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Big West Arts Festival
19 Dec 2013
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The Big West Arts Festival in August celebrates its ninth year as a large cultural event at the Sheridan College campus in Sheridan, Wyoming. 

The Big West Arts Festival’s mission is to show the breadth of fine art and fine craft that is not only found in Wyoming and the West, but to show the west what's going on around the nation. It's not a western art festival, but rather an Art Festival in the Big West.

The Big West Arts Festival welcomes all different styles, forms and images from traditional to the avant-garde. In 2006 the Big West Art Festival was rated among the Top 200 art fairs in the country with a ranking of #146 by Art Fair Source Book, a very high position considering it was the first year of our event.

Its site is nestled in the valley with the dramatic Big Horn Mountains to the west and the spacious, wide-open plains to the east.  Sheridan lies midway between the Black Hills of South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park.

Sheridan College is sponsoring and hosting the festival on its beautiful campus.  Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) is one of the seven community colleges in Wyoming that includes Sheridan College and Gillette College.  Sheridan College is known for its strong academics, arts, and variety of technical programs.  For more information about Sheridan College, visit www.sheridan.edu.

Sheridan County and the surrounding area is steeped in western history.  Many museums, historic sites, forts, battlefields, and a western art museum present this complex history.  In 2005 Sheridan received the honor of being named the #1 “True Western Town” by True West Magazine.  Walking the streets of Sheridan (a great Main Street), is to discover and explore the West.

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This event is featured on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. For more information on the Year of the Rural Arts, visit www.artoftherural.org

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Visual Art Academia Avant-Garde Rural Traditional YORA Festival/Celebration Museum/Exhibit Northwest Rockies Craftsperson Visual Artist Wyoming
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