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Purpose of the Visual Arts Department:
The Visual Arts Department will provide a quality visual arts education based on a foundation of both traditional and contemporary practices and ideas. Consistent with the mission, philosophy and institutional purposes of Casper College, this education serves as the foundation for further study and meaningful participation in contemporary society.

Vision Statement:
Graduates of the Visual Arts Department with Associate of Fine Art studio degrees will have a basic understanding of drawing, two and three-dimensional design and media and a basic understanding of the history of art. Graduates of an Associate of Arts degree in Art will have an overview of studio foundations and art history. Graduates of the Associate of Arts Museum/Gallery Studies degree will have an understanding of basic operations of a museum or gallery and an overview of the history and changing role of these facilities in society.
Contact Information:
Kathy Coe
Academic Assistant
(307) 268-2606
MU 137
Mike Olson
Program Director
(307) 268-2509
VA 111
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The Visual Arts Department will provide a quality visual arts education based on a foundation of both traditional and contemporary practices and ideas. Consistent with the mission, philosophy, and institutional purposes of Casper College, this education serves as the foundation for further study and meaningful participation in contemporary society.

Visual Arts @ Casper College
  • Art History/Travel
    Students enroll in three semesters of art history, and have the option to enroll in special topics courses, such as Asian Arts and Cultures. The travel program allows students the opportunity to see the actual art and monuments that are reviewed in art history seminars.
    Recent Travel Abroad with Visual Arts Faculty trips include Paris, London, Rome, Florence, Athens, and Crete.

  • Ceramics
    The ceramics class teaches both hand building and throwing techniques. The studio boasts 22 wheels, five electric kilns, three high fire gas kilns, a soda/salt kiln, two wood kilns and a Raku kiln.
    Workshops with guest professional artists are offered each semester.

  • Foundations
    The Visual Arts Department teaches classes in 2D and 3D design that prepare students for more specialized classes like painting, sculpture and graphic design. With these foundation classes, students are able to deal with more complex art and design challenges.

  • Gallery
    The Goodstein Visual Arts Gallery displays work by professional artists from around the country and coordinates special artist workshops and lectures.

  • Graphic Design
    The Visual Arts department has a state-of-the-art computer lab. Each computer has photo editing, illustration, animation, video editing and web design Adobe CS3 software. The department also has photo quality printing and scanning equipment. It is here students harness technology to explore creative possibilities.

  • Metals
    The metals class focuses primarily on fabrication, with facilities for soldering, casting and enameling.
    The studio has a range of hand tools and equipment, including rolling mills, anvils, personal work benches, burnout kilns, vacuum caster, buffing machine and hydraulic press.

  • Painting and Drawing
    The Visual Arts department offers multiple classes in painting. Painting classes explore a wide variety of techniques in both realistic and abstract concerns.
    Drawing courses include Drawing I, Drawing II and Life Drawing.

  • Photography
    The Visual Arts department photography program is a great way to springboard your photography career. We offer quality classes in a comfortable setting. With a ratio of approximately ten students to each instructor you will have the opportunity to work closely with your instructor to make the most out of your college experience.

  • Printmaking
    Relief or Intaglio printmaking is offered every semester. The studio has four presses, hot plate, two rolling slabs, and ferric chloride baths for copper plates.

  • Sculpture
    The sculpture studio has facilities that accommodate mig, arc, and oxy acetylene welding as well as a fully functioning foundry for casting bronze and aluminum.
    In addition, the studio has a full range of power woodworking equipment.
  • Justin Hayward
    • Phone: (307) 268-2663
    • Office: VA 121
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  • Cynthia Harrison
    • Phone: (307) 268-2673
    • Office: VA 118
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  • Valerie Innella Maiers
    • Phone: (307) 268-2060
    • Office: VA 128
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  • Michael Keogh
    • Phone: (307) 268-2697
    • Office: VA 125
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  • Nancy Madura
    • Phone: (307) 268-2507
    • Office: VA 115
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  • Michael Olson
    • Phone: (307) 268-2509
    • Office: VA 111
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  • Linda Ryan
    • Phone: (307) 268-2671
    • Office: VA 105
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Museum Studies Class at NIC

Transfer Information
The Casper College Visual Arts department has had articulate transfer agreements with:

The University of Wyoming (general transfer to junior status)
Black Hills State University (general transfer to junior status)
The University of North Dakota (general transfer to junior status)
Chadron State College (currently in communication)
The Rocky Mountain College of Art in Design (currently in communication)
American Intercontinental University (currently in communication)

Students who wish to transfer credits earned at Casper College to four-year colleges and universities will generally have no difficulty doing so provided they have satisfactory grades (grades of C or better) and proper course selection. Casper College courses should be selected in accordance with the specific requirements of the schools to which a student plans to transfer.

Each college or university prescribes its own standards, but generally a student in good standing at one accredited institution can transfer to another without difficulty. Casper College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, the highest academic accreditation available in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions and by other special accrediting bodies.

Students who plan to transfer are strongly urged to consult with their academic advisors or with transfer counselors in the Student Services Office, Room 112 of the Liesinger Administration Building.

Casper College Visual Arts
Visual Arts @ Casper College


  • Casper Photography Association
    Photography major, one semester.
    Contact Casper College Visual Arts Department. Michael Keogh. Photography Instructor,

  • Donna Davis Memorial Photography Scholarship
    Contact Casper College Visual Arts Department. Michael Keogh. Photography Instructor,

  • Houston & Martha Williams Art Scholarship
    Available to full-time. degree-seeking students majoring in a visual arts area with a focus on painting; award may be used for tuition, fees and art supplies.
    Apply to the academic dean of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities.

  • Neal Forsling Memorial Art Scholarship
    Freshman art major. Special application is required.
    Contact the Casper College Visual Arts Department, Chairman, Linda Ryan, 307-268-2671.

  • Norma June Brown Scholarship
    Available to a full or part-time student in the Visual Arts Department with an emphasis in ceramics and a 2.5 GPA. The visual arts faculty will determine the recipient.
    Contact the Casper College Visual Arts Department, Chairman, Linda Ryan, 307-268-2671.

  • Pat Bradley Memorial
    Art student.
    Contact the Casper College Visual Arts Department, Chairman, Linda Ryan, 307-268-2671.

  • Stephen Naegle Memorial
    Available to an art major. Special application is required.
    Contact the Casper College Visual Arts Department, 307-268-2452.

Additional general scholarship information can be found in the Casper College 2010-2011 Catalog, starting on page 37 of the Financial Aid section.

NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)

NASAD is an association of approximately 294 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines.

It is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines.

The Casper College Visual Arts program is proud to be an accredited member of NASAD, and the only accredited visual art program in the state to have achieved this standard of excellence.

For more information concerning NASAD accreditation, please visit their website at

Casper College Visual Arts

Casper College Art Department Students work within state-of-the-art facilities to produce stunning and compelling works.


Goodstein Gallery      Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery

Naomi S. Adams and Laura Ahola Young
Composite Practices
August 24 – September 24, 2015



Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design, magna cum laude, from Washington State University. She obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, Fibers from the University of North Texas and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Fiber Media at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Ahola-Young received her MFA from San Jose State University in 2001. She currently resides in Pocatello, Idaho where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Idaho State University. Originally from northern Minnesota, Laura has been influenced by landscapes, winters, ice and resilience. She is currently developing work that incorporates scientific research, the Pacific Northwest and personal narrative.

This exhibition would be on display to coordinate with the Casper College Literary Festival.

Workshop: Booking It! Handmade Book Adventures


Journey into the world of creating your own unique handmade books. Get ready to conquer the essentials of bookmaking. Uncover the skills and secrets involved in making a traditional sewn book form: the Japanese Stab Binding. Learn how to use handmade book techniques to create distinctive artistic expressions, sketchbooks and journals. Open up a world of possibilities with books!


Thursday September 24, 2015- 4-7 PM

Introduce the possibilities of artist’s books (Sample books, Handout, Resources.) 0.25

Demo tearing sheets and creating covers. 0.25

Demo Japanese Stab Binding stitching. 0.25

Students tear down paper for both books and create Japanese stab binding book. 1.00

Assist students in creating covers, stitching and finishing both books. 1.25

Celebrate finished works!

Facility Supply Needs:

Metal Rulers

Self Healing Cutting Mats



Naomi to Bring:




Rubber Bands

Exterior Book Paper

Interior Book Paper (Can be recycled, typing paper, lined notebook paper, maps, decorative, etc.)






Artist Talk September 25 12:15 p.m.


The Botanical Series:
The Photographic Work of Gerald Lang & Jennifer Anne Tucker

March 30th-May 14th, 2015

The Botanical Series is a contemporary re-imagining of botanical art that integrates 21st century digital imaging technology, re-connecting plants to their earlier mystical and herbal uses.  For centuries, the botanical art tradition has combined science and art in drawings and prints that illustrate and identify plant species in an aesthetically pleasing manner.


This exhibition presents the collaborative work of Gerald Lang and Jennifer Anne Tucker who offer a modern re-thinking of the traditional documentation of plants. Tucker's extensive research and practice as an herbalist combines with Lang's digital processing skills to create extraordinary images made using a scanner and digital printer. Tucker gathers the plant and lays it on a scanner bed in a way that mirrors the plant in nature, gently coaxing leaves and petals into a natural gesture that expresses the unique geometry of the plant. Lang scans and prints the image on archival papers using pigmented inks.Lang scans the plants into digital files that are prepared for printing; no camera is used in the process.

The results are images of remarkable clarity and beauty, and often considered by viewers to be imbued with the essence or spirit of the plant



Jennifer Tucker received her M.F.A. in Photography from Penn State University. She has been a practicing herbalist and flower essence practitioner for over thirty-five years. Tucker teaches herbal studies workshops throughout Pennsylvania.

Gerald Lang is Professor Emeritus of Art and Integrative Arts at Penn State University. He founded The Digital Photography Studio in the College of Arts and Architecture and is an Apple Distinguished Educator.


For more information about the current exhibits call 307-268-2060.
The Goodstein Gallery and the Zahradnicek Gallery are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery shows are free and open to the public.
August 26th through September 26th, 2013

"Nevermore" by Jeanne Stern was an exhibit that contained a selection of new works, dioramas, and film. The world of "Nevermore" is a visceral, sensual space where everyday acts such as bathing and drinking are frozen in time, as if trapped in amber. Beneath its playful surface there is a sense of longing for a place that never existed. "The works venter around a toad and his watery domestic life. This series of dioramas depict the collision of domestic space and nature, using a toad's home as the starting point," said Stern.

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"Big Brush-Little Brush Exaggerated Nuances: Botanical Paintings of the Indian Paintbrush"
November 11th through December 11th

Nancy Madura holds a B.F.A. from Columbus College of Art & Design in Illustration and Advertising, and a M.A. from Ohio State University in bookmaking. She worked fourteen years as a commercial artist. She has exhibited work in several juried shows nationwide including the “Arts for the Parks” for which her art work was hung inthe Smithsonian. She was also commissioned by Carrilon Imports to produce a painting for Absolut Vodka which was printed internationally in TIME magazine and USA Today.



"Place and Time: Reenactment Pageant Photographs"
January 21st through February 13th
, 2014

Peace Treaty

In her ongoing series, “Place and Time: Reenactment Pageant Photographs” (1999–present), Edie Winograde photographed staged community reenactments of incidents in American history presented in their original locales. "My interest in these events—aside from the obvious visual appeal of the extravagant theatrics—is to underscore their cathartic quality of mimesis and déjà vu. Though my photographs represent a constructed reality these pageants would take place regardless of my decision to photograph them. In doing so, I am collaborating with chance, portraying events suspended between history and imagination," said Winograde.

The re-enactments Winograde has photographed are mainly associated with the historical events of Westward Expansion. This particular American history has a strong cultural presence in every medium from painting to literature to B-movies. History is the collective memory of past experience, and her photographs depict people drawing upon this collective memory, putting themselves into the grand landscapes we associate with these stories, and perhaps by extension into history.

By representing both the present-day reenactments and the historical events themselves, “Place and Time” blurs the boundaries between then and now. This intersection of past and present connects our modern experience with a collective memory of legendary events and raises underlying questions of truth and fiction.

“Inventories: Paintings and Watercolors”
March 7th through May 7th, 2014

Ricki Klages' paintings reflect theinfluence of the places he has seen, visited, or lived in. "Although I have lived predominantly in the American West, the thirst for the inspiration of new places, landscapes and other environments has been constant. I have had the good fortune to live several years in Northern Italy. In addition, I have spent summers and holidays in and arouGreen Mannd London, and the southwest of England. All of these environments are referenced either directly or more subtly within my paintings".

Using a mix of straightforward landscape representation, dream imagery, intensive observation and subtly startling images, Klages' paintings incorporate elements ofstill life, landscape and the figure that connect through a narrative and suggest something out of the ordinary, even when depicting exceptionally ordinary things. "I am a restless traveler and I am always missing the places I have left behind, yet always yearning for another place to go; a new adventure.  I paint from a desire for beauty and ‘otherness’; of transcendent movements that still occur in dreams, memory and magic moments in nature. I want to capture the sense of routine and ritual, the sublime with the mundane and how they can mix in equal parts".

Laramie Shrine




“Woodfired Ceramics Exhibit ”
March 7th through May 7th, 2014

Dan James Brown
The work that he makes operates under a two part focus. First the work is made to be useful. The forms follow along the guidelines of utility and are meant to be used or appreciated as potentially useful. Second, the surface of the work has its roots in the landscape, the natural world, and storytelling. "The idea of using the surface of a pot as a space for a narrative is not a new one- in fact many pots through history still show the influence of myth, religion, and strong tradition of storytelling in their surface through carving and decoration." The imagery on the pots and the way the pots are fired all combine to produce a depth to the surface of the work. The images are combined as a visual history of our relationship to the natural world and how heavily that relationship depends on storytelling.

Dan Brown Vase

Dandee Pattee
Dandee Patee makes functional pottery with swelling and risingcurves that are softened by layersof glaze on the exterior surface of the vessel.  She is compelled to make objects in clay because of the malleability and responsiveness of the material.  Pattee chose to work within the parameters of function because she enjoys the narrative that she creates between my work and those that interact with the pieces.Pattee Pitcher

  "While making my forms, the material rises and expands under my touch; recalling the memory traces I have of the vast,uninhabited Wyoming landscape I experienced growing up.  The landscape is represented in my memory as undulating color fields softened by native plants or blankets of snow.  I attempt to replicate the boldness of the land through the forms I make and the colorpalette I have developed."  Despite the countless hours Patee has spent refining her process there remains an unbridled element of surprise and sometimes disappointment to the experience that piques her interest and provides endless problem solving.


Ryan Olsen
"Through my interpretation of the natural I am investigating how we experience what we are attracted to. This experience is multifaceted, involving an awareness of nature, various cultures, and histories, as well as their connections with ceramic vessels. I do this with the understanding that visual and physical attraction is different than our experience of beauty."

The idea of beauty is a human understanding of attraction. For example, an insect is attracted to flower through form and color, not the insects understanding of beauty. I see my vessels operating in similar ways when their formal attributes are experienced through their physical qualities. Through form and color their relationships become clearer; saucers contain and hide the feet of cups, lips of cups undulate to conform to vases. Their understood utility becomes hidden when the collection of forms are viewed as a whole, not unlike a garden of flowers. These larger forms can then be separated into single vessels--not unlike picking a single flower from a garden. This facilitates an understanding of the individual utility of each object inside a larger whole.

Ryan Olsen Ceramic


Cyrus Baldridge:
An American Artist in China
August 25th- September 25th, 2014

Cyrus Baldridge:  An American Artist in China presents a selection of works from the Art Museum’s permanent collection that were completed during the artist’s journeys in Asia where he captured the people and the landscape. 

While traveling through Asia in the 1920s, his exposure to the sparse lines of traditional Asian art dramatically affected his style.  He learned traditional techniques from Japanese and Chinese masters and produced numerous etchings, drypoint, and woodblock prints.  This transition away from traditional illustration brought Baldridge acclaim and recognition as an artist.  This success led to several important commissions and by the early 1940s, he had illustrated more than one hundred books and magazine articles, and had a successful career in the American Southwest as a painter.

Works from this pivotal point in Baldridge’s career are included in this exhibition and through these artworks, the transition from illustrator to his use of free, sparse lines is evident and gives the rare opportunity to see the work of an artist in transition.

The exhibition of artwork is part of the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s Regional Touring Exhibition Service. 

Cyrus Baldridge Tai-Shan


August 25th- October 23rd, 2014
Open Book

Kate van Houten is an American artist living in Paris. After studying sculpture in Italy she came through Paris intending to return to New York. She sought out S.W. Hayter, painter and printmaker at the Atelier 17. Here was a serious workplace and a new approach where she was introduced to printmaking.  The first One-of-a-kind books documented her paintings in small cloth reproductions under a canvas cover. Working with the multiple, as she had done for many years as a printmaker, expanded to producing editions of books. This is an ideal space for collaborations between artists, writers/poets, translators and artisans. ESTEPA EDITIONS, her independent press was created in 1996.

Lee Gough is a poet and multi-disciplinary visual artist working in printmaking, drawing, animation and most recently, letterpress.  She is the author ofMary and Shelley’s Fair Copy Bookand Future Occupations.  Her prints and drawings are in many individual and public collections, including at the University of Hawaii, Hilo andKoninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België. Other visual work has also been shown in Peru, India and Australia as well as many places in the United States. In 2004, she was a Puffin Foundation grantee for her linocut portfolio series,The War Went Well.

Caren Hegna’s attitudes and approach to living and creating has been influenced by growHegna ing up as a Wyoming native. She is an explorer, a dabbler and has come to see herself as a jack-of-all-trades in the realms of art, work and thought. Drawn to the obscure, she finds herself collecting odd and disparate elements, skills and ideas that tend to sift themselves into whatever she does through a sort of accidental alchemy.  For the last twelve years Hegna has occupied herself as an artist and an independent contractor in construction, woodworking and landscape design. She lives along the Oregon Trail near Casper, Wyoming with her husband, Jim Doherty and dog, Clyde. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Wyoming, the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, and can be seen in private collections.

Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections: the last will be stone, too (2013), Elements (2010), andOur Parenthetical Ontology (2008). Her visualwork—including video and handmade book objects—has appeared with Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (New York City) and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle). Deborah Poe is an assistant professor of English at Pace University and founder and curator of the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit.

Linda Ryan has studied art at the Internationale Sommerakademie für bildende Kunst in Salzburg, Austria, and participated in the Institute for Public Art and Design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  Ryan has been active in arts advocacy, co-chairing the Arts 500 Advocacy group in Wyoming for 3 years and serving two terms on the Board of Trustees for the Nicolaysen Art Museum. She recently received the Tom West Award from the Nicolaysen Art Museum.

Robbin Ami Silverberg is founding director of Dobbin Mill, a hand-papermaking studio, and Dobbin Books, a collaborative artist book studio. Her artwork is divided between artist books and installations.The work conceptually focuses on word cognition and interlinearity, with an emphasis on process and paper as activated substrate.  Silverberg has exhibited and taught extensively in the US, Canada, South Africa, South Korea, Mexico, and Europe. She is an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute.

Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), andDamnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), a book-length meditation on the films of Béla Tarr, as well as several chapbooks: Red Trees, Fried Chicken Dinner, The Other Worlds, and The Transparent As Witness (a collaboration with Will Alexander). She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is Co-Editor of [out of nothing], Reviews Editor at HTMLGIANT, Editor of the new #RECURRENT Novel Series for Jaded Ibis Press, and Founder/CEO of POTG Design. She currently teaches at CalArts and can be found online at

Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press ( and edits the poetry magazine, Solid Quarter ( She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has two books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008) and Sound and Basin (2013) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: irrational knowledge (Fell Swoop press, 2012) and a city/ bottle boned  (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her chapbook Dollbaby was just released from Horseless Press.

Jody Gladding lives in Vermont, translates French, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Her newest book of poems, Translations from Bark Beetle, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions.  She has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Stegner Fellow, a Yale Younger Poet, and the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the French-American Foundation Translation Prize.  Her work also includes site-specific installations that explore the interface of language and the environment.


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