West Art Gallery presents Lora Webb Nichols photography exhibition


ROCK SPRINGS – Western Wyoming Community College will be exhibiting the work of Wyoming owner and photographer Lora Webb Nichols (1883-1962) in the art gallery until November 5, 2021.

The exhibition presents a selection of images from the photographic archives of Lora Webb Nichols. According to LoraWebbNichols.com, Nichols created and collected approximately 24,000 negatives during his lifetime in the mining town of Encampment. The images chronicle the domestic, social and economic aspects of the sparsely populated border of south-central Wyoming.

“A remarkable and cohesive aspect of the Nichols Archives,” says Nicole Jean Hill, co-curator of the Lora Webb Nichols archives and curator of the exhibition, “is her take on women in the early 20’s.e century. Nichols photographed pioneer women and their duties as mothers and housewives. The images provide a unique window into the role of women and their culture in the community at this time. She has produced images at Encampment over the course of several decades, which has given the photographs an unexpected and captivating intimacy and candor. ”

The Lora Webb Nichols collection can be viewed in its entirety at the American Heritage Center (AHC) or the University of Wyoming. For those who cannot visit the collection in person, the AHC has a searchable online database available. The Grand Encampment Museum in Encampment, Wyoming, houses photographs, diaries, and letters to the public.

The exhibit can be viewed whenever the College is open. The Western Art Gallery showcases the work of students, local and world-renowned artists. The exhibits change regularly, and are always free to view, and open to the public.

For more information on Western Art Gallery exhibitions or the Western art program, contact Jacob Muldowney at [email protected]

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