Sheridan, Wyoming, and the surrounding area is an artistic retreat for hundreds of people every year. Hidden away in rural Wyoming, Sheridan hosts art galleries that reveal true “diamonds in the rough” – artistic gems from a sparsely-populated ranching community. The entire county houses roughly 13,000 people, but among them are talented artists and generous donors who work together to preserve and promote art of all types. These five galleries are a must-see for anyone living in or traveling through Sheridan.
Sheridan College’s Martinsen Gallery
Aspiring artists from all over the country participate in Sheridan College’s art curriculum. With Wyoming’s mountains and wildlife as inspiration, these artists pursue their talents each in their own unique way. The best pieces from these artists are showcased in the Martinsen Gallery located in the Whitney Building on the college campus at 3059 Coffeen Avenue.
Sagebrush Community Art Center
The old train depot on 5th Street in Sheridan is now home to the illustrious Sagebrush Community Art Center. Artists have the freedom and instruction to hone their skills, as well as the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work at the SAGE exhibit at 171 Main Street, in the Sheridan College building. Exhibits can include any media and any subject matter and change frequently, so it’s always worth a stop when you’re enjoying the downtown shopping opportunities.
The Bozeman Trail Gallery
Boasting Native American beadwork, Western art, mountain landscapes and more, the Bozeman Trail Gallery shows off a little bit of everything that makes Wyoming great. If you’d like something special for your home, the gallery either has it or will help you find it. Located at 190 Main Street, the Bozeman Trail Gallery is easily accessible and near the SAGE exhibit building.
The Brinton Museum
Located at the Bradford Brinton Memorial on Brinton Road in Big Horn, Wyoming, the Brinton Museum offers the best of new and old in Wyoming. Its art exhibits range from historical works from a particular artist or around a common subject, to modern artists depicting Wyoming history or culture. This includes Native American art, pioneer history, cavalry history and more.
Ucross Foundation Art Gallery
The Ucross Foundation sits on a remote 20,000-acre ranch where the sweeping vistas and unbroken quiet create the perfect atmosphere for all types of visual and performing artists. Boasting an impressive alumni list of world-famous artists, the Ucross Foundation sets the stage for great works. While much of the grounds are off-limits to visitors so that the residents can maintain their solitude, the art gallery is open to the public. Browse the permanent collection, but check back often for notable special exhibits.
For the size of Sheridan County, the range and quality of artists it attracts is truly breathtaking. Whether you’re purchasing art for your home or an enthusiast who loves to look, you’re bound to find something in one of these top-notch galleries.