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Juried bison art exhibit opening at Buffalo Museum

Art from 32 artists is on display in a juried bison art exhibit from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun

The National Buffalo Museum is hosting a juried art exhibit on bison though the summer that will double as a fundraiser for future exhibits and programs.

The exhibit features 42 pieces of art that will be on display from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, said Danielle Stuckle, outreach coordinator for the State Historical Society of North Dakota in Bismarck.

Stuckle organized the exhibit on behalf of the National Buffalo Museum. The two-dimensional artwork is mostly photographs and paintings from 32 artists from around the country, but primarily from North Dakota, she said.

"This is a really exciting opportunity for the National Buffalo Museum to develop an interesting new exhibit that features a variety of artists, many of them from North Dakota," Stuckle said.

The exhibit serves as an example of how the museum is working to leverage partnerships and bring interesting new content to the Jamestown region for both the local community to experience and to attract visitors to experience more of what Jamestown has to offer, Stuckle said.

Bison are popular with many artists as an iconic subject matter, she said, adding that bison art also resonates with most audiences.

Stuckle initiated the project by sending out requests for submissions, and the response was tremendous, said Ilana Xinos, executive director of the National Buffalo Museum. The initial response of 79 artists and 147 pieces exceeded the available exhibit space, so the committee excluded most sculptures and other three-dimensional art from this exhibit, she said.

"We're thrilled to have submissions from such high caliber artists all over the country," Xinos said. "We just didn't expect such a large volume of submissions and we had to make some really tough decisions about what we could show based on what we had room for."

A panel of three artists will select three top pieces for monetary prizes, she said. Most of the art is for sale by the artists and a percentage of sales will go to support future exhibits and programs at the museum.

There will be a museum members reception with the artists from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. This is a perk for museum members and it's a good time for non-members to consider joining, Xinos said.

The public can view the artwork from now throughout the summer, she said. The museum admission fee of $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and active military is all that is required to see the exhibit, she said.

The National Buffalo Museum is located at 500 17th St. SE in Jamestown. For more information, call 252-8648 or visit buffalomuseum.com.

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