Art Invitational Purchases

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Abandoned Dragline
Abandoned Dragline by Travis Ivey, 2010-2011 Coe Library Art Invitational, Purchased by McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence
Alpine Woods
The painting shows two worlds, a view from the sheltered woods looking at the valley floor thousands of feet below. Theses are some of the last trees you see heading up the Grand Teton on the way to Disappointment Peak--there is great light here. The composition is unusual--the trees are broken up and the rock helps lead you through the piece on the diagonal; there is a direct contrast with the foreground. There are negative shapes and the right side is softer for atmospheric perspective., 2010-2011 Coe Library Art Invitational, Purchased by McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence, The contrast between the mountains and open valley floor offers an unusual view that gives a different perspective, A poem by Hans Kleiber accompanies this image in Joe Arnold's book, "Mountaineer's Dawn: An Artist's Ascent of the Teton Range., Three small studies were done on location, including photographs. The painting was put together based on the references. Other versions were attempted before the final piece.
Black Pool, Yellowstone Park
The painting depicts the depths of Black Pool, a large hot water spring in the West Thumb area of Yellowstone National Park. The yellow and orange surface on the lower right is cool enough to support thermophiles. The blue depths of the pool are an indication that the temperature is too hot even for thermophiles to survive., 2010-2011 UW Libraries Art Invitational, Donated by Dr. Owen Phillips and Lori Phillips, The existence of Yellowstone is a reminder that unimaginable forces of nature exist unseen but close by. All the geysers, fumaroles, and hot springs are driven by intense heat from a magma chamber just a few kilometers beneath the surface., "Black Pool, Yellowstone Park" was completed in 2006. It is an oil on Belgian linen canvas (Utrecht type 144), stretched and primed with acrylic gesso by the artist.
Buffalo Bill Cody
Buffalo Bill Cody by Terry Reid, UW Libraries 2010-2011 Art Invitational, purchased by the McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence.
Campus Woman
Campus Woman by Terry Reid, UW Libraries 2010-2011 Art Invitational, purchased by the McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence.
Horse's Eye
Horse’s Eye by Raymond Jordan, UW Libraries 2010-2011 Art Invitational, purchased by the McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence.
Into the Woods
2010-2011 Coe Library Art Invitational, Purchased by McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence, A view of the Bar Harbor area of Maine from the rocky beach and water’s edge, looking back into the woods., The inspiration was the Maine landscape. The woods on the east coast often appear overwhelming, and lend themselves well to abstract interpretation., A field study was done using a camera to create a reference. This helps to capture the colors that are available in the scene. Cross-hatching and layers are created to replicate the colors seen in the images, and recipes are recorded for future use.
Jazz Queen & Pink Princess
Jazz Queen & Pink Princess by Barry O’Riley, 2010–2011 Coe Library Art Invitational Purchase
Mask Series
Series of Masks of various materials and sizes.
Strata
A pastel drawing of the Shirley Basin in central Wyoming., 2010-2011 Coe Library Art Invitational Purchase, The piece was influenced by the subtle, yet geographically complex Wyoming landscape. The summertime grasses, sagebrush, and flora give Wyoming a rough texture., A pastel created using cross-hatching techniques to capture the texture of the Wyoming landscape, after a quick field study was performed.
Summer Evening
A view from near the top of Big Hollow Road, about fifteen miles west of Laramie, Wyoming. Jelm Mountain is a prominent feature in the distance on the left. The top of Sheep Mountain is just visible on the far right. There are two groups of horses visible in the painting, part of a herd of formerly feral horses maintained on the ranch property., 2010-2011 UW Libraries Library Art Invitational, Purchased by McMurray-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence, The painting represents the brief season on the Wyoming prairie when the grasses are green and growing. The passage of time is also seen in the evanescent colors of low sunlight and long shadows just before sunset. Above all, the painting is about the sublimity of open spaces and clear skies., It is painted in oil on three canvases, forming a triptych. The two outer canvases are each 30" x 20", and the center canvas is 30" x 40". The three canvases are all Belgian linen (Utrecht tpe 144), stretched and primed with acrylic gesso by the artist. They were re-mounted on strainers, and backed with Gator Board panels for stability.
The Trees of UCross and Shady Lane [Series]
Tree Suite Series by Susan Moldenhauer, Purchased by McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence.
Valhalla
Testing again., Purchased by McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence