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George Bumann: Animals, Art, and Meaning

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George Bumann, a professional sculptor living with his wife, young son and two black Labradors at Yellowstone Park’s northern entrance in Gardiner, Montana, will be the Third Friday speaker on Friday, April 20 from 6 – 8 PM at the Reboli Center for Art and History in Stony Brook. Mr. Bumann (rhymes with “human”) will tell the story of one of Yellowstone’s most famous alpha wolves through a live sculpture demonstration. This participatory program will provide insight into an artist’s process, explore the ways in which humans find meaning in natural experiences, and inspire the audience to find ways to tell their own stories about encounters in the wild.

George Bumann has been a life-long observer of nature and was raised in his mother’s New York sculpture studio. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in wildlife ecology and has worked in the fields of wildlife research, taxidermy, back-country guiding, environmental consulting and has taught art and natural history programs for youth, adult, and university audiences since 1990.

George’s sculpture can be found in collections throughout the United States and around the globe. His works reside in the permanent collections of the National Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming and the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana and was featured in the book, “Sculpture of the Rockies,” by the editors of Southwest Art Magazine. As an elected member of the National Sculpture Society and the Society of Animal Artists, his works have been shown at the Society’s annual exhibitions as well as the Coors Art Exhibit & Sale, Bennington Center for the Arts’ – “Art of the Animal Kingdom,” the “Birds in Art Exhibition” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the C.M Russell Auction, and Loveland’s Sculpture in the Park, among others. George’s art and educational outreach have been featured in publications such as the Salt Lake City Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Sacramento Bee, and on television, radio, and online through the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, and Tedx Bozeman.

Funding for this Third Friday program has been generously provided by Avalon Park and Preserve.

The Reboli Center anticipates that the audience for this Third Friday program may exceed the seating capacity of the Center. For this program, interested community members may call the Center at 631-751-7707 or stop by the Center to reserve a seat or seats. The program is still free to the public, and a seat reservation is not required but there may not be any seating available without a reservation.  Reservations for the program will be taken up to Friday, April 20 at noon or when capacity is reached.

For more information about the event, go to or call the Reboli Center at 631-751-7707.

Reboli Center hours are: Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 5;  Sunday 1 – 5.