CASPER, Wyo. — The Nicolaysen Art Museum will be hosting an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, January 28 for three new exhibits on display in Casper.
The new exhibits include:
- “Creating the West,” featuring western works from the Nic’s permanent collections and from private collections.
- “Travel with a Purpose: Europe,” an exhibition by Casper photographer Michael Filcek.
- Casper Photography Association’s seventh annual exhibition at the Nic.
The “Creating the West” exhibit features paintings, sculptures and images that tell specific narratives about life in the American West.
“Our extensive collection of western works are not often displayed, and this is a great opportunity for the community to see some amazing art of the American West,” Nic Executive Director Andy Couch said. “Works by Thomas Moran, Charlie Russell, and Frederic Remington have been hiding in our vault for quite some time. We’ve received wonderful support from private collections as well, [and] we’re excited to showcase artwork by Harry Jackson, Albert Bierstadt, and Joseph Henry Sharp.”
Flicek’s “Travel with a Purpose: Europe” exhibit features photographs that have been selected from curators of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the New Mexico Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as well as photos selected by the founder and editor of The Photo Review and the Photo Collector. His work has been featured in the Wyoming Governor’s Capital Art Collection as well as the permanent collection of the Bibliotheque National de France.
“For me, travel has been life-changing. 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,” said Flicek. “My photographic intention is not to simply document the places I’m visiting. Rather, I’m driven to photograph by a desire to produce compelling images that are not just testaments to special places at a point in time but that are also worthy of the walls of galleries, museums, homes, or other private and public spaces.”
“To the extent, this intent is realized, the work has the potential to evoke emotions, inspire a wanderlust, and for some, to inspire photographic and other creative aspirations.”
The Casper Photography Association will recognize its members and their work during Friday’s opening reception.
“Wildlife, racecars, landscapes, and scenes from Casper and worldwide are just a few of the images you can explore in this exhibition,” the Nic said. “Participants were asked to submit their 10 ‘best-of-the-best’ photos, [after which] Nicolaysen Art Museum Curator of Art Amanda Yonker chose two from each member.”
“The opportunity to display work at the Nicolaysen Art Museum brings awareness about the association and motivates members to create their best work. More information about the association open to beginners through professional photographers is available at casperphotographers.com.”
The Nicolaysen Art Museum is located at 400 E. Collins Drive in Casper.