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National Museum of Wildlife Art Trustee Purchase Award Goes to Britt Freda September 6, 2013  |  Categories: Awards, Western Visions

Left, Trustee Purchase Award winner Britt Freda’s Luminous Barn Painting – Acrylic on Canvas Panel 12 x 9 inches; right, Robert Kuhn Award winner Pete Zaluzec’s Ice Bear Sketch – Charcoal 8 x 14 inches.

Museum honors Western Visions artists with awards, place in permanent collection

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – September 6, 2013 – A group comprised of the National Museum of Wildlife Art Collections Committee and additional donors has selected an owl painting titled “Luminous Barn,” a small acrylic on canvas by Britt Freda, to receive the annual Western Visions Trustee Purchase Award, announced Adam Harris, the museum’s curator of art. Each year the museum selects a single artwork from its Western Visions Miniatures and More Show & Sale to receive the award, which includes the purchase of the work for inclusion in the museum’s acclaimed permanent collection.

The same group also selected a charcoal sketch titled “Ice Bear” by Pete Zaluzec as winner of its Robert Kuhn Award. The award is named for the late master wildlife artist – and great friend to the museum – Bob Kuhn, and is given to the best Western Visions submission in the category of artists’ sketches.

“The Freda painting and Zaluzec sketch are two great choices that reward artistic excellence, skill, and practice,” says Harris about this year’s Trustee Purchase and Robert Kuhn Awards. Additional Western Visions honors, to be announced at the Miniatures and More Show & Sale on September 13, include the Red Smith Award, a best in show selected by a vote of Western Visions participating artists, and the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Southwest Art magazine and voted on by show visitors.

The 26th-annual Western Visions® offers shows and events through September 22 at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The month-long art celebration combines lectures, art workshops and fabulous artsy parties with the chance to view and purchase fine Western contemporary art. Since its inception Western Visions has been a signature event of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. Funds raised from Western Visions support educational programming at the museum. For a complete calendar of events, visit www.wildlifeart.org or contact Jennifer Lee at 307.732.5412.

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

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