CTF E-Newsletter, March 22, 2019

This e-newsletter is designed to provide a brief update on the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the happenings of its grant recipients.

It is our promise that this e-newsletter be brief, interesting and hopefully something that will provide you with ideas and contacts with other organizations around the state. If you wish to have your activity highlighted in this e-newsletter, please contact Renée Bovée, WCTF Program Coordinator.

April 1, 2019 WCTF Grant Application Postmark Deadline

TWCTF_FullTag_Colorhe POSTMARK deadline for the next round of Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund (WCTF) grants is April 1.

This grant deadline is for projects/events/activities which begin after July 1, 2019.

The WCTF provides grant funding for all forms of arts and culture, including but not limited to: visual art, performing arts, crafts, design arts, media arts, literature, museum, folk/traditional arts, humanities, historic and architectural preservation, archaeology, community cultural celebrations, cultural and heritage tourism.

“Envisioning Wyoming as a place where the cultural life and heritage of the state thrives, and is valued, enjoyed, and supported by all,” according to the WCTF Vision Statement.

For guideline and application information, go to the WCTF website, www.wyoculturaltrust.com  (click on Grants, then Process). For more information you may also contact the WCTF Program Coordinator, Renée Bovée, 307-777-6312 or via email at renee.bovee@wyo.gov.

Jackson Hole Writers Conference

JHWC-logo_web.jpgJackson Hole’s writing community began with the likes of Struthers Burt and Owen Wister who came out West to enliven their spirits with open spaces and nature’s untainted wonders. Over the years, many writers have passed through the Jackson Hole area and many have stayed. Since the 1970s a noticeable literary undercurrent has fed the intellectual and arts communities. That tradition continues through Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund beneficiary, The Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 27 – 29, 2019, which has united people through words for almost three decades.

Professional and novice writers from Jackson Hole, The United States, and around the world, attend the conference each year to learn and to be inspired. Every year JHWC hosts authors representing a variety of genres, poets, editors, and agents, and this year is no exception.

Featured speakers include authors Anne Hillerman, Bruce Coville, Benjamin Percy, Louisa Luna, Florence Williams, and Catherine Gilbert Murdock; and poets Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and David Romtvedt.

Additional guest faculty include authors Gregory Zeigler, Tiffanie DeBartolo, Scott Schumaker, Naomi Hirahara, and Lisa Jones; editors Naomi Gibbs of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Connor Guy of Metropolitan Books; and agents Madelyn Burt of Stonesong, Kristen Moeller of Waterside Publishing, Adam Schear of Defiore and Company, and Amy Williams of The Williams Company.

JHWC resident faculty include Tim Sandlin, Jack Clinton, Patti Sherlock, Catherine McKenzie, Tina Welling, David Riley Bertsch, Deborah Turrell Atkinson, Elena Hartwell, Nina McConigley, Susan Marsh, Shawn Klomparens, Kevin Grange, Broughton Coburn, Jeremy Schmidt, Laurie Kutchins, Matt Daly, Nanci Nanci Turner Steveson, Amy Kathleen Ryan, and Sheryl Haft.

The Conference takes place in Jackson Hole’s Center for the Arts where writers can meet each other and the faculty, share ideas over a glass of wine or beer, and make new contacts while attending the variety of workshops offered.

Writers dedicated to their craft pour into Jackson Hole each June looking for a fresh, but critical eye on their work. Manuscript critiques are an important part of the conference, providing a way for participants to discuss their work one-on-one with experienced writers, editors, and agents.

As JHWC attendees learn and receive feedback, they further evolve their craft which further evolves the collective story of the Writers Conference.

Writers interested in learning more about the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, including how to register, can visit www.jacksonholewritersconference.com.

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens: Gardens Gone Wild

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Ursus by Dan Ostermiller

Experiencing fine art in a natural setting is a transformative experience for thousands of visitors throughout the year at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. The tropical setting along with the abundance of natural light in the Grand Conservatory will create an authentic environment for Dan Ostermiller’s delightful menagerie of mammals, birds and reptiles in the Gardens Gone Wild exhibition. This display of Ostermiller’s works is the first exhibition of its size in the new building at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens since opening in August 2017. The “larger than life” size sculptures will be inside and on the grounds of the Gardens throughout the summer.  The animals will look at home here, and visitors will be thrilled by a sense of discovery as they explore the Botanic Garden in search of these world-class works of art.

This exhibit is an extension of the Artist in Residency program that was made possible through a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund in 2018. The Botanic Gardens has been able to feature five Wyoming artists along with the Glass Art Show during the past year, featuring art that explores the natural world and our connections to it. Artists explore and interpret the world in ways that provide new and creative opportunities for looking, assimilating, contemplating, reflecting, understanding and more.

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Lola, Dan Ostermiller

A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ostermiller has been based in Loveland, Colorado for over forty years and was given his first solo exhibition in 1980. He has been a primary driver of Loveland’s active sculpture scene, where over 200 sculptors reside, and over 300 other artisans are employed. Generous by nature, committed to fostering other artists and the sculpture field as a whole, Ostermiller is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and Allied Artists of America. He is a fellow and served as First Vice-President of the National Sculpture Society. His award-winning works have been honored with many solo exhibitions around the U.S. and beyond and are held within the permanent collections of major museums.

Be sure to visit the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens this summer, you will enjoy your adventure as you discover Dan Ostermiller’s charismatic animal denizens within Gardens Gone Wild…and remember, don’t feed the animals!

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