Cultural Series

Since 1994, the Cultural and Community Enrichment Series has grown to include multiple endowed (or in the process of being endowed) programs and an annually funded program. These cultural opportunities are made possible through the generosity of both corporate and private donors. Throughout the year, an average of six to eight events are hosted, which are generally free and open to the public.

Cultural and Community Enrichment Series

Watercolor painting of abstract flower by Karen Knutson

Esther and John Clay Watercolor Workshop presents

Artist Karen Knutson

June 4-8, 2018 
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY

Karen started her journey in watercolor in 1985, and has been painting almost every day since that time. She paints watercolors because she loves its free and wild qualities, forcing the artist to adjust to its many moods. Karen started painting traditional watercolors, wanting her paintings to look like the subject. Lately, all that has changed. She now tries to make her paintings unique, and it's unimportant whether the painting resembles the subject or not. "It is my hope that you'll be drawn to my paintings by their colors, the good design, and the peaceful nature of my work," says Karen.

For the past few years, she has added collage and acrylic, which produces wonderful textures and color discoveries. Her paintings are sometimes totally abstract, and sometimes there is something recognizable in the painting. First and foremost, Karen likes to have fun while painting, and she's constantly trying out new things, so that she'll will grow as an artist.


Public Artist Demonstration and Reception
featuring Karen Knutson

June 7, 2018
6:30 p.m. 
at LCCC

Demonstration: Science Center, Room 121
Reception: Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery

This is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the LCCC Foundation at 307.778.1110.

Past Cultural and Community Enrichment Series

  • Beast Women, 2011
  • Chanticleer, 2014
  • Red Riding Hood, 2016
  • King’singers, Acapella Choir, 2002 The Bank of the West Music Series presents Mark Sloniker, pictured April 27, 2010, with wife, Colleen Crosson, and son Myles.
  • John Corigliano, Composer, 2002
  • Gene Pekorney, Tuba Player, 2004
  • Vienna Boys Choir, 2004
  • PDQ Bach, 2005
  • Air Force Falconnaries, 2006
  • Canadian Brass, 2007
  • DBR & The Mission, 2007
  • Acoustic Eidolon, 2008
  • Mark Sloniker, 2010
  • Aakash Mittal, 2011 
  • Dave Pietro, 2012
  • Dr. James Kosnik, 2013
  • Chanticleer, 2014
  • Aurora Borealis, 2015
  • Laura Pelon, The Living Roots of Music, 2015
  • Larry Agenbroad, Wooley Mammoth, 1999
  • Ray Suarez, NPR, 2000
  • Dr. Maeve Leakey, 2001
  • Joel Meyerowitz, 2002
  • Dr. Howard Gardner, 2005
  • Dr. Jane Mainschein, 2005
  • Dr. Douglas Owsley, 2006
  • Leonard Pitts, Jr., 2008
  • Alfred Lubrano, 2009
  • Greg Mortenson, 2010
  • Winona LaDuke, 2012
  • Sam Mihara: Memories of Heart Mountain, 2015
  • Recall: Artist Remember 9/11, 2002
  • Chris Gustin, 2007
  • Jesus Moroles, 2008
  • Trine Bumiller, 2009
  • Zachary Pullen, 2010 
  • Pravina Gondalia, 2011
  • Vanda Edington, 2012
  • John Frame, 2013
  • Kit White, 2014
  • Natalia Wróbel, 2015
  • Lea McComas, 2016
  • Rebecca Davis, 2017
  • Areleta Petch, 1995 Trine Bumiller Gallery Show
  • Judi Betts, 1996
  • Eric Wiegardt, 1997
  • Frank Webb, 1998
  • Ken Hosmer, 1999
  • Joseph Bohler, 2000
  • Frank Francese, 2001
  • Maggie McLellan, 2002
  • Terry Madden, 2003
  • Brenda Semanick-Locascio, 2004
  • Catherine Gill, 2005
  • Frank LaLumia, 2006
  • Stan Miller, 2007
  • Judi Betts, 2008
  • Jean Pederson, 2009
  • Gerald Fritzler, 2010
  • Mark Mehaffey, 2011
  • Ken Hosmer, 2012
  • Mike Bailey, 2013
  • John Hulsey, 2014
  • Rose Edin, 2015
  • Lian Quan Zhen, 2016
  • Tom Lynch, 2017
  • Karen Knutson, 2018
  • Dr. Bruce Perry, 2002
  • Dr. Bruce Perry, 2003
  • Dr. Zoltan Acs, 2007
  • John Collar, 2009
  • Daniel Pink, 2010
  • Peterson Farm Brothers, 2016
  • Annie Proulx, James Galvin, C.J. Box, Gus Lee & Alexandra Fuller, 2004Literary Connection
  • Kent Haruf, Honoree Jeffers, Jill McCorckle, Mark Spragg & Robert Pack, 2005
  • Connie Mae Fowler, Rita Golden Gelman, JR Moehringer, Robert Michael Pyle & Virgil Suarez, 2006
  • Jeffery Hawthorne Bullock, Myla Goldberg, Jill MCorkle, David Romtvedt, Bob Shacochis, 2007
  • Pam Houston, Laura Pritchett, Bill Roorbach, 2009
  • Rick Bass, Rob Caisley, Sasah Pimental-Chacón, 2010 
  • Margaret Coel, Ben Mikaelsen, LeeAnn Roripaugh, 2011
  • John Calderazzo, Tim O'Brien, Car Valente, 2012
  • Poe Ballantine, Dave Jannetta and Lisa Zimmerman, 2013
  • Kurt Caswell, Ernie Cline and Danielle Pafunda, 2014
  • Allen Kurzwell and George Bilgere, 2015
  • Craig Childs and Alexandra Fuller, 2016
  • Craig Johnson and Sharman Apt Russell, 2017
  • Carrie LaSeur and Karen Abbott, 2018

Programming to be announced.

  • Richard K. Davidson, UP CEO, 2001Eric Chester, Generation “Why” or Getting Them to Give a Damn
  • Jerry McMorris, Chairman, President & CEO Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, 2002
  • Larry Hiers, The Story of Cabelas, 2003
  • Victor Dover, New Urbanism, 2003
  • Jack Pelo, CEO Swire Coca-Cola, 2004
  • Paul Perkins, President Amatrol, 2005
  • Dr. William Carroll, American Chemical Society, 2007
  • Eric Chester, Generation “Why” or Getting Them to Give a Damn, 2008
  • James Young, Union Pacific Railroad Chairman, President and CEO, 2010 
  • Doug Nath, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Oil and Gas in Wyoming, a two-part series, 2011
  • Jeff Ashby, U.S. astronaut, 2012
  • Career and Industry Growth in Cheyenne, 2015
  • Robert Bly, 2003
  • Robert Pack, 2007
  • Temple Grandin, 2009
  • Lauren Myracle, 2010
  • Poe Ballantine, 2012
  • Don Cellini, 2013
  • Fred Downs, 2015
  • John Straley, 2017
  • Gordon Bok, 2004The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle presents moosebutter, pictured Oct. 6, 2009, with Scott Walker, V.P. of Marketing and Operations for the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.
  • Faustwork Mask Theatre, 2005
  • Gran Folklorico de Mexico, 2006
  • Freedom Sings, 2007
  • The Acting Company, The Tempest, 2008
  • Moosebutter, 2009
  • Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 2010 
  • Portland Tiako, 2012
  • Gamelan Tunas Mekar, 2013
  • Chanticleer, 2014

*Fund has been discontinued

  • Photography as Fine Art Workshop/Open House
  • Nat Coalson, 2015
  • Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, 2016
  • Chuck Kimmerle, 2017
  • Jennifer Evenhus, 2017
  • Dr. Robert Fuller, 2010
  • Andrea Batista Schlesinger, 2010
  • Dr. Barry Glassner, 2012
  • Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, 2013
  • Frank Bucaro, 2014
  • Cowboy Ethics, 2016