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Medals & Awards

Learn about the awards presented to outstanding individuals and organizations by the museum

Art Awards

Rungius Medal Art Award

The Rungius Medal, named in honor of renowned artist Carl Rungius, is among the art awards presented from time to time by the National Museum of Wildlife Art to individuals who have made lifetime or extraordinary contributions to the artistic interpretation and preservation of wildlife and its habitat. In establishing the Rungius medal, it is the intention of Trustees to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations across fields ranging from the fine arts to the natural sciences. Symbolized by a beautiful, specially designed gold medal, the Rungius Medal is the Museum’s highest honor.

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The Bull-Bransom Award

The Bull-Bransom Award is given annually to recognize excellence in the field of children’s book illustration with a focus on nature and wildlife. The art award is named after Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, who were among the first and finest American artist-illustrators to specialize in wildlife subjects. Both had a tremendous impact on younger artists and both illustrated numerous children’s books. Bull-Bransom Awardees will be limited to illustrators living in the United States for a book published in the previous calendar year by an American publisher depicting nature and/or wildlife. The illustrator need not be the author of the text. The award may be given posthumously.

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What People Are Saying

Although I am not a big fan of Western art, I thoroughly enjoyed the museum. The sculpture was stunning, and the views from the museum were beautiful. I learned so much about American artists, and the history of the difficulty in having wildlife paintings accepted by artists' organizations was fascinating. A lovely visit.

- Lyne from Tripadvisor

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