The town of Jackson, WY (pop. 10,200) sits at almost 6,300 ft. elevation and is surrounded by the largest nearly-intact temperate ecosystem in the world. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) encompasses almost 35,000 square miles and includes the world's largest concentration of geysers and hot springs, the largest glaciated region in the contiguous United States, the largest elk herd, the largest bison herd and the largest number of grizzly bears and wolves. It is a United Nations Biosphere Preserve and a Wold Heritage Site. The list goes on and on.
Jackson, WY is also one of the epicenters of the art and photography world. Surrounded by pristine wilderness and iconic American landscapes such as Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park, along with a definitive Western identity, photographers and artists from around the world have flocked to the area. A number of well-known landscape and wildlife photographers have successfully established galleries in downtown Jackson, and in recent years the contemporary art world has taken notice. The workshop takes advantage of this flourishing art scene with visits to numerous galleries in town and a tour of the impressive National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Our home base for the first half of the workshop is a cozy cluster of cabins called the Cowboy Village Resort. This quiet and peaceful setting is conveniently located within walking distance to downtown Jackson, WY. The cabins are equipped with all the modern necessities, including showers, kitchenettes, fresh linens, telephone and free wireless internet.
The second half of the workshop is spent in the northern reaches of the GYE. After departing from Jackson, we spend three full days exploring Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding environment, including two nights in the remote mountain town of Silvergate, MT (pop. 140) just outside the northeast entrance to the park. The remainder of the workshop is spent at the historic AMK Ranch, currently a University of Wyoming Research Center. Situated on the picturesque banks of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, the AMK Ranch is a setting of unimaginable beauty.