2017 Visual Arts Fellowship Awards Announced by the Wyoming Arts Council

2017 Visual Arts Fellowship Awards Announced by the Wyoming Arts Council

Fellowship winners with Jurors from left to right include Fellowship jurors Adam Gildar, Mindy Besaw, and Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson stand next to honorable mention recipient Bart Fetz (Green River), and fellowship winners Florence Alfano McEwin (Green River) and Bailey Russel (Laramie). Not pictured is honorable mention recipient Jenny Dowd (Alpine) and fellowship winner Shelby Shadwell (Laramie).

WYOMING — The 2017 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients were announced by the Wyoming Arts Council on Friday, April 8 at a reception at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper. Laramie artists Shelby Shadwell and Bailey Russel, along with Florence Alfano McEwin of Green River were selected at the 2017 Fellowship winners. The Visual Arts Fellowships are awarded to Wyoming artists based on the merit of their portfolio and whose work reflects serious and exceptional aesthetic investigation. The fellowships are open to Wyoming artists working in any visual medium.

Shelby Shadwell explores the visual tensions between representation and abstraction in his large-scale drawings. Working from direct observation, his subject matter ranges from black plastic trash bags to piles of cockroaches and sculptures of diapers.

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Bailey Russel’s current body of work explores the alleyways of Laramie. He captures his photographs using a room-sized Camera Obscura that he custom built into a trailer.

Florence Alfano McEwin creates prints using photo intaglios and chine collé of found, digitally printed or cut paper. Her current series is revisionist works of Red Riding Hood, envisioning a life after Red Riding Hood and the Wolf become involved, considering male and female tensions with a playful twist of feminine empowerment.

Two honorable mentions were awarded to Bart Fetz of Green River, and Jenny Dowd of Alpine. Fetz creates stoneware sculptures that investigate animal forms and imagery. Dowd explores the secret life of inanimate objects through ink drawings and porcelain sculpture.

Work by this year’s fellowship recipients and work by the fellowship winners from 2016 will be on display in a Biennial Exhibition in the fall of 2017 at the Nicolaysen Art Museum.

The Fellowship recipients and honorable mentions were selected by three jurors: Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum, Mindy Besaw, Curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, and Adam Gildar, owner of Gildar Gallery in Denver.

For more information about the Visual Arts Fellowships, please contact the Wyoming Arts Council at 307-777-7742.