Support Our Programs

2013 offers many ways to show your support of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. We invite you to sponsor top-quality exhibitions and educational programs, which define the Museum as a cultural gem in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Our generous sponsors enable the Museum to reach an average of more than 80,000 visitors each year, serving local citizens and visitors, adults and children.

Exhibition Sponsorships start at $5,000

George Catlin’s American Buffalo

George Catlin was among the earliest artists of European descent to chronicle the massive herds of buffalo roaming the Great Plains of the American West. In many works, Catlin portrayed how truly imbedded the great mammal was in the daily lives of American Indian tribes. His brilliant canvases show how the buffalo was used in multiple facets of daily life, from food and shelter to ceremony and naming. Summer 2013.

The Lost Bird Project

This exhibit recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing North American birds that have been driven to extinction. To date, bronze memorials for the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, and the Heath Hen by artist Todd McGrain have been installed in locations directly related to each bird’s decline. The sculptures are subtle, hopeful reminders of species now lost. Summer 2013.

Amazing Animals: John James Audubon to Andy Warhol

Some of the earliest and most impactful renderings of American wildlife came in beautiful print portfolios produced by great artists such as John James Audubon and George Catlin.  Summer 2013.

Ancient Traditions: The Whetzel Collection of Pueblo and Pre-Pueblo Pottery

This exhibition proudly displays a collection of Pueblo and Pre-Pueblo pottery recently donated by Mr. and Mrs. Joshua C. Whetzel, Jr. The exhibit showcases the various aesthetic and symbolic representational modes employed in Pueblo and Ancestral Pueblo ceramics. Summer 2013.

Selections from National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West

Explorers and journalists in their own right, National Geographic photographers have documented the American West for the past 120 years, telling stories of time and place, of people and wildlife, of crisis and change. This exhibition is the story of their work.
Summer 2013.

Traveling Trout

The National Museum of Wildlife Art is sponsoring a statewide art competition for public high school students in Wyoming. Participating schools will be challenged to decorate plain white fiberglass trout. Summer 2013.

The Odd Couple

This rotating pairing of interesting artwork will appear in eight iterations during the year, coinciding with Mix’d Media programs. The idea behind this exhibit is to create an unexpected, unusual, and interesting juxtaposition of artworks that will engage our visitors in new ways. Year-round.

Darwin’s Legacy: The Evolution of Wildlife Art

This exhibit examines the interchanges between science and art. In the field of wildlife art, these connections run particularly deep. Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking work on the evolution of species spurred subsequent generations of artists to closely examine the natural world around them. Fall/Winter 2013 – 2014.

Wild Wonders of  Europe

One of the largest nature photography projects ever undertaken, Wild Wonders of Europe presents an astonishing view of the continent’s flora and fauna. Organized by Staffan Widstrand, Florian Möllers, and Peter Cairns, award-winning nature journalists in their own right, this remarkable exhibit reveals the wildlife and landscapes of all 48 European countries. Fall/Winter 2013 – 2014.

Collectors Circle XV

The 15th Anniversary of Collectors Circle is an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of the past and build enthusiasm for the future. Founded in 1998, members of Collectors Circle have met regularly over the last 15 years to help the Museum acquire works of the highest quality for the Permanent Collection. Fall/Winter 2013 – 2014.

Wonder Cabinet: A Collection of Curiosities

This will be the third installment of a “community” focused exhibit curated by Bronwyn Minton, Associate Curator of Art and Research. Wonder Cabinet will include objects from the Museum’s collection, items on loan from select community members, and art commissioned for the exhibit. Wonder Cabinet will elicit a new sense of amazement and awe for the natural world.
Fall/Winter 2013 – 2014.

Conservation Gallery

Expanding on the long-lived Bison Gallery installation, this exhibit will explore a variety of conservation stories. Throughout history, America has prided itself on its vast land and resources, the aesthetic beauty of its mountains and plains, and the freedom associated with its expansiveness. It took a great deal of work to create a movement to protect and preserve the land and wildlife that created the country’s identity. Fall/Winter 2013 – 2014.

Elegy:The African Photography of Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt’s transcendent photographs of African animals amaze the senses as they inspire appreciation for their subjects and for the artist behind the camera. Brandt is known for not using telephoto lenses, so that the viewer can see as much of the sky and landscape as possible, seeing the animals within the context of their environment. Winter/Spring 2014.

Western Visions Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenter: $50,000

Considered the premier event sponsor, the Presenter will be featured at all events and in all associated promotion including two pages in the catalog, invitation, website, national advertising, exhibition title wall, and will receive 10 priority badges to all events and 10 complimentary Museum passes. This special sponsor will be offered a docent tour of the exhibition and lunch with our featured artists in the Rising Sage Café.

Show & Sale: $25,000

Fund the Western Visions Miniatures and More Show & Sale, replete with buyers and artists, silent auctions, and associated refreshments. This special sponsor will be offered a docent tour of the art and lunch with one of the artists in the Rising Sage Café. Also includes six priority badges to all events and six Museum passes.

Wild West Artist Party: $25,000

The Wild West Artist Party, held the evening prior to the Sale, brings artists and buyers together for an intimate discussion of their work. Sponsorship at this level includes recognition in our invitation, catalog, website, event signage, exhibition title wall, six priority badges with access to all events, and six complimentary Museum passes.

Jewelry & Artisan Luncheon: $15,000

Sponsors of the Jewelry & Artisan Luncheon directly support one of the key components of our Western Visions week; our artisans. Artisans, known for their finely-crafted goods, gather at a unique location to offer their creations for purchase. A special luncheon is held off–site for over 150 attendees. Each Jewelry & Artisan Luncheon sponsor will be acknowledged in the Luncheon invitation, catalog, website, and receive two priority badges with access to all events, and two complimentary Museum passes.

Jane Smith Artist Breakfast: $10,000

Express your appreciation for the art behind fine art. Sponsor the Jane Smith Artist Breakfast, which happens during the Western Visions week and attracts premier artists to Jackson Hole. Each Jane Smith Artist Breakfast Sponsor will be recognized in our Breakfast invitation, catalog, website, and receive two priority badges with access to all events, and two complimentary Museum passes.

Benefactors Suite: $10,000

The Benefactors Suite provides a needed respite from the busy social call of the show. The Museum devotes the Members Lounge and Gallery to significant supporters of Western Visions, furnished with hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Each Benefactors Suite Sponsor will be acknowledged on the Benefactors Suite signage, in our catalog, website, and receive two priority badges with access to all events, and two complimentary Museum passes.

Volunteer: $5,000

This week of gala events would not be possible without the renowned group of volunteers who come from across the United States to take part in fine art sales and interpretation. Sponsorship at this level directly funds volunteer activities and luncheon. The Volunteer Sponsor will be recognized in our catalog, website, and receive two priority badges with access to all events, and two complimentary Museum passes.

For more information on sponsoring Museum exhibitions and programs please contact: James C. McNutt, President & CEO

ContactJames C. McNutt, Ph.D.President & CEO