The Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center (HRC), which houses one of the largest collections of historic and cultural artifacts in the National Park Service system, will welcome a new art exhibit this May. The collection pays homage to Hudson River School masters Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and Sandford Robinson Gifford, and will include bronze sculptures of the three artists by Greg Wyatt. The exhibition will be on display from May 17 – September 28, 2018.
Moran, Bierstadt, and Gifford are considered some of the most influential late 19th-century American landscape artists. The artistic works of Thomas Moran, in particular, were instrumental in persuading Congress to pass the Yellowstone Park Act — resulting in the creation of Yellowstone National Park. All three artists were members of the Hudson River School — America’s first true artistic fraternity. Hudson River School paintings depict peaceful American landscapes, and often illustrate common 19th-century American themes of discovery, exploration, and settlement.
Sculptor Greg Wyatt was nurtured in the artistic tradition of his native Hudson River Valley at an early age by his father, Professor William Stanley Wyatt, painter and fine arts professor at Columbia University and the City College of the City University of New York. Greg Wyatt’s style merges realistic images inspired by his readings of the Great Books content with creative masses of form, space and energy. His work appears in collections across the country and around the world, from sculpture gardens and museum collections to state and private collections.
In honor of the new exhibit, Yellowstone National Park, the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Boscobel House & Gardens, and Yellowstone Forever are hosting an opening reception at the HRC. The evening will feature the unveiling of the new art exhibition and an opportunity to interact with special guests including exhibition sponsors, artists, and Yellowstone National Park key staff. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.