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A unique collaboration between Rock Springs, Sweetwater County and the local school district, the Community Fine Arts Center is now home to a permanent collection of more than 500 original American works, including work by celebrated illustrator and painter Norman Rockwell.
Founded in 1966 by a local science teacher (yes, a science teacher), the Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs is Southwest Wyoming’s cultural gem. The center’s first painting, "Shack Alley" by Henrietta Wood, was actually purchased in 1939 to hang in the local high school. This first painting inspired an appreciation for the arts that motivated Elmer Halseth to travel America to buy paintings, drawings and prints with nickels and dimes earned at school carnivals, bake sales and donation jars. The collection grew and eventually needed a permanent home of its own.
You can marvel at pieces from artists like Norman Rockwell, Grandma Moses, Loren McGiver, Elliott Orr, Edward Chavez, Paul Horiuchi, Ilya Bolotowsky, Raphael Soyer, and Rufino Tamayo, along with other well-known local and regional Wyoming artists.
And for something fresh each time you come, enjoy the rotating exhibit of traditional and contemporary paintings, sculptures, prints and photography.