National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Yellowstone: Seasons of the Wild
Michael Coleman, Bison
On Friday, March 19, 1999 the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming will open "Yellowstone: Seasons of the Wild." This exhibition of about fifty paintings, sculpture, and works on paper will feature wildlife native to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The exhibition will permit visitors to explore the tremendous influence this region's abundant wildlife has had upon artists from the nineteenth century to the present, providing an educational and enjoyable experience for both local residents and the three million tourists who visit the Yellowstone area annually.
Since the mid-1800's, explorer artists have traveled to the area known today as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a region of more than 18 million acres that encompasses both Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, portions of six national forests and three wildlife refuges. Often called the "Serengeti" of America, this area has fascinated artists, explorers, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts from its discovery. Artists have made their own unique contribution to our cultural history in response. Included in this exhibition are impressive representations of the large ungulates such as moose, elk, and bison. Formidable predators such as mountain lions, grizzlies, and wolves are depicted interacting with their environments in a variety of ways. Smaller mammals and birds have been selected for the richness and diversity they add to the ecosystem.
The subjects have been captured in ink, in bronze, and on canvas, in all attitudes and with a variety of artistic styles.
Visitors will learn about animals and art in this exhibition, which will be organized by season to illustrate the cyclical existence of wildlife and seasonal migration. Through these works of art one gains a greater understanding and appreciation for the wildlife inhabitants of this unique region and the powerful influence they have wielded on the artistic imagination.
Drawn entirely from the museum's permanent collections, the exhibition will feature such artworks as Rocky Mountain Goat by Albert Bierstadt; Great Falls of the Yellowstone by Thomas Hill; To the Victor Belongs the Spoils by Charles Russell; Gray Spirit by Edward Kemeys, In His Prime by Carl Rungius; and Safe Haven by Conrad Schwiering.
There will be two special programs held in conjunction with the exhibition. Jeremy Johnston, historical writer and resident of Wyoming, will discuss Theodore Roosevelt and his role in the creation of Yellowstone National Park.Also, Jim Halfpenny, North American bear expert, will discuss behavior displayed by bears in the Yellowstone region, as well as their ecology and management. Dates for both programs will be released later.
The event has been sponsored by Jackson Moore, LTD, The Jackson State Bank, Keal Estate of Jackson Hole, and Solutia.
For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.
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