National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole Celebrates 25 Years with Sculpture Trail Opening, Major Exhibitions
Jackson, Wyoming April 26, 2012 Entertainment News(PRLEAP.COM) Jackson Hole, Wyoming – April 26, 2012 – From a private collector's dream and a rented Jackson Hole storefront to a landmark building, national museum designation, and more than 5,000 artworks boasting familiar names from Audubon to Warhol, the National Museum of Wildlife Art has come a long way in 25 years. In addition to its quarter-century anniversary, 2012 also marks the fall completion of the museum's new Walter Hood-designed Sculpture Trail and some important exhibitions.
The museum's collection began inauspiciously in 1962 with a small painting titled "Favorite Panfish" by Les Kouba given to Bill Kerr by his wife, Joffa. Two years later the couple bought a Carl Rungius piece, "Wanderers Above Timberline" on layaway, and by 1987 they had amassed one of the finest collections of wildlife and sporting art in the country. Together with several others, they opened the then Wildlife of the American West Art Museum in a 5,000-square-foot space on Jackson's Town Square.
Fast forward 25 years, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States – so designated by an act of Congress in 2008 and now housed in an architecturally significant stone building on a butte overlooking the National Elk Refuge north of the town of Jackson – has established itself as the world's premier collector, exhibitor and interpreter of wildlife art.
Important events taking place during the museum's 25th anniversary year include:
A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of museum exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.