The University of Wyoming Art Museum is now displaying selected student work for their annual student exhibit. Submissions for artwork are open annually to any enrolled UW student. The 2021 exhibition is juried by Meredith Lynn, assistant curator and director of galleries at Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts.

“So many students are grappling with the crises of our time: the pandemic, financial insecurity, and systemic inequalities,” Lynn writes in her juror’s statement. She also noted that, while times are tough, the artists display a great deal of resilience, humor and creativity in their work.

Displayed across two gallery rooms, the works of art are diverse in subject and medium. No one piece of art is similar to another, which makes this particular exhibit exciting, surprising, and engaging. The pieces range from a photograph of fused glass tubing to a sculpture made of fabric and beading.

Each student seems to have their own message about these strange and chaotic times, and that variety makes for a rich show. It makes the observer cogitate about the piece’s origin story and the frame of mind of each artist. How did this artist come up with the idea to use a mannequin and cotton pads for a sculpture? Why did this artist choose dead rats as a subject matter, while simultaneously incorporating humor into the piece?

Regardless of the answers, the exhibit is a veritable feast for the eyes and the brain.

SEE THE EXHIBIT

The 46th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibit will be on display at the UW Art Museum from Feb. 23–May 15. The UW Art Museum hours are Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Art Museum has reserved time on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon for at-risk visitors only.

Admission is free and masks are required.

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