Warhol, Catlin and “Lost Birds” in National Museum of Wildlife Art summer exhibitions May 21, 2013  |  Categories: Exhibits

Left, George Catlin, Buffalo Bull, Grazing on the Prairie, 1832-1833, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.; right,Todd McGrain/Lost Bird Project, Great Auk Memorial, Bronze, 67 x 33 x 21 inches

From George Catlin’s Buffalo to The Lost Bird Project
National Museum of Wildlife Art summer exhibitions explore wildlife in multiple mediums

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – March 18, 2013 – From photography and painting to sculpture and pottery, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 2013 summer exhibition schedule takes the museum’s mission of exploring humanity’s relationship with wildlife through art into a variety of mediums. The five new exhibitions, on display at the museum in Jackson Hole throughout the summer, feature such big-name artists as John James Audubon, George Catlin and Andy Warhol, as well as special cooperative efforts with National Geographic and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Exhibitions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art this summer will include:

Selections from National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, May 4 2013 – August 11 2013: Iconic Western photos, drawn from thousands in National Geographic’s archive, capture and illuminate both the region and the art of photography from the 1800s to the present.

Amazing Animals: John James Audubon to Andy Warhol, May 10 – August 18: Portfolios of American wildlife from the early hand-colored engravings produced by John James Audubon and George Catlin to modern versions by Andy Warhol and Walton Ford show important artists taking animals as a theme for various purposes – from chronicling science and culture to raising awareness and funds for endangered species.

George Catlin’s American Buffalo, May 10 – August 25: Taking a fresh look at the famous works of 19th-century painter George Catlin through the theme of the massive buffalo herds roaming the Great Plains in the 1800s, these 40 original paintings from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum portray how imbedded the great mammal was in the daily lives of Native American tribes.

Ancient Traditions: The Whetzel Collection of Pueblo and Pre-Pueblo Pottery, May 18 – October 6: An exploration of wildlife and the natural world in varying levels of abstraction on a remarkable collection of Pueblo and Pre-Pueblo pottery, the exhibition presents a rare opportunity to make connections between contemporary pots and those crafted more than 1,000 years ago.

The Lost Bird Project, June 14 – November 10: Immortalizing North American birds driven to extinction, The Lost Bird Project includes bronze memorials for the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, and the Heath Hen – installed in locations related to each bird’s disappearance. A second edition of the five sculptures will be installed as a temporary exhibition in the museum’s Sculpture Trail amphitheater, offering connections to currently threatened species.

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 The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335,; Ponteir Sackrey National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444,