The National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA) has announced the addition of a major oil painting by Thomas Moran to the museum’s permanent collection. While NMWA has exhibited pieces by Moran in the past, these pieces were all on loan. Generously donated by Trustee Emeritus Lynn Friess, the Eternal snows of Mount Moran is the first Moran to be added to the Museum’s permanent collection, and an important work in its own right. Moved by her long history with the Museum and her desire to give back to the community, Friess believes this is the right room in the right place. “Lynn and Foster have provided significant support to the Museum almost since its founding in 1987. Lynn has contributed her time and talents for several years as a trustee and chair of the board. We are grateful to Lynn and Foster for their continued support of the Museum, ”said Museum Director Steve Seamons.
NMWA’s mission is to impart knowledge and inspire appreciation of humanity’s relationship with wildlife and nature through art and education. Moran’s work was instrumental in the creation of America’s first national park and indelibly aligns with the museum’s mission. As the museum celebrates wildlife and nature from around the world, collecting pieces of regional significance is always a priority. Moran’s depictions of the Tetons are rare, one of the most notable resides in the White House and another in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Asked about the significance of this donation, Marketing Director Madison Webb said, “For the first time, visitors will be able to see Moran’s depiction of his namesake peak just a short drive from the mountain itself. It is an honor for the Museum to bring this piece home and share it with the public.
Yellowstone National Park will be celebrating its 150th anniversary this summer, thanks in large part to the work of Thomas Moran and others on the 1871 Hayden Expedition. The museum plans to exhibit 20 of Moran’s field sketches this summer, alongside to this important new acquisition. Eternal snows of Mount Moran is now on view and museum visitors are encouraged to experience this piece in person!