Every year the National Museum of Wildlife Art hosts the Collectors Circle event, an evening designed to bring new artwork into the museum’s permanent collection. Artworks are vetted by the museum’s collections committee and curatorial staff, then brought to Collectors Circle, where members of the group then vote on artworks for acquisition.
This year’s event, held July 25, has brought in five new works for the museum’s collection. Four of them were purchased directly with Collectors Circle funds, and generous benefactors contributed funds to purchase one additional artwork, and to restore another. Works acquired for the museum this year are Lion, a work on paper, by Nicola Hicks; The Last Three, a playful rhinoceros bronze, by Gillie and Marc; American Elk (Wyoming) and Yellowstone Composition #2 by James Prosek; and Time Traveler by Western landscape painter Clyde Aspevig. The conservation of Bull Moose by Henry Merwin Shrady was fully sponsored by Susan Jane & Nicholas J. Sutton.
“Collectors Circle never fails to exceed my expectations,” says Adam Harris, Joffa Kerr Chief Curator of Art. “We are so grateful for the generous contributions that make this exciting night something we look forward to all year. On this, the 20th anniversary of the event, we were able to purchase contemporary work that I know will stand the test of time and, with additional sponsorship offered during the evening, conserve one of our historic treasures.”
“What a wonderful night at the Museum,” says Kavar Kerr, co-chair of the collections committee. “The Collectors Circle group showed strong support of works of art that need conservation and also gave support to artwork that exhibits the need to conserve wildlife!”
Since 1998, the Collectors Circle has helped the museum acquire more than 100 works of art. For more information about the museum visit www.wildlifeart.org.
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Clyde Aspevig, Time Traveler,2017, oil on linen, 30 x 24”. Gift of the 2018 Collectors Circle, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Clyde Aspevig.