Asher Jay, Art Activist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, to Present at SHIFT

asherjay-artist Q: What do the illegal ivory trade in Africa and art in Wyoming have in common?

A: Asher Jay.

On October 9, during the 2014 SHIFT Festival, a convergence will occur at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in the person of Jay, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

Asher Jay is a young, dynamic artist and graphic designer whose awareness-raising designs have been distributed internationally. Her most recent focus has been to educate audiences about the illegal ivory trade and its damaging effects on the world’s dwindling populations of African rhinos and elephants through her art.

At 10:00 a.m. on October 9, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, “Meet the Artist” will allow participants to meet and talk to Jay as she presents her exhibit “Tusk, Horn, Flesh & Bone: Graphic Design by Asher Jay.” The exhibit, which features her striking designs, are part of her show, which will be hanging at the Museum Sept. 20 through Jan. 18, 2015.

The real fun for SHIFT participants, though, will begin later that evening.

From 6-9 p.m., “Mix’d Media,” the museum’s monthly arts party, will take as its theme Jay’s graphic arts, add a dash of DJ, and shake it up into an animal masquerade ball.

All Mix’d Media parties are interpretive support for the exhibits that they celebrate, explains Amy Goicoechea, Associate Director of Program & Events. “I design them as interactive cocktail parties for adults.”

The Mix’d Media with Asher Jay evening will be co-produced with a DJ from Nomadic Events.

“We are planning an elegant evening in a jungle-like ‘habitat’ with mask-making stations scattered throughout Johnston Hall at which guests can create and design masks,” says Goicoechea.  “Guests are invited to come to the party with a mask of their own, or make one at the party.”

Jay will project images onto the south wall during the evening, and will give a short presentation at approximately 7:45 in the lobby.

“Asher has been really excited to plan this event,” says Goicoechea. “She’s been wanting to create an Endangered Species Masquerade Ball for a while.”

Goicoechea has more surprises in store for later in the evening. Though she’s reticent about the details, she did reveal that it involved a collaboration with Contemporary Dance Wyoming.

Jay’s immediately striking designs convey a strong message about the destructive nature of the illegal ivory. As wildlife art, they have been compared to Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species portfolio, which presents a clear social message in a visually arresting manner.

From her beginnings in the fashion industry, Jay has evolved into a staunch supporter of wildlife preservation, animal rights and sustainable development. She uses her art to raise awareness on these issues.

The Meet the Artist event is free. Mix’d Media with Asher Jay is free to Museum members and holders of the SHIFT All-Festival Pass, and $5 to non-members.

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