Local books honored with Western Heritage Awards April 23, 2013 | Categories: Events, National Geographic
Two Museum Books Receive Western Heritage Awards
Exhibition-related titles win 2013 “Wranglers” for outstanding photography, art.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – April 23, 2013 – Two books created to accompany exhibitions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole were honored Saturday night with Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West (National Geographic Books, October 2012) won for Outstanding Photography Book, and Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct (University of Oklahoma Press, June 2012) won for Outstanding Art Book at the April 20 awards banquet at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City.
On hand at the awards event to accept a Wrangler – the bronze cowboy on horseback statue presented to each Western Heritage Award honoree – for National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West was James C. McNutt, president and CEO of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. McNutt, together with collaborators Rich Clarkson of Denver and Susan Straight of National Geographic Books, organized the project, sponsored by the Mays Family Foundation, that produced the photography book winner. The book accompanied a nationwide exhibit of the same name. Said the National Cowboy Museum about the book, “The photographs weave together a visual tapestry of this rich, varied and enduring landscape that is the American West.”
Adam Duncan Harris, curator of art for the National Museum of Wildlife Art, was also in Oklahoma City to receive a Wrangler as editor of Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct, the art book winner that was published with support of Lynn and Foster Friess and the Bob Kuhn Memorial Fund. Also created to accompany an exhibition of the same name at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the “lavishly illustrated volume is sure to further establish Bob Kuhn’s place in the pantheon of late-20th-century American artists,” said the National Cowboy Museum about the title.
“It is an honor to have two book projects associated with the National Museum of Wildlife Art receive Western Heritage Awards,” says McNutt. “It’s gratifying to have these books – and the exhibitions that inspired them – recognized as significant in reflecting the American West by an institution as respected as the National Cowboy Museum.”
First presented in 1961, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Western Heritage Awards were established to honor and encourage the legacy of those whose works in literature, music, film, and television reflect the significant stories of the American West. The awards program also recognizes inductees into the prestigious Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers as well as the recipient of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award, named in honor of the Museum’s founder.
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 and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.