The Rungius Medal, named in honor of renowned artist Carl Rungius, is 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.
Rungius Medal Winners
2017 | Joel Sartore
Photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, and 24-year contributor to National Geographic magazine. Sartore is also a National Geographic Fellow and the founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark. He is recognized for his profound photography efforts and dedication to making people think about how they impact animals and nature.
2010 | John F. Turner
Wildlife biologist, Author, Wyoming State Legislator, Director of United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientive Affairs, Dude Rancher, and more. Recognized for constant attention to the preservation of wildlife and wild habitat.
2007 | Bill and Joffa Kerr
Museum Founders, and sculptor (Joffa). Leaders in the field of collecting and conserving wildlife art, lifetime commitment to education and sharing art and the wild.
2006 | Clifford P. Hansen
Businessman, Rancher, former Wyoming State Governor, former US Senator of Wyoming. A long time steward of open spaces and ranch land in Teton County, Wyoming.
2005 | E. O. Wilson
Pulitzer Prize winning author and professor. Studies in fields ranging from entomology, myrmecology, animal behavior, evolution psychology, island biogeography, biodiversity, and environmental ethics. He has enhanced awareness of evolutionary principles and the need for environmental protection.
2004 | Kenneth Bunn
Sculptor. Academician of the National Academy of Design, Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and recipient of the Frederic Remington and Robert Lougheed Awards.
2003 | Dr. J. Michael Fay
Conservationist. Working at the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society, Fay carried out pivotal projects in Central Africa that have resulted in important conservation impacts in the region, including working with the Congolese government to create Nouabale Ndoki Natural Park.
2002 | Dr. David Love
Geologist and Author. Directed the compilation of Wyoming State geological maps in 1955 and 1985—these remain the only complete maps of the state’s geology. Research geologist for the US Geological Survey for 45 years.
2001 | Bertram C. “Bert” Raynes
Naturalist, Bird Watcher, and Author. Pioneered the documentation of bird species in Jackson Hole and developed the area’s first bird checklist.
2001 | Jane Goodall
Primate researcher. Studies animals in their natural Tanzanian habitat with a focus on chimpanzees and other apes. An advocate of international peace and habitat conservation.
2000 | Robert Bateman
Painter, Naturalist, and Conservationist. Spokesman for many environmental issues using his artwork to feature animals that face ominous challenges as humankind continues to abuse the natural world.
1996 | Kent Ullberg
Sculptor. Studied in Sweden, Europe, and Africa. Former Curator of the Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery and also Former Curator of the African Hall at the Denver Museum of Natural History.
1994 | Roger Tory Peterson
Artist and Naturalist. Has played a pivotal role in the popularization of the genre of wildlife art and raised public consciousness of the natural world through his art.
1993 | Wallace Stegner
Writer. Awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose and the National Book Award forThe Spectator Bird. Stegner lobbied for passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964.
1992 | Bob Kuhn
Wildlife artist known for his ability to paint the particular movements and personalities of wild animals.
1990 | Robert L. Lewin
Publisher, Mill Pond Press. Publishes wildlife art as is a leader in the production of limited edition wildlife art prints, building an awareness of wildlife art.
1989 | Mardy Murie
Naturalist and Conservationist. She played a key role in the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the greatest land preservation act in U.S. history
1988 | John Clymer
Illustrator and painter of wildlife and the history of the American West.