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Announcing Dick Jennings Memorial Art Scholarship Winner

May 19, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Jackson, Wyo. – Mountain Academy of Teton Science Schools senior Mariela Santelices is the recipient of the Art Leadership Scholarship in Honor of the Memory of Dick Jennings. The $4,000 award is given annually by the National Museum of Wildlife Art to a Teton County high school senior with a passion for fine art who plans to study art at the collegiate level. 

“Dick Jennings was a dedicated museum board member whose memory invites us to reflect on how important it is to care about the community you live in and give of yourself to the causes you feel passionate about,” says Jane Lavino, the Museum’s Sugden Chief Curator of Education.

Santelices will pursue studies in Architecture at California Polytechnic University. She has been encouraged as an artist by her art teacher, Heidi Kohler, and was the recipient of multiple other arts awards and scholarships this year. Santelices was also a dedicated multi-year participant in the Studio Project, an intensive extracurricular arts enrichment program made possible by the Art Association of Jackson Hole and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

“I am so excited to use my art skills to help me in the field of architecture! I am so thankful for the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the plethora of opportunities that they have provided to myself and to the community in general,” says Santelices.


The National Museum of Wildlife Art, a nonprofit founded in 1987, is a world-class art museum holding more than 5,000 artworks representing wild animals from around the world. Featuring work by prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, John James Audubon, and Carl Rungius, the museum’s unsurpassed permanent collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, from 2500 B.C. to the present. Built into a hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the museum received the designation “National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States” by order of Congress in 2008. Boasting a museum shop, interactive children’s gallery, restaurant, and outdoor sculpture trail, the museum is only two-and-a-half miles north of Jackson Town Square, and two miles from the gateway of Grand Teton National Park.

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