"The Art of the Hunt" recently opened on the second floor of the museum. It was put together after five years of research in a joint effort by the
The display includes 70 handcrafted objects like bows, knives, saddles and fishing gear and explores the culture that created them.
Specific interest is paid to the artisans that make these objects and then use them in the field.
"Hunting is such a rich area for exploration in terms of folk art because it is truly taught through experience and through the objects created and passed down," she said. "That is not something you can get from manufactured items."
Hatch said the exhibit really tried to focus on the artisans who create these tools then pass them down from generation to generation. Special attention was given to portraits of them making these works. There is also a section set up around a campfire-like area where visitors can listen to these craftsmen talk about their first experiences with hunting and making these tools.
Another section of the exhibit explores how outdoorsmen give back to the areas they use through fundraising activities like one-shot hunts. It also looks at the natural materials, often found locally, that are used to create these items.
In addition to fieldwork done for the project, UW students helped plan the exhibition and took photographs that are on display in it.
The exhibit will continue through the year, and Hatch said special events will also be set up around it. The first is an artist reception on
Hatch said she hoped hunters would take the time to come in and explore the exhibit, but she said even non-hunters could get something out of it. "Those of us that don't hunt can come and enjoy the artistic aspects of the gear and really understand how valuable this tradition is to our culture," she said.
If you go
What: "The Art of the Hunt" is a new exhibit looking at Wyoming's outdoor heritage and the objects it has created in the name of utility.
When: Open now through June, 30, 2015. Museum hours are Monday-Saturday,
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