Museum Continues Progress on Capital Improvements and Sculpture Trail

National Museum of Wildlife Art construction on schedule as hard hat tours continue

Construction on the new sculpture trail continues at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – August 25, 2011 – Visitor numbers at the National Museum of Wildlife Art have been steady so far this summer, proving that a little construction won’t detour art lovers.  Work has been continuing on schedule for months on a planned capital improvements campaign that includes an upfit to exterior stone walls and a new roof for the structure.  In addition, construction has been underway on the museum’s new major outdoor art venue, a Walter Hood-designed sculpture trail, slated for September 2012 completion.

“Luckily our visitors haven’t minded the work going on outside the building; they are much more interested in the exhibitions – including the chance to take a hard hat tour of our new sculpture trail for a behind-the-scenes peek while it’s under construction,” says Ponteir Sackrey, Barnes Family Director of Development & Marketing for the museum.

Recent construction developments at the National Museum of Wildlife Art sculpture trail include excavations and pouring of concrete at the entrance and along the north trail.  In addition, demolition and preparation for widening the road has been taking place along the east entry driveway and west driveway.  Curb and gutter work continues along with the installation of stone seating for the new outdoor amphitheater.

The museum will continue to offer its hard hat tours of the construction goings-on to the public twice daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through September.

A new underpass is nearing completion that  connects the museum and new sculpture trail to the North 89 Pathway for hikers and bicyclists.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of museum exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org.

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