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16 November 2021

The Wyoming State Museum to host Pajama Party

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The Wyoming State Museum will host Pajama Party, a Family Day celebrating the amazing changes nature goes through as the weather gets colder each winter, on December 4 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Visitors will learn about our winter world by participating in games and activities, seeing artifacts and specimens up close, and making adorable crafts that can double as holiday gifts for loved ones. Take-home crafts will be available for those families who would prefer to enjoy this event from home.

In order to keep everyone safe, the museum will require timed registration to participate in this event. Families can register for free at https://bit.ly/3n2kPwv or they can register by calling the museum at 307-630-2573.

Family Days are generously sponsored by Scheels in Johnstown, CO. Thanks to their support, these events are always free and open to everyone! 

The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. Please call 307-630-2573 for more information.

Family Day fans can follow the museum’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay in the know about upcoming events: @wyomingstatemuseum.

10 November 2021

Wyoming State Museum to host Holiday Open House

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The Wyoming State Museum will host a Holiday Open House during and after the annual Cheyenne Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 27. 

Located just one block from the Parade route, the museum will open its galleries and restrooms to the public from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, offering a rare opportunity to enjoy the museum after business hours. Visitors can enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider, holiday music, and a festive photo booth. 

The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. Please call 307-630-2573 for more information. Fans of the museum can follow the museum’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay in the know about all upcoming events: @wyomingstatemuseum.

27 October 2021

Wyoming State Museum to celebrate Dia de los Muertos Family Days program

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The Wyoming State Museum’s annual Día de los Muertos Family Days program will be held Saturday, November 6.

Families are invited to visit the Museum anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to explore the cultural traditions and folk art of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

During their visit, participants will celebrate the holiday as they decorate sugar skulls, make tissue paper marigolds and papel picado, view examples of altars, and enjoy traditional music and dancing by Las Angelitas Unidas y Los Rayos del Sol.

Día de los Muertos is a day dedicated to remembering those who have departed. As opposed to Halloween, it is a day of celebration filled with rich cultural traditions and colorful folk arts. Celebrating those traditions and arts is a way for us to explore the cultures that are a part of Wyoming’s past and present.

Family Days is a free program of the Wyoming State Museum which provides children and their families with fun and educational opportunities to explore Wyoming’s natural and cultural resources. Family Days is held the first Saturday of the month at the Wyoming State Museum. Each month’s program has a different theme and activities are geared towards children and their families. Family Days are generously sponsored by Scheels in Johnstown, CO. Thanks to their support, these events are always free and open to everyone!

The Wyoming State Museum is located at 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Admission to the Museum and all of its education programming is free.

For more information about this and other Wyoming State Museum programs please call 307-286-5952.

14 October 2021

State Museum to host safe Halloween event

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The Wyoming State Museum’s annual FREE trick-or-treat event will be held on Sunday, October 31, from 12 to 4 p.m. 

Community members are invited to participate in a COVID-safe trick-or-treat around the museum grounds, meeting characters from Wyoming’s past and collecting a bag of candy at the end. 

Halloween at the Museum is a safe and educational event for children of all ages, although children must be accompanied by an adult. The entire event will take place outside, so don’t be afraid to wear a coat over your costume!

Halloween at the Museum is generously sponsored by Smile Doctors in Cheyenne, Thanks to their support, this entire event is free and open to all! 

The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. 

Please call 307-630-2573 for more information. Follow the museum’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay in the know about all of our upcoming events, @wyomingstatemuseum.

04 October 2021

2022 Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition Call for Entries

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2022 Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition Call for Entries

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Attention Wyoming artists! The call for entries for Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition is now available on CaFE, www.callforentry.orgThe entry deadline is November 14, 2021. Apply now at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=9485

The Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition is a biennial juried exhibit that celebrates the work of Wyoming artists. The exhibition was established in 2000 under an initiative by Governor Geringer and is organized under the auspices of the Wyoming State Museum and the Wyoming Arts Council.

The exhibition is the primary avenue through which the state museum acquires art for its collections. The State’s five elected officials and representatives from other state agencies select purchase award winners for the Capitol art collection. While the museum’s curators select purchase awards for the permanent art collection. All other artwork in the exhibition is available for sale to the general public. 

The exhibit is open to artists currently working and living in Wyoming. There is no fee to enter. Questions may be directed to Mariah Emmons, Museum Registrar,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (307)631-3368.

The juried exhibition will be on display from February 14 through August 14th at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne. This year’s juror is Wade Patton.


From the Juror

Wade-Patton Juror Wade Patton

I’m an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and grew up on the Pine Indian Reservation, which now is Oglala Lakota County in the southwest of South Dakota. I was surrounded by a rich culture of art and music. After obtaining a BA in art from Black Hills State University and having a solo exhibit during my senior year at the Sioux Indian Museum in Rapid City, I decided to move away.

It took leaving South Dakota for me to find a voice in my most recent body of work. Yet, while pursuing other art opportunities on the east coast, I longed for home. Living on the east coast, I began expressing what I missed, the beauty and splendor of the Black Hills and the skies of South Dakota. I started to draw landscapes and clouds, as a reminder of home. The spare beauty of the prairie resonates in my work.

Something clicked, not only in my artistic expression, but with collectors and galleries. Their response was unexpected, but welcomed. I started sending work back home for exhibits and galleries, and was getting recognition. Finally, I realized how much I needed to return, I missed my family and I wanted to pursue my art in the place where I find the most inspiration. That decision brought me straight into a thriving Native art scene that clearly wasn't here when I left.

Interestingly, when I moved back people would say, ‘Oh, you’re the cloud guy!’. People didn't know me, but knew my work. I’m reacquainting myself with the land and my ancestry. This is most prevalent in my recent works and it's exciting for me as an artist to look forward to the future with new works. 

In moving back to South Dakota, I have been fortunate in having more opportunities in pursuing my art. I have traveled the country for art residencies, to do solo/group exhibits, art markets, juror of art shows and to teach (young and old) different art mediums across the state.

24 September 2021

State Museum offers Digital Skills for Seniors classes this Fall

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Following a successful pilot program this summer, the Wyoming State Museum announces it will host two more Digital Skills courses this fall.

Digital Skills for Seniors is a free, eight-week course that will gradually introduce skills that older adults can use to simplify and improve their everyday lives. Made possible by a Spectrum Digital Education Grant, these courses will help participants get comfortable using smart phones and tablets to access the internet, utilize tools like the magnifying glass, connect with friends and family on social media, and more. Each class will build on the previous lesson and will include time for one-on-one assistance and practice. 

Participants can bring their own device from home or borrow a tablet from the museum for free. 

Apple (iOS) focused classes will take place on Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Wyoming State Museum classroom, beginning on Oct 5, and ending on Nov 30.

The Android class will meet on Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m., beginning on Oct 7, and ending on Dec 2.

Registration is completely free and is open until Oct 1. To register, call Melisa McChesney at 307-630-2573. Space in this class is extremely limited, so we encourage those who are interested to sign up as soon as possible. 

This program is offered in collaboration with Wyoming Relay.

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