Monday, April 2, 2012

2012 Visual Arts Fellowship Awards anounced by Wyoming Arts Council

At a Fellowship Awards Banquet during last weekend's CLICK! Symposium for Visual Artists in Pinedale, the Wyoming Arts Council announced the 2012 Visual Arts Fellowship Recipients and Honorable Mentions. Work by all of these artists, plus next year's Fellowship Recipients and Honorable Mentions, will be included in the next Biennial Fellowship Exhibition which will be hosted by the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper in the fall of 2013.

The 2012 Fellowship Recipients are:  
Joe Arnold, painter from Laramie
Chuck Kimmerle, photographer from Casper
Jenny Wuerker, painter from Buffalo

Honorable Mentions were given to: 
Suzanne Morlock from Wilson who creates sculptures from recycled materials
Cat Urbigkit, photographer from Pinedale

The Jurors for the 2012 Visual Arts Fellowships were:  
Leanne Goebel, an arts writer based in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Napoleon Jones-Henderson, an artist, educator, activist and "Citizen of the Universe" from Boston
Karen Rogers, a gallerist and artist consultant from Santa Fe, N.M.

The jurors, who made their selections at an all-day jury process on Friday, March 30, were all impressed by the depth and breadth of the work by Wyoming artists.  From painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography through environmental art and film, the artist entries were varied and exciting.  While even the jurors were surprised at their final selection of more traditional artists this year, they were very inspired by the contemporary work being done in Wyoming.  

The three jurors, along with Lisa Hatchadoorian, Art Curator for the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, held one-on-one meetings with artists and art students on Sunday morning to review the artists' work and offer constructive criticism, ideas and encouragement.

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