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The Beacon


The Beacon is located in the Teton Village Commons in front of the Osteria restaurant.

The Beacon is sponsored by the Teton Village Association and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Bland Hoke designed the installation using ice luminaries and LED Lights.

Project administration was provided by Jackson Hole Public Art.




Happiness Index Project

Click here to see all the installations to date.

Contact Cal Brackin if you would like to volunteer, 307-413-1726, cal@jhpublicart.org.

How should Teton County measure its overall community health and happiness? Is there an index or a metric that makes tangible what we feel subconsciously and collectively? Starting today, Jackson Hole Public Art aims to bring some creative KPIs to Teton County’s balance sheet with the Happiness Index Project (HIP), a rotating installation of billboard style factoids displayed on the Wonder Spot on East Broadway.

Funded by a grant from 1% for the Tetons and supported by Center of Wonder, HIP will feature more than 25 facts and figures generated by the work of Teton County’s nonprofit and government sectors. From 1,572, seniors served to 96.6% voter turnout and 34,000,000 pounds of material recycled, each environmental health indicator will be hand drawn on a billboard style canvas and hung on the WonderSpot on East Broadway.

The program begins on Wednesday, September 13th and will continue for approximately one month.

“The goal of the program is to raise awareness among residents and visitors of all the positive and visionary work that is taking place in Teton County,”  said Carrie Geraci, executive director of Jackson Hole Public Art. “There’s a lot going on and trying to keep track of it all feels overwhelming. Yet, creativity and art have a powerful way of connecting cold, hard facts to powerful emotions in a manner that makes the giant scope of programs more accessible to the people who don’t live and breathe this work every day. Well, we do, we just don’t realize it and that’s what this program is about.”

These tangible statistics can serve as a baseline to measure future progress in the sectors of our community that make up the foundation of Teton County’s health and happiness.

Participating Organizations: Community Counseling Center, Jackson Town Council, JH Conservation Alliance, Nat’ Museum of Wildlife Art, Shift JH, Teton County Integrated Waste and Recycling, 1% for the Tetons, Center for the Arts, Community Entry Services, Curran Seeley, Friends of Pathways, Girls Actively Participating, Good Samaritan Mission, Hole Food Rescue, Jackson Hole Writers, Jackson PFLAG, Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter, KHOL, One22, People Spread Love, Senior Center of JH, Teton Art Lab, Teton County Library, Teton County Search and Rescue, Teton Literacy Center, Teton Raptor Center, Vertical Harvest, and Wyoming Stargazing.
HIP facts were written by Cassandra Lee and hand-painted signs by our project manager (and amazing illustrator) Cal Brackin.
The Happiness Index Project is funded with a People’s Choice Award grant from 1% for the Tetons.






 2018 Pavilion Concept Announced

Jackson Hole Public Art and Center for the Arts announced today that Carney Logan Burke Architects has been selected to construct the 2018 Pavilion in The Center Park as part of The Center’s Creative in Residence program. Their concept titled, Town Enclosure, was selected from a pool of 10 submissions that included local architects, landscape architects, builders, and artists.

To identify the finalist, Jackson Hole Public Art conducted a blind submittal process. The identity of the artists was concealed from the selection panel until after the finalist had been identified. Only then were the applicants’ qualification packages revealed in order to ensure the team had the professional experience to carry out the project. The blind submittal process was used to ensure the concept was selected based purely on the merits of its design, verses panelists gravitating toward a known entity. The selection panel identified Town Enclosure as the concept that most clearly served the dual goals of being a sculpture and a gathering space.

“Town Enclosure will exist as a sculptural object on The Center Park lawn and a backdrop for the various activities this community park supports but it is much more than a sculpture… Created from a circular composition of timber panels, The Pavilion and the space it creates are both transparent and opaque according to one’s position and perspective. The enclosure is only fully experienced via movement around and within the object,” stated Carney Logan Burke.

Cities and towns across the country embrace informal gathering and performance areas that welcome creative community. From outdoor theaters, to bandstands and band shells, amphitheaters and stages, these spaces are free and open to the public − inviting serendipity and providing a platform for expression. The 2018 Pavilion will offer Center Residents, non-profits, and community groups an inspiring place to test free, accessible, gateway arts experiences with the public. A space that supports informal programming will help build future arts audiences and raise the visibility of the vibrant art making that takes place within The Center, benefitting The Center and its Residents.

“This privately funded opportunity was only open to local artists and architects in order to highlight the incredibly talented pool of creative professionals working in Jackson,” said Carrie Geraci, Jackson Hole Public Art Director. “I wish we could fund all of the concepts. Each would be a wonderful addition to public spaces throughout the valley.”

The Pavilion Project will serve as the 2018 Creative In Residence program, a new program through The Center Creative Initiatives program. Jackson Hole Public Art proposed a local design competition to erect a Pavilion for the summer of 2018 that will be both a sculpture and an accessible space where community artists and groups can practice, perform, and offer free and informal arts programs and experiences.

The project’s partners are completing a private fundraising campaign to support the 2018 Pavilion budget. Next steps include the development of construction drawings, engineering review, obtaining any required approvals, followed by fabrication, with installation completed by June 1, 2018.

A huge thank you to all the talented teams who took the time to prepare and submit concepts.

See their submissions below.

Top: Equality Pavilion by Hershberger Design, Moraine Pavilion by Gyde Architects, kitPLAY by KJ Morris & Bronwyn Minton
Middle: Wildfire Pavilion by Adam Connor and Neal Zaren, Cloud Control by Dynia Architects, The Electric Slide by Paul Dunker & Adam Riley
Bottom: Plume Pavilion by Natalie Clark & Jakub Galczynski, Phoenix Pavilion by Farmer Payne Architects, The Woodshed by Leo Naegele & Bret Sikora








Student designers are helping to inspire recycling in Grand Teton National Park thanks to a visionary program titled, Building STEAM. This program is led by Jackson Hole Public Art in partnership with Grand Teton National Park and Teton County School District, and funded by Subaru of America, Inc. as part of its Zero Landfill Initiative. Through this initiative, Subaru shares its knowledge of zero landfill practices with the national parks and works towards a goal of significantly reducing the waste that is going into landfills.

Led by Jackson Hole Public Art’s professional artist-on-staff, Bland Hoke, students in Jackson Hole High School’s Fabrication Lab have installed two public art projects at the Craig Thomas Discovery Center in Grand Teton National Park. The overarching goal of their installations is to improve the park’s waste diversion rate and facilitate easier collection, while communicating to a diverse audience that recycling can be fun. Over 100,000 visitors will see the temporary artworks titled “STREAM” and “Mountain Recycling Bin” on display through July.

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Jackson Hole Public Art, in partnership with pARTners and with support from Jackson Community Pathways and the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole, worked with local Hole High Schools to create two new murals for the Town underpasses. The art students created works in collaboration with guest artists inspired by themes that were presented by the young Rotarians in the Interact club.

Shannon Borrego’s AP Art class worked with guest Artist Claudia Bueno to design a mural titled,  “Lifelong Learning”  inspired by the theme of Education and Literacy.

“Curiosity is represented by the young woman with the magnifying glass, resiliency by the changing weather and seasons, exploration by the planets and play by the various active figures.  We believe that education is central to a healthy, balanced and fulfilled community.  The bridges and structures throughout represent the various elements that come together to provide us with our education.” JHHS students

Hillary Lavino’s Summit High School students worked with guest Artist Nicole Gaitan, inspired by the theme of Peace and Conflict Resolution, to design a mural titled, “The Only Thing Worth Fighting for is Peace.”

“Through the use of imagery, color, and design we sought for our mural to symbolize peace and conflict resolution, while still tying in imagery representative of our community.” Summit students

“Updating the murals with new artwork both empowers teens to become ambassadors of art in the underpasses and reduces incidents of tagging creating a powerful community service project that positions teens to create  inspiring art to counter vandalism.” – Carrie Geraci, Director, JHPA
Summit High School students: Eddie Aranda-Castillo, Tamaria Attakai, Earl Deshner, Karlie Greenwood, Daniela Morales-Ramos, Christian Perez-Cano, Alek Phifer, Sebastian Rodriguez-Salas, Elizabeth Sanchez-Garcia, Amber Talbot, Bryce Volgamore, Jenny Abarca, Roy Barnard, Abby Boswell, Cody Boyce,Tyson Bromenschenkel, Carolena Couey, Kennah Crawford, Daniel Guevara Contreras, Juan Loaeza, Angie Nava-Castillo.

JHHS Students: Emma Caulkins, Elizabeth Chambers, Jessie Garcia, Freedom Lennon, Anika Toland, Ainsley Pratt, Annaliese Mayor, Riley Liljestrom, Quinn Liljestrom, Ian Lewis, Ian Robinson, Sheali Funk, Megan McCreedy.

Funding: The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole Community Pathways, and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.

In-kind support was generously contributed by: Teton County Parks & Recreation (installation), Ace Hardware and Sherwin Williams provided supplies, and Kilmain painting primed all the of the panels.




FoundSpace is at the crossroads of art and conservation. It is a project that links local artists, temporary installations, community artmaking, found objects, and conserved public land. FoundSpace brings community awareness to unique Land Trust properties and through the artworks helps people connect with the land. This third year of FoundSpace celebrates the Hardeman North property with installations along the Stilson bike path there for your enjoyment through mid August. FoundSpace is a project by the Jackson Hole Land Trust with facilitation provided by Jackson Hole Public Art.

Bland Hoke, Willow Wheel

Bronwyn Minton, Get Togethers

Ben Roth, Silent Fallen Tree

Matt Daly and Jenny Dowd, What I have Lost

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Nature Viewing Platform Concept Update













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  • The installation will be ADA accessible.
  • It will create a platform for environmental education, wildlife viewing, birding, photography, and for discovering nature for local children and families, and importantly, people with disabilities.
  • The nature viewing platform project is a collaboration between the National Elk Refuge and the Town of Jackson that is being facilitated by Jackson Hole Public Art.
  • The Nature Viewing Platform will be sited in the Murie Family Park, land owned by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • The National Elk Refuge supports the project.
  • A viewing platform is an approved use under the National Elk Refuge’s approved Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP).
  • The platform will be owned and maintained by the Town of Jackson (ToJ).
  • It is 10’ high at the east end, and approximately 250’ long. It is not higher than the existing willows and does not block major vistas.
  • The installation is made of wood and has a light footprint on the land (the handrail and interior screen will be metal).
  • The exterior of the installation will be wrapped in natural materials, likely willows, to integrate it into the site.
  • Jackson Hole Public Art hosted 5 opportunities for the public to comment on the project.
  • The artist has made changes to the design to increase wildlife permeability and enhance viewing opportunities.
  • Over 300 people attended a POP event on site and asked for this type of public art!


The Public Art Task Force (PAT) is appointed by the Mayor and Town Council to review the project for design considerations, safety, and community values. The Task Force members are local professionals identified for their relevant professional backgrounds. Jackson Hole Public Art follows nationally recognized accepted practices and the Town of Jackson Public Art Guidelines in commissioning public art. The National Elk Refuge staff and regional engineers will also review the project as it evolves from concept into construction drawings. The Public Art Task Force has erviewed the project and will be sending it to the Mayor and Town Council for review on Monday, December 19th.
Contact Carrie Geraci at: 307-734-9026 or carrie@jhpublicart.org


About the Artist

After completing a short-term residency in June, artist Buster Simpson presented sketch concepts to the National Elk Refuge, Public Art Task Force, and at an open house in late August. He has updated his concept four times since then to reflect feedback from the National Elk Refuge, local scientists, the Public Art Task Force, and the public.

Over the course of his trailblazing creative career, Buster has completed numerous public commissions throughout North America and exhibited his work in many museums including The New Museum, MoMA PS1, Seattle Art Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum, Capp Street Project, International Glass Museum, and most recently, at the Frye Art Museum. In addition to our community project, he is working on the Seattle Seawall, a large landfill in San Antonio, Texas, and the Willamette River Greenway in Portland, Oregon, and he recently participated in a five-week climate change confab at the Rauschenberg Foundation on Captiva Island, Florida.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. Additional support provided by the Town of Jackson (5th Cent Funds), Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Center of Wonder, and our generous supporters.