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Western Visions Gets New “Wild 100” Approach March 25, 2014  |  Categories: Western Visions

National Museum of Wildlife Art enhances arts experience for annual fundraiser

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – March 21, 2014 – The National Museum of Wildlife Art has announced a new “Wild 100®” approach for its annual Western Visions® fundraiser, scheduled for August 30 – September 21, 2014. A month-long art celebration presented by the Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based museum, Western Visions combines lectures, artist demos and fabulous artsy parties with the chance to view and purchase the best of wildlife and Western art – and has been a cornerstone of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival for more than two decades. But the event’s very success had become a problem as the number of participating artists grew, prompting the decision to focus on a field of 100 artists – the Wild 100 – for 2014.

“What started 27 years ago as the work of 30 artists in a single miniatures show and sale to benefit the museum has evolved and grown until in 2013 we featured 150 artists and numerous related events, exhibitions and sales,” says Jim McNutt, president and CEO of the museum.  “We’re thrilled that Western Visions has become established as a major national show. In order to give the kind of attention to each artist and buyer that we would like to provide, we have fixed the number of artists participating at 100 as we move forward, and rebranded our two major events as the Wild 100 Show & Sale and the Wild 100 Artist Party.”

Western Visions’ new, curated, 100 artists approach allows the National Museum of Wildlife Art to showcase a combination of well-established top-selling artists and emerging talents who will be the next generation of leading wildlife artists in an exceptional arts experience for artists and collectors alike. In addition to the Wild 100 Artist Party, September 11, and the Wild 100 Show & Sale, September 12, the museum has announced its featured artists for 2014 – painter Ewoud de Groot and sculptor Gwynn Murrill – and will present opportunities to experience their work and techniques in live demonstrations on September 11.

Other Western Visions activities include the Paintings, Sculpture and Sketch shows and sales, the Jewelry & Artisan Luncheon and Show & Sale, the Palates and Palettes free tasting and viewing event, September 5, and the follow-up Art a’ Brewin’ browsing and buying opportunity, September 24. For more information and a complete schedule of Western Visions events, visit www.westernvisions.org.

A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Alliance 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