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Chris Peterson

Co Founder, Utah Wildlife Walls

Principal, Chris Peterson Studio LLC

Chris Peterson grew up in the foothills of Timpanogos along Utah’s Wasatch Front. He studied painting at BYU and Kansas City Art Institute and​ graduate studies at the University of Utah earned Chris an M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management & Environmental Policy and an M.S. in Environmental Humanities focusing on conflict resolution and leadership development. His organizational career included Colorado River restoration, tribal coalition-building, charter school co-founding, leadership development, teaching K-6 art, rural development humanitarian work in Africa and Asia and directing the westside Sorenson Unity Center for Salt Lake City Corp.

​Since 2009, Chris has been designing and facilitating community arts and youth-centered park visioning projects. In 2017, he was commissioned to install a 45 foot jaguar mural, inspiring him to restart his studio practice to refine his painting and design processes around wildlife concepts. Chris is the principal of Chris Peterson Studio LLC, based in Holladay, Utah


Brett Prettyman

Co-Founder, Utah Wildlife Walls

Board Chair, Utah Wildlife Federation

A Utah native, Brett has spent his life enjoying the amazing landscapes and ample wildlife of the state. He has spent his career working to educate the public about wildlife issues, spending 25 years as the outdoors/environment editor at the Salt Lake Tribune, and now as a communications director for Trout Unlimited. Brett is the author of Fishing Utah, among other titles, and collected two Emmy Awards for his work with the Utah Bucket List television program. He has been a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America since 1992 and is a past president of the organization. Brett currently serves as chair of the executive board for Reel Recovery, a national nonprofit providing free fly-fishing retreats for men with cancer. He also serves on the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation advisory committee. Brett lives in Salt Lake with his wife and three children.

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Photo courtesy of Chris Peterson

Partners & Sponsors

Utah Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Utah State Parks*

Utah Department of Community & Cultural Engagement

Utah Division of Arts and Museums

Utah Stem Action Center

Natural History Museum of Utah

The Nature Conservancy

Utah Nature Conservancy

Utah Office of Tourism

Utah Outdoor Association

Hawkwatch International

Fish for Garbage

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Utah Cutthroat Slam

Chris Peterson Studio



Spinner Fall  Guides

Fishheads Fly Shop

Hansen Sisters Foundation

Hatch Academy

The Neighborhood Hive

Western Rivers

The Gem Theater in Panguitch

Sageland Collaborative

Sugarhouse Community Council

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