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National Museum of Wildlife Art Announces Five Acquisitions

August 1, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019


Jackson, WY — The annual Collectors Circle event was held at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. As a result, the museum welcomed five new artworks into the Permanent Collection. Four of the works were purchased directly with Collectors Circle funds, along with conservation of Carl Rungius dry points and paintings. A generous benefactor contributed funds to purchase one additional artwork.

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

“For over 20 years, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s exceptional Collectors Circle has procured new pieces for our collection and, in recent years, has helped conserve existing treasures,” says Scott Kirkpatrick, the Board Chair of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. “The annual event never fails to stimulate, as collectors vie for the artists and artwork that will most enhance our permanent collection.”

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 2019 were a variety of media including: ceramic, bronze, blown glass, oil, and Japanese gauche.

Since 1998, the Collectors Circle has helped the Museum acquire over 105 works of art.

Artworks purchased this year with Collectors Circle Funds were Wildlife by Herb Alpert, White Raven by Preston Singletary, Turn a Blind Eye by Berg and Myers, and Small Heron by Gwynn Murrill.

Buffalo Jump, a bronze sculpture by T.D. Kelsey was purchased with an additional donation from National Museum of Wildlife Art Trustee, Bettina Whyte.

Collectors Circle 2019 was generously sponsored by Azadi Fine Rugs, Niner Wine Estates, and flowers by Floral Art.


Turn a Blind Eye

Berg and Myers, Turn a Blind Eye, 2018, glazed ceramic and maple, 39 x 35 x 7 in.


Preston Singletary_White Raven-min

Preston Singletary, White Raven, 2017, Blown and sand-carved glass, 18.5 × 7 × 9 in.

Wildlife Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert, Wildlife, 2014, Bronze.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art, a nonprofit founded in 1987, is a world-class art museum holding more than 5,000 artworks representing wild animals from around the world. Featuring work by prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, John James Audubon, and Carl Rungius, the Museum’s unsurpassed permanent collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, from 2500 B.C. to the present. Built into a hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the Museum received the designation “National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States” by order of Congress in 2008. Boasting a Museum shop, interactive children’s gallery, Palate restaurant, and outdoor sculpture trail, the Museum is only two-and-a-half miles north of Jackson Town Square, and two miles from the gateway of Grand Teton National Park.

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