Must-See Museum Shows | Sandy Scott: A Retrospective

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Through April 16

Wind River Descent, bronze, 27 x 28 x 17.

Wind River Descent, bronze, 27 x 28 x 17.

This story was featured in the January 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  January 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

Before starting a new bronze wildlife piece, Sandy Scott believes in conducting fieldwork to accurately present her subjects to the viewer. With regular trips to Alaska as well as excursions to Europe, Russia, China, and South America under her belt, it’s safe to say that Scott’s work is undeniably authentic, realistic, and driven from her lived experiences.

Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY, for a spectacular immersion in a chronological arrangement of Scott’s nearly 45 years of work. Sandy Scott: A Retrospective is a revealing and intimate exhibition of her artistry, with a range of 50 sculptures, 30 etchings, five drawings, and five miniatures on display. The show is unique in presenting a number of infrequently seen samples of Scott’s early etchings; she has created sculptures exclusively since 1983 and is most known for her large wildlife monuments. The exhibition also features some of her smaller, early bronze work, which consists mostly of birds in flight, and then it continues to trace her evolution as she began incorporating larger mammals into her oeuvre, such as foxes, bears, and bison.

Dr. Adam Harris, the museum’s Peterson curator of art and research, says the museum is fortunate to have examples from both eras—prints and sculpture—of Scott’s career. “It is important to recognize the outstanding achievement of such a talented living sculptor,” he says. “Hosting this retrospective gives our visitors the rare opportunity to see an incredible selection of work by a single artist, all in one place.” — Katie Askew

This story was featured in the January 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  January 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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