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Jackson, Wyoming
Preserving Wildlife Art in the American West
NEH funding has helped the National Museum of Wildlife Art preserve its unique collections for future generations. Bruno Liljefors (Swedish, 1860–1939), Swans, 1917. Oil on canvas. 27 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art curates and displays paintings, bronze sculptures, drawings, and prints featuring animals, with a focus on those of the Western United States. Its collection boasts more than 5,000 works of art dating as far back as 2500 B.C. and includes great works by Georgia O’Keefe, Edward Hicks, Henri Rousseau, C. M. Russell, Edward Kemeys, Andy Warhol, and Anna Hyatt Huntington. Located near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and abutting the National Elk Refuge, the museum’s unique focus and location encourage its 65,000–85,000 annual visitors to consider art within the context of natural sciences. At the same time, they are invited to consider how art like Thomas Moran’s western landscapes contributed to the creation of the National Parks System.

“If you want to borrow a painting from someone else and you can say that you’ve received these [NEH] grants, it gives them confidence that you are a worthy institution—worth lending to.”
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