Visitors to Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden, have enjoyed one of Dan Ostermiller’s sculptures since the early 1990s, when Marjorie Powell Allen purchased “Close Quarters” as a gift to the Gardens.
Since then, this inviting work has become a popular photo stop with visitors and their children. This weekend, area residents will have the chance to meet the artist in person—and view 26 more of his sculptures as part of the Gardens Gone Wild summer exhibit, presented in cooperation with Nedra Matteucci Galleries of Santa Fe, N.M.
Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1956, Dan Ostermiller grew up surrounded by diverse and intriguing animals from around the globe. His father was a renowned taxidermist who shared his passions for hunting and taxidermy throughout Dan’s childhood. Dan’s years of working, studying and traveling throughout the West, Africa and other parts of the world contributed to his thorough knowledge of animals, which shines through his work in attention to detail and his inspired compositions.