Magazine article Sunset

New Quarters for Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole

Magazine article Sunset

New Quarters for Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole

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The natural splendor of the Grand Tetons has long attracted both artists and wildlife-watchers to the area around Jackson Hole a town that, perhaps surprisingly, boasts some 40 art galleries. So it seems appropriate that Jackson should be home to one of the few museums in the country devoted solely to the representation of wildlife in art.

The Wildlife of the American West Art Museum, with more than 350 works in its permanent collection, has moved to new quarters in downtown Jackson, just 5 miles south of Grand Teton National Park. If you're heading to the Tetons or to Yellowstone National Park (55 miles north), you might want to allow time for a stop at this fine museum.

The art forms a broad chronology, from 1830s painters such as John W. Audubon, George Catlin, and Carl Bodmer to contemporary artists such as Bob Kuhn. You'll see mostly representations of the big game species: mountain lion, elk, grizzly bear, bighorn sheep. One floor is devoted to the works of Carl Rungius, a wildlife painter and sculptor whose use of color and animal imagery has inspired a number of today's artists. …

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