Call for applications for the 2022 Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition

(Fremont County, Wyoming) – The call for applications for the Governor’s Capitol art exhibition is now available on CaFE, www.callforentry.org. The registration deadline is November 14, 2021. Apply now at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=9485

The Governor’s Capitol Art Show is a biennial, jury-paneled exhibit that celebrates the work of Wyoming artists. The exhibition was created in 2000 on the initiative of Governor Geringer and is organized under the auspices of the Wyoming State Museum and the Wyoming Arts Council.

The exhibition is the main channel through which the State Museum acquires works of art for its collections. The five elected officials of the state and representatives of other state agencies select the winners of the purchase prizes for the Capitol art collection. While museum curators select purchase prices for the permanent art collection. All other works of art in the exhibition are available for sale to the general public.

The exhibition is open to artists currently working and living in Wyoming. There is no charge to enter. Questions can be directed to Mariah Emmons, Museum Registrar, mariah.emmons@wyo.gov, (307) 631-3368.

The jury’s exhibit will be on view February 14 through August 14 at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne. This year’s juror is Wade Patton.


From the juror:

I am a registered member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and grew up on the Pine Indian Reservation, which is now Oglala Lakota County in southwest South Dakota. I was surrounded by a rich artistic and musical culture. After graduating from Black Hills State University with a BA in Art and having a solo show during my senior year at the Sioux Indian Museum in Rapid City, I decided to move.

I had to leave South Dakota to find a voice in my most recent work. Yet while pursuing other artistic opportunities on the East Coast, I wanted to be home. Living on the East Coast, I began to express what I missed, the beauty and splendor of the Black Hills and South Dakota skies. I started to draw landscapes and clouds, in memory of my home. The understated beauty of the meadow resonates in my work.

Something clicked, not only in my artistic expression, but with collectors and galleries. Their response was unexpected, but welcome. I started sending work home for exhibitions and galleries, and I was recognized. Eventually I realized how much I needed to come back, I missed my family and wanted to pursue my art where I find the most inspiration. This decision took me straight into a thriving Indigenous art scene that clearly wasn’t there when I left.

Interestingly, when I came back people were like, “Oh, you’re the cloud guy! “. People didn’t know me, but knew my job. I reconnect with the land and my ancestors. It’s most prevalent in my recent works and it’s exciting for me as an artist to envision the future with new works.

When I returned to South Dakota, I was fortunate to have more opportunities to pursue my art. I have traveled the country for art residencies, to do solo / group exhibitions, art markets, jury of art exhibitions and to teach (young and old) different artistic mediums to across the state.



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