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National Museum of Wildlife Art Announces Five Acquisitions

August 1, 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Jackson, WY — The annual Collectors Circle event was held at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. As a result, the museum welcomed five new artworks into the Permanent Collection. Four of the works were purchased directly with Collectors Circle funds, and generous benefactors contributed funds to purchase one additional artwork, and to restore another.

The mission of the Collectors Circle is “to support acquisitions for the permanent collection of the National Museum of Wildlife Art.”

“Collectors Circle never fails to exceed my expectations,” said Dr. Adam Harris, Joffa Kerr Chief Curator of Art. “We are so grateful for the generous contributions that make this exciting night something we look forward to all year. On this, the 20th anniversary of the event, we were able to purchase contemporary work that I know will stand the test of time and, with additional sponsorship offered during the evening, conserve one of our historic treasures.”

Artworks are vetted by the Museum’s Collections Committee and Curatorial staff, then brought to Collectors Circle, who then vote on artworks for acquisition. The artworks for 2018 were a variety of media including: bronze, charcoal, oil, and mixed media.

“What a wonderful night at the Museum,” shares Kavar Kerr, Co-Chair of the Collections Committee. “The Collectors Circle group showed strong support of works of art that need conservation and also gave support to artwork that exhibits the need to conserve wildlife!”

Since 1998, the Collectors Circle has helped the Museum acquire over 100 works of art.

 Artworks purchased this year with Collectors Circle Funds were: Lion by Nicola Hicks, The Last Three by Gillie and Marc, American Elk (Wyoming) by James Prosek, and Time Traveler by Clyde Aspevig. Purchased with Collectors Circle Funds and additional donations were Yellowstone Composition #2 by James Prosek. Conservation of Bull Moose by Henry Merwin Shrady was fully sponsored by Susan Jane & Nicholas J. Sutton.

Collectors Circle 2018 was generously sponsored by Anonymous, Niner Wine Estates, and Floral Art.

Image Credit: Nicola Hicks (English, b. 1960), Lion, 2012. Charcoal on paper. 72 ½ x 59 7/8 in. Gift of the 2018 Collectors Circle, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Nicola Hicks.

The Lion Nicola hicks

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