New rural art exhibit debuts at Fort Caspar

A traveling art exhibit is now on display in Casper. The new exhibit? Western and rural humor.
Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 7:44 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A traveling art exhibit is now on display in Casper. But Rembrandt and Picasso it is not.

The Museum at Fort Caspar is opened year-round. And one of the wings has a constantly rotating art display. The new exhibit? Western and rural humor.

According to Rick Young, Supervisor of the Museum, this humorous artwork can speak to multiple generations, which is what makes it so unique.

“It spans a long time frame. We’re talking from the 1920′s to 2015. Younger people are going to recognize stuff out of the newer things. Older folks are going to recognize the older cartoons. And be able to have a connection with them.”

Young says these exhibits, which last 6-8 weeks, are thanks to great partnerships with other museums.

“We borrowed this one from the American Heritage Center. They have a traveling exhibit program, much like we do too. So we borrowed it from them. It’s a collection of cartoons from three different artists: J.R. Williams, Ace Reid, and Jerry Palen.”

Various themes can be seen... And are made fun of... From relationship issues to farming and ranching.

“So, even though you may not have that as your occupation, or something you have firsthand... You’re acquainted with people out here that do those roles. So the themes do match. Things that you would know and find humorous.”

Admission to the museum is only $2 for adults, and kids 12-and-under are free.