A bronze sculpture of a bull bison by George Bumann (’02 M.S. wildlife science) served as the physical manifestation of the first Ken Burns American Heritage Prize given by the American Prairie Reserve. Renowned author and historian David McCullough, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, received this inaugural honor.

Bumann has worked as a professional sculptor since earning his degree, working out of his studio in Gardiner, Montana, at the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. In addition to creating stunning wildlife artwork, Bumann teaches art and natural history programs and guides outdoor education programs in and around Yellowstone. His works are on display across the U.S. and Europe, including permanent collections at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Wyoming and the C.M. Russell Museum in Montana.

Bumann and his young son, George, traveled to New York City for the awards event at the American Museum of Natural History in May. Both McCullough, the award recipient, and Burns, the prize’s namesake, received a casting of Bumann’s exquisite sculpture.

Read more about George Bumann in this Alumni Profile.