Five pieces added to permanent collection at NMWA’s Blacktail Gala

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The National Museum of Wildlife Art announced the acquisition of five new works of contemporary art chosen at the Blacktail Gala on Saturday, February 24.

Blacktail Gala is an evening of art collecting modeled after the Museum’s Collectors Circle Dinner. This year, the Collections Committee and National Museum of Wildlife Art’s curatorial department chose artwork from local galleries to showcase the fine wildlife art available right here in Jackson. Galleries represented included Altamira Fine Art, Diehl Gallery, Heather James Fine Art, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, and Visions West Contemporary.

More than 150 guests in attendance helped make selections over the course of a scrumptious dinner. (NMWA)

More than 150 guests in attendance for the festive evening helped with the vote that secured five new works of contemporary art into the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s permanent collection.

“Over the course of only three years, Blacktail Gala has contributed 14 works of contemporary wildlife art to the permanent collection. These acquisitions have increased our ability to show the many diverse ways artists are exploring humanity’s relationship with nature through art, a core part of our mission,” said Adam Harris, Petersen Curator of Art and Research.

At the event, Harris introduced each artist’s work and explained how it would complement the collection. The guests at each table then discussed which pieces they’d like to see added to the museum’s collection. Over dinner, after learning about and viewing all of the works in Johnston Hall, the guests voted in rounds.

Sarah Hillock’s “Anthony and Camilla, Part II.” Oil on Mylar. 38 x 42 inches.

The new works include Wendy Klemperer’s metal sculpture “Barney,” Jane Rosen’s painting using coffee, Korean watercolor, and ink “Mantle,” Sarah Hillock’s “Anthony and Camilla, Part II,” Peter Haslam-Fox’s watercolor “Hooded Hawk,” and an untitled ceramic plate, created by Pablo Picasso.

“Now in its fourth year, we are thrilled to have new energy and support around this fun evening of art acquisition for the National Museum of Wildlife Art,” said Bill Friedeman, chief advancement officer. “Blacktail Gala continues to have a direct impact on our permanent collection, while fostering fine art friendships and local partnerships dedicated to inspiring humanity’s relationship with nature and wildlife art.”

The fifth Blacktail Gala will take place in February 2019.