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Exhibits & Events

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The following performances and events are made possible by the generosity of the City of Rock Springs, Sweetwater BOCES, and the Wyoming Arts Council.

Plein Air Workshop with Charles Dayton

Plein Air Workshop with Charles Dayton

June 9 & 10, 2023

Join us Friday evening, June 9 for a demo and talk on Plein Air Painting with Charles Dayton.  Saturday morning we paint in downtown Rock Springs then gather for a Critique and wrap-up.

Wyoming artist Charles Dayton will take the mystery out of painting on location and provide support as you paint outdoors. Open to all mediums.

Class limited to 14 students. Special fee $50 with support from the CFAC. Call or visit the CFAC for more information and to register. 

Sweetwater County PLEIN AIR Competition

Sweetwater County PLEIN AIR Competition

June 24, 2023

Paint in historic downtown Rock Springs! 

Competition • Silent Auction • Reception

The public is invited to watch as participating artists paint in Downtown Rock Springs and Bunning Park from 9 am - 2 pm.

A Public Reception and Silent Auction will take place at 4 pm at  the Community Fine Arts Center. The Silent Auction will run from 4 to 5 p.m.

Co-sponsored by CFAC and Green River Arts Council, with assistance from Rock Springs Main Street/URA.


SCSD#1 Art Teachers Exhibit

SCSD#1 Art Teachers Exhibit

June 2023

Thirteen of the local art teachers, from elementary through high school of Sweetwater County School District #1, will exhibit their artwork created outside of their classrooms.  An opening reception for the public will be Tuesday, May 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Abbie Showecker

Annette Tanner

Dana Sykes

David Doporto

Halli Riskus

Jamie Morgan

Katelynn Beckermann

Katelynn Carter

Kendra Lewis

Nanci Rollins

Nathan Wonnacott

Shari Kumer

Wrylee Padilla


Paul Ng: Three Decades of Photography

Paul Ng: Three Decades of Photography

July 2023

Local photographer Paul Ng has exhibited at the CFAC in the past and is bringing a new body of work to share.   An opening reception will be announced.

Born outside of Guangzhou, China, Ng moved to Hong Kong as a teenager. Upon finishing his undergraduate in Biology and a master of science in Environmental Health in Tennessee, Ng relocated to the Rockies and settled in Rock Springs in 1980. He and his wife Betty, a retired special education teacher in Rock Springs, have one daughter Jessica, who completed her MBA and working in Las Vegas.

Ng has studied photography with former WWCC instructor Val Brinkerhoff, who now teaches at BYU. But his inspiration for black and white photography came first when looking at the images in John Sexton’s book “Quiet Light” and later was able to attend Sexton’s printing workshop at Carmel Valley, CA.  Sexton was Ansel Adams’ last assistant and later on his consultant before Adams’ death in 1984. Ng also drew inspiration from studying the work of great wedding and portrait masters such as Dennis Reggie and David Peter.

Four Photographers and a Painter

Four Photographers and a Painter

August 2023

Paul Ng, Terry Sell, Gary Mortenson and Steve Shea along with John Vase took a trip to Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks in Utah. Each had a unique way of capturing the beauty of the landscapes.  

17th annual Community Show: WESTERN EXPANSION

17th annual Community Show: WESTERN EXPANSION

October 2023

UPDATE:  This annual exhibit is open to all Sweetwater County residents using any medium but follow this year’s theme of "Western Expansion."  To highlight an event coming through Rock Springs in October, we changed the theme. 


A traveling public artwork exhibit passing through this fall will be in Rock Springs approximatel Oct 21-22. The tour, Driving the Spike, features a soaring 43’ tall gold-leafed spike commemorating the transcontinental railroad.  It will kick off in Lexington, Kentucky, and make whistle stops to targeted train communities  enroute to its destination in Box Elder County, Utah. Scheduled whistle stops are:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana
  • St. Louis, Springfield and Kansas City, Missouri
  • Atchison, Kansas
  • Omaha, Council Bluffs and North Platte, Nebraska
  • Denver, Colorado,
  • Cheyenne and Rock Springs, Wyoming 

Whistle Stops are being organized by the Golden Spike Foundation to create fun and educational community events and media attention. The focus will be construction of the transcontinental railroad and the workers whose ingenuity and sacrifices made this feat of human engineering a reality.


Artists can submit a maximum of two pieces no larger than 8 feet square. Two-dimensional works must be gallery ready and wired appropriately for hanging prior to delivery, while 3-D works must sit on a stable base or be easily hung.  

CFAC staff reserve the right to reject any work that is not safe and stable to exhibit.

Deadline to enter is September 28th.



November 3 - December 30, 2023

GROUNDED - Restoring our world through a Sacred Harmony with the earth and each other.

A touring exhibition of 15 contemporary artists from Indigenous American tribes traditionally based in and around the Great Plains.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, November 3rd from 5 to 7 pm.  Come see artwork by 15 exceptional Indigenous American contemporary artists from 8 tribes in and around the Great Plains.

Organized by Art Spirit: the Art initiative of the Episcopol Church of Wyoming, Caravan, Wyoming Humanities, Wyouing Arts Council and curated by noted Northern Arapaho artist Robert Martinez.

Youth Arts Exhibits 2024

Youth Arts Exhibits 2024

February - May, 2024

Each year we display a selection of the students' artwork from each school in Sweetwater School District #1.  This is in celebration of Art and the accomplishments of the youth in our community!

A calendar of the exhibits will be available later in the fall.

18th annual October Community Show: Indian Paintbrush

18th annual October Community Show: Indian Paintbrush

October 2024

Each year, we celebrate the local artists with a themed exhibit, and this year it will be "Indian Paintbrush."  Sweetwater County artists of all ages can participate in any medium. WE do have a few standard guidelines but we want to see your creativity!  

Also visit other ART EXHIBITS in the
Sweetwater County Library System

at White Mountain Library in Rock Springs and Sweetwater County Library in Green River.

Check Out Our Past Exhibits and Events

Class Schedule

The CFAC strives to provide a variety of art-related activities including classes and workshops for the community.

We are having A is for Art classes again starting January 17 for 2nd to 4th grade students. Please preregister as space is limited for these free classes. 

Please feel free to contact us for more information. We are also interested in finding new individuals who can teach in a number of different art techniques and styles.

Thank you for your interest in the Arts!





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