GRAND RAPIDS — A Belding High School graduate is part of a taxidermy team whose work is among the top 25 entries at this year’s ArtPrize.
Jamie Outman of Marlette is part of a team of talented taxidermists at Artistry of Wildlife in Sandusky. The team won a world competition in St. Louis, Mo., four years ago. They entered “The Chase” after a great deal of persuasion from his parents, Richard and Joyce Outman of Belding.
“The Chase” was an entry at this year’s world competition and garnered second prize, but it was apparent to Outman and the others with Artistry of Wildlife that their previous entry raised the bar for other taxidermists. Now that “The Chase” is on display at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, it is receiving a great response and Outman’s phone has been buzzing non-stop with all the text messages in support of his work.
“My dad kept telling me about this Art Prize that he was going to every year and how big it was and then out of the blue my mom called me and said it would be really neat to have one of my pieces in Art Prize,” Outman remarked.
It was after the conversations with his parents that Outman decided to approach his boss, Dennis Harris about entering “The Chase” into the competition. The piece, which consists of a pack of wolves downing a moose, was specifically designed for the world competition and took approximately a month for completion. The process included the planning stages and design and then took two weeks to actually construct.
Outman is thrilled with the reaction the piece is receiving and was pleased with the actual placement within the Ford museum. “The Chase” is in front of the presidential seal and it resembles a full moon in the background, further enhancing the display. It is also near one of the voter registration locations. Round 1 voting continues through midnight on Saturday.
Along with Outman and Harris, Artistry of Wildlife includes Joeph Miles, Andrew Harris and Paul Thompson. Other pieces the Artistry of Wildlife team has created can be viewed on their website www.artistryofwildlife.com.