American Fork No. 4

Pictured is Sandra Dal Poggetto’s painting “American Fork #4,” 2010-11. (Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Anonymous gift. 4.14)

Artist Sandra Dal Poggetto will present “Hidden in the Wide Open: Abstraction in Western Art” Thursday, June 26, at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The Whitney Western Art Museum Lunchtime Art Lecture Series will be 12:15 p.m. in Coe Auditorium. The presentation is free to the public.

As a youth, painter Dal Poggetto felt physically and imaginatively a part of the oak forests and chaparral around her home in California’s coastal hills – a connection that returned when she relocated to the Rocky Mountain West. There, she began, over time, to see differently, responding to the great natural rhythms and wider traditions of art that the Rockies hold.

Now, Dal Poggetto’s work, including numerous essays on the subject, addresses the relationship between art and landscape. In her presentation, she shares with the audience how and why the power of the American West transformed her understanding, and her art – works that have been displayed in numerous art exhibitions in the West.

Dal Poggetto received an M.A. in painting and drawing from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. from the University of California at Davis, with honors in art studio. She also has studied in Italy. Born in Sonoma, Calif., she now lives and works in Helena, Mont.

Additional summer lectures include July 24, John Giarrizzo with “An Artist/Teacher at Work: Reflections on a Residency at the Whitney”; and Aug. 22, Whitney curator Mindy Besaw with “Today’s West: Contemporary Art from the Whitney Western Art Museum.” Giarrizzo also steps in as artist-in-residence July 14-18 and 21-25.

In addition, many docent- and staff-led programs and tours are on the schedule several times a week to highlight masterworks in the Whitney Western Art Museum with stories about artists, their work and history.

For more information visit, or contact Whitney curatorial assistant Emily Wood, or 578-4051; or Besaw, or 578-4053.

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