American 20th-21st Century Wildlife Art


American Domestic Amimal Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American 20th-21st Century Wildlife Art and American Domestic Amimal Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Birds & Beyond: The Prints of Maurice R. Bebb; essay by Cori Sherman North (9/21/16)

The Art of Robert Bateman (3/17/16)

Karen Bondarchuk: Woodson Art Museum 2016 Master Artist (2/19/16)

Birds in Art - 40th Annual Exhibition (1016/15)

The Uncommon Eye - Impressions of a Montana Outdoorsman (11/7/13)

Wild at Heart: Selections from the National Museum of Wildlife Art Travels to the Booth Western Art Museum This Spring; artcle by Adam Duncan Harris (5/4/09)

Art, Nature, and Philosophy: the Aesthetic, Ethic, and Legacy of Kent Ullberg, essay by David J. Wagner (4/24/09)

Excerpted from Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding: "Affecting Nature", essay by Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen and "Introduction", essay by David J. Wagner (4//20/09)

Paws and Reflect: Art of Canines (8/20/08)

Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969): A Retrospective, article by Elizabeth Ives Hunter (7/30/08)

Ellen Lanyon: A Wonder Production (6/27/08)

Olive Vandruff: 100 at 100 (4/30/08)

Image & Text - Brian D. Cohen (6/23/07)

Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford (5/25/07)

The Wyeths: An Artistic Trilogy (9/29/06)

Flora, Fauna, and Fantasy: The Art of Dorothy Lathrop (2/3/06)

Goodwin's Life: An Illustrated Adventure; essay by Erin Anderson (1/12/06)

Insects Illuminated: Photographs, Prints and Drawings by Evan Summer (9/26/05)

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's 30th Annual Birds in Art Exhibition (8/16/05)

Deborah Butterfield: Horses (6/23/05)

Animals in the Gallery, with article by Virginia O'Hara (3/23/05)

Visual Harmony: Melody, Words and Birds of Walter Anderson (7/28/04)

Animalia: Small Paintings and Drawings by Patricia Traub (7/23/04)

Birdspace: A Post-Audubon Artists' Aviary (4/30/04)

Animals in Bronze: The Michael and Mary Erlanger Collection of Animalier Bronzes from the Georgia Museum of Art and Audubon's Animals: Works from the John James Audubon Museum (4/30/04)

Birds & Blossoms (1/30/04)

Wildling Art Museum: Building A Collection (12/20/03)

The Hole Range: Wildlife and Landscape of the Tetons and Wind Rivers (7/16/03)

Unbridled Beauty: Images of the Horse in American Art (6/4/03)

Carl Rungius: Artist, Sportsman (5/31/03)

Francis Lee Jaques: Master Artist of the Wild (2/4/03)

Wild Wings: The Waterfowl Art of Harry Curieux Adamson (11/4/02)

Visions of Nature: The World of Walter Anderson (1/23/02)

Horse Tales: American Images and Icons 1800--2000 (11/15/01)

Living on the Wind: The Bird Paintings of Athos Menaboni (3/28/01)

William Morris: Myth, Object, and the Animal (2/8/01)

Ah-Louisiana, The Land of the Acadians: Wildfowl Carvers (2/23/99)

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TFAO references:

A 11/29/13 search within TFAO's digital library retrieved 320 pages referencing "Wildlife"


From other websites:

Bear, Tim Hawkinson's site-specific outdoor installation at the Stuart Collection. Includes videos about the installation. Accessed December, 2015.

A Contemporary Bestiary, an exhibit held September 13 - December 21, 2014 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. Includes press release and teachers guide. Accessed January, 2015.

Feathered Friends: Six Decades of Watercolor Painting of Birds by David Plank, an exhibit held at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. Accessed April, 2015.

Full Circle: Dahlov Ipcar's Circle Paintings, with a Round of Marguerite and William Zorach, an exhibit held September 10 - October 19, 2011 at the University of New Hampshire Art Gallery. Accessed May, 2015.

George LaVanish: Wild Art, an exhibit held June 8, 2010 - January 22, 2011 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Includes exbibit catalog. Accessed April, 2015.

Insects Illuminated: Photographs, Prints, and Drawings by Evan Summer, an exhibit held 9/17/2005 - 1/8/06 at the Reading Public Museum. Accessed April, 2015.

James Prosek: Life & Death - A Visual Taxonomy, an exhibit held September 16, 2007­June 8, 2008 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Accessed August, 2015.

Of Whales in Paint - Rockwell Kent's Moby-Dick is a 2016 exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art, which says: "Beginning with Rockwell Kent's iconic black-and-white illustrations for the 1930 publication of Moby-Dick, the exhibition considers how makers in the 20th and 21st centuries have responded to Melville's text and used it to explore the most pressing artistic and social questions of their times." Accessed 11/16

One must know the animals, an exhibit held June 2, 2012 to August 19, 2012 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum's website says: "One must know the animals examines how modern and contemporary artists, in a reflection of personal and social values, have used the animal form" Accessed February, 2015

Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford, an exhibit held November 3, 2006 - January 28, 2007 at the Brooklyn Museum. From the Brooklyn Museum website. Information includes a podcast and teacher packet. Accessed August, 2015.

Walton Ford's Novaya Zemlya, an exhibit held June 14 - December 14, 2014 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Includes video. Accessed May, 2015

Wildlife Art Magazine provides online "information about art and artists depicting the natural world, including wildlife, Western, Southwestern, Indian, landscapes and more." Accessed August, 2015.

Feathered Friends: Six Decades of Watercolor Painting of Birds by David Plank, an exhibit held August 31 - November 20, 2014 at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art on the Fayette campus of Central Methodist University. Search online for a 13-minute gallery tour of the exhibit with narrative by the artist. Accesssed January, 2016.

The American Museum of Natural History presents Preparing a Museum Group. This 12-minute video, narrated by Ray de Lucia, features archival footage of Wilson working on the Fisher and Porcupine diorama in the Hall of North American Mammals. James Perry Wilson's great artistic skill and feeling are evident in many of the diorama backgrounds in the Hall of North American Mammals, including the majestic view of the Wyoming plains depicted in the Bison and Pronghorn Group. Wilson's views, whether of field, forest, or mountaintop, beautifully convey both the details and character of each scene and fuse imperceptibly with the scene's foreground. Each diorama represents a specific location, carefully selected in the field and faithfully depicted in the foreground exhibits and the background paintings. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. New England Aquarium partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for Fish Worship and Art by Ray Troll, fin artist (50 minutes) From his tree-top studio, high above the Tongass Narrows in rainswept Katchikan Alaska, Ray Troll draws and paints fishy images that migrate into museums, books and magazines and onto t-shirts sold round the globe. Basing his quirky, aquatic images on the latest scientific discoveries, Ray brings a street-smart sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology & paleontology. Over the years, Ray has done artwork for various conservation organizations including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. [April 30, 2007] Accessed May, 2015.


TFAO suggests these books:

American Wildlife Art, by David J.Wagner. describes the book as follows:

Bookshelves abound with accounts of wildlife artists and their artistry, but no book is truly comparable to American Wildlife Art. In American Wildlife Art, scholar and curator David J. Wagner tells the story of this popular genre's history, shaped by four centuries of cultural events and aesthetic and ideological trends, from its beginnings in colonial times to the monumental works of the present day. In his insightful accounts of the artists, events, and trends at the heart of this uniquely American art form, Wagner explains how the aesthetic idioms and imagery of American wildlife art have evolved, how its ecological ideologies have changed with changing circumstances and ideas about animals and their habitats, and how artists and entrepreneurs developed and influenced the market for wildlife art. Wagner's history begins with the works of John White and Mark Catesby, artists who documented the flora and fauna of the New World and presented Europeans with a view of both the economic potential and the natural wonders of the then sparsely settled continent. After the American Revolution, as the new nation grew, artists such as Alexander Wilson and especially John James Audubon caused the course of American wildlife art history to turn and advance, setting the stage for Arthur Tait's collaboration with Currier & Ives and the work of Edward Kemeys, whose impressionistic sculpture captured the essence of disappearing wildlife like the wolf and buffalo. As Wagner's narrative moves to the twentieth century and beyond, it embraces in revealing detail the lives of artists Louis Agassiz Fuertes and Carl Rungius, painters who were among the most influential wildlife artists of their time. Wagner's account concludes with portraits of contemporary wildlife artists such as Ray Harm, Robert Bateman, and Kent Ullberg-artists whose work at once departs from and embodies the legacies, traditions, and innovations that informed and preceded it.

424 pages, University of Washington Press, 2008, ISBN-10: 0977802868, ISBN-13: 978-0977802869 (information courtesy of, front cover image courtesy

Three Centuries of Great American wildlife art: and Why It Is a Good Investment Today, By Griggsville Wild Bird Society. Published by Griggsville Wild Bird Society, 1973. 30 pages. (information courtesy of Google Books)

Value in American Wildlife Art: Proceedings of the 1992 Forum, By William V. Mealy, Peter Friederici, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Published by Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, 1992. 146 pages. (information courtesy of Google Books)

Wildlife Artists at Work, By Patricia Van Gelder. Published by Watson-Guptill, 1982. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Nov 15, 2007. 175 pages. (information courtesy of Google Books)

Wildlife in American Art: Selections from the National Museum of Wildlife Art, by National Museum of Wildlife Art (Author). Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (October 2009). ISBN-10: 0806140151, ISBN-13: 978-0806140155. (information courtesy of


TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:

Birds of America, The Features the art of John James Audubon. 29 minutes (collection of Joslyn Art Museum)

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