The Wichita Falls Museum
of Art at Midwestern State University (WFMA) will present “Birds in Art,” a
touring exhibition organized by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau,
Wisconsin. An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 4, from 6-8 p.m. for
the exhibition, which will provide audiences of all ages the opportunity to
examine art that depicts wild birds in their natural habitats, and expresses
the beauty and variety of birds worldwide.
The 50 paintings and
works on paper and 10 sculptures portray scenes from backyard feeder favorites
or exotic species from around the world, and an international cast of artist
interpretations of avian themes and habitats in diverse styles and mediums. Art
lovers and bird lovers alike will appreciate the harmony and serenity or the
power and tension that infuse these artworks that present wide-ranging
perspectives and insights into avian life and environmental issues.
Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden, Dean
of the College of Science and Mathematics whose area of study is ornithology,
will present “Birds in Art – Uniting Science, History and Beauty,” on Tuesday,
May 9, at 5 p.m. in the Cannedy Events Hall at the WFMA. She will discuss the
exhibit as well as a project on identifying birds in artwork that she conducted
in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art.
Docent tours and other
free programs conducted during the exhibition will educate audiences about
regional bird populations, habitat, and migrations, and will explore how
artists respond to nature and express their knowledge of and fascination with
birds. Personnel from River Bend Nature Center and Wild Bird Rescue also will
conduct free educational programs during the exhibition.
Artists include Chris
Bacon, Robert Bateman, Mark A. Collins, Peter Gray, Lars Jonsson, Patricia
Pepin, and Paula Waterman, and countries represented include the United States,
Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Japan, Australia, Italy, and England.
“Birds in Art” will be on
display through June 24. The exhibition is made possible in part by a grant
from the Texas Commission on the Arts, which invests in a creative Texas. Call
the museum at 940-397-8900 for more information.