JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The National Buffalo Museum will be rolling out a new art installation by Virginia-based artist Patty Swygert this weekend.

Today, Swygert’s works on are display within the museum. Curator of Collections Rachel Johnson says Swygert became interested in doing a full installation at the museum after their 2019 juried art show, “Bison In Art.”

Johnson says the National Buffalo Museum’s mission is to advocate for the restoration of the North American Bison through education and outreach. She says this will be a unique way for them to accomplish this.

Johnson says visitors will experience a large variety of different mediums used in the exhibit, even using bison bones in her art.

Asked what inspired her about this project, Swygert said, “I love stories, especially those which feature an underdog and involve numbers. The story of the bison has both of those characteristics. From the first animals which crossed into North America from Asia, bison flourished until millions roamed the continent for perhaps millions of years before being reduced to fewer than 1,000 animals in just a few decades and then brought back from the brink of extinction.”

As an added bonus, there will be a virtual opening reception and artist talk on December 4th.

The exhibit will run through September 11, 2021. The museum will be open 10am to 5pm Friday through Sunday of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

For more information, contact Rachel Johnson at 701-252-8648 or collections@buffalomuseum.com.

Listen to a full Let’s Talk About It with Rachel Johnson below: