Introduction: Learning from the masters is a key objective of the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The museum has extensive education programs for all ages, including pre-K through 12th grade, university and college students, and adults. The education team, including a master teacher, creates programs that enhance and expand an understanding of art, culture and personal creativity for museum visitors based on the model observe, question, explore, create, and reflect. Using the museum's exhibitions – including the traveling Artmobile exhibits and the museum’s Traveling Exhibits program – as the focal point for these activities, participants experience diverse forms of visual expression through investigative museum and studio processes, connecting with artists and scholars across disciplines and areas of study.
Our Educational Philosophy: The museum’s approach to interpretation and education encourages intellectual inquiry, supports, enhances and partners with the academic programs of the university and regional education systems, respects and encourages multiple perspectives and the exchange of ideas about the visual arts, demonstrates excellence in content through all of its programs; and enables the creative spirit to grow.
Our Educational Vision: Our vision is that students of all ages regularly experience the rich resources available through our collections and exhibitions, workshops and art talks, tours and studio classes, and our outreach programs – not as onetime events in their lives, but as repeated activities building on the art explorations, knowledge and intellectual inquiry experienced with each visit. Faculty and teachers become partners with the museum in a joint educational process that emphasizes authentic learning grounded in the artwork and expertise of visiting artists and scholars. Communities of learners from all walks of life contribute their diverse voices to the exchange of ideas precipitated by the museum’s exhibitions. The museum galleries and studios ring with the sound of excitement as visitors find and explore their own creative spirit, inspired by the work on display.