Lots and lots of National Museum of Wildlife Art news and updates! Here is a full list of activities related to our museum on the hill.
#1: Dr. Seuss!
Whose childhood–and by extension, adulthood–has not been charmed by Theodor Geisel’s opus? We all occasionally find ourselves thinking “Seussical.”
“The Lorax: Original Illustrations by Dr. Seuss” is on display at the museum through September 7. NMWA notes that the Lorax’s tale is a cautionary one, a tale ahead of its time, warning us of our own penchant for wrecking our beloved environment. The exhibit gives us access to Seuss’ process, from conceptual sketches to to camera-ready line art. Anthropormorphism of wildlife and our relationship to the natural world are the coal in creative story-telling engines; Disney has built an empire around these themes. Stand out exhibit characters include Swomee-Swans and Humming-Fish.
“Seuss was not one to shy away from contemporary topics or social commentary. The Lorax is among his most pointed, taking to task a company whose greed causes grave environmental harm,” notes the Museum. ” This exhibit combines original art as it probes humanity’s relationship with nature, making a perfect match for the National Museum of Wildlife Art.” The exhibit is on loan from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum.
Special fun-for-kids activities tied to Seuss’s art will be offered throughout the Museum. The Lorax exhibition is included in Museum admission: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-18, and free for children under 5. A family rate of $30 for the first two adults, first two children, and $1 for each additional child helps make the Museum affordable for larger families.
#2: Out of the Box!
NMWA’s biennial “Out of the Box Show and Auction” is one of the museum’s best-loved events. This year, the show and sale takes place Friday, June 12 and includes over 115 creatively altered boxes by regionally and nationally acclaimed artists. Prices have typically ranged from an affordable $25 to $4,000 and more. Proceeds support the Museum’s adult and youth education programs.
Each box is unique, and artists are invited to work in any medium as long as the work retains its function as a box. The box artworks will be auctioned by auctioneer Jim Loose, and the evening’s M.C. is KMTN’s “Fish.” Of course, there are door prizes: two CityPass books, a two-hour art appraisal by Art Appraisals of Jackson Hole, LLC, two bird-themed notions boxes and a tour of the newly opened Jackson Hole Raptor Center with guide Roger Smith.
Volunteer Chair Ann Nelson notes the event is a labor of love, with 15 volunteers devoting much of the last two years organizing the show. “The community of Jackson Hole anticipates Out of the Box with great enthusiasm; this show will have something for everyone,” says Nelson.
Out of the Box is free for museum members, $7 for non-members; free for children. Event admission includes light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 733-5771.
#3: Wyoming 2009 Junior Duck Stamp Winners!
Through August 23, take time to visit this year’s entries and winners of the Wyoming Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Now in its 15th year, this exceptional program, a national art competition for students in grades K – 12 simultaneously teaches art, conservation of wetlands and natural resources, and awareness skills.
The exhibit is traditionally on display in the Museum’s King Gallery; check with the front desk to confirm. The list of winners is long, and every entry is a winner in itself.
The following information on is provided by the Museum.
Eighteen year-old Bryant Helm, of Cokeville, Wyoming, received the 2009 Best of Show award for his painting, “Provocative.” His oil painting depicts a striking portrait of a Long-tailed Duck. Bryant’s painting represented Wyoming at the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp contest Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. The winner of the national competition will receive $5,000, a trip to our nation’s capital along with a parent and the art teacher, and have his or her artwork used to make the 2009-2010 Junior Duck Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of the Junior Duck Stamps, which cost $5.00, support conservation education.
Baily Schupp, a eight year-old student from Pinedale, for the second year in a row, won the 2009 Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award for the best art in the youngest age group. The Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award was established eight years ago to recognize the artistic accomplishment of students in the K-3rd grade age group and to honor the late Betty Nelson, a generous supporter of the Junior Duck Stamp program.
The 1st through 3rd place Wyoming winners of the Jr. Duck Stamp contest can be viewed online on the Museum’s web site, WildlifeArt.org. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place contest winners will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony at the National Museum of Wildlife Art on Saturday July 18, 2009.
For more information, please contact Amy Goicoechea at (307) 732-5435.