Re­cently Ac­quired

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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

Call­ing all Western Art mu­se­ums! Have a re­cently ac­quired paint­ing or sculp­ture? Email the de­tails to editor@west­ernart­col­lec­

Clyde Aspe­vig, Time Trav­eler,2017, oil on linen, 30 x 24”. Gift of the 2018 Col­lec­tors Cir­cle, Na­tional Mu­seum of Wildlife Art. © Clyde Aspe­vig.

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