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Museum encourages “Running Wild” at final outdoor Mix’d Media event of season July 26, 2012  |  Categories: 25th Anniversary, Sculpture Trail

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – July 26, 2012 – Visitors to the National Museum of Wildlife Art will be “Running Wild” on August 9 from 7-10 p.m during its popular monthly Mix’d Media event. The final Mix’d Media of the season to take place free outdoors on the museum’s sculpture trail, the event will resume indoors in November. The theme of the August Mix’d Media refers both to the museum’s Sam Easterson “Running Wild” video installation – with video artist Easterson on hand for some interactive creative video fun with guests – and the unveiling of a major work on the sculpture trail, the monumental bronze casting “Moose Flats” by Wyoming sculptor Sandy Scott.  The event also will include Wild Game Chili and a Grey Goose themed mixed drink special and live music by indie/pop band Elk Attack.

Although Sandy Scott began her studies at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1961, she first started sculpting after a 1981 trip to China where she was influenced by artworks she experienced there.  While she prefers creating in the calm of her Lander, Wyo., studio, Scott relies on field work for inspiration. “I strive to retain in my work the feeling and emotion experienced while observing, sketching, and photographing in the field,” she says. More

Scott’s “Presidential Eagle” was installed on the National Museum of Wildlife Art sculpture trail in June. “Moose Flats,” the new piece to be unveiled on August 9, is a massive-yet-elegant casting of a bull moose. Nearly 10 feet tall, it will be installed along the north section of the sculpture trail to create a dramatic statement against its National Elk Refuge backdrop.

Sam Easterson, whose video installation “Running Wild” is on display on seven flat screen monitors at the museum through April 28, 2013, will “Explore New Ways of Observing Nature” with visitors for the August Mix’d Media. In one interactive offering, Easterson will prepare a video microscope hooked up to a live monitor with specimens such as insects for viewing. Other hands-on activities from the groundbreaking video artist include a motion-activated camera trap that takes visitors’ pictures when they trip the camera’s motion sensor and a wireless micro video camera and borescope hooked to live monitors with a variety of natural materials for guests to attach for inspection. “I think visitors will get a kick out of playing with the gadgets and looking at images they create on screen,” says Easterson. “I look forward to helping them use the devices and telling them about some of the experiences I have had out in the field.”

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 – and celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012 – 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 Credits:  Left, Sandy Scott (United States, b. 1943), Moose Flats, 2012. Bronze. Gift of Joy and Tony Greene. National Museum of Wildlife Art; right, Sam Easterson (United States, b. 1972), Squirrel Nest Cam, video still, copyright Sam Easterson.