New Exhibit: Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and The Birds of America

American_FlamingoWe in Reno Tahoe are so excited this special exhibit is finally open at the Nevada Museum of Art .  The exhibition runs Nov. 7 – Feb. 13and is the ideal winter and holiday activity for families.

The Nevada Museum of Art has teamed up with the Lahontan Audubon Society to offer bird walks and a book club, housed inside of a massive tent. Tables are also set up in the gallery for use by guests of all ages and includes a great interactive birding map of Reno, as well as a field guide and activity book for children.

Prints for the John James Audubon exhibit were purchased using funds from the Dana Rose Richardson Memorial Fund that was set up by the friends and family of Dana Rose Richardson – a Reno designer and business woman – who passed away in March 2010.

So, who is John James Audubon?

He was an explorer, naturalist, writer, and one of the most important artists of the nineteenth century. From 1820 to 1838 he traversed the eastern and central United States to depict nearly five-hundred species of birds—giving special attention to the complex interrelationships between the animals and their natural habitats. In 1863, about ten years after Audubon’s death, his wife Lucy sold the family’s core collection of Audubon material to the New York Historical Society, including hundreds of Audubon’s original watercolors, many of which were the basis for his Birds of America series. This exhibition features fifty of Audubon’s most dramatic and life-sized watercolor depictions from the first-edition printing of The New York Historical Society Edition.

Major sponsorship for the exhibition provided by Goldcorp, USA and the Louise A. Tarble Foundation. This program has been funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the national Endowment for the Arts, a federal Agency. Media sponsorship generously provided by edible Reno-Tahoe magazine.

-Rachel Milon

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