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Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art

Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art presents paintings and sculptures from the permanent collections of the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. In addition, as a special commissioned part of the show, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative sent acclaimed artist Dwayne Harty into the field to discover anew the landscape and wildlife along the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor. For three summers, Harty traveled and painted in some of the most remote regions of the area, capturing scenes that few, if any, painters have sketched firsthand.

Dwayne Harty painting en plein air at the Gate of the Nahanni, Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories.
Dwayne Harty painting en plein air at the Gate of the Nahanni, Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories. Photo by Harvey Locke

Conservation Through Artistry

140 years ago, Thomas Moran painted vibrant watercolours of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton region as the official artist accompanying the 1871 Hayden expedition. His sketches, along with photographs by William Henry Jackson, helped convince the United States Congress to establish Yellowstone, the world's first National Park.

 

Mountain Goats

Artist: Dwayne Harty, Mountain Goats

Since that time, artists have explored the natural corridor leading from the Wind River Range up through the Rocky Mountains to the Yukon Territory, capturing the pristine nature, dramatic scenery, and abundant wildlife of the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor. Works by deceased masters including Carl Rungius, Charlie Russell, Walter Phillips, and Bob Kuhn and living artists such as Robert Bateman, Tucker Smith, and Maureen Enns are featured in the show alongside Dwayne Harty's commissioned work.

The World is Watching

The exhibition's innovative approach to communicating conservation and science through art has earned it international attention. The August 2011 edition of prominent UK scientific journal 'Nature' featured the exhibit in Anthony King's article 'How art is saving the West,' describing that in North America, since the end of the nineteenth century, artists have “helped to establish the idea of wilderness and wildlife as valuable.”  We invite you to peruse the reviews and articles about the exhibition.

Protecting the Land


Though still remarkably intact, in places human incursion has broken apart the prime contiguous habitat of the corridor. The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative was formed to ensure that the world-renowned wilderness, wildlife, native plants, and natural processes of this region continue to function as an interconnected web of life, capable of supporting all of its natural and human communities.

One Simply Has to See It

As with most art exhibitions, its mastery is best appreciated in person. Its innovative approach will engage the serious art lover, the serious scientist and the general public.

Last summer the exhibit received rave reviews while on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, USA.

This summer, the Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art is showing at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta, Canada from June 16 to November 15, 2012. Read more about the opening or for a sneak preview, view Y2Y's Online Art Exhibition.

As Banff National Park's inaugural artist-in-residence, Dwayne Harty will lead sketching and painting demonstrations throughout the summer. Click here for Banff National Park's full list of events.

Dwayne’s amazing artwork is currently available for purchase at Banff’s acclaimed Willock and Sax Gallery.

For further information on Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art, please contact Harvey Locke or read through our Media Kit.

Do You Have an Artist’s Eye?

Do you have an eye to capture beauty through photography? If so we invite you to submit your photos!

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, in partnership with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta, Canada, is hosting a photo contest that will give the winner a unique opportunity to have his/her photography exhibited alongside the Yellowstone to Yukon Journey of Wildlife and Art international art exhibit at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

For full contest details please see our contest poster.



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