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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

Prose, Poetry and the Preserve

National Museum of Wildlife Art volunteer Carol Schneebeck hosted a special interpretative program at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park for her fellow volunteers: Prose, Poetry and the Preserve. Carol, who also volunteers at the reserve, led the group along the trail, prompting us to study our surroundings with all of our senses. She asked us to pause at specific areas, reading aloud quotations, poems, literary excerpts, and other enlightening works to pique our curiosity and enhance our personal observations of the natural space we were traveling through. We sat by Phelps Lake to reflect upon our experiences, using personal documentations from our walk to create and share our own poems about the natural world.

Thank you to Carol and Lisa Carlin for organizing this fabulous opportunity!

Want to join our amazing group of volunteers?

Contact Carrie at cschwartz@WildlifeArt.org or (307) 732-5443.

Mix’d Media: Flat Creek Celebration with Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited

One of the institutional goals of the National Museum of Wildlife Art is to enrich and inspire appreciation and knowledge of humanity’s relationship with nature.  The August 7 Mix’d Media program intends to do just thatWe are teaming up with Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited to celebrate our beloved Flat Creek.  Visitors will create their own brooches using fly-tying materials with the expert assistance of Jackson Hole One Fly guide and JHTU Trustee, Jay Buchner, and JHTU Director of Volunteer Operations Beverly Smith.  We will also be decorating trout shaped magnets that will remind participants of JHTU’s important conservation efforts when they see them hanging on the fridge.  The Rising Sage Café will offer tasty food and drink.  Snake River Brewing Company will be vending their award winning beer. Museum members will get in FREE to the evening of food, drink, art -making, and music, while future-members will be invited to join the celebration for just $5. 

The galleries will be open and offer guests the opportunity to explore a new Odd Couple pair in the Pathways Gallery, featuring two very different representations of fish in art. 

We are thrilled that two local bands, Maddy & the Groove Spots and The Plaid Project, will share their amazing talent.  In fact, it will be the debut performance of The Plaid Project; a new band consisting of several members of local favorites Elk Attack/The Flannel Attractions.     

Guests who do not want to drive can catch a FREE ride with the Limo Lounge at the top and bottom of the hour between 6-9 pm on the Town Square, across from the Cowboy Bar. 

Join us for this fabulous evening on the terrace and in Johnston Hall from 6-9 pm this Thursday! 

For more information check out our Facebook event page!

Mix’d Media programs are generously sponsored by Cultural Council of Jackson Hole / Town and County Arts for All, Home Health for Pets, and Spring Creek Ranch.

Q&A with 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 short Q&A:

NMWA: Where do you go to observe wildlife?

"I live in the Santa Monica mountains, near Los Angeles. It is a very rural area which has coyotes, bobcats, eagles, hawks, deer, foxes, etc. I regularly visit Malibu Creek Park, adjacent to my house, to see many of these animals."

NMWA: Are there particular sculptors and painters whose work fills you with awe?

"The sculptors: Giacometti and David Smith. Painters: Richard Diebenkorn, Larry Poons, and  Philip Guston."

NMWA: I am very interested in the fact that the sculptors and painters that inspire you are very contemporary and abstract figurative, or not figurative at all.

"I have always enjoyed contemporary painting from mid-twentieth century to present.  I was a painter before I became a sculptor.  I got my MFA in painting at UCLA. Painting became too intellectualized for me in school, so it has gone underground but by no means has disappeared. Meanwhile, I was required to take sculpture class.  I didn’t really understand sculpture at the time, but I found that I like working in 3-D. The first sculpture that I related to was Donatello’s David in Florence.  It seemed to clue me in on the fact that sculpture can be very emotional and poignant.”

Gwynn Murrill, Flying Eagle MaquetteBronze and Pink Sandstone, 17.5 x 11 x 7.5 inches. © Gwynn Murrill 2014.

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, including the above sculpture, during the Wild 100 sale this September.

-Interview conducted by Christina Sloat, Visitor Services Associate.