PAs in Art at the University of Wyoming may be awarded in the following areas:

· Printmaking

· Ceramics

· Foundations

· Sculpture

· Drawing

· Painting

· Graphic Design

· Metalsmithing

· Art History 

· Photography

· Art Education


· To provide a time for a recently graduated student to continue their creative and/or academic research in preparation for their next professional step. 

· To allow the student to develop their knowledge and practice of teaching while assisting in lower level classes. 

· To gain knowledge and practice in managing facilities and equipment in their specific post-baccalaureate area. 

· To allow the student to gain experience in a leadership role and begin the transition from student to artist and/or scholar. 

· To assist the area professor(s) in their day to day teaching needs.


· Students may apply for (and be awarded) PA periods of one semester or two semesters.

· It is preferred that students do not exceed one year in their status as PAs. (any exceptions are considered on a case by case basis)


· PAs must maintain their student status at the University of Wyoming by registering for a minimum of one credit hour during the post-bacc period.

· PAs must have graduated from the Department of Art at the University of Wyoming.

· PAs are requested to not take more than four credits during each of their PA semesters.


· PAs will make agreements and sign contracts (when required) with supporting faculty regarding specific studio and classroom activities.

· PAs will serve as ambassadors with visiting prospective students and during the annual High School Art Symposium.

· PAs may be asked to assist in setting up and breaking down Portfolio Review each semester.

Benefits of Position:

· PAs are provided a studio space/area in which to pursue their creative and/or academic research – a separate studio application must be completed and approved.

· PAs are provided access to studio equipment and spaces (as applicable to their area of study).

· PAs have access to the faculty in their area for individual critiques and assistance in preparing their portfolios and professional materials.

· PAs will be provided funding assistance when available.

Purpose of Student Studios:

To provide the space for advanced students enrolled in at least one credit hour of upper level courses (3000 – 4000 level) in the Department of Art to work on their creative research safely and independently. 

Application Procedure:

Students will submit a completed application by November 1 for the following spring semester and April 1 for the summer or following fall semesters. Studio spaces do not carry over from one semester to the next. Students must plan ahead accordingly and submit an application for faculty consideration each semester in order to retain their studio spaces. IMPORTANT: Even if students, especially Post Undergraduate Assistants are awarded a space for an entire year, they must still submit an application each semester for liability and paperwork


As a general rule, preference will be given to students in the following order: Post Undergraduate Assistants (PUAs), BFA students with senior standing preparing to graduate, BA students with senior standing preparing to graduate, followed by all other proposals based on student need. All students who desire a studio space should have strong proposals for how they plan to use the space preferably including exhibition plans and must have passed ART 2000: Portfolio Review. 

Building and Studio Access:

Depending on the location of a studio, students may be provided a key so that they may access their spaces. Students that do not return provided keys upon vacating a studio may also have a HOLD put on their records. The Visual Arts Building is officially open Monday through Sunday from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm except on major holidays or closures. Keys to access the building from the outside will not be provided, so students should plan studio time accordingly. The Department of Art is in no way responsible for items of personal property that are lost, damaged or stolen from the student studios. Students should not keep expensive or valuable items in the spaces that they do not wish to lose. Furthermore, students should consider safety when working on campus late at night and use the buddy system whenever possible. 

Studio Fee:

There is currently no fee to have a studio space in the VA Building. 

Regulations Concerning Use of the Studio Spaces:

Using a studio space in the Visual Arts Building is a privilege, not a right, and students must follow certain guidelines to ensure the quality of the spaces and the safety of themselves and their fellow students while occupying a studio. Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and responsible way at all times when using the studio spaces. 

If a student witnesses or experiences any inappropriate behavior, especially as it concerns the following regulations, that student should first contact a faculty member who has oversight of that area’s studios. Individual studios couched within equipment specific areas (printmaking, sculpture, metalsmithing, ceramics, etc) may require additional regulations and / or contracts as defined by the designated faculty of the program. 

Upon the decision of the faculty and Department Head, students who violate any of the following may be expelled from their studio space at any time during the semester:

· Student studio spaces are defined as laboratories. Therefore, there can be no food or drinks present or consumed inside the studios. Students should eat or drink in designated areas of the building only.

· The use of alcohol and tobacco are expressly forbidden in the studio spaces.

· Studio spaces are for creating artwork according to a student’s independent proposal. Students may not store items in the studios unrelated to this goal, nor may students keep a studio as a primary place of residence, nor may students host parties or similar gatherings in the studios. 

· The studios in the Visual Arts Building are communal. Students must respect the space, property and safety of others sharing the studio with them. This means making sure the doors are locked upon leaving applicable areas, and maintaining a reasonably clean and organized work area. 

· Students must treat others in the communal spaces with respect. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Students who experience harassment should immediately contact the appropriate faculty member and/or department head. Harassment or other inappropriate behavior will result in immediate expulsion. 

· Communal space is finite. Students should not take up more space than necessary or creep into others’ designated spaces. Students may not store materials inapplicable to their current project in their studio. Paintings that are not being worked on must be stored in the ventilated painting storage area. Your studio space is not an art gallery. 

· Students may not use processes or materials that fundamentally damage the building or that pose a safety threat to themselves or their fellow students in the studio spaces. If a student is in doubt, they should contact an appropriate faculty member before proceeding.

For any Questions or Concerns Please Contact

· Shelby Shadwell, Associate Professor, VA 126,

University of Wyoming Visual Art and Art History