May 26, 2018 – May 12, 2019

Experiencing fine art in a natural setting is a transformative experience for thousands of visitors throughout the year at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. The dynamic backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with the changing light, seasonal colors, moving clouds and morphing shadows create an authentic environment for Dan Ostermiller’s delightful menagerie of mammals, birds and reptiles in the Gardens Gone Wild exhibition. This display of Dan’s works is the seventh exhibition presented by the Botanical Garden on Museum Hill since opening in July 2013. Certainly the animals look at home here, and our visitors will be thrilled by the sense of discovery as they explore the Botanical Garden in search of these world-class works of art.

A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming Dan Ostermiller has been based in Loveland, Colorado for over forty years and was given his first solo exhibition in 1980. He has been a primary driver of Loveland’s active sculpture scene, where over 200 sculptors reside, and over 300 other artisans are employed. A life-changing meeting happened in 1984 when Dan crossed paths with Nedra Matteucci from Santa Fe at a Sculpture in the Park event. Enchanted by the imagination and skillful execution of Ostermiller’s bronze works, Matteucci invited him to exhibit works in her Garcia Street gallery. The two began a creative collaboration and friendship that continues to this day. Ostermiller’s works are contained within Matteucci’s private collection as well as gracing the lush, private garden at her gallery on Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

Generous by nature, committed to fostering other artists and the sculpture field as a whole, Ostermiller is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and Allied Artists of America. He is a fellow and served as First Vice-President of the National Sculpture Society. His award-winning works have been honored with many solo exhibitions around the U.S. and beyond and are held within the permanent collections of major museums.

Dan Ostermiller’s highly regarded artistic journey continues to unfold with the development of new animal sculptures and traveling exhibitions featured in botanical gardens across the country. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is honored to present Gardens Gone Wild through the generous collaboration and partnership with Dan Ostermiller and the Nedra Matteucci Galleries. A special thanks to Co-Curator, Dustin Belyeu, Gallery Director at Matteucci Galleries, for his diligent efforts and insights during the development of the exhibition. Now it is time to enjoy your adventure as you discover
Dan Ostermiller’s charismatic animal denizens within Gardens Gone Wild…and remember, don’t feed the animals!

Gardens Gone Wild, Co-Curator
Santa Fe Botanical Garden