The trans-Mississippi West and with its watersheds, prairies, plains, canyons, and mountains have provided habitat for animals for millions of years. Since humans came to this part of North America about 12,000 years ago, they hunted these animals for food, shelter, tools, and protection. But they also honored them through drawn, painted, and especially sculpted depictions of these animals. Drawing from the largest and most comprehensive sculpture collection of the American West, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will present Wild Wooly Western Wildlife, in 3D!, which is a selection of sculptures of bison, pronghorn, moose, mountain lions, bears, and other critters, in bronze, wood, and plaster from the 19th and 20th centuries—all from the museum’s own collection.
Artists will include Laura Gardin Fraser, James Earle Fraser, Charles M. Russell, Joe De Yong, Henry Schrady, W. R. Leigh, Willard Stone, Gerald Balciar, and Michael Coleman.