When: Tuesday, June 25 at 6pm – 7pm
Where: Visual Arts Building, Room 111
What: Artist lecture by Robert Martinez (Martinez Art & Design), 2018 recipient of the Wyoming Arts Council Visual Art Fellowship Award
FREE & Open to the Public
Robert Martinez was born in Wyoming on the Wind River Reservation in the small city of Riverton. He grew up a part of many different cultures as his lineage is Spanish, Mexican, Scotts Irish, French Canadian, and Northern Arapaho. He graduated Riverton High School and through a scholarship, attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design (RMCAD) where he became the youngest Native American to graduate from the program with a BFA . He specialized in Painting & Drawing and minoring in Sculpture.
Martinez’s paintings and drawings have been shown across the nation. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Red Cloud Heritage Museum, Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
A strong supporter of education and the arts, Martinez devotes time to helping and mentoring emerging artists on the reservation in Wyoming and in the Western region. He gives back to the community by speaking about art topics, giving workshops, and demonstrates his style to schools, agencies, and art groups.
Martinez’s work will be on display among other Wyoming Arts Council award winners June 8 – August 31, 2019 in “Western Explorations: The Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Fellowship Exhibition 2018 and 2019,” at the UW Art Museum.