This summer, the National Eagle Center’s Watershed Gallery in Wabasha will showcase the art of duck stamps. The exhibition titled “The Art of Conservation: A Focus on Stamps” will highlight selected works of art used by the Federal Duck Stamp program.
Each year hunters are required to purchase stamps as part of hunting licenses. In 1934 the Federal Duck Stamp program was created to raise funds for natural habitat management to guarantee the future of duck hunting. The program has proven very popular and is known for its stunning stamp art. Many states have their adopted their own stamp programs that feature other wildlife including fish, pheasant, and other small game animals.
The exhibit, which runs from May through August, includes selections from four Minnesota artists whose work has been featured on stamps through the years. The artists include Jim Hautman, Michael Sieve, Scot Storm, and Tim Turenne.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hosts annual contests to select the art for each year’s federal stamp. Hautman’s art appeared on the 2017 stamp.
“We’re very excited to host this exhibit,” said Ed Hahn, marketing manager at the National Eagle Center. “Duck stamp is quite popular and beautiful! This exhibit provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the unique and successful connection between art and conservation that is the Federal Duck Stamp program.”
An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 10, at 5 p.m. at the National Eagle Center. The artists will be on hand to speak about their work and answer questions. This reception is free and open to the public. Original pieces and prints will be available for sale.
The National Eagle Center is a landmark interpretive center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha. Offering wild eagle viewing and live eagle programs daily, the National Eagle Center connects people with eagles in nature, history, and culture. For more information about upcoming events at the National Eagle Center, visit nationaleaglecenter.org.