National Museum of Wildlife Art loans Audubon prints

JACKSON HOLE, WYO –Viewing art can be very therapeutic so where better to see it hanging than at a hospital?

In a community collaboration to share artwork, the National Museum of Wildlife Art has loaned 12 John James Audubon prints to St. John’s Medical Center. The prints on display are reproductions from a 1971 edition that are part of the Museum’s Education Collection.

As part of the current collaboration, St. John’s Hospital Foundation funded the framing of the educational prints now on display. A few of the bird species represented include: Turkey, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, and the Purple Finch.

“We have been sharing objects from our collection with other organizations and businesses in the community for years,” says Adam Harris, Joffa Kerr Chief Curator of Art. “The safety of the objects and their appropriateness for different venues is always a primary concern.”

St. John’s Medical Center’s Art & Healing program displays calm, restorative works that might help people recover from injury, trauma, surgery, or sickness.

Because of this, Harris said, “We did not propose scenes of animals fighting or chasing each other, but instead thought that sweet, contemplative scenes from John James Audubon’s portfolio of North American birds would fit the bill.”

Blair Christy, Director of Patient Experience and Volunteer Services, said, “We are thrilled to partner with the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Healing art is an important piece of our care and John James’s Audubon reproductions are a wonderful complement to our guest collection.”

The Museum has 48 original Audubon works in its permanent collection. Of those, 12 were done by Audubon’s son, John Woodhouse, who took up depicting mammals in the same iconic style as his father.

The prints will be on display at St. John’s Medical Center through September, 2019.

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