Esther and John Clay Fine Art Gallery

Current Exhibition

photo of 3D art piece with ribbons like on ballet shoes attached to feet instead of shoes. They are hanging on th wall just touching the ground.

Precarity 1 by Laura Shill

 

Learn more about Artist Laura Shill.

Laura Shill | Precarity

Exhibition Dates: Sept. 30 - Oct. 28  

Exhibition Opening: Noon - 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5
Artist Talk: 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 in the Surbrugg/Prentice Auditorium


Artist Bio:

Laura Shill is an interdisciplinary artist based in Denver, CO, whose work is a combination of sculpture, installation, performance, and photography. Her work addresses ideas of disclosure and concealment, agency and emotional risk, desire and discontent, often oscillating between humor and heartbreak.  Often present in her work are the pronounced absences she creates to make visible the invisible power structures that inform our relationships to each other or conceal the work of care that props up the whole human endeavor. Her sculptural and installation works borrow theatrical conventions as a nod to the performance of the self that we undertake daily. Many of these works invite touch and blur boundaries between public and private space. Shill employs repetition of form to create environments that make thousands of hours of invisible labor material. She uses everyday objects and supplies to make these works, often salvaged from roadsides and thrift stores or scavenged from former iterations of projects to test her theory that anything can be transformed with enough time and attention and care.

Shill has exhibited work nationally and internationally at an official satellite of the 57th Venice Biennale at the European Cultural Center, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, and Durden and Ray, Los Angeles. She earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2012. Images from her Hidden Mother archive were included in the 2013 Photographers’ Gallery London exhibition, Home Truths, Photography and Motherhood, and were published in the catalog edited by Susan Bright. For her 2016 solo exhibition, Phantom Touch, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Shill developed and relied on a community-based equitable barter system for artistic labor and production to realize an ambitiously soft environment. 


General Gallery Information

The sign for the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery on the glass outside the gallery.

Interior photo of the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery when it is empty.

The Esther and John Clay Fine Art Gallery serves LCCC students and our community by inviting local, regional, and international artists to exhibit their art, give public lectures, and demonstrate materials / techniques in classroom workshops. Exhibiting artists work with a range of materials, techniques, and ideas and are vital contributors to the cultural climate of our campus. In addition, the gallery holds an annual student art exhibition.

View from the entrance into the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery when it's empty.

View from the entrance of the gallery.

View from the right side of the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery when it's empty.

View from the left side of the gallery.

View from the left side of the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery when it's empty.

View from the right side of the gallery.

The gallery is approximately 900 square feet and was constructed as part of the 2020 Fine Art Building renovation and building project.

 


Exhibition Proposal Submission Directions

The content of the gallery is managed by a faculty member in the Art Department. Artists and projects are chosen based on the needs of our students and program. Exhibitions run approximately 4-6 weeks. Participating artists are expected to attend the exhibition opening, give a public lecture, and work with art students in class. Submissions should be made at least 6 months prior to the exhibition date.

Submission Requirements

Send the following to dmawFREELARAMIE with “Art Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line:

  • 10-20 high resolution images of exemplary artworks formatted into a single PDF
  • Title, date, media, dimensions of all artworks
  • If applicable, links to video or submission of an .mov file (15 minutes or fewer)
  • Exhibition proposal (approximately 500 words) Word Document or PDF
  • Artist statement (approximately 250 words) Word Document or PDF
  • Artist resume (Word Document or PDF)

Notification

Selected artists will be contacted by the Art Department. Do not contact us regarding a submission. All submissions must be complete to be considered (see Submission Requirements above). Submission of artwork does not guarantee selection.


Previous Exhibitions

2021 Student Art Exhibition

  • Student Art Exhibition 2021
  • Student Art Exhibition 2021
  • Student Art Exhibition 2021
  • Student Art Exhibition 2021
  • Student Art Exhibition 2021

2021 Laura Grossett Art Exhibition

  •  Laura Grossett Art Exhibit 2021
  •  Laura Grossett Art Exhibit 2021
  •  Laura Grossett Art Exhibit 2021
  •  Laura Grossett Art Exhibit 2021
  •  Laura Grossett Art Exhibit 2021
  •  Laura Grossett Art Exhibit 2021
  •  Laura Grossett Art Exhibit 2021

2022 Len Davis Art Exhibition

  • Len Davis Art Exhibit 2022
  • Len Davis Art Exhibit 2022
  • Len Davis Art Exhibit 2022
  • Len Davis Art Exhibit 2022
  • Len Davis Art Exhibit 2022
  • Len Davis Art Exhibit 2022

2022 High School Art Show

  • 2022 High School Art Show
  • 2022 High School Art Show
  • 2022 High School Art Show
  • 2022 High School Art Show
  • 2022 High School Art Show
  • 2022 High School Art Show
  • 2022 High School Art Show
  • 2022 High School Art Show
  • 2022 High School Art Show
  • 2022 High School Art Show

2022 Emma Balder Art Exhibition

  • Emma Balder - "Eclectic Motion" Exhibition
  • Emma Balder - "Eclectic Motion" Exhibition
  • Emma Balder - "Eclectic Motion" Exhibition
  • Emma Balder - "Eclectic Motion" Exhibition
  • Emma Balder - "Eclectic Motion" Artist Talk
  • Emma Balder - "Eclectic Motion" Artist Talk
  • Emma Balder - "Eclectic Motion" Artist Talk
  • Emma Balder - "Eclectic Motion" Artist Workshop
  • Emma Balder - "Eclectic Motion" Artist Workshop
  • Emma Balder - "Eclectic Motion" Artist Workshop

2022 Tamara Rodgers and TJ Storer Art Exhibition

  • Art Exhibit "Summer Collective" by Tamara Rodgers and TJ Storer
  • Art Exhibit "Summer Collective" by Tamara Rodgers and TJ Storer
  • Art Exhibit "Summer Collective" by Tamara Rodgers and TJ Storer
  • Art Exhibit "Summer Collective" by Tamara Rodgers and TJ Storer

2022 Brandon Bailey, James Overstreet, Guadalupe Barajas, Kim Castaneda and Steve Knox Art Exhibition

  • "Home Grown: Laramie County Artists Then and Now" an art exhibit featuring Laramie County artists' work in the Ed & Caren Murray Art Series
  • "Home Grown: Laramie County Artists Then and Now" an art exhibit featuring Laramie County artists' work in the Ed & Caren Murray Art Series
  • "Home Grown: Laramie County Artists Then and Now" an art exhibit featuring Laramie County artists' work in the Ed & Caren Murray Art Series
  • "Home Grown: Laramie County Artists Then and Now" an art exhibit featuring Laramie County artists' work in the Ed & Caren Murray Art Series
  • "Home Grown: Laramie County Artists Then and Now" an art exhibit featuring Laramie County artists' work in the Ed & Caren Murray Art Series
  • "Home Grown: Laramie County Artists Then and Now" an art exhibit featuring Laramie County artists' work in the Ed & Caren Murray Art Series
  • "Home Grown: Laramie County Artists Then and Now" an art exhibit featuring Laramie County artists' work in the Ed & Caren Murray Art Series
  • "Home Grown: Laramie County Artists Then and Now" an art exhibit featuring Laramie County artists' work in the Ed & Caren Murray Art Series
  • "Home Grown: Laramie County Artists Then and Now" an art exhibit featuring Laramie County artists' work in the Ed & Caren Murray Art Series