Showcasing Wyoming’s diverse beauty: A sneak peek at the new “Wyoming Grasslands” exhibit

(Jackson, Wyo.) – Today, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offered a sneak peek at its newest exhibit, “Wyoming Grasslands: Photographs by Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton,” for the community to interact directly with the curator and learn a little bit more about the exhibit.

This exhibit includes the work of two photographers of America’s Western landscape, and showcases the beauty, ecological diversity, and conservation and cultural values of Wyoming’s intact grasslands and shrub steppes. Wyoming Grasslands includes prints created between 2012 and 2014 and is organized by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

During the event, Petersen Curator of Art and Research Adam Duncan Harris introduced the exhibit. He stated that the project worked with the two photographers over three years to take photos of the Wyoming grasslands. The photographers took more than 50,000 digital images and narrowed it down to 82 for the exhibit.

“The main emphasis of this show is to look at areas that many people think of as just somewhere that you drive through on your way to somewhere else,” said Harris. “But as many of you know, if you stop and get out of your car and actually walk through these places, you begin to see all kinds of different landforms or different interesting pieces of bones or fences. Things you don’t notice when you are going 85 miles per hour.”

Harris went on to state that the artists wanted to draw our attention to these places that are all around us and that make up way more of the land mass than our cities and our roads.

“Many people come here and take picutres of the Tetons and of Yellowstone and that’s their vision of Wyoming,” he added. “But we all know that Wyoming is much more diverse than that.”

Here are some examples of the pieces that will be shown at the “Wyoming Grasslands” exhibit:

“Wyoming Grasslands: Photographs by Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton” officially opens tomorrow, November 7 and there will be a Mix’d Media event on Thursday, November 12. More information is available on the National Museum of Wildlife Art website.