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Vinich named Artist of the Month

Jan 4, 2013 - From staff reports

Mark Vinich, a former elementary school art teacher in Fremont County School District 25, was recently named December Artist of the Month in Cheyenne by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Arts Cheyenne.

Vinich said he knew he wanted to teach art since kindergarten and has now been an art teacher for more than 20 years. He taught elementary art in Riverton for more than a decade, where he was the recipient of a Millken Educator Award.

He moved to Cheyenne seven years ago, and he has taught all ages in six schools, the last three at South High School. His art class at South is currently creating table ornaments for the upcoming 2013 Governor's Arts Awards ceremony.

Throughout his teaching career, Vinich initiated the annual elementary art shows at the Laramie County Library. He has also coordinated Empty Bowls projects, the Snow Plow, and a multi-year placemat project for National Educator's week.

In 2009, he co-founded Clay Paper Scissors Gallery and Studios, which offers studio space to Cheyenne artists and exhibits of contemporary visual artwork. A visual artist himself, Vinich showed most recently this year at the 17th Street Arts Festival, at the Hynds Building and in the Civic Center.

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