National Museum of Wildlife Art Joins 2014 SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole Presenting October Conservation and Art Events

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Jackson, Wyo., welcomes sustainability pioneers, art lovers, foodies and adventure athletes,Oct. 8-12, for the five-day SHIFT Festival celebrating the future of conservation. The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole is partnering with SHIFT on three events exploring the intersection of conservation, wildlife and humanity.

Artist Asher Jay with a piece from the National Museum of Wildlife Art exhibition “Tusk, Horn, Flesh & Bone,” featuring her conservation oriented graphic designs.

“These three events embody what the National Museum of Wildlife Art is all about,” says James C. McNutt, President and CEO of the museum.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo., will present three events in October that provide unique interpretation of humanity’s relationship with nature: “Mix’d Media with Asher Jay,” an evening arts party focusing on the conservation-angled sensibility of fashionista-turned-artist Asher Jay; “Saturday U,” combining lectures and a roundtable discussion on sustainability, conservation and art by three Wyoming educators; and a keynote speech by premier nature writer Barry Lopez. The museum is offering the events in collaboration with SHIFT, October 8 – 12, 2014, an annual festival that explores the intersection of conservation with nature, culture and adventure.

“These three events embody what the National Museum of Wildlife Art is all about,” says James C. McNutt, President and CEO of the museum. “We strive through our exhibitions and public programs to inspire people to think about our relationship with nature and wildlife.

“As North America’s most innovative sustainability leaders come together in Jackson Hole to inspire the future of conservation, we invite everyone to the National Museum of Wildlife Art to hear these important discussions. We are honored to be hosting these thought-provoking events in October and invite everyone to the museum to experience them,” adds McNutt.

On Thursday, Oct. 9, 6-9 p.m., “Mix’d Media,” the museum’s monthly arts party, will take as its theme the graphic arts of award-winning New York-based art activist, designer, writer, public speaker, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Asher Jay. From her beginnings in the fashion industry, Jay has evolved into a staunch supporter of wildlife preservation, animal rights and sustainable development and uses her art to raise awareness on these issues. Jay’s striking designs will be exhibited at the museum in the show, “Tusk, Horn, Flesh & Bone: Graphic Design by Asher Jay,” Sept. 20 through Jan. 18, 2015. “Mix’d Media” guests will experience the dynamic young artist’s work through an interactive evening of art, food and drink.

For “Saturday U” on Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., the University of Wyoming’s Matthew Kaufman will discuss his ground-breaking research into the long-distance migrations of Wyoming’s iconic large ungulates like deer and elk; Jaquelyn Klancher will share findings from her Interdisciplinary Climate Expedition into Wyoming’s Wind River Range; and University of Wyoming senior lecturer in English Bruce Richardson will connect a visitor’s meaningful experience of Yellowstone National Park with the idea of religious pilgrimage. This semiannual Jackson event from the Wyoming Humanities Council and the University of Wyoming includes the three presentations followed by a lunchtime round-table discussion. Participants may attend any or all sessions.

Finally, on Oct. 12, 5-7 p.m., American author, essayist and fiction writer Barry Lopez, will close the 2014 SHIFT Festival with an examination of the relationship between human culture and physical landscape. Lopez is author of more than a dozen books, including Arctic Dreams (1986), for which he won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

For more information and a complete schedule of events for the 2014 SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyo., visit

About the National Museum of Wildlife Art:
A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and educational programs that inspire an appreciation for and knowledge of humanity’s relationship with nature. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Darla Worden, WordenGroup Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla(at)wordenpr(dot)com

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