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Running Wild at the National Museum of Wildlife Art November 28, 2011  |  Categories: 25th Anniversary

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – November 28, 2011 – Video naturalist Sam Easterson is known for his captivating and thought-provoking first-person approach to nature.  Using special animal-borne cameras and “nest cams” hidden in wildlife habitat, Easterson captures life from the point of view of creatures as diverse as gyrfalcons, bison and squirrels. Now the ground-breaking videographer has prepared an installation created specifically for exhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. “Running Wild: A Video Installation by Sam Easterson” will be displayed on seven flat-screen monitors at the museum May 26, 2012 through April 28, 2013.

The Easterson project represents the museum’s first video installation, says Curator of Art Adam Harris. “We are always interested in the work of artists who challenge notions of what the term wildlife art can mean.  Easterson’s work is of particular interest to us because it shifts our vision from looking at an animal to seeing things from the animal’s perspective.”

After premiering at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the exhibition will tour to the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia, the Same Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma, and the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block.

Sam Easterson has been making videos for more than 15 years.  His work has been exhibited at museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the New Museum and the International Center of Photography, and has been shown on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.

Perched on a butte overlooking the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyo., the National Museum of Wildlife Art holds more than 5,000 catalogued items in its premier fine arts collection under its mission of exploring humanity’s relationship with nature.  A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of museum exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org.

Image Credit:  Sam Easterson (United States, b. 1972), Badger Den Cam (walking), video still, copyright Sam Easterson.

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