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Traveling Exhibition

Greatest Photographs of the American West

About this Exhibition

While no single institution can assume credit for the diverse and complex associations that attach to the simple phrase the “American West,” throughout its almost 130-year history, National Geographic has published photographs that support and defy romantic notions of the land and its peoples. National Geographic consistently reminds people of the importance of the region to human imagination.

Wide open spaces, spectacular rock formations, and the cowboy life are examined alongside struggles for limited natural resources, Native American cultural continuity, and new energy sources. The images shown in this exhibition, a small sample from the significant holdings of the National Geographic archive, offer a broad understanding of a region that has long captivated photographers.

The Exhibition


Tour Schedule

Current Location
Provo City Library
Provo, UT, US
October 1, 2018 - December 30, 2018
Upcoming Location
The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame
Hobbs, NM, US
August 22, 2019 - November 3, 2019
Past Locations
Baker Arts Center
Liberal, KS, US
December 1, 2017 - January 19, 2018
Washakie Museum
Worland, WY, US
June 2, 2016 - September 2, 2016
Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA, US
September 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Pendleton, OR, US
August 22, 2014 - October 25, 2014
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Eugene, OR, US
September 26, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

Exhibition Types

National Geographic offers high-quality traveling exhibitions to meet the needs of institutions both small and large. Working with photographers, explorers, and other partners in the fields of exploration, technology, education, and storytelling, National Geographic creates exhibitions covering a wide range of topics to appeal to multiple audiences.

For venues located outside of the United States, National Geographic offers digitally delivered content packages. This option eliminates international shipping fees by providing partners with a secure link to download their exhibition files and production guidelines for printing and mounting the exhibition.

For partners located within the United States, a printed and crated exhibition will be shipped to your venue, ready to hang.

Booking

To book a traveling exhibition, fill out the booking request form. A member of our traveling exhibitions team will respond within one business day to discuss your venue’s interest, to outline fees and logistics including shipping, and to answer any additional questions you may have.

A traveling exhibition manager will walk you through the process of selecting the right exhibition to meet your programmatic goals and space. This includes providing you with detailed object lists with images for your review and reviewing the schedule to find out what is available during your desired time frame.

Cost and Schedule

A typical hosting period is 3-4 months. The loan fee ranges with the size and complexity of the exhibition selected. Please connect with us via the booking request form to discuss specific loan fees and timing as there may be some flexibility.  

Shipping

Shipping arrangements are made by National Geographic in consultation with the venue and may be included in the exhibition loan fee. If shipping is not included in the loan fee, the exhibitor will pay for the cost of inbound shipping. A list of crates with their sizes and contents are provided to the venue to assist in installation planning. For larger exhibitions where multiple tractor trailers are used, a detailed truck pack plan is provided to the venue in advance to assist in installation preparations and staging plans. The Traveling Exhibitions Manager will identify any manpower and special equipment needs for unloading and loading at the exhibitor’s location.

Installation Requirements

Installation requirements vary considerably depending on the size and complexity of the exhibition. For smaller photography exhibitions, installation may take only a few days with minimal staff. For larger exhibitions with exhibition furniture, audio, visual elements, and artifacts, it may take two weeks. The traveling exhibitions manager will work closely with you and your staff to develop a detailed installation and de-installation plan tailored to your needs and exhibition characteristics.

Marketing and Promotion

Once a contract is executed, National Geographic provides access to exhibition marketing assets and can provide guidance on usage and strategy. All materials produced by the host venue must be approved by National Geographic before being released for public consumption. Additionally, the credit line must be present in all marketing materials in a prominent location. The credit line shall read:

[EXHIBITION NAME] is developed and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

International Venues

National Geographic has placed exhibitions in more than 40 countries worldwide, which has been viewed by millions of visitors. Content for the exhibitions are provided via digital delivery; thereby eliminating costly customs and shipping fees. Please connect with us via the booking request form and the manager for international traveling exhibitions will be in touch with more information regarding available shows.

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