Project: Art in the Wild Returns

Create Art in Nature with TMA and Texas Parks & Wildlife


(TYLER, TX) October 12, 2010 – “Project: Art in the Wild,” a collaboration between the Tyler Museum of Art and Texas Parks & Wildlife, returns this Saturday, October 16. Children ages seven to eleven years old are invited to discover and create art in a natural setting, with expert guidance from members of the TMA Education and the Texas Parks & Wildlife staff. “Project: Art in the Wild” will be held at the 82-acre Texas Parks & Wildlife Nature Center, which is located in Tyler on Farm-to-Market Road 848 (Bascom Road). The project will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until noon, and costs $10 per child. Parents should reserve their child’s space in advance by calling 903.595.1001. In the event of rain, the project will be held inside the Texas Parks & Wildlife Visitors’ Center.

“We are thrilled to continue this collaborative project with Texas Parks & Wildlife,” said TMA Head of Education, Ken Tomio. “Earlier this year, when we began the Project, the sessions were held on the future site of the TMA. Beginning this month, we will move our location in order to allow participants the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful and well-equipped Texas Parks & Wildlife Nature Center, which offers beautifully maintained walking trails, examples of native Texas landscapes, wetlands, prairies, and other ecological features. ‘Art in the Wild’ participants will discover information about our native East Texas flora and fauna, as well as how to transform ordinary natural objects into original art.”

“Project: Art in the Wild” participants will experience a guided walk through nature trails, during which Irene Hamel, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Wildlife Interpretive Specialist, will tell the children about the native plants, trees, and wildlife along the trails. During the hike, children will participate in TMA art activities using materials and art activity inspirations taken from nature.

Children ages five to six years old may attend the event with adult supervision. The Texas Parks & Recreation Nature Center is located at 11942 FM 848 in Tyler, near the intersection of Spur 248/Univerity Drive and FM 848/Bascom Road. Nature Center phone number is 903.566.1626. The next “Project: Art in the Wild” event will be held on Saturday, November 20 at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Nature Center.

The Tyler Museum of Art is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the TMA is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit