Ask a Wildlife Art Curator


The National Museum of Wildlife Art will be participating in the 2014 Ask A Curator day on social media on Wednesday, September 17. Write to us on Twitter @WildlifeArtJH and our curatorial team will respond. Join the conversation online by following #AskACurator.

Don’t miss this week’s Western Visions Wild 100 events!

Mingle with the artist this Thursday at the Wild 100 Artist Party.

Place final bids on the artwork over dinner at the Wild 100 Show & Sale.

Western Visions, now in its 27th year, is the National Museum of Wildlife Art's largest fundraiser featuring for foremost contemporary wildlife artists.

Wild. Wearable. Art

We invite you all to come support the National Museum of Wildlife Art's education mission on Wednesday, September 3rd at our annual Jewelry & Artisan Luncheon.

Enjoy an elegant luncheon at the newly renovated Snow King Grand Room in Jackson. Preview and purchase handmade goods by premiere artisans of jewelry, fiber, leather and other wearable art during this elegant event. The Luncheon is open seating except for purchased full tables.

Event Details

Wednesday, September 3rd, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

$100 per person
$1000 for Reserved Table of 8

To register online check out the Western Visions Registration page.

Our Featured Jewelry Artisans

AIDAI, Sandy Buffie, Katharine Donan, Stephanie Ifania Landry, Joni Mack, Lisa Sheryle Phipps, Ben Rae, Hugo Rodriguez, Amy Kahn Russell, and Helga Tesar!

Event Sponsors

Belle CoseSpring Creek Ranch, Vicki Henderson, Shirley Piper, and Katherine Shook

Some Of Our Amazing Raffle Donors

Jackson Hole Mountain ResortOrvis,  Physique22Snake River Grill, The Snake River Sporting ClubSpring Creek RanchVam FosJackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club, and Lisa’s Salon at the Virginian!

Q&A part 2: Western Visions featured sculptor Gwynn Murrill

Gwynn Murrill has created remarkable animal figures, which are both timeless and contemporary. Initially working in wood and marble, Gwynn is now best known for her work cast in bronze, and for her enduring talent portraying her subjects in a form that is simultaneously abstract and figurative.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art asked Murrill about her influences in this 2nd short Q&A:

NMWA: What feelings or thoughts are you hoping are conveyed to collectors and viewers of your work?

"I hope that my viewers will see my work as universal, that it conveys the feeling of the animal I am depicting without my making value judgments about its existence."

NMWA: Are there any reading or media materials that influence you or your artwork?

"Books that influence my work are usually catalogs from museum exhibitions of ancient artifacts from many parts of the world. For example: the Han Dynasty from China, Pre-Columbian from the Americas, Ancient European, and Middle Eastern. 

I get ideas from looking around my environment, including photos I see in the newspaper.  I think that I am more influenced by looking at paintings. I don’t like to let religion, mystics, or other stuff like that, influence me in a way that is verbal.  

I hate watching TV programs about animals-it seems something always bad has to happen.  I don’t like zoos, they make me feel badly, though sometimes I have to go to see a particular animal.”

View part 1 of the Murrill interview here.

Gwynn Murrill is the featured sculptor at the 2014 Western Visions show and Sale. Known for her minimalist, sculptural embodiments of wildlife, Murrill has four artworks available for purchase during the Wild 100 sale this September.

-Interview by Christina Sloat, Visitor Services Associate