Public Art Tours
Check out or 2017 summer walking and biking public art tours:
Cooper Center Mural
LPAC and local mural artists team up to help the Cooper Center for the Creative Arts do their first mural.
The summer classes at the Cooper Center for the Creative Arts are working on the center's first ever mural. It can be intimidating to do such a large project, so LPAC and local mural artists offered to help with some technical parts such as the nighttime projection. The staff and students will be working diligently this summer on the mural. Stop by and see their progress!
Charles Blanc and Tristan Surtees make up the award-winning artist team known as Sans façon. The sentiment of Sans façon—which, loosely translated, means “without unnecessary fuss or ceremony,”—guides their practice, which responds to the complex relationships between people and place. See their website.
Our vision for this project, with our partners, is to bring together the Laramie communities through public art practice, fostering inclusivity and dynamic cultural engagement opportunities. Through a multi-year collaboration with artist group Sans façon (Tristan Surtees and Charles Blanc), develop and implement a public art project in Laramie that responds to the relationship between people and place. Unique to this art project and collaboration will be a focus on addressing the binary between “town and gown” in order to foster a greater sense of connectedness and shared identity.
Most recently, in March 2017, the collaborative steering committee comprised of UW Department of Art and Art History, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, UW Art Museum, UW Honors Program, UW Department of English, UW International Programs, UW President’s Committee on Public Art, Laramie Main Street Alliance, Laramie Public Art Coalition, Wyoming Art Party and Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, organized for Surtees and Blanc to visit Laramie to investigate the realities of a long-term project and give their second public presentation in Laramie. See video of that presentation here.
The working group is busy applying for grants and raising funds to ensure this project can happen. Let us know if you want to donate or get involved! We obviously love Laramie and know how great it is here, but we feel honored and fortunate to have such a well respected international artist team recognize that as well and be inspired to do a project here with us. Fingers crossed we get enough funding to bring them back here this fall to continue!
RFQ, Call for Artwork for the Albany County Public Library
Project Update: Artist Favian Hernandez won this call. Stay tuned in May and June for social media updates from the artist himself as he works on this project!
The Laramie Mural Project, in conjunction with the Albany County Public Library would like to invite artist living in Albany County to submit request for qualification (RFQ) for an indoor mural/public art installation at the library. Download the announcement here.
Responses are due January 13, 2017 by 4 pm MT on a jump drive to Caitlin White, Executive Director, Albany County Public Library Foundation, 310 S. 8th Street, Laramie, WY 82070.
Questions can be directed to the Project Manager, Trey Sherwood, of the Laramie Mural Project, at 307-760-3355 or firstname.lastname@example.org
"Love Motel for Insects" by Internationally Known Artist and Biologist Brandon Ballengée
During the summer of 2016, LPAC was thrilled to part of “Love Motel for Insects: Laramie Railroad Depot Variation and Pollinator Garden” by artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée. This project involved a temporary public art installation at the site of the Laramie Depot in Laramie’s historic downtown. “Love Motel for Insects: Laramie Railroad Depot Variation and Pollinator Garden” became the location for a series of public programs with the artist and was part of the exhibition, “WASTE LAND: A Survey of Works by Brandon Ballengée, 1996-2016,” at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.
“Love Motel for Insects” is an ongoing series of international public art installations that Ballengée has created over the last 10 years to provide situations between humans and arthropods. The works use ultraviolet lights on enormous sculpted canvases to attract insects and create an opportunity for public interactions with nocturnal arthropods, which are not often seen.
The pollinator garden is a permanent perennial bed planned by a consortium of organizations that includes the Laramie Depot Board, Laramie Garden Club, Laramie Main Street Alliance, Laramie Parks and Recreation, Laramie Public Art Coalition, Union Pacific Railroad, UW Art Museum and UW Biodiversity Institute. Volunteers planted the garden along the length of the train at Depot Park. Children and adult participants learned which plants attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, participated in hands-on activities and displays by partnering organizations, and created artwork during a Bug Boot Camp for kids.
The pollinator garden was coordinated by the Laramie Garden Club, UW Art Museum and UW Biodiversity Institute. Partners for the Pollinator Week Festival include Albany County Master Gardeners, High Plains Seed Library, Laramie Garden Club, beekeeper Jesse Taylor, U.S. Forest Service, UW Art Museum and UW Biodiversity Institute.
The “Love Motel for Insects: Laramie Railroad Depot Variation and Pollinator Garden” is funded, in part, by the Laramie Beautification Committee, Laramie Parks and Recreation, Laramie River Conservation District, Union Wireless, UW Art Museum Gala funds, UW Biodiversity Institute and Wyoming Public Media.
Information from UW news: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2016/06/uw-art-museum-presents-love-motel-for-insects-and-pollinator-garden-in-laramies-depot-park.html
Laramie Mural Project, 2016 - 2017
Artists located within Albany County are welcome to join us as we continue to paint small and large scale murals that are reflective of Laramie's unique cultural assets.
This year our goals are to continue the historic figure alley between Ivinson Avenue and Grand Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets, produce an open call process for walls both downtown and outside the district, develop public art installations that are community driven and have hands on components, continue to offer quality guided tours of the murals and update the Laramie Mural Project website, brochure and audio tour,
In the summer, we typically meet every other Friday morning at 8:30 am in the Laramie Main Street office at 207 Grand Avenue. Email email@example.com to be added to the meeting notification list or visit the Laramie Mural Project on Facebook.
For a list of upcoming tours, visit www.laramiemuralproject.org
RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECT: Dedication for Penumbra is Sept. 15 at 5 pm on location
Public Art Beautifies South Third Street, Complete December 2015
The Laramie Beautification Committee (LBC), through a call process, commissioned Laramie artist Stan Dolega to build a bold, 200’ long, artwork in the northwest quadrant of the I-80 and 3rd Street interchange. The installation titled Penumbra screens an industrial property to the west and creates a visually engaging area for those passing by. The project is located on private property and was 95% funded by private gifts.
“The Laramie Beautification Committee has had its eye on this corridor for over a decade as an area that must be improved if we want to attract visitors and businesses to our community. The timing of finding a willing private landowner, funding, and having a public art vetting process in place through the new Laramie Public Art Plan, were a perfect combination for bringing this project to fruition”, said Beautification Committee chair Dan Furphy in October 2015.