Fortunately for the cohort this year the MFA program bought a table for the Art Museum Gala held at the University of Wyoming ballroom. It’s a swanky event- ladies got the chance to get dolled up and the boys got a chance to put on a suit (a rare occurrence in Laramie, Wyoming (where the culture prizes jeans and boots and cowboy hats)). But the really exciting thing is how much money the Gala is able to raise (through auctioning art (which two members of the cohort bought!) by local artists amongst other things) to support the art museum’s outreach programs.
Here’s a few shots:
Jess White, Erica Wood, Jeff tatay, Carly Fraysier, Ella Fishman, Erin Jones, and Maria Anderson.
Auesta Safi, Erica Wood, and Olivia Wall.
The University of Wyoming MFA program welcomes it’s new first year students for the 2014-2015 academic year- Maria Anderson (fiction), Khalym Khari Burke-Thomas (poetry), Dominick Duhamel (fiction), Carly Fraysier (nonfiction), Chido Muchemwa (nonfiction), Ryan Oberhelman (fiction), Jeff Tatay (poetry), Randall Tyrone (poetry), Jess White (nonfiction), and Trey Williams (fiction)! Welcome and may the new atmosphere invigorate your writing!
Medicine Bow Peak.
Today we’re congratulating MFAer Manasseh Franklin on being awarded the Larsh-Bristol Fellowship from the UW communications and journalism department, which comes with $5000 to support her work and an invitation to take part in a gallery show in the fall. It’s quite an accomplishment, which Manasseh intends to use to travel for seven weeks this summer visiting, writing about and photographic glaciers.