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National Museum of Wildlife Art Adapts the 33rd Western Visions Show & Sale for 2020

August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020

The National Museum of Wildlife Art announced earlier this year that their largest annual fundraiser, Western Visions, will still happen this September but some events will be retooled to fit into today’s reality. “I am so excited to be able to hold Western Visions this year, I cannot thank our entire Museum team enough for being so creative and nimble throughout this entire situation,” states Steve Seamons, Museum Director.

The Western Visions show will be on view in the National Museum of Wildlife Art galleries from September 12 to October 17, 2020. The exhibition features over one hundred of some of the finest national and internationally known contemporary wildlife artists. The show will be open to all Museum visitors, members, and guests.

The Western Visions sale, on the other hand, will look different this year. Along with buying art at the Museum during the exhibition, the sale of the artwork will be available online and over-the-phone at Online and phone sales begin August 24 two weeks before the physical exhibition opening until the show ends on October 17th. The show pieces will be available for purchase at a fixed price on a first-come, first-serve basis. The proceeds of the sale will benefit the Museum and its educational mission.

Another major change for the Western Visions event series is the cancellation of the Jewelry Luncheon. “We are so sad not to be holding the event, but we value the safety and wellness of guests, staff, and artisans alike, so it would not be wise for us to have such a large in-person event given the circumstance,” states Steve Seamons, Museum Director.

Lastly, the National Museum of Wildlife Art will be airing an artist panel discussion on the morning of September 17th virtually instead of a presentation to a live audience. Viewers will tune in to an insightful conversation between Amy Lay, Amy Ringholz, Kathryn Mapes Turner, September Vhay, and Kathy Wipfler. These five important Jackson-based Western Visions artists are nationally celebrated for their creative contributions and successful navigation of the art world of the West and were honored with an exhibition entitled “The Jackson Hole Five” at the Booth Museum in Cartersville, Georgia last Spring.

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