The University of Wyoming Art Museum is inviting businesses, community organizations, campus groups and individuals to create their own unique trees for the 19th Annual Festival of Trees and Silent Auction.

Each year, the Festival of Trees showcases more than 30 trees and wreathes created by the community, with themes ranging from traditional holiday decor to more unconventional ornamentation. Last year’s trees included “Candy Warhol” by the UW Art Museum docents, “Angels of Fire” by the Laramie Firefighters and their families, and “Java Jingle” by Whiting High School. The trees are placed for silent auction and all proceeds benefit Art Museum programs, including scholarships and art activities for children allages.

The silent auction begins during the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 1, 6 – 8 p.m., and continues through the Happy Holidays, Laramie! celebration on Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tree decorators will be acknowledged during the Tree Lighting Ceremony and snacks and beverages will be served.

Tree decorating takes place at the Art Museum, Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 1 – 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Art Museum provides the artificial trees and tree stands. A confirmation packet with complete details will be mailed to participants upon receipt of registration. For more information or to register contact the Art Museum at (307) 766-3477

For additional information about the UW Art Museum call (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum’s webpage at or blog.

“Imagine learning from the masters” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs.  The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie.  Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. February through April and September through November.  Admission is free.