Nikki Pike “Is This Land Your Land” at UW

Denver-based artist Nikki Pike will visit the University of Wyoming, where her “Is This Land Your Land” is on view in the UW Art Museum’s entrance hall. The art is inspired by lyrics from Woody Guthrie’s famous song.

Pike is a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs professor who's work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Basel Miami. Pike is an activist who sees herself as "a cultural agent working together with local communities to promote activity and creativity," according to the press release. 

"With her expansive practice, she straddles public arts, social sculpture and service art, and is exploring ideas of relief art intended to aid communities responding to disaster. Her methods start from the ideals of democracy."

Pike’s visit includes several programs:

* “Lunchtime Conversations with Curators,” 12:10-12:50 p.m. Wednesday at the UW Art Museum --  featuring a curator-led walk-through and discussion with Pike -- is free with lunch provided. 

* A free artist talk 6-7 p.m. Thursday at the UW Visual Arts Building, room 111, features a talk with Pike about her process and production in the studio and on the street.

* At a free screenprinting demo 3-8 p.m. Friday at the Artist Village in downtown Laramie during the Pop-up Art Walk, Pike will print and give away a limited number of thrifted shirts and bags. Participants are encouraged to bring a shirt or bag to be printed. 

* A $20 screenprinting workshop Saturday for ages 13-18 with Pike is full with a wait-list at www.tinyurl.com/screensforteens.

Info: UW Art Museum, Centennial Complex at 2111 E. Willett Drive,  Laramie; uwyo.edu/artmuseum, 307-766-6622 or follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Tuesdays through Saturdays with extended Thursday hours to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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