CASPER, Wyo.– The Nicolaysen Art Museum will host an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 28 for three new exhibits on display at Casper.
New exhibits include:
- “Create the West”: presents Western works from the permanent collections of the Nic and private collections.
- “Travel with a Purpose: Europe”: An exhibition by photographer Casper Michael Filcek.
- The seventh annual exhibition of the Casper Photography Association at the Nic.
The “Creating the West” exhibit features paintings, sculptures and images that tell specific stories about life in the American West.
“Our vast collection of Western artwork is not often displayed, and this is a great opportunity for the community to see amazing artwork from the American West,” said Nic Executive Director Andy Couch. . “Works by Thomas Moran, Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington have been hiding in our vault for some time. We have also received tremendous support from private collections, we are delighted to feature artwork by Harry Jackson, Albert Bierstadt and Joseph Henry Sharp.
Flicek’s “Travel with a Purpose: Europe” exhibition features photographs selected by curators from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as photos selected by the founder and editor of The Photo Revue and photo collector. His work has been featured in the Wyoming Governor’s Capital Art Collection as well as the permanent collection of the National Library of France.
“For me, traveling has changed my life. I see the world and the people in the world differently as a result of my travels. More importantly, I also see myself and my place in the world differently,” Flicek said. “My photographic intention is not simply to document the places I visit. Rather, I am driven to photograph by the desire to produce compelling images that are not only testimonies of special places at any given time, but are also worthy of the walls of galleries, museums, homes or other private and public spaces. ”
“To the extent that this intention is realized, the work has the potential to evoke emotions, inspire a wanderlust and, for some, inspire photographic and other creative aspirations.”
The Casper Photography Association will recognize its members and their work at Friday’s opening reception.
“Wildlife, racing cars, landscapes, scenes from Casper and around the world; are just some of the images you can explore in this exhibit,” said Nic. “Entrants were invited to submit their 10 ‘best of the best’ photos, which upon submission, Nicolaysen Art Museum’s art curator, Amanda Yonker, chose two of each member.”
“The opportunity to exhibit works at the Nicolaysen Art Museum raises awareness of the association and motivates members to create their best works. More information on the association open to beginners through professional photographers is available on casperphotographers.com.”
The Nicolaysen Art Museum is located at 400 East Collins Drive in Casper.