Connie Norman
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Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition 2012

Thursday, July 5th, 2012


This year the Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibit new home was in the Hynds Building, instead of the Wyoming State Museum. The GCAE (Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibit) is a way for our state officials to pick out art work for their offices and to grow the art collections of our state buildings. All the artists in the show are from Wyoming, with Cheyenne having the most artists represented in this year’s show. The juror for this year’s show was Carl McQueary. I had two of my three pieces juried in!

An Instagram shot of my work at the Hynds.

During the reception I talked to David Newell, the curator for the State Museum and the organizer of the show, about why he choose to move the GCAE to the Hynds, he said that the show had out grown the Wyoming State Museum, and he couldn’t display oversized work at the museum. This year’s show represented 70 works of art and in the past the show has hosted around 50 pieces. But because of having to rent the Hynds this year’s show was only two days long rather most of the summer like it usually has been. For Cheyenne the reception is a big night, the Governor and First Lady make speeches, the purchase awards are announced, lots of elected officials are milling around. And the last big change they made was; if you were accepted to the GCAE then you were able to set up a booth in the next room with your artwork, called Artist Alley.

Reception @ The GCAE!

Now for my opinion, I have been in the GCAE many times. I have mixed feelings about all the changes this year. I don’t mind that David wants to mix things up, and this was great for the Hynds Building. Since the show helped to get more revenue and exposure for the Hynds, and maybe one step closer to achieve their goal of becoming an art center.  (Here is an earlier post about the Hynd’s Builiding.)

But,………………….. I was sad to see the show up for only two days, and the Hynds still needs lots of work, the walls are still in disrepair and the vent system is hanging down. David called the Hynds SoHo-esque, I think it is more like the movie Brazil. (Check out the post about here.) I went down the second day of the show to really see it since it is almost impossible to see art during a reception, there were lots of people there looking at art. So the two day event made people go down to see the show, instead of procrastinating all summer, then missing it all together.

GCAE reception

Here  are a few of my favorites from The Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibit.  If you are interested in seeing the whole show make the jump to this link.

Georgia Rowswell, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Tony James, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Michele Farrier, Alta, Wyoming

Ginnie Madsen, Laramie, Wyoming

Lynn Newman in Artist Alley.



Know The Warning Signs!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

My work is at Glen Garrett’s Architect Studio-Office & Hynds Building

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Glen does such a nice job with the window displays.  I know I’m really late with posting this since the reception is already over.  Last year, March, I had an Emergency Solo Show at Glen’s (read why here).  Glen has been collecting my work for years.  He can almost have an entire show of my ceramics that he personally owns.  The show is part of the Art, Design and Dine, Art walk, that my friend Georgia Roswell has started for Cheyenne.

So if you’re in the area and want to see my work during business hours…go to Glen’s!

1623 Capitol Ave.

Glen is almost single handedly bringing the arts to Cheyenne.  He is tirelessly spending all of his time raising money and restoring the Hynds Building, which has been empty for over 25 years.  He is trying to make the Hynds Building into an Artist-in-Residency program, offering programs to the University of Wyoming, Laramie County Community College and to high students in our area.  Anyhow, we are lucky that Cheyenne has such a huge art supporter.  And I am so lucky to have Glen as an art support also.  Thank You Glen, for everything you do!!!

The Hynds Building in it’s heyday.

The Hynds Building opened to acclaim in 1920 was Cheyenne’s premier office building for the next sixty years.

The Hynds building now.

Good News!! 500 Vases and Ayumi Horie Pots in Action Contest!!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

"500 Vases" One of the title pages.

This has been a good week.  It started out, when I got home and found 500 Vases waiting for me in the mailbox; I was lucky enough to have all three of my submissions accepted in the book.  And I was thrilled to find my work on one of the title pages!!!

500 Vases page 22

500 Vases page 22

Here is what Lark Books says about the 500 Series book:

500 Vases was juried by the Julia Galloway.  The 500 Series is one of Lark’s most distinctive and popular lines, this is the series lovers of fine craftsmanship rave about. It provides an overview of the best contemporary work in fields such as ceramics, jewelry making, woodworking, and more. Each book is juried by an expert, features informative introductory text, and showcases spectacular images of state-of-the-art work. The first entry in the series, 500 Teapots, was published in 2002. Since then, 35 books have followed, and new titles release each season. With an international roster of contributors that includes both established names and up-and-coming craftspeople, each volume spotlights the shared and divergent approaches taken by artists who are producing visionary work. Filled with lavish photographs, these gorgeous books inspire crafters and collectors, artists and aficionados—anyone who enjoys celebrating the creative spirit.

500 Vases

500 Vases p142

500 Vases p195

500 Vases p195

Iam ecstatic to be a part of this inspirational book.  After looking at all the images of the book, I had to go work in my studio.  I had been taking time off from the studio, (excuses, excuse, excuses…) because I almost broke my finger (still swollen after a month), it’s the start of the school year, and I’m tired from my new school schedule.   I had a fantastic night in my studio, and I’m soooo excited to be working again.  Thank you Lark Books for getting me out of my back to school slump!!!

If you want the book here is a couple of links: and Barnes and

Other Good News!!

Ayumi's Pots in Action Contest 2nd Place

I believe Vander’s sweet little face was hard to resist, and the darling Lindsey!!

I found out I got second place in Ayumi Horie’s Pots in Action Contest. Last night when I found, my husband and I went to Ayumi’s website to see what I won.  As we were doing this Vander comes wandering over to see what we are doing and looks at the computer screen and says, “That’s my monkey cup.”  I can’t argue with that.  Vander has his first piece of amazing pottery in his collection.

Thank You Ayumi!!!  I love your work and our new Monkey Mug!!

Pots in Action Prizes

Thank you to everyone who voted for our picture!!

People have asked me if I was nervous that the camel was so close to Vander.   I am friends with the owners of the Terry Bison Ranch where we took the pictures, and called before we went out there, and asked if this idea was possible.  They wouldn’t let us in the field with camels, and one of the owners went with us to feed the camels.  She was right there just out of the picture at all times.  The camels are hand feed, trained for riding, but only one person rides them.

Here are some more pictures of the day.

Even if we didn’t win a prize the day was well worth it.  The kids had a blast.  We petted and played with so many animals that day.  It was great to have a guided tour of such a fun place.

out with the old!!!! IN WITH THE NEW!!!!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Welcome!! To my redesigned website!! You’ll find some new pieces, a new publications page, and a new projects page, please looks around, and make yourself at home!!  Here is a little teaser if you came to the blog first.  The blog also has a whole new look. 

So what do you think? 

website connie

Kelly S. Curtis is most excellent web designer out there. She is so easy to work with and does an amazing job. If you’re in the market for a website Kelly is the best!!!  When I started this blog, Kelly got it started, matched it to my webiste, then helped me long until I figured out how to do it myself.  I can’t say enough great things about her.  Kelly I can’t thank you enough for your fabulous work!!

Check out Kelly’s website she has 40 plus artists as clinets.  (mostly ceramics)  If you haven’t been to her site before, you’ll be amazed at how many of artists you’re already familar with, and see many more. 

Here is a screen shot of the way my website use to look like.  Kelly also did this fantastic banner, but I was ready for a new one.  I want to make some business cards that match my website, and I didn’t think this banner would work in a smaller format. 


My 100th post!!! And the Nicolaysen Art Museum’s 25th Annual Dinner and Auction!!

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The Nicolaysen Art Museum presents the 25th Annual Dinner and Auction Gala

Here is my donated artwork for their auction.


Friday, September 10, 2010 at 6 p.m.
at the Nicolaysen Art Museum

Tickets: $150 Members or $175 Non Members

Master of Ceremonies: Brian Scott

Black Tie Optional

Cuisine by Chef Bernard of Armor’s


Hors D’oeuvres
Savory cheesecakes baked in delicate, flaky phyllo cups
Fresh mozzarella balls, basil and roasted red pepper skewers
Salty and sweet bacon knots
Assorted fresh cheese and relish display

Tuscan cranberry almond salad

Main Course
Succulent filet mignon with a balsamic & red onion
reduction sauce
Crisp haricots verts with jicama and peppers
Roasted baby fingerling potatoes

Creamy layered chocolate trifle


If your in the area The Nic is a great museum.  Please come to support them!!

What’s in Your Business ToolKit? A Symposium on the Nuts and Bolts of Managing an Artistic Career

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I was asked to serve on a panel to discuss pricing and value at the “What’s In Your Business Toolkit?  A Symposium on the Nuts and Bolts of Managing an Artistic Career.” It will be held The Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming, August 5 – 6.  I’m honored to be asked.  But as always I’m a little nervous.

The Nic’s write up about the Symposium is…. It will utilize business and creative skills to enhance your visibility as an artist.  It is a business development symposium for visual artists at the Nicolaysen Art Museum August 5 -6, 2010.

Many artists wonder if it’s possible to make a living doing what they love most.  This two-day smorgasbord of information will illuminate the processes of becoming more visible and financially successful as an artist.  Tips, tricks, professional insights, as well as business skills and development will ve addressed in this symposium.

This Symposium will present sessions and panelists that will explore the following subjects:  Legal & Finance, Crafting a Business Plan, Marketing, Technology, Pricing & Value, Accounting.

2010 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Art Auction

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

2010 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Annual Art Auction Website Launched!

Visit the newly launched 2010 Annual Art Auction website at for a preview of the amazing array of artwork that will be available in the live and silent auctions on August 14, 2010.

My piece is #137 in the Silent Auction Catalogue.  You can place an absentee bid on any of the artworks, so if you see anything you like, register and help out a great art center.

There are nearly 250 pieces of art contributed by international, national artists.  Bid on works by renowned artists including James Surls, Betty and George Woodman, David Ellsworth, Anish Kapoor, Charles Long, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Peter Voulkos, George Condo.

Here is my bowl if you don’t make it over to the Ranch’s Auction site.

Round Two – The DIA vessels!!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

This has been a tough computer week.  We have three computers and all three decided not to work.  One is in the shop, this one I’m using went to the fix it place, the very nice man fixed it on the spot, and the last one the wireless isn’t working.  Since school is out I don’t have that computer to use.  I went to school in hopes of using my computer, but it was already bagged and tagged.  Any my room was completely torn apart for cleaning. 

These two posts show the majority of my DIA (Denver International Airport) commission.  I left out 15 bowls.  The biggest vessel(the first one shown) is going to Denver’s Mayor Hickenlooper, and the others and the bowls are going to Denver’s City Council, and some other people  sometime in July.  I was told that everything is on display in the DIA offices.  I hope to make it to Denver before July to see Wesley Anderegg and Jen Allen’s shows, and hopefully my stuff at DIA.   If you want to see the entire DIA commission click here  and here to see the ones that went to Japan.

These pics are my work.  I know I have a lot of hot spots, but I don’t know how to get rid of them with shinny glazes.  (Suggestions Please!!)  Please tell me what you think….  

Round Two – The DIA Bowls

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010