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Release Date: 11/05/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser,    

Trails Center Partners with Casper College;
Presents Temporary Exhibit, "Shifting Landscapes: Wyoming"

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is currently hosting a temporary exhibit, “Shifting Landscapes: Wyoming.” The exhibit, curated by students from the Museum Studies class at Casper College, includes the changing artistic representations of Wyoming and the American West.

The exhibition opened Nov. 1 and will be displayed through Dec. 1. The exhibit includes works by Tom Loepp, Reed Merschat, Nancy Madura, Gabrielle Reeves, and Ingrid Burnett, among others.

For over 200 years, American artists have been inspired by land, mountains, sky, and water. They have used paint, canvas, and cameras to create their artistic interpretations of landscapes.

“Artistic interpretation of the Western landscape continues to change,” said Eric Wimmer, a Museum Studies student. “Yet the desire to capture the beauty of open spaces and unsettled territory remains. Landscapes of the American West have always been, and will continue to be, an attempt by the artist to capture that special element that conveys just what it means to live in the West.”

The exhibition was curated by the following Casper College students: Madison Harmon, Taylor Herbst, Sarah Hudson, Ian Jacobson, Denna McPherson, Hunter Rayburn, Jay Redig, Alex Rose, and Wimmer.

Valerie Innella, Ph.D., art history instructor at Casper College, is the instructor for Museum Studies. “This exhibition is concerned with the representation of nature and landscape produced by American artists, in the practice of painting and photography,” Innella said. “Art has been defined as the expression of an idea, and throughout the centuries these ideas have been manipulated by politics, religion, and commerce, which also directly affect the natural landscape. Our understanding of history and global contemporary culture is shaped by artists who address the theme of nature in their work,” she said.

In the museum studies course, participants engage in learning about the dissemination of knowledge through the museum environment and practice proper methods of artifact handling, exhibition displaying, and creating related signage. The course is part of an associate degree plan that prepares students for museum work and allows for an understanding of basic operations of a museum or gallery including exhibit design, education, collections management, marketing, and an overview of the history and changing role of these facilities in society.

For more information, contact Alex Rose at 307- 261-7780.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on off-season hours, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 11-05-2012