CTF Newsletter – January 29th, 2014

Have you traveled through Medicine Bow lately? Perhaps stopping off at the Virginian for a nice warm toddy? Did you see the bright red roof across the street? Did you know that the red roof covers a wonderful bit of Wyoming and Medicine Bow’s history?

That historic railroad depot is now over 100 years old, and the Museum inside and the Town of Medicine Bow took on the challenge of re-roofing that historic structure this past summer and autumn, with the assistance of a Cultural Trust Fund grant.

CTF Newsletter – December 20th, 2013

This last year the National Museum of Wildlife Art, with the assistance of a Cultural Trust Fund grant, created a wonderful exhibition, “Traveling Trout”, which involved 36 trout forms designed and decorated by secondary school (grades 9-12) students from around the state. The trout forms were distributed at the Wyoming High School Art Symposium in Casper in April, 2012. At the April 2013 Symposium the distinctive trout sculptures were exhibited and were critiqued by a panel of five judges. The trout were rated on five criteria: 1) quality and originality of the idea; 2) execution of the idea (skill with the material used); 3) appropriate for outdoor display; 4) expression (the piece has a strong presence, “personality”, feeling of movement and life; and 5) overall impact of the piece. Judges awarded first place and a prize of $7,000 to Pinedale High School for its ceramic mosaic trout artwork titled” Time to Make Waves”; Encampment High School received $5,000 for second place with “Metamophofish” and third place and $2,000 went to Powell High School for its artwork “The Escape of Adaption.” Honorable mentions went to Midwest High School, Mountain View High School, Little Snake River High School, Cheyenne South High School, and Niobrara County High School. The five schools receiving Honorable Mention were awarded $500 each. All prizes were directed to the schools’ art programs.

CTF Newsletter – August 19th, 2013

Well-known entertainer Cheech Marin, who has gained additional acclaim as a collector of Chicano art, is scheduled to visit the University of Wyoming campus and present two public programs on September 6-7, 2013.

Marin will speak about art at 4 p.m., Friday, September 6, in the Wyoming Union Ballroom, followed by a book signing. The title of his talk is “Chicano Art: Cultivating the Chicano Future”. On Saturday, September 7, at 10:30 a.m. he will give an informal gallery walk-through at the UW Art Museum. Both programs are free and open to the public.

CTF Newsletter – July 29th, 2013

Hell Gap, one of the most famous Paleoindian archaeological sites in North America was first investigated in the 1960s by a team from the Peabody Museum of Harvard University and U.W. The 1960s excavations uncovered many 8,000-11,000 year old campsites along a small valley now known as Hell Gap. At the time of these investigations, the sequence of Paleoindian cultures (the earliest North Americans) was unknown and Hell Gap provided the date to establish this sequence. Establishing the sequence was possible because little erosion had occurred in the valley and all cultural material deposited was sealed in by the accumulating sediment.