Sometimes it seems that Laramie and Wyoming in general are almost synonymous with a lack of diversity and cultural experinces. Fortunately the University of Wyoming does give us a dose of the arts and a look at different cultures through their events and museums. The 37th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition presents the creative work of UW students from all disciplines. The museum's new Spring exhibitions are all free to the public, which is always nice. Here is a brief look at some of the items included in the new exhibition:

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky's "The Industrial Sublime" presents masterful large-scale color images from around the world that explore the landscape of industry, consumerism and culture.

Brian Dickerson explores the idea of "remembered landscapes" through minimal, three-dimensional paintings on wood through his exhibition, "Constructed Paintings and Drawings." The heavily layered and reworked surfaces contain hidden forms, suggesting deep emotional meaning and a sense of mystery. Dickerson talked about his exhibition on Laramie Live, you can listen to the interview below.

"Photography from the Twentieth Century," from the Art Museum Collection, examines the creative vision of early photographers and their place in developing of an American genre. The first show is a two-part exhibition that focuses on pictorial and portrait traditions -- the basis of early photography.

Also from the Art Museum's collection, "Woven Traditions, Native American Basketry of the Southwest," shows baskets that feature traditional and contemporary designs, including turtles, spiders, butterflies and kachinas.

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