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Jackson Hole is known for outdoor adventures, but don’t miss its creative side

December 21, 2016

Robin Soslow

The National Museum of Wildlife Art, its rock-faced building embedded in a mountainside two minutes from downtown Jackson, is a treasury of rugged landscapes, animals, cowboys and Native Americans portrayed by contemporary virtuosos like Logan Maxwell Hagege and pioneer-era masters like Albert Bierstadt, William Henry Jackson and Thomas Moran. Moran’s paintings of nearby Yellowstone helped persuade Congress to create the world’s first national park, and his 1870s Teton paintings inspired an art rush for what he regarded as the finest pictorial range in North America.

Diverse exhibitions include Andy Warhol’s screenprints of endangered species, which were commissioned to raise environmental consciousness, and local artists’ illustrations of animals from 25 Aesop’s fables. Jenny Dowd, whose fanciful ceramics grace tables at several Jackson restaurants, portrayed the smart crow who dropped pebbles in a pitcher to raise the water high enough to drink.

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