Esther and John Clay Fine Art Gallery

Current Exhibition

Cye Tornatzky Art Exhibition | "Liquid Time" Art Show

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 19 - Feb. 23

Opening Reception: 11:30 a.m. | Jan. 31

Artist Talk: 12:30 p.m. | Jan. 31

 

Artwork by Cye Tornatzky called Cold Pool

Artwork by Cye Tornatzky called Pool

Exhibition Statement:

A liquid is a fluid that conforms to the shape of its container but retains a constant volume irrespective of pressure. Time is a measurable, observable phenomenon that is recognized by consciousness.

As an artist working within the time-based medium of video, I am interested in deconstructing how we think about video. Often, we are looking at a video that is a realistic representation of something in the world. This illusion is seen through a "window" - a window that might be a computer monitor, a phone's edges, or even a window within the window of a browser. What if we take a deeper look at video and tease apart some of the formats and expectations around viewing?

In the series labeled 鈥淐ontainers I - V鈥 on the walls of the Clay gallery, viewers will see videos that echo the shapes and forms found in bodies of water. These waves, ripples, and rivulets aren鈥檛 video captures of a body of water, instead this content is generated from analog oscillating waveforms. Through a generous artist residency hosted by Signal Culture, I was able to explore equipment that generates visuals from the movement of electrons. In so many ways, video is fundamentally the movement of electrons - and the opportunity to generate abstract content was an exciting one. 

On the other end of the spectrum, I wanted to examine how video is displayed in terms of its 鈥渃ontainer鈥. The series labeled 鈥淓xtractions I - III鈥 uses recorded video of bodies of water, this exhibition extracts the content from the 3:2 rectangular perspective. Echoed on the walls are 3D models of the original environment.

Breaking down surrounding environments, I've highlighted the portion of the video that frames the liquid. These shapes now host video loops, extracted from the external structures of the original video. It is my hope that viewers can witness these moments in time and still experience the moments of quiet that I experienced at the water's edge when recording them.


Artist Bio:

Cye Tornatzky

Master of Fine Art in Conceptual/Information Arts at San Francisco State University 

Master of Arts in Education at San Francisco State University 

Bachelor of Art in Philosophy at College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio

Research and Artistry:

Cyane Tornatzky is an artist who uses multimedia materials to create 2D, 3D and time-based artworks. Her focus is on collaborating with technology in a way that allows for experimentation within personal narrative. In 2015, Tornatzky founded the Electronic Art program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins Colorado.

Tornatzky鈥檚 work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has attended a new media focused residency at ISIS Arts in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK as well as an art and science residency at Foundation OBRAS-Holland in The Netherlands. Tornatzky has just completed a residency at Signal Culture鈥檚 Artist in Residence program in Loveland, Colorado. She has exhibited in Meow Wolf Denver, the Denver Art Museum's MOV (Month of Video), and will be hosting a solo show at the Esther and John Clay Fine Art Gallery - 番茄社区 | Laramie County Community College, in Cheyenne, WY and 鈥淐urrents Festival 2022: Circuits art + technology festival鈥, Santa Fe Fairgrounds. Tornatzky鈥檚 work is in the collections of Portman Holdings and Hensel Phelps for Union Tower West in Denver Colorado, as well as archived at the University of Austin, Texas.


General Gallery Information

The sign for the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery on the glass outside the gallery.

Interior photo of the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery when it is empty.

The Esther and John Clay Fine Art Gallery serves 番茄社区 students and our community by inviting local, regional, and international artists to exhibit their art, give public lectures, and demonstrate materials / techniques in classroom workshops. Exhibiting artists work with a range of materials, techniques, and ideas and are vital contributors to the cultural climate of our campus. In addition, the gallery holds an annual student art exhibition.

View from the entrance into the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery when it's empty.

View from the entrance of the gallery.

View from the right side of the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery when it's empty.

View from the left side of the gallery.

View from the left side of the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery when it's empty.

View from the right side of the gallery.

The gallery is approximately 900 square feet and was constructed as part of the 2020 Fine Art Building renovation and building project.

 


Exhibition Proposal Submission Directions

The content of the gallery is managed by Daniel Maw, a faculty member in the Art Department. Artists and projects are chosen based on the needs of our students and program. Exhibitions run approximately 4-6 weeks. Participating artists are expected to attend the exhibition opening, give a public lecture, and work with art students in class. Submissions should be made at least 6 months prior to the exhibition date.

Submission Requirements

Send the following to dmawFREELARAMIE with 鈥淎rt Exhibition Proposal鈥 in the subject line:

  • 10-20 high resolution images of exemplary artworks formatted into a single PDF
  • Title, date, media, dimensions of all artworks
  • If applicable, links to video or submission of an .mov file (15 minutes or fewer)
  • Exhibition proposal (approximately 500 words) Word Document or PDF
  • Artist statement (approximately 250 words) Word Document or PDF
  • Artist resume (Word Document or PDF)

Notification

Selected artists will be contacted by the Art Department. Do not contact us regarding a submission. All submissions must be complete to be considered (see Submission Requirements above). Submission of artwork does not guarantee selection.


Previous Exhibitions

2024 Cye Tornatzky Art Exhibition

Exhibition Statement:

A liquid is a fluid that conforms to the shape of its container but retains a constant volume irrespective of pressure. Time is a measurable, observable phenomenon that is recognized by consciousness.

As an artist working within the time-based medium of video, I am interested in deconstructing how we think about video. Often, we are looking at a video that is a realistic representation of something in the world. This illusion is seen through a "window" - a window that might be a computer monitor, a phone's edges, or even a window within the window of a browser. What if we take a deeper look at video and tease apart some of the formats and expectations around viewing?

In the series labeled 鈥淐ontainers I - V鈥 on the walls of the Clay gallery, viewers will see videos that echo the shapes and forms found in bodies of water. These waves, ripples, and rivulets aren鈥檛 video captures of a body of water, instead this content is generated from analog oscillating waveforms. Through a generous artist residency hosted by Signal Culture, I was able to explore equipment that generates visuals from the movement of electrons. In so many ways, video is fundamentally the movement of electrons - and the opportunity to generate abstract content was an exciting one. 

On the other end of the spectrum, I wanted to examine how video is displayed in terms of its 鈥渃ontainer鈥. The series labeled 鈥淓xtractions I - III鈥 uses recorded video of bodies of water, this exhibition extracts the content from the 3:2 rectangular perspective. Echoed on the walls are 3D models of the original environment.

Breaking down surrounding environments, I've highlighted the portion of the video that frames the liquid. These shapes now host video loops, extracted from the external structures of the original video. It is my hope that viewers can witness these moments in time and still experience the moments of quiet that I experienced at the water's edge when recording them.


Artist Bio:

Cye Tornatzky

Master of Fine Art in Conceptual/Information Arts at San Francisco State University 

Master of Arts in Education at San Francisco State University 

Bachelor of Art in Philosophy at College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio

Research and Artistry:

Cyane Tornatzky is an artist who uses multimedia materials to create 2D, 3D and time-based artworks. Her focus is on collaborating with technology in a way that allows for experimentation within personal narrative. In 2015, Tornatzky founded the Electronic Art program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins Colorado.

Tornatzky鈥檚 work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has attended a new media focused residency at ISIS Arts in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK as well as an art and science residency at Foundation OBRAS-Holland in The Netherlands. Tornatzky has just completed a residency at Signal Culture鈥檚 Artist in Residence program in Loveland, Colorado. She has exhibited in Meow Wolf Denver, the Denver Art Museum's MOV (Month of Video), and will be hosting a solo show at the Esther and John Clay Fine Art Gallery - 番茄社区 | Laramie County Community College, in Cheyenne, WY and 鈥淐urrents Festival 2022: Circuits art + technology festival鈥, Santa Fe Fairgrounds. Tornatzky鈥檚 work is in the collections of Portman Holdings and Hensel Phelps for Union Tower West in Denver Colorado, as well as archived at the University of Austin, Texas.

2023 Tiffany Matheson Art Exhibition

Exhibition Statement:

Trauma is a universal human condition, yet healing often remains elusive. In a world filled with chaos and turmoil, "Healing Threads" offers a sanctuary for the weary, a place where the journey from darkness to light is not only symbolic but tangible. This immersive installation invites you to embark on an expedition of self-discovery and renewal, as you navigate through a labyrinth of hanging ribbons that seamlessly transition from black to a vibrant spectrum of colors. At its heart, a striking sculpture of the mystical Iboga plant stands as a sentinel, a symbol of awakening and transformation.

As you step into this mesmeric experience, you begin your pilgrimage towards physical, mental, and spiritual rejuvenation. The ribbons, initially perceived to be an endless sea of black, illustrate the struggles and challenges faced in life鈥攎oments of despair, uncertainty, and pain. The transition from black to a kaleidoscope of colors symbolizes the joy and enlightenment brought by the metamorphic capability of iboga for resilience and rebirth. As you travel through this shifting landscape of ribbons, you will find that healing is not a linear process but a dynamic and evolving one.

At the center of "Healing Threads" stands the Iboga sculpture, an embodiment of ancient wisdom and innate rehabilitation. This African plant is revered for its ability to guide individuals towards introspection and profound restoration. Its presence at the center of the exhibit serves as a reminder that within each of us lies the potential for fathomless change.

"Healing Threads" encourages you to walk through the ribbons, allowing the tactile sensations to mirror your emotional responses. Feel the ribbons brush against your skin, letting the textures and colors wash over you, invoking a sense of wonder, connection, and release. As you travel through the artwork, contemplate your own path towards healing and the myriad ways in which you can find solace and strength.

The exhibit is an encouragement to ponder your individual odyssey, to discover that healing is not an end point but a continuous process of reflection and evolution, involving the body, mind and soul.  "Healing Threads" is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a tribute to the power of both iboga and art to illuminate our path towards wholeness. As you maneuver the stratum of ribbons and encounter the Iboga sculpture, may you find moments of clarity, inspiration, and the realization that self-exploration is a quest worth undertaking. The time of suffering is over; the time for healing is now.

Artist Statement:

I am an incredibly inquisitive dreamer with a deep love for discovery and exploration. Having a formal education in biology, I conceptualize as a scientist and generate work through the creative filter of an artist. Multi-sensory engagement has an immense impact on my interpretation of the world, resulting in the regular integration of sensational elements into my designs. Texture, color, light, sound, temperature, scent, vestibular perception and proprioception play important roles individually or in concert, inviting participation with interactive pieces or immersion into encompassing environments. I enjoy embedding hidden elements tucked away for the most curious to find. While much of my work is strikingly colorful, playful and lighthearted, I occasionally create visceral, destructive, monochromatic pieces, and I appreciate working on projects that promote dialog around current social or environmental issues. 

Artist Bio:

Tiffany Matheson is a mixed and multimedia artist native to and working in Denver, CO who specializes in sculpture, installation, performance and public art. She holds a bachelor's degree in Biology with Studies in Sculpture from CU Denver, and has experience with mold making and casting, woodworking, welding, textiles, acrylic manipulation, electronics, music, written word, and more. While her work varies greatly, she is inspired by light, texture, sound, color, nature, the botanical world, and outer space. She often includes elements of exploration, play, discovery, mathematics, hidden elements, and puzzles in her art, and places emphasis on precision and attention to detail. 

2023 Raquel Meyers Art Exhibition 

Exhibition Statement:

[Keys of Fury] is a typing project (碍驰叠顿蝉濒枚箩诲) that makes material the text characters while typing on the keyboard. This process slows down the interaction between the end-user and the computer, which prompts questions about our relationships with technology. The computer is a tool that allows us to express ideas visually in contrast to the constant connection to technology and its functionality today. The use of obsolete and vintage computers examines how these tools can still serve a vital function. The characters in Commodore 64 (PETSCII) are used without ornament like concrete in brutalist architecture, capturing the spirit and the contradictions of our time. 

碍驰叠顿蝉濒枚箩诲 uses a particular way of working with keystrokes and PETSCII on the Commodore 64 with software developed by Mathman (Johan Kotlinski) called Nop. The program consists of two parts: a block of data statements containing the instructions (where all the keystrokes are recorded), and a section of code, which reads the data and outputs the animation. There is no menu, so all the instructions; like color, position, and character shape are typed on the keyboard. A black screen with a blinking cursor is the starting point to build graphics and animations, character by character. This process is like cross-stitch, a form of counted thread embroidery, or the typewriter technique, both not allowing for corrections. Any unintended strikes force the user to start all over again. In 碍驰叠顿蝉濒枚箩诲, hardware and software are a challenge, they are not decorations, or sources of nostalgia. It is a conversation about why we must return to a deeper understanding of the technology that has infiltrated our everyday lives.  We must continue innumerable acts of resistance. The tyranny of the 鈥渆asy to use鈥 and immediate gratification are dissuasive tactics that lead toward boredom.


Artist Bio:

Raquel Meyers (Cartagena, Spain b. 1977) works with obsolete technologies like the Commodore 64, Teletext, typewriters or fax machines mixed with photography, animation and embroidery, among other techniques. She defines her practice as 碍驰叠顿蝉濒枚箩诲 [mecanograf铆a expandida] whose significance can be defined roughly as <a manual skill with a keyboard>. It is based on and refers to the typewriter, Concrete Poetry, Demoscene and Brutalism. The keystrokes contribute to the execution, while poetry contributes to a system, through revealing the architecture of PETSCII, the raw and unadorned character set of Commodore 64. Her work has been shown in art centers, galleries and festivals such as Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Xpo Gallery Paris, P21 Gallery Seoul, La Casa encendida, Liste Art Fair Basel, La Ga卯t茅 lyrique, Tokyo Blip Festival, Square Sounds Melbourne, Vector Festival, LABoral, the Digerati Emergent Media Festival (Formerly Supernova), iMAL, SeMa Nanji, VISION鈥橰, Mapping, Piksel, Shibuya Pixel Art, LEV, MFRU, HeK, Fylkingen, and PlatteForum.

2023 Robert Martinez Art Exhibition

Robert and his wife have a gallery in Riverton. He is currently showing an exhibit in Cheyenne at the Wyoming State Museum called 鈥淕rounded鈥. Much of Robert鈥檚 current work uses the historical imagery, myth鈥檚 and stories of the West & Arapaho Culture combined with modern themes to create images that have a statement on the issues of today. Using intense vibrant color and contrasting shades of light and dark, he paints and draws striking forms that are confronting and engages the viewer.

His paintings and drawings have been shown across the Nation and have garnered noted acclaim. He鈥檚 been given Wyoming鈥檚 highest award for the arts, the Wyoming Governors Art Award. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Wyoming State Museum, The Brinton Museum, The Plains Indian Museum at the Cody Center of the West, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

A strong supporter of Education and of the Arts, Robert devotes time to helping and mentoring emerging artists on his reservation and throughout the Nation. He gives back to the community by speaking about art topics, giving workshops, and demonstrates his style to schools, agencies and art groups.

2023 Michael Lemke Art Exhibition

My work attempts to convey the importance of touch and conveys the process of pottery making and the experiential properties of working in the studio. An- other passion of mine is marine life, so including textures and colors that refer to the coral reef is a natural fit for my work. 

Conveying the tactile quality of working with clay while also referring to the pace of studio work is important to my practice. I attempt to describe the qualities of the clay at all stages of making so that anybody can feel a connection to the process when holding and using the pottery. One way I do this is to leave throwing rings on the insides of my pots while taking care to compress the exterior with a metal rib. I also carefully craft the foot rim while throwing, or keep the piece wet while trimming, which enables me to move the clay farther, showing the plasticity and adding some playful individuality to each piece. When the clay is leather hard, I use a variety of tools to plan out where I鈥檒l put surface decorations. I further the personal narrative of my work by using one of my daughter鈥檚 sewing tools to draw lines on the surface. 

2023 番茄社区 Student Art Show

2023 LCSD1 High School Art Show

2023 Michael Gadlin Exhibition

I have dedicated my artistic practice to exploring seemingly random visual elements by painting them in layers using mixed media. My work is a dense amalgamation of symbols and abstraction that I procure from the often crowded and chaotic urban landscape to excite the viewer鈥檚 senses. My work is focused on an intense and long process of reacting to the tools and surface by responding to any desired element according to historical embodiment and techniques that give my elements a reference to expressionism, though I can鈥檛 define my approach in only one movement. Eternally the impressions and expression of what my tools give me leave reminisces of those histories of the moment I currently find myself observing.

My philosophy is to be as sentient with visual interpretations as possible and make work that will challenge my own assumptions of what art can be. For me, the beauty lies between the layers and those elements that offer the most meaningful relationship between the art and what the viewer experiences. I evoke a visual tension between environments of abstraction and symbolism. That tension can be the most meaningful facet of my artistic process. My imagery I chose is a relationship with the viewer that I use to gain access to the emotional and imagination that creates a dialogue that I feel explores our human story. 

2022 Kevin Phillips Art Exhibition

Ripples of the Void explores the ongoing exploration and collaboration of Artificial intelligence and artists. By merging art with technology we can create a glimpse of a new humanity which will evolve to understand art and science. We are the pioneers who can grow our minds and merge it with technologies to explore a new art form with a human sensory experience. I challenge viewers to pull from their own experiences and develop a story tailored to their own life and imagination. Guided by imagery and details, these stories push me to explore paintings in new ways for every new project.鈥 Relying on the fundamentals of art, I push myself to use new techniques, materials, and reinvent ways to show artwork. 鈥 

 
Ripples of the Void is an expansion on my earlier series titled 鈥淰aporwave鈥 which is an exploration of the subliminal effects of pop culture鈥檚 influence on our inner psyche. This is an ongoing evolution that has been exacerbated by the popularization of Artificial Intelligent tools.鈥 Challenging what we know about creativity and the use of tools in art. The field of artificial intelligence is rapidly improving human capabilities by making machines think and act like humans. Since AI is currently being applied for good purposes, there's no reason not to use it in innovative ways today. AI will undoubtedly affect how we work, communicate, entertain ourselves, protect ourselves from threats and numerous other things in the future. Until then, I will keep pushing the boundaries of what's possible with artificial intelligence!

2022 Laura Shill Art Exhibition

Laura Shill is an interdisciplinary artist based in Denver, CO, whose work is a combination of sculpture, installation, performance, and photography. Her work addresses ideas of disclosure and concealment, agency and emotional risk, desire and discontent, often oscillating between humor and heartbreak.  Often present in her work are the pronounced absences she creates to make visible the invisible power structures that inform our relationships to each other or conceal the work of care that props up the whole human endeavor. Her sculptural and installation works borrow theatrical conventions as a nod to the performance of the self that we undertake daily. Many of these works invite touch and blur boundaries between public and private space. Shill employs repetition of form to create environments that make thousands of hours of invisible labor material. She uses everyday objects and supplies to make these works, often salvaged from roadsides and thrift stores or scavenged from former iterations of projects to test her theory that anything can be transformed with enough time and attention and care.

Shill has exhibited work nationally and internationally at an official satellite of the 57th Venice Biennale at the European Cultural Center, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, and Durden and Ray, Los Angeles. She earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2012. Images from her Hidden Mother archive were included in the 2013 Photographers鈥 Gallery London exhibition, Home Truths, Photography and Motherhood, and were published in the catalog edited by Susan Bright. For her 2016 solo exhibition, Phantom Touch, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Shill developed and relied on a community-based equitable barter system for artistic labor and production to realize an ambitiously soft environment. 

2022 Brandon Bailey, James Overstreet, Guadalupe Barajas, Kim Castaneda and Steve Knox Art Exhibition

2022 Tamara Rodgers and TJ Storer Art Exhibition

2022 Emma Balder Art Exhibition

Eclectic Motion, a solo exhibition of works by Emma Balder, channels an array of movements within the natural world. A diverse collection of fiber paintings and sculptural paintings, each work captures moments frozen in the midst of change: clouds drifting by, an undulating wave, the erratic force of the wind. Reflecting a continual experimentation in Balder鈥檚 practice, the works place material transformation at the forefront. As curator Heather Bhandari states, 鈥渢he pieces give a lasting impression of motion and serve as a compelling reminder of what it means to be alive 鈥 that breaking, mending, rearrangement, and renewal are constant truths.鈥 While movement presents itself in many forms, its message remains the same; movement creates change, and change is a cornerstone to growth.

2022 High School Art Show

2022 Len Davis Art Exhibition

鈥淎 Thousand Words鈥 examines the interplay between the figurative & literal term consisting of several 8" X 5" collages incorporated with drawings of peoples鈥 faces executed on text-filled newsprint pages. When looking at a person鈥檚 facial expression, you can tell how they鈥檙e feeling at that particular moment whereas text, words, verbiage and recognizable text/identity marks explains it for you. Either way, we鈥檙e provided a mental picture from both, which illustrate the fact that a picture is worth 鈥淎 Thousand Words鈥 illustrated on a thousand words.

2021 Laura Grossett Art Exhibition

Art has the ability to empower people and evoke social change.  At its core my work addresses issues of power- who has it, how it should be used, and how to find and wield our own power.  It is largely spurred by corruption, greed, labor exploitation and class struggle.  Through it, I strive to question and challenge power structures but also offer hope and a sense of solidarity to those who feel vulnerable.

2021 Student Art Exhibition