“If you want your art to get noticed and sold here in Jackson, you have to work at it every day, every minute you can. Don’t sit around wasting time watching TV. Your art has to be the best, the highest caliber you can produce, it has to stand out.” ~ Jackson Hole Artist
“No animals died in the making of these mounts.” – Jennifer Lee, National Museum of Wildlife Art
Contests and competitions everywhere! Jackson’s National Museum of Wildlife Art is putting out a national and regional call to artists–including amateurs–to submit “fun faux animal mounts” that will be part of the new Trophy Art Fundraiser. Artists must create fanciful examples of animal trophy heads and deliver them to the museum by February 7, 2014. All works will be on display February 12th – March 15th. All are available for sale on a first come, first serve basis beginning February 22nd, from 11 a.m – 2 p.m., during “Trophy Art: Fun Forms for All.”
“We were hoping to inspire people’s creativity with this event by letting imaginations run wild,” says Associate Director of Programs and Events Jennifer Lee. “For years the museum has been asked, ‘Where is the taxidermy?’ This event offers a fun way of playing off that theme, including our tagline: “No animals died in the making of these mounts.”
Two works for sale are “Deer #5” by Kelly Vanderveer (above) and “The Lizard” crafted in silver and opal by Jackson Hole silversmith Joni Mack, top of the page.
Participating artists retain 30% of the purchase price they name as a commission for their time and efforts, with the rest of the proceeds going to the museum’s youth education programs. Images already received for the upcoming event include a lizard, mountain lion, elk, pronghorn and deer.
New paintings and sculptures are on view at Astoria Fine Art, in Jackson. In particular 2014’s Fall Arts Festival Sculptor Artist Joshua Tobey has some wonderful new wildlife sculptures. At this writing many Fall Arts fans are waiting to see the finished image of Tobey’s winning FAF work, one he hopes will initiate the new FAF tradition memorably.
Tim Cherry and Gerald Balciar also have new sculptures at the gallery; painters Ewoud deGroot, Robert Lougheed (1910 – 1982), Dean Mitchell, Tom Palmore, Al Agnew and Cole Johnson are all represented. Stop by the gallery, on the north side of Jackson’s Town Square. Who said winter was quiet?
Another arts competition: The Jackson Hole Art Auction (JHAA) has announced its inaugural Top Tier Juried Competition, in conjunction with the eighth annual JHAA sale. ‘Top Tier” artists are carefully juried, a select group of contemporary artists with “exemplary auction records.” Artists already chosen include Bill Acheff, John Banovich, Carl Brenders, Ken Carlson, Jenness Cortez, Martin Grelle, Z.S. Liang, Bonnie Marris, Kenneth Riley, Tucker Smith, and Mian Situ.
$10,000 cash prize is awarded to the artist by a three-person jury: Peter Hassrick, Director Emeritus & Senior Scholar, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Jerry Smith, PhD, Curator of American & Western American Art, Phoenix Art Museum, and Adam Duncan Harris, PhD, Petersen Curator of Art & Research, National Museum of Wildlife Art.
The award will be announced on September 13th, 2014, prior to the start of the auction, during which all Top Tier paintings will be sold. These masters also have significant works in the upcoming auction: Oscar E. Berninghaus, John Clymer, Bob Kuhn, Stanley Meltzoff, Kenneth Riley and Richard Schmid. www.jacksonholeartauction.com
Late breaking: From Wyoming Arts – Deadline: January 29, 2014.
“Culturehall,” a curated digital artist registry, invites artists working in all disciplines to participate in an open call for applications. From the call, four artists will be selected for inclusion in the New Artists Feature – a quarterly publication that highlights each artist’s work through text and images. The winter issue publishes March 5, 2014 to the Culturehall homepage and as a newsletter to 10,000 arts professionals. Culturehall is a curated online resource for contemporary art where select artists can share their work with a global audience of curators, collectors, gallerists, and art enthusiasts.
For more information please visit: http://culturehall.com/apply.html