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National Museum of Wildlife Art to host Wolf Weekend, a series of events in celebration of the opening of Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan

October 27, 2022

Jackson, WY: The National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA) will open Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan with a series of events, collectively coined “Wolf Weekend.” The exhibition, created by National Geographic Society and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, will display images and videos—highlighting the contrast between wolves that live in perceived competition with humans and wolves that live without human intervention. It will be on view at the National Museum of Wildlife Art through April 29, 2023.

The celebration kicks off with a Sneak Peek program on Friday, November 4 at 11:30 a.m. Featured photographer and National Geographic Explorer Ronan Donovan will give attendees a first look at this exciting exhibition. The Sneak Peek is free for Museum members, or included in the cost of general admission.

Festivities continue on the evening of November 4, with Wolves & Waffles a free community exhibition opening event. The first 300 attendees can enjoy sweet and savory waffles by Streetfood, as well as seasonal mulled wine and nonalcoholic cider. Donovan will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Auditorium and seating will be on a first-come-first-serve basis, limited to the first 200 attendees. He will then hold a Q&A following the presentation, with a book and poster signing in Sullivan Hall at approximately 6:30 p.m. The Museum Shop will be open for the event and attendees may purchase posters that evening. This event is generously sponsored by First Republic Bank.

On Saturday, November 5, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole will host a VIP Reception with Donovan at Ascent Lounge from 5 – 7 p.m. Four Seasons is one of the exhibition sponsors.

Museum events continue on Sunday, November 6 with a Wolf Panel Discussion from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Donovan will moderate the panel which will include scientist Kira A. Cassidy, rancher and wildlife biologist Hilary Zaranek, and large carnivore biologist Ken Mills. The intention of the panel is to deliver varied voices from people who have spent collectively over 30 years studying wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. All three of the panelists are dedicated to delivering measured and thoughtful opinions and ideas about the human-wolf relationship and are interested in finding ways to reduce the conflict between wolves and humans.

The weekend concludes with First Sunday programming from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for area locals, and this activity is geared specifically towards families and children. Donovan will give a fun presentation at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. Kids will be given passports to collect stamps at a variety of stations from a gallery scavenger hunt to a wolf print art activity. The craft take home bag will be a make your own ‘wolf pack’ origami kit. First Sundays are generously sponsored by Bank of Jackson Hole and Lawrence Finch.

Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society in partnership with the National Museum of Wildlife Art.