2016 Governor's Arts Awards

Adam Harris, curator of art and research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, is one of two Jackson recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Arts Awards from the Wyoming Arts Council. Over the next nine years, he will work to create a catalogue raisonné of Carl Rungius' work.

If you have taken a stroll through the National Museum of Wildlife Art, then you've seen Carl Rungius' paintings. His paintings are decidedly realistic, although he played with color in a way that instilled nature scenes with an ethereal quality. The beauty of his work is often in the specificity of it — the particular quality of sunlight, the idiosyncratic body language of each animal drawn.

Rungius, who lived from 1869 to 1959, began his career in Wyoming before falling in love with the wildlife in Banff, Alberta, in his later life. His work has influenced generations of artists, including his own.

Over the next nine years, Adam Harris, Ph.D., of the National Museum of Wildlife Art will work to assemble a catalogue raisonné of Rungius' work. The publication will include a annotated inventory of Rungius' work, including illustrations and specifications of each work. It will be used by art historians and museums for years to come. 

It is estimated that there are more than 2,000 finished paintings by Rungius, and the research will take Harris' full attention. The museum will seek an interim curator to take over his role as head curator.

Contact Gabe Allen at 732-7062 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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