actor and art collector Cheech Marin visits UW | News

August 16, 2013

Artist and art collector Cheech Marin will speak and exhibit artwork at the University of Wyoming from September 6-7.

Renowned artist Cheech Marin, who has gained further fame as a collector of Chicano art, is expected to visit the University of Wyoming campus and present two public programs on September 6 and 7.

Marin will speak on “The Chicano Art: Cultivating the Chicano Future” at 4:00 pm Friday, September 6, in the Wyoming Union Ballroom, followed by a book signing. On Saturday September 7th at 10:30 am he will give an informal gallery tour at the UW Art Museum. Both programs are free and open to the public.

An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition is scheduled for Friday, September 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the UW Art Museum. This event is also free and open to the public.

While on campus, Marin will also meet with faculty members and students from the departments of Chicano Studies, American Studies, Art and History.

Marin, who is best known for his work in film, television, and improv comedy, has been acquiring art for over 25 years and has arguably amassed the most renowned collection of Chicano art in his hands. private.

“Cheech Marin’s efforts as a collector and advocate of Chicano art have made this important artistic genre visible and accessible on America’s Main Street,” said Susan Moldenhauer, Director and Chief Curator of UW Art Museum. “His public lecture will shed light on the importance of this art and explore its links to the broader genre of American art.”

A selection of paintings from Marin’s private collection will be on display at the UW Art Museum from September 7 to November 7. 23. “Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection” features paintings less than 16 inches by 16 inches and features 26 established and emerging Chicano artists. Styles of painting include photo-realism, abstraction, portraits and landscapes.

“’Chicanitas’ is taken from Marin’s most recent interest in collecting works that explore the personal lives and daily routines of the Chicano experience,” says Moldenhauer. “Smaller than the large canvases that Chicano artists have used to convey the political and social realm of their experience, the paintings in the exhibition offer a more personal yet powerful perspective on their lives.”

Marin’s exhibit and tour are made possible in part by the Wyoming Humanities Council, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, the Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, UW Chicano Studies, UW Multicultural Affairs , UW Student Activities Council, UW Art Department, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, ASUW, MEChA, UW National Advisory Board Endowment and UW Art Museum Gala.

For more information, call the art museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit and the museum blog at, or follow the museum on Facebook at http: //

Through its ‘museum as a classroom’ approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday hours are extended until 9 p.m. from February to April and from September to November. Free entry.

Norma D. Ross