Yellowstone at 150
Commemorating 150 years of Yellowstone National Park.
Inspired by Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park has been inspiring creators with its incredible landscapes long before the park’s establishment in 1872. To honor this history of inspiration and creation, artists commemorated Yellowstone’s 150th anniversary by creating works in their own mediums depicting the park. Two Wyoming artists – Robert Martinez and Ben Roth – drew inspiration from Yellowstone’s Native American heritage, abundant wildlife and the vibrant Grand Prismatic Spring.
You can find these free commemorative pieces along with work from four other artists at select welcome centers throughout Wyoming. Click on a poster image below to learn where in Wyoming you can find that artwork.
Meet the Wyoming Artists
This Northern Arapaho artist uses the ledger art tradition, a form of art in which the artist uses specific pieces of paper, like old ledgers, as a canvas, in most of his pieces. This style came out of indigenous tribes being pushed onto reservations and not having access to hides that were traditionally used. For his Yellowstone 150 piece, Martinez used a map of Yellowstone to create an image of Northern Arapaho leader, Yellow Calf.
This Jackson artist used a woodblock print medium to create his Yellowstone 150 piece. After carving his design into wood, Roth added color to essentially stamp the artwork onto his canvas. He chose to portray the Grand Prismatic Spring for its vibrant colors and its depiction of time in the park. The pool’s old flows, mineral deposits, surrounding wildlife along with the human-made pathways around this popular feature served as inspiration.
Exploring Yellowstone Today
Yellowstone’s otherworldly geothermal features, sprawling valleys, sparkling lakes and abundant wildlife inspire millions of visitors each year. The oldest national park should be first on your list to visit, with 2.2 million acres of natural splendor to behold. Learn more about Yellowstone and start planning your trip today.