The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has announced the purchase of five works of contemporary art for the museum’s permanent collection.
The works, from a variety of living and deceased artists, were chosen on February 24 at the Blacktail Gala, an evening of art collecting modeled after the museum’s Collectors Circle Dinner, another event aimed at bringing new works into the museum’s expanding collection. More than 150 guests were in attendance to participate in the event.
“Over the course of only three years, Blacktail Gala has contributed 14 works of contemporary wildlife art to the permanent collection. These acquisitions have increased our ability to show the many diverse ways artists are exploring humanity’s relationship with nature through art, a core part of our mission,” says Adam Harris, Petersen Curator of Art and Research at the museum. At the event, Harris introduced each artist’s work and explained how each work of art would complement the collection. The guests at each table then discussed which pieces they’d like to see added to the museum’s collection. Over dinner, having heard about and viewed all of the works, the guests voted in rounds.
The new works include Wendy Klemperer’s metal sculpture Barney, Jane Rosen’s painting
Mantle, Sarah Hillock’s oil on mylar painting Anthony and Camilla, Part II, Peter Haslamfox’s watercolor Hooded Hawk and an untitled ceramic plate created by modern master Pablo Picasso.
“Now in its fourth year, we are thrilled to have new energy and support around this fun evening of art acquisition for the National Museum of Wildlife Art,” says Bill Friedeman, chief advancement officer. “Blacktail Gala continues to have a direct impact on our permanent collection, while fostering fine art friendships and local partnerships dedicated to inspiring humanity’s relationship with nature and wildlife art.”
For more information about the Wyoming museum visit www.wildlifeart.org. Calling all Western Art museums! Have a recently acquired painting or sculpture? Email the details to email@example.com.
Jane Rosen, Mantle, 2015, coffee, Korean watercolor, ink, 30 x 22”. Courtesy National Museum of Wildlife Art.