Student's artwork to be displayed in Rock Springs

Western Wyoming Community College art student, Mae Sota, had her artwork was chosen to be wrapped on an electrical box in Bunning Park, in Downtown Rock Springs. Western is proud of students who are able to give back to their community.

The Rock Springs Box Art committee and the Rock Springs International Day committee selected Sota’s “Japanese Culture” piece of art to be wrapped on a Rocky Mountain Power box in Bunning Park. Due to weather conditions, the box will not be wrapped until Spring of 2021.

Mae Sota is the second Western art student to have her creative piece selected to be displayed on a Rocky Mountain Power Box. Rose Klein’s artwork was chosen in May of 2019 for a box on Western’s campus. These types of projects help beautify Rock Springs, and whether nor not the student chooses to stay in town, they have left a positive mark on the community.

Since the electrical boxes cannot be painted, Sota’s artwork will be transferred to a wrap, then the electrical box will then be wrapped in the artwork. The piece is colorful and depicts Japanese lanterns, buildings, and signs with Japanese characters. Sota graduating from Western this semester with an Associate of Arts degree in Art, and returning to her home country Japan.

“For this painting, I was inspired by the Japanese culture of objects, buildings, and festivals. Art can convey feelings and emotions that cannot be expressed in words. That’s what I like about it. I think that by drawing this picture, I was able to experience more of Japanese culture. I am very happy to have been able to expand Japanese culture even a little,” Sota said.

Western would like to encourage community members to visit Bunning Park to view and appreciate the artwork once it has been displayed in the spring. To learn more about Western’s art program, please visit Western’s website at, or contact Jacob Muldowney, Professor of Art at Western at


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