Center of the West Celebrates NPS 100th with Yellowstone Symposium June 15

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Artists have long been drawn to Yellowstone with its breathtaking vistas, unmatched thermal features, and remarkable wildlife. At the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on June 15, scholars discuss perspectives on the history of Yellowstone's art and artists in a symposium titled "Inspiring Sights: Yellowstone through Artists’ Eyes."

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Thomas Moran (1837 – 1926). Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, 1874. Louis Prang chromolithograph. Gift of Clara S. Peck. 18.71.3

Yellowstone is right in our backyard.

As America's National Park Service commemorates its Centennial this year, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West joins in the celebration with a one-day symposium titled "Inspiring Sights: Yellowstone through Artists' Eyes."

“We’re excited to share in the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service—especially since Yellowstone is right in our backyard,” explains Karen McWhorter, the Center’s Scarlett Curator of Western Art. “The symposium coincides with an exhibition of the same name in the Whitney Western Art Museum, as well as the publication of a revised edition of art historian Peter Hassrick’s book "Drawn to Yellowstone.'”

Inspiring Sights also relates to three additional summer 2016 exhibitions at the Center: "Yellowstone Discovered"; a presentation of William Henry Jackson’s "Albertypes of Yellowstone"; "Mapping Yellowstone"; and "Invisible Boundaries: Animal Migrations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem", an exhibition combining fine art, field research, and photography centered on animal migration in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Symposium topics and speakers include:
** "Albert Bierstadt" by Peter Hassrick, Director Emeritus & Senior Scholar, Center of the West
** "William Henry Jackson" by Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography, Denver Art Museum
** "Thomas Moran" by Joni Kinsey, Professor of Art History, University of Iowa
** "Backcountry Waterfalls of Yellowstone" by Mike “M.C.” Poulsen, Artist
** "Art, Science, and Conservation in Yellowstone" by Karen McWhorter, Scarlett Curator of Western Art, Center of the West
** Moderated by B. Byron Price, Director of Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma and Director of the University of Oklahoma Press

Cost for the symposium is $25 for students; $55 for Center of the West members; and non-members are $65. Attendees are encouraged to register online at where a complete schedule for the June 15 symposium is also posted.

For more information, contact McWhorter at the e-mail address or phone number above.

Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently operating its spring schedule open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. For additional information, visit the Center's website or its pages on Facebook and Google+.

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