Five summer exhibitions will open at the University of Wyoming Art Museum during a public reception on Friday, May 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. The free event will be the first chance for visitors to check out “Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos,” “Drawn from Life: Northern Plains Indian Portraits by David Humphreys Miller,” “Linda Fleming: Modeling the Universe,” “Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea,” and “Through the Looking Glass: The Portait of the Artist.”

All five exhibits will close in August, so this summer is the only time to view them in Laramie. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie.  Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Here’s a deeper look into each of the summer exhibits from the UW Art Museum:

Francisco Goya  (Spanish, 1746-1828) is recognized as one of Spain’s most important and influential artists. His “Los Caprichos” suite, which he began in 1799, established him as the father of the Modern movement in Europe. In the 80 allegorical etchings of the series, Goya explores creative freedoms that were not acceptable to the conventions of art in his time. The exhibition closes Aug. 4.

In 1935, at the age of 16, David Humphreys Miller (American, 1918-1992) arrived in South Dakota and began interviewing and drawing the Northern Plains Indians who were at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. “Drawn from Life: Northern Plains Indian Portraits by David Humphreys Miller” presents portraits of Native American men and women whose interviews contributed to his research and eventual publications as well as those who had connections to the early Hollywood film industry. The exhibition closes Aug. 11.


“Linda Fleming: Modeling the Universe” presents more than 60 maquettes that provide insight into Fleming’s (American, b. 1945) creative process and inspiration. The small-scale models are in a variety of mediums including cut paper, laser-cut plywood, cast bronze, and felt and combine architectural structures with patterns found in nature. This exhibition closes on Aug.  4.

“Through the Looking Glass: The Portrait of the Artist” explores the tradition of self-portraits and portraits of artists in a variety of mediums including drawings, prints, and photography. Curated from the Art Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition is available for statewide tour through the Touring Exhibition Service following its close Aug. 4.

“Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea” tells a story about three travelers who ventured to Papua New Guinea and the objects they acquired. Objects include skull racks, canoe prows, and items of adornment. The exhibition closes Aug. 18.