For the 50th year, LHS art class students will be participating in the Wyoming art symposium Apr. 19 – 21 in Casper, WY.

The High School Symposium features over 4,000 pieces of artwork from students around the state for three days every year at the Casper Events Center; the event is open to the public.

The first High School art symposium in the state of Wyoming was held in Laramie 50 years ago. The Wyoming art symposium is the largest of its kind in the country.

A symposium is a meeting or a conference to discuss a topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.

The previous LHS art teacher, Tim Collins, and a couple of other teachers from around the state founded it.

Tim Collins also founded The Wyoming Secondary Art Educators Association (WSAEA).

This year special’s guests are Tim Collins, himself, and Carol Mead Wyoming Governor’s wife. Mead will pick her favorite artworks from the symposium and she will hang them at the Wyoming Governor’s Mansion in Cheyenne, WY.

The students who present their work at the High School symposium will also have the opportunity to receive scholarships from different colleges around the State. Every year LHS brings a couple of scholarships for students.

On the morning of Thurs. Apr. 19, the students will leave Laramie.

Once they arrive in Casper they will hang their artwork around the venue, once permitted.

On Friday morning the students will be able to observe all the artwork from the rest of the students and see if they received any awards.

That evening, there is an “icebreaker.” Here games, an open mic, life drawing and other activities are offered to students to enjoy and become better acquainted with each other.

Art students will also have the opportunity to visit the Nicolaysen art Museum on Friday.

While students are doing different activities and trying to know each other, teachers will go back to the Symposium and give ribbons to the pieces of art that they like the most.

The art symposium is not a competition so that means that if students get a ribbon is because of their participation and because teachers liked their work and creativity.

Students who don’t go to the Symposium also have an opportunity to send their artwork with their teachers.