National Museum Of Wildlife Art Inaugural Online Exhibit On Students Response To Mangelsen Photos

Mar 13, 2019

Liam: I chose this piece because I admire the swarms of waxwings that will take over all the Hawthorne bushes, and how the whole woods seem fluttering with motion. I also wanted to challenge myself and try one of the more difficult photographs. Inspired by Thomas D. Mangelsen's "Wintering Waxwings" Legacy Reserve Photograph.
Credit The National Museum of Wildlife Art

The National Museum of Wildlife Art has started an online exhibit space focused on the community of Teton County. The inaugural exhibit features students' responses to the work of wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen through their own art.

Local elementary and middle school students explored the National Museum of Wildlife Art's current wildlife photography exhibition, which features Mangelsen's work.

Lisa Simmons, the associate curator of education and outreach at the museum, said they asked students to pick a photo that inspired them after discussing the photographer's ingredients to a perfect photo: patience, light and knowledge of animal behavior.

"They were translating the medium of photography, you know, lines, shapes, forms, textures, patterns into a different medium that is acrylic painting," Simmons said. "So they are sort of translating these elements of art into another medium."

Simmons said she hopes this will help students explore their creative sides.

"The response of students viewing their paintings and statements online is one of great self-pride, which makes them motivated to make more art and explore different modes of artistic expression throughout their school careers," Simmons said.