Photo by Monty Sloan
Introducing Aaron Yount, Marijane Singer Artist-in-Residence
at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum
Established in 1985, the Blauvelt’s Artist-in-Residence program continues to draw some of the world’s most celebrated artists. They are selected on the basis of their artistic ability and promise and on their commitment to the museum’s mission to protect and conserve wildlife and its habitats. The Greenwich Workshop and The Blauvelt Museum proudly introduce Aaron Yount.
Yount is an artist who works in a realistic style to depict wildlife and their habitats. He is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, Illinois Art League, Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Parklands Foundation. Through his work, Aaron strives to establish an intimate connection between the viewer and his subjects.
This connection runs in the family as Aaron is related to Harry Yount, the first park ranger of Yellowstone National Park. He was appointed the park's first gamekeeper at the preserve in Lamar Valley, established to curb the loss of wildlife to hunting. As the "father of the ranger service," Harry is credited with setting the service and performance standards for today's park rangers nationwide. Each year, the Harry Yount Award is given to an employee of the National Park Service for their overall impact, record of accomplishments and excellence in traditional ranger duties. The award is considered the highest honor bestowed on a park ranger.
The Hiram Blauvelt Museum
The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum was established in 1957 by the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation, a legacy of the late Hiram Blauvelt, philanthropist, conservationist and collector. Through the contribution of his private wildlife art and big game collections, he hoped to promote the cultural value of wildlife art and the need for conservation of its subjects and their habitats.
The museum provides a furnished home for the artist, on museum property, which includes a studio, painting supplies, etc. Artists-in-Residence give lectures, lead round-table discussions, visit schools, demonstrate painting and drawing techniques ― all to promote the museum’s mission and enhance its community outreach.
In November 2010, the Artist-in-Residence program was renamed the Marijane Singer Artist-in-Residence Program, in honor of its Museum Director, Marijane Singer who was affiliated with the museum for 25 years. Our current Artist-in-Residence is Aaron Yount. Other artists include Guy Combes, son of the late artist and conservationist Simon Combes, Dwayne Harty, Geordie Millar and Terry Miller. One of only five museums in the United States to exclusively display wildlife art, the Blauvelt is recognized internationally. The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum is pleased to partner with the Artists for Conservation and its member artists, in their campaign to protect endangered species and their habitats
"Thank you to the Bellis family and the Blauvelt Art Museum for the support of my art. There are very few places in the world to see a collection of wildlife art that compares in quality to that of the Blauvelt Art Museum. It is a privilege to work in such an environment." - Aaron Yount
Born in 1974 and raised in rural Illinois, Aaron developed an appreciation for the outdoors. Using acrylics and oils, he paints wildlife of North America ranging from birds to the bison of Yellowstone. While naturalism and first-hand study of nature are visible in his work, he does not abandon the use of good design and other sound artistic principles.
- Signature Member, Society of Animal Artists
- Paint the Parks 100
- Arts for the Parks Top 100
- Arts for the Parks Mini 100
- Art and the Animal Kingdom, Bennington Center for the Arts
- Art and the Animal National Tour
- Art of the Animal Kingdom Small Works ~ Big Impressions Show
- Art Renewal Center International Salon - Honorable Mention
- Art Renewal Center International Salon - Finalist
- Timber Wolf Alliance “National Wolf Awareness Week Poster Artist
- The Artist’s Magazine’s Art Competition - Top 50 Finalist
- Illinois Art League - Best of Show
- People’s Choice Award - Illinois Art League
- First Place, Painting - Illinois Art League