The Nicolaysen Art Museum programs are designed to stimulate, encourage and advance self-expression and knowledge of the arts.
The Landscapes of Conrad Schwiering exhibition explored the personal creative artistic process of Wyoming landscape painter Conrad Schwiering (1916-1986) through pencil sketches, oil studies on masonite, and finished paintings.
“I’ve got a love affair with the mountains, and I’ve had it all my life. I don’t want to destroy anything that’s out there; I just want to try to capture a little bit of it each time” - Conrad Schwiering
For 40 years, Conrad Schwiering (1916- 1986) devoted his life to painting the American West and specifically the grand and powerful Teton mountain range and valley of Jackson Hole, WY. Schwiering was born in Boulder, Colorado and grew up in Wyoming, living in Douglas, Rock Springs, and Laramie before settling in Jackson. He was a member of the National Academy of Western Artists, The Society of Western Artists and The American Institute of Fine Art. He received his formal art instruction at the Art Students League and the Grand Central School of Art in New York City, where he studied with George B. Bridgeman and his mentor Charles S. Chapman. He also received degrees in commerce and law from the University of Wyoming. After serving in the army during World War II, Schwiering moved to Jackson, WY to begin his painting career.
This exhibition explores the creative and studio working process of a very committed, celebrated, and prolific landscape artist. Schwiering characterized himself as an impressionist, as he was obsessed by the atmospheric effects, mood, and play of light on the land. The landscape variations, studies, sketches, and paintings that are the core of Schwiering's life's work represent a very personal and emotional connection to this part of the country. Schwiering does not shy away from depicting all uses of this land, from working ranchland to the most breathtaking beautiful scenery in the world.