Wyoming Art Symposium Showcases SHS Talent

The students of Sheridan High School’s Fine Arts program saw all of their hard work and dedication pay off April 23-25 at the Wyoming State Art Symposium held at the Casper Event Center. The student’s work ranged from ceramic, collage, drawing, painting to photography. The countless hours of meticulous attention to detail all built up to having an opportunity to see how their artwork would stand up to the rest of the state.

The art symposium is a juried art exhibit, so not every piece of artwork can go. Art teachers across the state select the work that they feel is the best representation of their art program for the year and send those pieces to the symposium. Once the artwork has been hung up for display the Wyoming high school art instructors have a chance to judge the artwork from the other schools. The artwork that is chosen is awarded a blue ribbon by the judges. In addition to the blue ribbon awards there are a few select two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces that are chosen for the Congressional. The Congressional pieces will be on display at the Capital in Cheyenne for the summer. One piece from this selection will go on to Washington D.C. to be displayed at the White House to represent the State of Wyoming. There is one more special selection from the students’ work and that is the First Lady of Wyoming’s selection. Each year the First Lady will personally selects 12 pieces from this body of work for her personal display at the governor’s mansion. This display will be for an entire year.

This year the students in Sheridan High Schools Fine Arts program were awarded 50 blue ribbons for all of their hard work. They had three pieces selected for the Congressional and one piece that was selected by the First Lady. The blue ribbon artwork will be on display at the Sagebrush Art Gallery on Main Street for most of the month of May. The reception will be May 8th from 5:30 to 7 pm.