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National Museum of Wildlife Art Announces 2017 Bull-Bransom Award Winner

April 28, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Jackson, Wyo. — The winner of the 2017 National Museum of Wildlife Art Bull-Bransom Award is Rob Dunlavey for illustrations in “Owl Sees Owl,” written by Laura Godwin. The Bull-Bransom Award is given annually to recognize excellence in the field of children’s book illustration with a focus on nature and wildlife.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art hopes to host Dunlavey for various programs in Jackson Hole schools in spring 2018.

“Owl Sees Owl,” is a journey of self-discovery for a young owl, who leaves the comfort of his nest to explore his surroundings. Dunlavey explains, “Little Owl follows his inner nature as all children must, yet his freedom is found within a supportive web of recognizable spaces, neighbors and natural forces.” The New York Times Book Review says, “Lovely art marries midnight blues and bright fall leaves, making this a rare nighttime adventure that’s both restful and playful.”

The five other finalists for the 2017 award were: “The Opposite Zoo” by II Sung Na, “Cricket Song” by Anne Hunter, “Shy” by Deborah Freedman, “Ooko” by Esmé Shapiro, and “Hank’s Big Day” by Evan Kuhlman, illustrated by Chuck Groenink.

The Bull-Bransom Award is named for Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, two renowned American artist-illustrators who specialized in wildlife subjects. The winner receives a $5,000 cash award, a custom-made bronze medal, and a five-year dual/family-level membership that provides complimentary access to 12 museums across the United States.


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