Riverton man awarded fellowship at Wyoming Arts Council

Sep 8, 2017 From staff reports

Robert Martinez of Riverton has been named as one of three recipients of visual arts fellowships by the Wyoming Arts Council.

He attended Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver, and he graduated at age 19, becoming the youngest American Indian to graduate at that time.

His Northern Arapaho heritage remains a constant inspiration and source of ideas for his work.Living in Wyoming amongst the hard working people of the west and experiencing their issues also influence his creations.The past and present often resonate strongly throughout his work. Much of Robert's current work uses the historical imagery, myth's and stories of the West, Arapaho culture to create images that have a statement on the issues of today. Using a strong contrast in of lights, darks, and painting in intense vibrant color, he creates striking imagery that is confronting and engages the viewer.

Some of Martinez's work is now on display at Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery on Riverton's Main Street.

The other fellowship recipients include Lander artists Margaret Haydon and Patrick Kikut. Hayden is currently professor of Ceramics at the University of Wyoming, where Kikut also paints and works.

The fellowships are open to Wyoming artists working in any visual medium. Recipients each receive a $3,000 award and will participate in a Biennial Fellowship Exhibition in 2019.

Honorable mentions for the fellowships include Ashley Hope Carlisle (Laramie), Andy Kincaid (Jackson), and Rani Robison (Laramie).

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