About the Exhibition

Expanding on the long-lived Bison Gallery installation, this exhibit will explore a variety of conservation stories. Throughout history, America has prided itself on its vast land and resources, the aesthetic beauty of its mountains and plains, and the freedom associated with its expansiveness. It took a great deal of work to create a movement to protect and preserve the land and wildlife that created the country’s identity. Conservation pioneers including Theodore Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, John James Audubon, John Muir, and others started a movement that would determine future generation’s experience with wildlife and natural resources found in the United States.

American wildlife artists have helped to capture the positive and negative results of conservation through depicting wildlife still found today, as well as those that are simply a memory. In some instances, paintings and illustrations are the only record of certain species that we have today. Although significant effort has been made in the past few centuries, there is still much to be done.

This installation explores our conservation story using specific anecdotes about animals including ranging from the Passenger Pigeon to the Pronghorn Antelope. Branching out from the fauna of North America, this installation features conservation stories from across the globe. This exhibit is located in the Bison Gallery.