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Mixing Up More Fun at the Museum’s Mix’d Media May 1, 2012  |  Categories: 25th Anniversary

Jackson, Wyoming – May 1, 2012 – To kick off its 25th birthday celebration, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is planning an action-packed night of fun at Mix’d Media from 7-10 p.m. on May 10.  A new exhibition featuring never-before-seen studies by late great wildlife art master Bob Kuhn will open at the popular monthly event which moves to the first Thursday of the month with this installment.  Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct, May 10 – August 19, 2012, focuses on a selection of masterpieces from the artist’s oeuvre and, with equal prominence, the masterful sketches that prepared him to create those final works. Early drawings from Kuhn’s youthful days at the Buffalo Zoo are accompanied by landscape studies and the conté gesture sketches that represent him at the apex of his drawing power.

In honor of the exhibition, Assistant Curator of Art Bronwyn Minton will lead some hands-on creative fun where visitors are called to “draw on instinct” through a series of intriguing exercises that alter artistic perception, including drawing blindfolded, while looking in a mirror and with a pencil attached to a long stick. They will then be invited to come up with creative titles for their artwork a la Kuhn, who was known for his interesting title choices. Other activities at the event include music with DJ Cut la Whut and Jackson artist Aaron Wallis presenting silk screen demos of his latest work.

Taking a 25-year theme in keeping with the 25-year anniversary of the museum’s original opening on Jackson’s Town Square on May 17, 1987, the museum is presenting some fun Mix’d Media giveaways and special offerings including free admission to anyone who is 25 years old, a free drink for every 25th person through the door, prizes, and silver anniversary themed drinks for sale.  Cover charge for Mix’d Media is $5.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of 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: Left, Robert Kuhn, Coyote Chasing Rabbit, n.d. Conte on Paper. 4 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches. Gift of the Artist, National Museum of Wildlife Art; right, the originally named “Wildlife of the American West Art Museum,” Christmas 1987

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