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Coyotes Unveiled at Museum’s July 11 Mix’d Media July 3, 2013  |  Categories: Events, Sculpture Trail

Left, recent “Nammy” award winners Gary Small & the Coyote Brothers will play live at Mix’d Media; right, “Coyote VIII” by
Gwynn Murrill, one of two coyote sculptures by the artist to debut at the event. Gwynn Murrill (United States, b 1942), Coyote VIII, 2005. Bronze. 29.875 x 45.5 x 10 inches. Gift of the 2012 Collectors Circle with Additional Assistance from Generous Patrons, National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Native American theme for free outdoor event includes live music, new sculptures

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – July 3, 2013 – Two new coyote sculptures by artist Gwynn Murrill will debut on the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s sculpture trail on July 11 as part of the museum’s monthly Mix’d Media event. Offered outdoors on the museum’s sculpture trail, July Mix’d Media takes on an “Ancient Traditons” theme that connects to Native American elements in three current museum exhibitions. The evening’s live music will be provided by Native American Music Award (Nammy) winners Gary Small & the Coyote Brothers.

The Mix’d Media event will take place July 11 from 6-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. In addition to the sculpture unveiling at 7 p.m. and live music, hands-on art projects will include creating temporary tribal tattoos and tooled leather cuffs. Dinner will be available for $5/person and a specialty libation, themed to the event, will also be on offer.

Amy Goicoechea, associate curator of education and exhibits for the museum, originally gave the event the theme “Ancient Traditions” to connect with the current exhibition of the Whetzel collection of Pueblo and pre-Pueblo pottery, also titled “Ancient Traditions,” as well as with Native Americans presented via photography in the “National Geographic Selections from the Greatest Photographs of the American West” show, and via paintings in “George Catlin’s American Buffalo.” Then when Small agreed to play with his Coyote Brothers band for the evening, “It seemed the perfect opportunity for us to introduce the Murrill coyote sculptures as well,” says Goicoechea.

Mix’d Media is generously sponsored by Home Health for Pets, First Interstate Bank, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, and Spring Creek Ranch.

In addition to its busy art exhibition schedule, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a full schedule of year-round community programming, with some 100 free events including art-making activities, films, lectures, “edutainment,” Art in Action guest artists workshops, cultural fun on the museum’s new Sculpture Trail and much more. The museum also provides free high-quality educational enrichment for school children, from online and onsite curriculum for teachers to student art contests and thematic school tours. And the museum becomes a vibrant community gathering space during popular social happenings like its monthly First Sundays and Mix’d Media events.

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.

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.