The University of Wyoming is celebrating its spring exhibitions with a reception next week, during which student artists will also be honored.

The free reception, which is set for 6-8 p.m. Feb. 16, includes an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. for award winners in the “43rd Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition.”

The student exhibition is open to any student enrolled at UW during this academic year in any area of study, including those enrolled in distance courses. Pam Campanaro, director of galleries at the University of Northern Colorado, served as the exhibit’s juror.

Almost 200 students submitted work in all types of media, with 56 pieces chosen for display. The student exhibition is scheduled for display through May 12, to coincide with UW commencement ceremonies.

“It’s one more opportunity for students to show off what they’re doing,” said Nicole Crawford, director of collections at the museum.

Other spring exhibits at the museum include “Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley,” which features works by the New Mexico-based artist that observe stereotypes and perceptions in the multicultural community where he lives. The exhibit is up through July 14.

Exhibitions coordinator Kayle Avery described Bradley’s work as narrative in style.

“You could spend a half hour with one piece, dissecting every single little humorous stereotype,” he said.

“Living Artifacts: Evolving Traditions and Cultural Perseverance” is scheduled to be on display through May 12. The exhibit features works from the museum’s permanent collections that compare artistic traditions in different cultures before and after they became sought by collectors of indigenous art.

Works include netsuke figurines from Japan, sculptures from Easter Island and kachina dolls from the American West.

“(The exhibit) tries to catalog how those artistic traditions shifted to appeal better to those collectors — so stuff went from being utilitarian to being able to stand on a shelf,” said Avery, who curated the exhibit.

A panel discussion about collecting such objects, which will include UW faculty from a variety of backgrounds, is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

“Warhol in Wyoming: The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Gift,” on display through May 26, features more than 100 Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints donated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to the museum in 2008. The exhibit honors the 10th anniversary of the gift.

Crawford said the exhibit marks the first time a majority of the pieces are on display at one time. The exhibit is organized by subject matter, as Warhol often took multiple photographs of the same person.

“This really added much more breadth and depth to our collection, not just Warhol but for pop art in general,” she said.

Screen prints will accompany the photographs, as Warhol often used Polaroid images to make the prints.

“In the Polaroids, he would block out the major visual elements, and that’s how he did a lot of his screen prints,” Avery said.

“Jon Lodge: Interface” features works that illuminate the process of artistic creation. For example, the artist uses sponges dipped in special ink that are allowed to drip onto paper throughout time, influenced by the movement of air in the vicinity. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 11.

“He creates a process and then lets that process play out, and you’re given the art,” Avery said.

Lodge is scheduled to visit Laramie to talk about his work in late April.

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