Visitors have an unprecedented opportunity to see The Wildlife Experience art collection in its entirety. Search for Essence includes more than 100 wildlife paintings and sculptures by internationally acclaimed nature artists, such as Robert Bateman, John Banovich, John Seerey-Lester, Morten Solberg, Kent Ullberg and Bart Walter, as well as renowned artists from our region, including Gerald Balciar, Kenneth Bunn and Veryl Goodnight, are shown together in the elegant 7,000 sq ft gallery. The contemplative environment hosts reading and rest areas to ponder quotations by the artists that inspire concern and appreciation for the natural world, or provide insights to the artists’ philosophies and motivations.
Dave and Gail Liniger established this notable collection over a period of several decades by collecting works by artists they knew and admired. When they founded The Wildlife Experience, their gift of a large number of important wildlife art pieces provided the basis of the collection which continued to expand with gifts from the Linigers and other generous donors over the past 14 years. In addition to the exhibition Search for Essence, the museum art collection extends to additional sculptures on display in the building, its courtyard and along the nature trail surrounding the facility.