American 20th-21st Century Wildlife Art


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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

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TFAO references:

A 11/29/13 search within TFAO's digital library retrieved:

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From other websites:

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.

James Prosek: Life & Death - A Visual Taxonomy, an exhibit held September 16, 2007­June 8, 2008 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Accessed 4/14

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 May, 2014

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


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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