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Joffa Kerr was born in Nacodoches, Texas. She attended the University of Oklahoma and studied interior design and art. Joffa and her husband of 39 years, William G. Kerr, have raised four children, six dogs and numerous horses. In 1982 Joffa began a serious art career and has since studied anatomy with several artists. She has attended a series of Scottsdale Artist School courses with noted sculptors Ken Bunn, Sherry Sander, Kent Ullberg and Glenna Goodacre. The artist admits to a certain affection for bears and other animals of large mass, which turned her attention to pigs, on which she bestows funky names such as Swinelet O'Hara. Her husband teases her about the current obsession, saying, "Honey, do you want to be known as a pig sculptor?" The good-natured Kerr responds with a laugh, "I don't care just so long as I'm known." Her work is presently available in galleries in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Prior exhibits include the Albuquerque Museum, Gilcrease Museum and Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Joffa has done commissions for The Nature Conservancy, The Grand Teton Music Festival and Lori Corporation. Public and corporate collectors besides those just mentioned, include Nichols Hills Park, and The Williams Companies, Inc. In 1987 the artist and her husband donated 250 artworks to what was then called the Wildlife of the American West Art Museum in Jackson Hole, WY. Not content with the status-quo, they were instrumental in launching a $10 million fundraising effort for a museum expansion in 1993. "All of our friends were artists, and we thought more people should see their work," says Kerr. The museum, now called the National Museum of Wildlife Art, moved to its new 51,000-square-foot facility in 1994. With 12 galleries with changing exhibitions showcasing 2,200 artworks, the museum tells the story of the western frontier—the native cultures, wildlife, and landscape. "Some of our visitors have never been to a museum before, and we hope we're educating them," Kerr says. The museum's contribution to the cultural life of the Rocky Mountain region can be seen in the statistics: 2,200 members, 125,000 visitors annually, and education programs reaching 7,200 children. Source

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