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Our Town - the Wyoming Project

Shows, Performances, and Exhibitions
 Registration Closed
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Venue: Hallberg Center for the Arts  |  City: Wyoming, MN

Our Town - the Wyoming Project

sponsored by B&N Sheet Metal

The first in an annual series of art shows, exploring individual communities through the eyes of artists. Since the Center for the Art is located in Wyoming, this was the logical first project.  Each year, a different town will be showcased.

This is an invitation to all artists in all mediums to come and explore the City of Wyoming, then participate in this unique exhibit with artistic creations inspired by this town.

Check back as the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community hosts photography workshops to explore the city.

If you would like more information about this exhibit, please contact our Events Committee at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Town - the Wyoming Project

About the City of Wyoming...

The first settlers arrived in Wyoming in 1855. They were six German and Dutch families from Pennsylvania, shortly joined by families from Chicago and St. Paul. They named the site "Wyoming" because it reminded them of the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. "Wyoming" is an Algonquin word for "large plains" or "extensive meadows". 

Wyoming was the first stop on the stagecoach route from Rice Street in St. Paul to Duluth. In the 1860’s, travelers to Duluth stopped here for the night and the stagecoach horses were changed. The livery barn for the horses is gone now but it was just west of US 61 in the southern part of the Industrial Park. The house where the travelers stayed overnight still exists, on the corner of Viking Boulevard and US 61. After the era of the stagecoach, the same travelers’ house served as a train crew house when the St. Paul & Duluth Railroad Company laid tracks down the old stage road.

By 1864, people attended church in a log cabin owned by F.W. Tepel called the German Church (all denominations). In 1868 a Lutheran Church was built call the German Lutheran Church (later becoming the St. Paul Lutheran Church in 1917). By 1874 there was a school, which was a one-room log structure. People at the time complained that the students’ lunches would freeze in the winter and needed to be thawed out at noontime. The log cabin school was replaced by a two-story structure about 1898. In the early 1900’s, Crex Carpet Company had three camps west of town and several warehouses just north of the train depot. They manufactured wiregrass carpets, very popular at the time.

Stagecoach traffic began declining in the late 1860’s, to be replaced by steam locomotives. By the 1870’s, the old St. Paul & Duluth Railroad had a rail line through Wyoming to Duluth, and there was a branch to Taylors Falls built in 1878-80. One of the most famous locomotives on the main line (and later the branch line) was Northern Pacific Locomotive No. 328. People said you could recognize its whistle anywhere, and some couldn’t get to sleep at night until they heard the night train’s mournful wail. Old #328 was built in 1905 and operated until 1950, when it was retired. 

Looking back, you could say that Wyoming’s fortunes have always been closely related to transportation. First we had Indian trails and oxcart paths; then stagecoach lines and railroad lines. Then in the 1960’s the freeway was built and the population increased immediately. Finally, we’ve gone back to a different kind of trail, the Sunrise Prairie Trail built on the old railroad grade. Someday it will link St. Paul and Duluth, and the historical cycle will be complete.

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Artwork inspired by the City of Wyoming, MN.

Wyoming, MN is located in the heart of the Carlos Avery Wildlife Preserve and is surrounded by nature, from rivers and streams to wetlands and lakes.  

History...  Wyoming  was once the railroad hub for trains running between St. Paul and Duluth and rail lines heading to and from locations in Wisconsin.  Migrant workers used to flock to Wyoming to help harvesting razor grass, which was first used to manufacture twine, then carpetings for homes and businesses.  In invention of Linoleum brought a tragic end to this industry that put Wyoming on the map.

Today, Wyoming is the industrial heart of Chisago County, home of nearly 20 percent of the county's industry, with the Fairview Lakes Hospital, Rosenbauer America (home of the world's second largest fire engine manufacturer), Hallberg Marine, and Polaris Industries research and development center. 

Located just minutes north of the Twin Cities, Wyoming is a bedroom community, with charming neighborhoods and 17 parks hidden away throughout the city.

We are inviting all artists, members or not, to submit their artwork, visual and performed, and be a part of this unique exhibit.  

Swing by our art center, and find out where you can find some truly inspiring scenes and settings for your next piece of art.


The Hallberg Center for the Arts

5521 East Viking Blvd.

Wyoming, MN  55092

(651) 272-5122


Deadline for Entry:  midnight, June 15, 2017

Enter up to five (5) submissions

DO NOT submit via your mobile device, use your desktop or laptop computer.

There will be People's Choice voting during the exhibit opening with ribbons being awarded to the highest voted artists.

There is no charge to submit artwork.

This exhibit will accept 2D, 3D, Literary (performed and written), and Musical (performed) works of art.  Performed works must relate to the theme, Wyoming, MN.  Written literary works must be framed in a gallery format.

Framed and hung works of art must be presented in a gallery format, and ready to hang.  ONLY wired or sawtooth hanging systems will be accepted.

  1. All artwork must be conceived and executed by the submitting artist.
  2. Artwork should be recent (within the last three years).
  3. Entry into the art exhibit must be entered electronically (on this website) in order to be accepted.
  4. Image for submission must be less than 2MB in size.
  5. Submitted image should be of the artwork only, not the frame (if applicable).
  6. Complete all information on the entry form.  Incomplete entries will not be accepted.
  7. The deadline for entry is June 15, 2017 at midnight.
  8. All artwork must be delivered to the Hallberg Center for the Arts on or before Monday, June 19, 2017 (drop off times and directions will be emailed to the artist in advance)
  9. All artwork must be appropriately framed or ready for display in an art gallery format.  Pedestals are available (please note in description if needed).  ONLY Sawtooth or wire is acceptable for hanging.
  10. Space will determine the final number of entries accepted into the show.  If you are submitting more than one piece, please note which is your first choice, in the case we are unable to accept all the artwork.  
  11. If contributing artists exceed expectations, the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community Events Committee will determine which pieces to accept in the exhibition.

Artwork Sales

Accepted artwork, will be labeled with a price.  Submitted artwork marked NFS or left empty in the registration form will be marked NFS (not for sale).

Buyers of artwork sold during the exhibit agree that the artwork will remain at the Hallberg Center for the Arts until the show is completed on July 15, 2017.

Artists agree to donate 30% of the sale price of any artwork sold during the "Our Town - the Wyoming Project" to the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community.

Extended Art Exhibit

Award winning and high scoring artwork may have the opportunity to be displayed at the Nesting Grounds, in Wyoming, MN as part of an extended art exhibit for the month following the Our Town - the Wyoming Project Art Show, with the consent of the artist.

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5521 E Viking Blvd, Wyoming, MN 55092




All Dates

  • From Thursday, June 22, 2017 to Saturday, July 15, 2017
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday