SHERIDAN, Wyo. (February 15, 2018) – Thomas Friedman, New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and best-selling author, is visiting the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. for a lecture about his latest book, Thank You for Being Late, an Optimist’s Guide in the Age of Acceleration. Friedman is well known for his thought-provoking foreign policy columns and his prior best-selling literary work, The World is Flat, a Brief History of the 21st Century.

During his presentation, he plans to discuss key insights within the context of today’s socio-political environment, followed by a Q&A with the audience. “Thomas Friedman will highlight global themes and economic issues and opportunities we are experiencing across the U.S. and right here in Wyoming,” said Dr. Erin Hanke, Whitney Center for the Arts director. “He’ll share useful information that helps all of us become better prepared for economic relevance and success in the future.”

A few tickets are still available online at WhitneyArts.org.



SHERIDAN, Wyo. (January 22, 2018) – Renowned western artist Theodore Waddell and his wife, author and photographer, Lynn Campion Waddell, are gifting an 80-piece print collection to Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. Comprised of works by Waddell and celebrated artists throughout the country, including Terry Allen, Roger Shimomura, Paul Brach, Fritz Scholder, Arin Waddell and Randy Lee White, the collection demonstrates the art of lithography, chine colle’, woodcut, collagraph, monotype and monoprint, etching, dry point, aquatint, silkscreen and broadside techniques. Waddell’s print collection is on view at Whitney Center for the Arts now through mid-May.

More than a dozen of Waddell’s rare lithographs, woodcuts, etchings and aquatints will be made available for sale to the public starting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 8. During Waddell’s opening reception at Whitney Center for the Arts, interested buyers will have the opportunity to meet him. Proceeds will support the launch of a new Sheridan College visiting artists workshop and lecture series focused on master print making. It will also support top Sheridan College printmaking students with a $1,000 cash award each May during the annual juried student show.

For a list of available works for sale, buyers may contact Whitney Center for the Arts director, Dr. Erin Hanke, at  ehanke@sheridan.edu or Corby Skinner at corby@skinnerbenoit.com.

“I have traded prints with many artists throughout my career and, in recent years, we have purchased several prints to add to this collection,” said Waddell. “It has been a great experience for Lynn and me. Since we have given the press to the College, it made sense to add our print collection to the effort to preserve and promote traditional printmaking.”

In early 2017, the Waddell’s donated a Takach Motorized Intaglio press and print shop to the Sheridan College art program, spawning master class workshops and allowing for the ongoing study of traditional, advanced professional printmaking for Sheridan College art students. The Albuquerque-based Takach Press Corporation, founded by Sheridan, Wyoming native Dave Takach, is widely recognized as one of the top fine art printing press manufacturers in the world.

“We are proud to be one of only a few two-year institutions in the nation that is offering the study of printmaking at this level,” said Dr. Paul Young, president of Sheridan College. “Ted and Lynn’s gifts are creating unprecedented access to essential equipment, artists and programming, and this is exponentially expanding our potential as a destination college for the arts.”

With the help of generous sponsors, donors and partners, Sheridan College continues to double down on its investment in the arts. “We share a vision,” said Hanke. “And together we are cultivating an even more vibrant and diverse arts economy.”

Whitney Center for the Arts will launch its new visiting artists series in the 2018-19 school year. 

About Theodore Waddell

Born in Billings, Montana in 1941, Theodore Waddell studied art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in Brooklyn, New York in 1962 and 1963. He went on to earn a bachelor degree from Eastern Montana College in 1966 and in 1968 received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Printmaking from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In 1968 Waddell joined the University of Montana’s art faculty, where he taught until 1976. He has been affiliated with the U.S. State Departments Art in Embassies Program since 1999 and in 2004, he was honored at the White House for his collection of paintings in various U.S. Embassies. In 2015, he received the Governor’s Arts Award from the State of Montana and was selected by the Yellowstone Art Museum as the Artist of the Year. His works are found in private and corporate collections throughout the world and are currently exhibited and galleries and museums throughout the west.

About Lynn Campion Waddell

Campion Waddell is an author and photographer, and former cutting horse champion. She is the author of RODEO: Behind the Scenes at America’s Most Exciting Sport. “Campion’s photos and prose convey the gritty details of the sport, as well as the very American roots of rodeo,” said Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar. “I urge anyone with an interest in rodeo to pick up a copy of this book. The photos alone are worth the price of the volume.”


SHERIDAN, Wyo. (January 16, 2018) – Whitney Center for the Arts welcomes internationally acclaimed Latin funk band, John Roberts Y Pan Blanco, for a performance Saturday, February 3 at 7 p.m. John Roberts is widely regarded as a musical genius and has been touring, recording, and performing in Los Angeles, around the U.S., Mexico, India, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and Africa for the last 17 years. He has performed and recorded with Fallout Boy, Chris Botti, Feist, Sting, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra Jr., Chaka Khan, Burt Bacharach, The Ojays, and Christina Aguilera. He has toured with Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Congolese/Cuban), Bobby Womack (Soul), Los Pinguos (Argentine),The Temptations, and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Roberts most recent album, Soul Y Pimienta, is available on iTunes.

Johh Roberts Y Pan Blanco is a seven-piece ensemble known for its danceable, original scores influenced by West African, Funk, Soul, Salsa, Jazz and R&B and globally inspired lyrics performed in Spanish, English and Portuguese. Tickets are on sale now online or at the WYO Theater Box Office in downtown Sheridan for $21/15/10. To learn more visit Whitneyarts.org.

“John is an incredible performer and musician with credits across the globe – and because he has roots in Montana, we get a chance to see him perform right here at Sheridan College,” said Whitney Center for the Arts director, Dr. Erin Hanke. “This band puts on an electric show – you don’t want to miss this.”

After 17 years based in Los Angeles, the Montana-born Roberts is now teaching jazz, music theory, low brass and world music at MSU Billings. He regularly works and performs as a clinician and guest artist in schools, continuing to hone his skills as an educator by sharing the “real world” of music with his students. He also continues to perform in Los Angeles and around the world.

John Roberts Y Pan Blanco fiddle player, Trevor Krieger, has performed with Alison Kraus, Ray Charles, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Kenny Chesney, Jay Ungar/Molly Mason, Jeff Troxel, Calvin Volrath, Johnny Gimble, Brian Wicklund, Matt Combs, Matt Flinner, and Mark O’Connor. Fran “Cuco” Martinez–on the congas, shekere and vocals–comes from a lineage of well-known, respected musicians and teachers in Havana, Cuba. Cuco is a multi-instrumentalist, playing timbales, congas, bongo, shekere and bass, and has performed worldwide for the past 30 years. Living in Los Angeles for many years he has recorded and toured extensively (Africa, Caribbean, South America, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Australia) with Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, as well as performing and recording with Celia Cruz, Arturo Sandoval, The Rolling Stones, and Johnny Martinez.



Sheridan, WYO (November 30, 2017) – The second annual CHRISTMAS SWING! featuring the Sheridan College Faculty Jazztet and Sheridan College Symphonic Band at the Whitney Center for the Arts (WCA) at Sheridan College happens Thursday, December 7 at 7 p.m. Performance highlights will include A Charlie Brown Christmas – LIVE, Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, original works by Sheridan College’s own Dr. Eric Richards, and more. This concert is free and open to the public.

Featured soloists include Martha Castillero, vocal instructor at Sheridan College, and Landon Alsup, clarinet.  The Sheridan College Faculty Jazztet includes Erik Olson, saxophone; Dr. Eric Richards, trombone; Dr. Christian Erickson, piano, Parker Brown, bass; and Keller Paulson, drums. The Sheridan College Symphonic Band includes 65 musicians from Sheridan College and the Sheridan community.

Dr. Eric Richards is the Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Sheridan College where he serves as music director of the Sheridan College Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble, and works with faculty colleagues to develop program initiatives in recruiting, outreach, and curriculum development.  Dr. Richards previously held the position of tenured Associate Professor of Composition and Jazz Studies in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“Christmas Swing! was presented for the first time last year and is quickly becoming a holiday favorite,” said Erin Hanke, director of the WCA.  “The Sheridan College Symphonic Band and Faculty Jazztet present festive arrangements of contemporary holiday classics, including A Charlie Brown Christmas—LIVE!, arranged by Sheridan College’s own Dr. Chris Erickson. Christmas Swing! is the perfect way to usher in the holiday season.”

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SHERIDAN, Wyo. (November 9, 2017) – Whitney Center for the Arts (WCA) is unveiling Joshua White’s Photographic Survey of the American Yard Thursday, November 16 with an artist’s talk at 4 p.m. and a reception from 5 – 7 p.m. The exhibit, featured in National Geographic, is a survey of the intricate plants, animals and insects White has been observing and interacting with throughout his life. Images are shot in a vintage style and set upon a sepia-toned background.

White’s work will be on view at the Whitney Center for the Arts Edward A. Whitney Gallery through January 14, 2018 and is free and open to the public. The Edward A. Whitney Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 12 – 4p.m.

“Joshua White’s photographic survey is a welcome contrast to our distracted lives, and a personal homage to science and nature, shot primarily with his iPhone,” said Erin Hanke, WCA director. “It brings the fascinating, intricate patterns and details of our natural world into focus, made possible by one of the most significant technology advancements of our time.”

White is known for using photography, sculpture, and digital technology to address themes of memory, loss, science and nature. He believes that beauty is all around us, and that one doesn’t have to go very far to capture it. He received his MFA from Arizona State University and lives and works in West Jefferson, NC. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at Appalachian State University. Additions to White’s series can be seen at instagram.com/aphotographicsurvey.

White’s November 16 opening reception will feature Sheridan College Viol Consort, led by Dr. Mark Bergman at 5 p.m., and flute choir, led by Dr. Rachel Bergman at 6 p.m.


Sheridan, WYO (November 7, 2017) – The Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra (WCJO) debuts at the Whitney Center for the Arts (WCA) at Sheridan College Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. This inaugural performance is part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Edward A. Whitney.

The WCJO is an all-professional big band with 19 members and is directed by Sheridan College’s own Dr. Eric Richards. “The Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra will honor the great American Big Band tradition through performance of important repertoire and new compositions, arrangements and improvisations at the highest professional standard,” said Richards. “Audiences will hear new arrangements of jazz standards and songs from the Great American Songbook, as well as a number of contemporary works by acclaimed regional musicians.”

John Harbaugh will lead the ensemble on first trumpet in works by Billy Strayhorn, Thad Jones, Bobby McFerrin, Harold Arlen, and more. Harbaugh has performed with artists like Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Newhart, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, and Lionel Hampton, just to name a few. Today, he can be heard as a jazz soloist with the London Symphony and has been involved in three Grammy nominated productions and one Dove award winning recording.

“The Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra was made possible by the Whitney Foundation, and the greater Sheridan community, which loves and supports the arts at the highest levels,” said Erin Hanke, director of the WCA. “We know that Sheridan appreciates big, bold professional performances — and the WCJO is going to deliver that in spades.”

Sheridan College now has two professional ensembles in residence: Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra and Wyoming Baroque. Both are led by Sheridan College faculty but bring in professional artists from all over the world who not only perform with the ensemble but also work regularly with Sheridan College students. Both ensembles plan to tour the western U.S.  Learn more and get tickets at WhitneyArts.org.


Sheridan, WYO (October 26, 2017) –  The Whitney Center for the Arts begins November with concerts by the Sheridan College Jazztet and Jazz Ensemble on November 2nd and the Sheridan College Symphonic Band on November 9th, both at 7 p.m.

The Sheridan College Jazztet will perform Blues in the Closet (Oscar Pettiford), Contemplation (McCoy Tyner), and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Joe Zawinul).  The Jazz Ensemble will perform Mr. Timmons (Gene Thorne), Attitude Adjustment (Rich Woolworth), Pescdos Frescos (Armando Rivira), Europa (Carlos Santana & Tom Coster), and Things Ain’t What They Used to be (Duke Ellington).  The performance will feature solos by Landon Alsup, Tim Doolin, Bhadshah Khan, Titus Brown, Erin Knutson, Sydnea Lopez, Juli Jarvis, Michael Cossel, and Shane Carey.

The Sheridan College Symphonic Band will present Caesar Giovanninni’s “Overture in B-flat,” Norman Dello Joio’s “Scenes from the Louvre,” Henry Fillmore’s “His Honor,” Eric Whitacre’s “October,” an original composition by Sheridan College’s own Eric Richard entitled “From Dust into Dawn,” and an arrangement by Eric Richards of “God Bless America,” that features vocal soloist, Mary Jo Johnson.

Dr. Eric Richards is the Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Sheridan College where he serves as Music Director of the Sheridan College Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and works with his faculty colleagues to develop program initiatives in recruiting, outreach, and curriculum development.  Dr. Richards previously held the position of tenured Associate Professor of Composition and Jazz Studies in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

These concerts are free and open to the public. More information can be found at WhitneyArts.org


Sheridan, WYO (October 13, 2017) –  The Whitney Center for the Arts welcomes artist Saegan Moran for the opening of her new exhibition: Isolated Wonder. Moran will work with Sheridan College students throughout the day on October 19, leading up to an artist talk at 4pm and opening reception from 5-7pm.  The Eric Richards Jazz Quartet will provide music for the opening reception.  Both the artist talk and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Saegan Moran is a printmaking and installation artist who received her MFA from the University of Georgia. Moran’s newest works explore themes of curiosity, seduction and desire through the interaction of prints, modified found objects and sculpture.  A complete artist statement is available here.

Isolated Wonder is on view October 19 – November 12 in the Edward A. Whitney Gallery at the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College (3059 Coffeen Avenue, Sheridan, WY). Everyone is encouraged to attend to meet Moran, hear her speak firsthand about her work, and enjoy the first viewing of this new exhibition.

The Edward A. Whitney Gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 10a-7p and Sundays from 12-4p. More information at WhitneyArts.org.


Sheridan, WYO (October 4, 2017) – American jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk is the second-most recorded jazz composer in history, following Duke Ellington. Whitney Center for the Arts (WCA) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth with a tributary performance by PUBLIQuartet featuring arrangements and improvisational jazz performances of some of Monk’s seminal works. Tickets for this Friday, October 28 event are $10 for students, $15 for seniors and $21 for adults, and are on sale now at the WYO Theater, and may be available at the door if not sold out.

PUBLIQuartet begins its day at Sheridan College at 1 p.m. with “Mind the Gap,” a free improvisational workshop and composition event focused on exercises in rhythm, harmony, melody, bass and texture. Sheridan College and Sheridan County School District 1, 2 and 3 music students are encouraged to bring their instruments and participate, and the public is invited to observe.

PUBLIQuartet is the Quartet-in-Residence this season at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and recently won the ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz and world chamber music. Called “independent-minded” by the New York Times, the PUBLIQuartet is a must-see for jazz fans.


SHERIDAN, Wyo. — (September 25, 2017) Whitney Center for the Arts (WCA) welcomes the Colorado Symphony Thursday, October 5 at 7 p.m. for a classical performance featuring Mozart, Kilar, Bach and Haydn. Andres Lopera will conduct. Lopera has led the Oregon Symphony, Toledo Symphony and Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and is regarded as one of the most passionate, energetic young conductors in America today.

“We are honored to welcome Colorado Symphony back to the Whitney Center for the Arts for our second season,” said Dr. Erin Hanke, WCA director. “Our concert hall was built specifically to support the finest live music. You will feel the power and intimacy of these classical pieces, which were chosen specifically with our hall in mind. This concert is an opportunity not to be missed!”

Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and performs at Boettcher Concert Hall for more than 250,000 audience members each year. It is led by Brett Mitchell, music director, and Yi Zhao, concertmaster. Mitchell is known for delivering compelling contemporary and classical concert performances, and begins his tenure as director with guest artists Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma.

Tickets are available at WhitneyArts.org or by visiting the WYO Theater box office in downtown Sheridan from Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., or calling 307.672.9084.