Cultural and Community Enrichment Series

The Cultural and Community Enrichment Series at LCCC offers exciting opportunities for both students and the general public to experience and learn from artists, authors, business leaders, historians, philosophers, musicians, scientists, photographers, poets and other experts from around the world. These annual events are donor-funded and open to the public.

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Cultural and Community Enrichment Series Events

2023

Elizabeth Smart

Dinneen Writers Series

Elizabeth Smart

6 p.m. | April 6, 2023

Cheyenne Civic Center*
510 W 20th Street
Cheyenne, WY

Free and open to the public.

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003, after being held a prisoner for 9 grueling months.

Elizabeth chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book My Story. She and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide entitled You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment. This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.

Elizabeth has recently released a new powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life. Where There’s Hope is the result of Elizabeth’s mission: It is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future.

Join us to hear Elizabeth's story and how writing about and sharing these parts of her life has been a major part of her advocacy work on behalf of abducted children.

Elizabeth Smart's Official Website  |  The Elizabeth Smart Foundation

This event is underwritten in-part by the Dinneen Writers Series Fund at the LCCC Foundation and is offered at no charge to all LCCC students as well as members of our greater community.

*This event was originally scheduled in the Surbrugg/Prentice Auditorium at LCCC but has been moved to the Cheyenne Civic Center to accommodate a larger audience.

Clay Watercolor Workshop

Kim Johnson, Watercolor Artist

Kim Johnson

June 4-9, 2023

Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY

Registration will open February 13, 2023. You will be able to register online or by calling the LCCC Foundation. Check back here on 2/13/23 for more details.

The Clay Watercolor Workshop brings top watercolor instructors to Cheyenne for a week of instruction, critique and celebrating the joy of watercolor painting. In 2023, we will welcome Watercolorist Kim Johnson to Cheyenne to share her expertise in painting animal and human portraits, glazes and washes, wet and dry techniques, and the use of positive and negative space.

Kim Johnson Art

Bio:

Kim discovered her love for the creative process at a young age. On the advice of family and friends concerned that she have a ‘real career’, Kim completed her degree in psychology before pursuing her real passion – watercolor.

I started taking art classes and it was so exciting! I loved creating paintings and amazed myself with my accomplishments. The whole process, from the composition to drawing to painting, is thrilling!

Now fully devoted to her artistic endeavors, Kim’s masterful use of glazes and washes, wet and dry technique, and positive and negative space breathes life into pieces focused on the human and animal experiences. Her award-winning work is enjoyed by both corporate offices and private collectors.

Kim is a signature member of AWS, NWS, SDWS, TWSA, WW, WFWS and AWA.  She has expanded her work to include instructional and demonstration sessions. 

Kim Johnson's Official Website

Clay Watercolor Workshop

Kim Johnson Headshot

Artist's Demonstration and
Gallery Reception

5:30 p.m. | June 8, 2023

Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery
LCCC Campus | Cheyenne, WY

 

The Clay Watercolor Workshop brings top watercolor instructors to Cheyenne for a week of instruction, critique and celebrating the joy of watercolor painting. In 2023, we will welcome Watercolorist Kim Johnson to Cheyenne to share her expertise in painting animal and human portraits, glazes and washes, wet and dry techniques, and the use of positive and negative space.

As part of this annual event, an Artist's Demonstration and Gallery Reception showcasing the work of the artist and workshop students will be held on Thursday, June 8 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery on the LCCC Campus. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Artist Kim Johnson will give a demonstration on basic watercolor technique.

Kim Johnson Artwork

Bio:

Kim discovered her love for the creative process at a young age. On the advice of family and friends concerned that she have a ‘real career’, Kim completed her degree in psychology before pursuing her real passion – watercolor.

I started taking art classes and it was so exciting! I loved creating paintings and amazed myself with my accomplishments. The whole process, from the composition to drawing to painting, is thrilling!

Now fully devoted to her artistic endeavors, Kim’s masterful use of glazes and washes, wet and dry technique, and positive and negative space breathes life into pieces focused on the human and animal experiences. Her award-winning work is enjoyed by both corporate offices and private collectors.

Kim is a signature member of AWS, NWS, SDWS, TWSA, WW, WFWS and AWA.  She has expanded her work to include instructional and demonstration sessions.

Kim Johnson's Official Website

2024

Clay Watercolor Workshop

Richard Sneary

June 3-7, 2024

Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY

Registration will open February 12, 2024. You will be able to register online or by calling the LCCC Foundation. Check back here on 2/12/2024 for more details.

The Clay Watercolor Workshop brings top watercolor instructors to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a week of instruction, critique and celebrating the joy of watercolor painting. In 2024, we will welcome Watercolorist Richard Sneary to Cheyenne to share his expertise in painting built environments, landscapes and how to capture a sense of place in your paintings.

Lighthouse Watercolor Painting by Richard Sneary

Bio:

An architect and renowned architectural illustrator, Richard Sneary has over the last 3 years also begun painting en plein air in watercolor. His background as an architect / illustrator of architecture often compels him to include something of the built environment, whether it's a town square, back yards, an alley, old derelict structure, marina, trains, bridges, an industrial structure, or fence posts on a farm.  

Like many artists, Richard is drawn to subjects by light and color, but also by the sense of place, its character, and the story he sees in it, and it is the juxtaposition of light, color, contrast, form, abstraction, and detail that make the stories work.  

Richard is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society, a member of the American Watercolor Society, and a member of Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. Recent awards include 1st Place in Fast & Fresh at Plein Air Richmond 2013, 1st Place in Quick Paint at Easels in Frederick 2013, 1st & 3rd Place in watercolor at 2013 Stems Plein Air Paint, Honorable Mention at Wayne Plein Air 2013, Best of Show at the 2012 Missouri Valley Impressionist Society Inaugural Juried Exhibition, 3rd Place Award at 2012 Plein Air Vermont, Best Architectural Award for the 2012 Plein Air Easton competition, and Best of Show in the 2011 Stems Plein Air Paint.  His work is represented by Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas.

Richard Sneary's Official Website

Clay Watercolor Workshop

Artist's Demonstration and
Gallery Reception

5:30 p.m. | June 6, 2024

Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery
LCCC Campus | Cheyenne, WY

 

The Clay Watercolor Workshop brings top watercolor instructors to Cheyenne for a week of instruction, critique and celebrating the joy of watercolor painting. In 2024, we will welcome Watercolorist Richard Sneary to Cheyenne to share his expertise in painting built environments, landscapes and how to capture a sense of place in your paintings.

As part of this annual event, an Artist's Demonstration and Gallery Reception showcasing the work of the artist and workshop students will be held on Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery on the LCCC Campus. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Artist Kim Johnson will give a demonstration on basic watercolor technique.

Kim Johnson Artwork

Bio:

Kim discovered her love for the creative process at a young age. On the advice of family and friends concerned that she have a ‘real career’, Kim completed her degree in psychology before pursuing her real passion – watercolor.

I started taking art classes and it was so exciting! I loved creating paintings and amazed myself with my accomplishments. The whole process, from the composition to drawing to painting, is thrilling!

Now fully devoted to her artistic endeavors, Kim’s masterful use of glazes and washes, wet and dry technique, and positive and negative space breathes life into pieces focused on the human and animal experiences. Her award-winning work is enjoyed by both corporate offices and private collectors.

Kim is a signature member of AWS, NWS, SDWS, TWSA, WW, WFWS and AWA.  She has expanded her work to include instructional and demonstration sessions.  To find out more about ‘Studying with Kim’ opportunities, simply scroll to workshops or contact Kim via email.

Kim Johnson's Official Website

Past Cultural and Community Enrichment Series

  • Beast Women, 2011
  • Chanticleer, 2014
  • Red Riding Hood, 2016
  • Chanticleer, 2022
  • King’singers, Acapella Choir, 2002 The Bank of the West Music Series presents Mark Sloniker, pictured April 27, 2010, with wife, Colleen Crosson, and son Myles.
  • John Corigliano, Composer, 2002
  • Gene Pekorney, Tuba Player, 2004
  • Vienna Boys Choir, 2004
  • PDQ Bach, 2005
  • Air Force Falconnaries, 2006
  • Canadian Brass, 2007
  • DBR & The Mission, 2007
  • Acoustic Eidolon, 2008
  • Mark Sloniker, 2010
  • Aakash Mittal, 2011 
  • Dave Pietro, 2012
  • Dr. James Kosnik, 2013
  • Chanticleer, 2014
  • Aurora Borealis, 2015
  • Laura Pelon, The Living Roots of Music, 2015
  • Larry Agenbroad, Wooley Mammoth, 1999
  • Ray Suarez, NPR, 2000
  • Dr. Maeve Leakey, 2001
  • Joel Meyerowitz, 2002
  • Dr. Howard Gardner, 2005
  • Dr. Jane Mainschein, 2005
  • Dr. Douglas Owsley, 2006
  • Leonard Pitts, Jr., 2008
  • Alfred Lubrano, 2009
  • Greg Mortenson, 2010
  • Winona LaDuke, 2012
  • Sam Mihara: Memories of Heart Mountain, 2015
  • A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Wyoming, 2019
  • Sam Mihara: Memories of Heart Mountain, 2019
  • Rick Ewig: Bribery & Corruption in Cheyenne during WWII, 2021
  • Tayler LaSharr, Deer 139, 2022
  • Recall: Artist Remember 9/11, 2002
  • Chris Gustin, 2007
  • Jesus Moroles, 2008
  • Trine Bumiller, 2009
  • Zachary Pullen, 2010 
  • Pravina Gondalia, 2011
  • Vanda Edington, 2012
  • John Frame, 2013
  • Kit White, 2014
  • Natalia Wróbel, 2015
  • Lea McComas, 2016
  • Rebecca Davis, 2017
  • Laramie County Artists Then and Now: Brandon Bailey, Guadalupe Barajas, Kim Castaneda, Steve Knox, and James Overstreet, 2022
  • Areleta Petch, 1995 Trine Bumiller Gallery Show
  • Judi Betts, 1996
  • Eric Wiegardt, 1997
  • Frank Webb, 1998
  • Ken Hosmer, 1999
  • Joseph Bohler, 2000
  • Frank Francese, 2001
  • Maggie McLellan, 2002
  • Terry Madden, 2003
  • Brenda Semanick-Locascio, 2004
  • Catherine Gill, 2005
  • Frank LaLumia, 2006
  • Stan Miller, 2007
  • Judi Betts, 2008
  • Jean Pederson, 2009
  • Gerald Fritzler, 2010
  • Mark Mehaffey, 2011
  • Ken Hosmer, 2012
  • Mike Bailey, 2013
  • John Hulsey, 2014
  • Rose Edin, 2015
  • Lian Quan Zhen, 2016
  • Tom Lynch, 2017
  • Karen Knutson, 2018
  • Gloria Miller Allen, 2019
  • Anne Abgott, 2021
  • Don Andrews, 2022
  • Dr. Bruce Perry, 2002
  • Dr. Bruce Perry, 2003
  • Dr. Zoltan Acs, 2007
  • John Collar, 2009
  • Daniel Pink, 2010
  • Peterson Farm Brothers, 2016
  • Financial Wellness Symposium, 2021
  • Annie Proulx, James Galvin, C.J. Box, Gus Lee & Alexandra Fuller, 2004Literary Connection
  • Kent Haruf, Honoree Jeffers, Jill McCorckle, Mark Spragg & Robert Pack, 2005
  • Connie Mae Fowler, Rita Golden Gelman, JR Moehringer, Robert Michael Pyle & Virgil Suarez, 2006
  • Jeffery Hawthorne Bullock, Myla Goldberg, Jill MCorkle, David Romtvedt, Bob Shacochis, 2007
  • Pam Houston, Laura Pritchett, Bill Roorbach, 2009
  • Rick Bass, Rob Caisley, Sasah Pimental-Chacón, 2010 
  • Margaret Coel, Ben Mikaelsen, LeeAnn Roripaugh, 2011
  • John Calderazzo, Tim O'Brien, Car Valente, 2012
  • Poe Ballantine, Dave Jannetta and Lisa Zimmerman, 2013
  • Kurt Caswell, Ernie Cline and Danielle Pafunda, 2014
  • Allen Kurzwell and George Bilgere, 2015
  • Craig Childs and Alexandra Fuller, 2016
  • Craig Johnson and Sharman Apt Russell, 2017
  • Carrie LaSeur and Karen Abbott, 2018
  • Annette McGivney and Carine McCandless, 2019
  • Felicia Zamora and Ausma Zehanat Khan, 2021
  • Christine Carbo and Ron Franscell, 2022
  • Richard K. Davidson, UP CEO, 2001Eric Chester, Generation “Why” or Getting Them to Give a Damn
  • Jerry McMorris, Chairman, President & CEO Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, 2002
  • Larry Hiers, The Story of Cabelas, 2003
  • Victor Dover, New Urbanism, 2003
  • Jack Pelo, CEO Swire Coca-Cola, 2004
  • Paul Perkins, President Amatrol, 2005
  • Dr. William Carroll, American Chemical Society, 2007
  • Eric Chester, Generation “Why” or Getting Them to Give a Damn, 2008
  • James Young, Union Pacific Railroad Chairman, President and CEO, 2010 
  • Doug Nath, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Oil and Gas in Wyoming, a two-part series, 2011
  • Jeff Ashby, U.S. astronaut, 2012
  • Career and Industry Growth in Cheyenne, 2015
  • Jason Brubaker, DreamWorks Animation & Coffee Table Comics, 2022
  • Robert Bly, 2003
  • Robert Pack, 2007
  • Temple Grandin, 2009
  • Lauren Myracle, 2010
  • Poe Ballantine, 2012
  • Don Cellini, 2013
  • Fred Downs, 2015
  • John Straley, 2017
  • Matthew MacLachlan, 2022
  • Gordon Bok, 2004The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle presents moosebutter, pictured Oct. 6, 2009, with Scott Walker, V.P. of Marketing and Operations for the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.
  • Faustwork Mask Theatre, 2005
  • Gran Folklorico de Mexico, 2006
  • Freedom Sings, 2007
  • The Acting Company, The Tempest, 2008
  • Moosebutter, 2009
  • Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 2010 
  • Portland Tiako, 2012
  • Gamelan Tunas Mekar, 2013
  • Chanticleer, 2014

*Fund has been discontinued

  • Photography as Fine Art Workshop/Open House
  • Nat Coalson, 2015
  • Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, 2016
  • Chuck Kimmerle, 2017
  • Jennifer Evenhus, 2017
  • Robert Carsten, 2019
  • Colleen Miniuk, 2021

    *Fund has been discontinued
  • Dr. Robert Fuller, 2010
  • Andrea Batista Schlesinger, 2010
  • Dr. Barry Glassner, 2012
  • Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, 2013
  • Frank Bucaro, 2014
  • Cowboy Ethics, 2016