
Mountain Aven Baby by Blair Stone Schneider: high quality, unique, handmade children's clothing and women's accessories
Pam Spencer-Hockett: clay work
Rebecca Steinke: fine silver, gold, and beaded jewelry
Sali Allard: wildlife to sunsets depicted in acrylic, watercolor and pastel
Scott Copeland: photography
Shawna Pickinpaugh: stoneware pottery and recycled wool mittens
Sherry Shelley: hand-made sagebrush wreaths
Shining Mountain Mercantile by Sarah Susanka: crocheted and knitted afgans, blankets, hats, and more using wool, cotton, and specialty yarns
Stacy Wells: hairclips, kids belts, watercolor cards and wire-wrapped earrings
Susan Grinels: mixed media paintings, drawings, and collages
Terri Miller: cleverly painted recycled tire mirrors
Tonya Pepper: mixed media hand- made greeting cards
Tracey Dobbins: hand-painted silk scarves
Wanderlust Jewelry by Elana Cox: AA-AAA semi-precious stone jewelry using sterling and fine silver hand-forged findings
Zach Even: local wildlife watercolors and oils painted with humor and printed t-shirts