JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The National Museum of Wildlife Art recently welcomed five new artworks into its permanent collection.
The annual Collectors Circle event, held on Wednesday, July 24, resulted in purchasing of four of the works 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.
Scott Kirkpatrick, board chair of the museum, explained the ongoing role of the Collectors Circle in procuring new works and preserving existing ones.
“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,” Kirkpatrick said. “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 before being brought to Collectors Circle. From there, a vote is taken 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 Meyers, 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.
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