Artist Seminar

The morning of March 2, from 8:30am - 2:45pm will feature a Western Art Seminar, which is a great professional development and networking opportunity.

Each year, different topics are covered. Ticket price includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Seminar Tickets


Seminar Sessions:

Nicole Crawford - The Museum and the Artist: Do you often wonder how a museum works contemporary artists – from the museum’s point-of- view? This seminar will discuss the ins and outs of working with a museum from initial development of the exhibition proposal, working with the staff and what roles each play in the process, PR and marketing, shipping, installation, opening reception, to the final de-install and follow-up.

Rose Frederick - Upping Your Game: It’s my top ten things to do to help get into shows.

Linda Lillegraven - My Path As a Painter — the Pursuit of an Artist’s Vision.

Eric Trowbridge, a Wyoming native, will discuss his school The Array School of Technology and Design and how technology merged with the fine arts can be combined in unique ways to create exciting digital art.

Mike Kassel, Museum Curator - Holy Ship! The Adventures of Unpacking Other Artists' Boxes

2019 Western Spirit Art Show & Sale Juror Biographies:

Nicole M. Crawford joined the University of Wyoming Art Museum in 2009 as the new Curator of Collections and moved into her current role as Assistant Director and Chief Curator in 2018. Formerly the Vice President of Gallery Operations and Director at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, she supervised staff, conducted research and worked with numerous collectors during her eight years with the gallery. Previously she was the curatorial assistant at the Sheldon Museum of Art on the University of Nebraska campus and completed the academic internship program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In her role as Chief Curator for the Art Museum she leads the curatorial team to oversee, plan, manage and implement the exhibition schedule, supervises curatorial staff, oversees the development of the museum’s collection, serves as the curatorial lead and content authority for all exhibitions, enables internship opportunities in collections research and scholarship, teaches Museum Studies courses, leads museum-based study abroad courses, and chairs the museum’s Collections Advisory Committee. Her international projects include extensive work with cultural reconciliation through the display of objects and contemporary art in post-colonial/post-conflict societies. Crawford has a dual MA in Art History and Museum Studies and a BA in Art History from the University of Nebraska. Her scholarship focus is American Modernism, but she has conducted research and written extensively on many other art genres. Her current research is focused on the role of the collector in the acquisition, care, documentation and display of objects both through the collector’s vision and the responsibility of the museum.

Rose Fredrick brings nearly thirty years’ experience curating, developing, promoting, and producing fine art events for non-profit organizations. Her clients include the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, in Denver, which she has curated and directed since 1997; the PACE Center for the Arts and Humanities, Parker, Colorado, for whom she curates seven original fine art exhibitions each year since 2015; the D.C. Commission on the Arts, where her expertise in special event curation and coordination has successfully launched a plein air event in 2017. She won a National Endowment for the Arts grant to develop and tour Masterpieces of Colorado, a Rich Legacy of Landscape Painting, which traveled the state of Colorado from 2006 to 2008. She was a guest curator for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and has helped turn around and consulted on how to revive struggling events in the West. Currently, she is working more closely with artists to advance their careers and launch museum exhibitions of their work. Fredrick writes for numerous artists, galleries, and magazines including Western Art & Architecture; Southwest Art Magazine; 5280 Magazine; Ovation, Opera Colorado Magazine; Colorado Expressions; The Artist Magazine; and ArtRevue. She is the founder of the eponymous fine art monograph publishing company producing such titles as: Len Chmiel, an authentic nature; Joellyn Duesberry, elevated perspectives; Howard Post: Western Perspectives, and others. She has worked in galleries and co-owned her own gallery in Denver, and has been asked to sit on numerous panel discussions including Lush Life: Wayne Thiebaud’s Saturated Realism; Contemporary Landscape; What’s Wrong with Western Art; and Art vs. Smut, When Does Photography Cross the Line? She has juried numerous fine art exhibitions across the West.

Linda Lillegraven received her BA in art from San Diego State University in 1970, and a BS in zoology, also from San Diego State, in 1972. She earned a master’s degree in biology from the University of Utah in 1975. A summer spent doing research in an isolated corner of Utah convinced her that she wanted more than anything to paint the great open landscapes of the West. Living in Laramie, Wyoming provides infinite opportunities to see and paint the high, open country she loves. Her work is in public and private collections around the West and beyond, including the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the Wyoming State Museum. She is represented by Big Horn Galleries in Cody Wyoming and Tubac, Arizona; Deselms Fine Art in Cheyenne Wyoming; Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Korologos Gallery in Basalt, Colorado.