Art in Jackson Hole
settlers, fur trappers, cowboys, ranchers, mountain
men, poachers and surveyors came to the
Rocky Mountains, Native American
tribes made an
annual migration through the surrounding mountains
to hunt the wildlife-rich area.
The story of Jackson Hole has
always been told through the oldest art form of
John Colter split off from the
Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1807 and traveled
West now known as
first reports of the natural wonders,
geysers, waterfalls and boiling
fountains were initially considered as fantasies.
During 1871, the famous Hayden Expedition explored
the Northwest of
Wyoming. The team included the
renowned photographer William Henry Jackson and
painter Thomas Moran, who brought the majestic beauty
of the Tetons to the attention
of the world. The splendor reflected in the
photographs and paintings helped to create the
world's first National Park, called Yellowstone.
Over the last decades,
Jackson Hole has become a mecca of art with a vibrant art
community. Many of the nation's most respected
artists, John Clymer, Conrad Schwiering, Archie Teater,
Leland Curtis, Olaus Murie, Roy Kerswill, Greg McHuron,
Jim Wilcox, Carl Roters and Joanne Hennes made
their home in the valley. Art is everywhere in Jackson.
Next to museums and galleries, many lodges, hotels
and restaurants are repositories of fine art.
Opening of Buffalo Bill Historical Center - Participating Artists
May 31. 1969
L. to R.: W.R. Plangg, Joanne Hennes,
John Clymer, Bob Scriver, Charlie Dye,
Olaf Wieghorst, Gerri Wood, Nick Eggenhofer, Bob
Joe Back and Connie Schwiering.