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

John James Audubon 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.

The works in this exhibition are drawn from The Dana Rose Richardson Memorial Collection of Audubon Prints at the Nevada Museum of Art.

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.

Share

Related Programs and Events

  • Educators’ Premiere: Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and the Birds of America

    Saturday November 6, 2010 / 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

    Early childhood, elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators are invited to a FREE special premiere of Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and the Birds of America. Join Curator of Education Colin M. Robertson for an introduction to this collection of natural history prints from one of the most important artists of the nineteenth century. View the exhibition and learn more about curriculum resources as they relate to Audubon’s connections between natural history, art and science. Enjoy a tour of the exhibition and a hands-on workshop.

  • Joel Oppenheimer on Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and The Birds of America

    Saturday November 6, 2010 / 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    When Lucy Bakewell Audubon sold the collection of her late husband John James Audubon’s watercolor paintings to the New York Historical Society in 1863, she created one of the most important public collections of nineteenth-century American art overnight. Joel Oppenheimer, noted Audubon scholar and dealer, discusses the importance of Audubon’s The Birds of America, and the significance of Audubon’s legacy artistically and scientifically.

  • Members' Premiere Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and the Birds of America

    Saturday November 6, 2010 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Be one of the first to experience the first exhibition of the Museum’s newest collection – fifty of John James Audubon’s most dramatic and life-sized watercolor depictions from the first-edition printing of The New York Historical Society Edition. Cash bar and live music with Reno’s own “Lonesome” Tom Ward. Members Premiere hosted by NV Energy. Kids Open Art Studio available for $4 per child.

    Admission is free for members with valid member card.

  • Robin Powell on Nevada’s Important Bird Areas

    Friday November 12, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

    Robin Powell, Director of Important Bird Areas Program at the Lahontan Audubon Society, discusses Nevada’s Important Bird Areas, part of a global effort to identify and conserve habitat areas that are vital to birds and biodiversity in Nevada and across the nation. Join the conversation, and then experience Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and The Birds of America.

  • Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walk: Sierra Valley Expedition

    Saturday November 13, 2010 / 8:00 am – 10:00 am

    Fall migration is under way. Look for early wintering hawks and waterfowl plus jays, woodpeckers, and sapsuckers on this morning- and early-afternoon bird walk in beautiful Sierra Valley. Families welcome! LAS Vice President and ornithologist Alan Gubanich leads the walk. Group size is limited. Call Alan Gubanich at 775.857.0191 or email renopopop@pyramid.net to reserve your spot.

    Admission is free, but registration is required. Suggested donation to the Lahontan Audubon Society: $5

  • Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walk: Damonte Ranch Wetlands

    Saturday November 20, 2010 / 8:30 am – 10:30 am

    Birders of all experience, including families, are welcome to participate in this morning-long easy walk on paved trails in the urban wetlands at Damonte Ranch. LAS Trustee Kathy Oakes leads the walk. Group size is limited. Call Kathy Oakes at 775.747.5446 or email oakesy@sbcglobal.net to reserve your spot.

    Admission is free, but reservations are required. Suggestion donation to the Lahontan Audubon Society: $5

  • Documentary Film Screening: Ghost Bird

    Saturday November 20, 2010 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    The documentary film Ghost Bird explores a murky Arkansas swamp overrun with birders, scientists, and reporters all on the trail of a phantom bird thought to have been extinct: the ivory-billed woodpecker. A portion of the proceeds of this important film will support the educational initiatives of the Museum and the Lahontan Audubon Society.

  • Bird Sculpture

    Sunday November 28, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    View the different kind of birds featured in the Audubon exhibit then sculpt your own bird. Admission to hands/ON! is free and is sponsored by the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, the Mathewson CLAT #5, the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, the Reno Gazette Journal, and the Sato Foundation. One-hour sessions beginning at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Bring the entire family for this free, fun program featuring hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Space is limited to the first 60 participants for each hour of the program.

  • Featuring Buster Blue

    Thursday December 2, 2010 / 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Grab a beer, groove to the live music, and check out the galleries at First Thursday. Sponsored annually by KTHX Radio and Great Basin Brewing Company. First Thursday wine bar sponsored by Vintage Wine Shop and Tasting Bar. Bring the kids for Kids Open Art Studio, available from 5 - 7 pm for $4 per child.

    First Thursday is free for Museum members or non-members with paid regular admission.

  • Wings Over Nevada: John James Audubon Never Saw These Birds

    Friday December 10, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

    Discover Nevada’s amazing diversity of birds with Alan Gubanich, Vice-President of the Lahontan Audubon Society, who presents a photographic tour of our State’s birds.

  • Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walk - Crystal Lake, Reno

    Saturday December 11, 2010 / 9:00 am – 10:00 am

    Enjoy a fun and easy beginning aquatic bird walk around Crystal Lake with the Lahontan Audubon Society. Group size is limited and reservations are required. A $5 donation to LAS is suggested.

    Reserve your spot with Linda Badzioch, 775-851-8353, cell 805-610-6575, lbadzioch@pyramid.net.

  • Birds & Books with the Lahontan Audubon Society

    Thursday December 16, 2010 / 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Join the Lahontan Audubon Society Birds & Books Group for a discussion of John James Audubon: The Making of an American, and a tour of the feature exhibition. RSVP to Kenn Rohrs at karohrs@charter.net or 775.849.9530. Copies of the book are available for purchase in the Museum Store.
    Birds & Books is a FREE event

  • Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walk: Ducks and Such, Spanish Springs

    Saturday December 18, 2010 / 8:30 am – 9:30 am

    Spend a few hours observing birdlife around Red Hawk Golf Course where there are large numbers of wintering ducks and other birds in the wetlands. Families welcome! LAS's Quentin Browne & Christiane Omer lead the walk. Contact 775-354-2634 or happycpo@aol.com to reserve your spot.

    Admission is free, but registration is required. Suggested donation to the Lahontan Audubon Society: $5

  • Collagraph Bird Prints

    Sunday December 26, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Make a collagraph print using paper, ink, and textured materials inspired by Explore, Naturalis, Artist: John James Audobon and the Birds of America. Admission to hands/ON! is free and is sponsored by the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, the Mathewson CLAT #5, the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, the Reno Gazette Journal, and the Sato Foundation. One-hour sessions beginning at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Bring the entire family for this free, fun program featuring hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Space is limited to the first 60 participants for each hour of the program.

  • Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walk: Morning Birding at Virginia Lake

    Saturday January 8, 2011 / 9:00 am – 11:00 am

    A great birding activity for beginners and families, Bob Goodman leads a bird walk at Virginia Lake. Families welcome! Contact Bob on 775-972-7848 or pandion36@aol.com to reserve your spot.

    Admission is free, but registration is required. Suggested donation to the Lahontan Audubon Society: $5

  • Second Saturdays in 2011 are FREE thanks to the Nightingale Family Foundation

    Saturday January 8, 2011 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Second Saturdays are FREE at the Nevada Museum of Art, throughout 2011! Come meet the staff, interact with the exhibitions and learn about the educational programs and unique activities we offer to our community. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to share the Museum with family and friends!

  • Workshop and Social for Seniors

    Friday January 14, 2011 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Expand your interests with a guided tour and studio art class. Light refreshments. No art background necessary. Sponsored in part by the Leonette Foundation.

    Three sessions: $18 / $15, Two sessions: $12 / $10, One session: $7 / $6 Museum members. Contact Jennifer Ishimatsu at 329.3333 ex.260 for more information or to register by phone.

  • Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walk: Winter Birds of Reno and Sparks

    Saturday January 15, 2011 / 9:00 am – 10:00 am

    Come join us for a day of discovery! This wonderful winter trip explores the best birding spots within the Reno and Sparks City limits and includes such birding hot spots as Rancho San Rafael Park, Oxbow Nature Study Area, Virginia Lake, Rosewood Estates and others. Families welcome! LAS's Dennis Serdehely leads the walk. Contact Dennis on 775-771-1575 or birders@att.net to reserve your spot.

    Admission is free, but registration is required. Suggested donation to the Lahontan Audubon Society: $5

  • Educators’ Evening: Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and the Birds of America

    Thursday January 20, 2011 / 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

    Early childhood, elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators are invited to a FREE program featuring Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and the Birds of America. Join Curator of Education Colin M. Robertson for an introduction to this collection of natural history prints from one of the most important artists of the nineteenth century. View the exhibition and learn more about curriculum resources as they relate to Audubon’s connections between natural history, art and science.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Attendance to this program is FREE for educators. To register for this special program, please e-mail colin.robertson@nevadaart.org with your first and last name and the name of your school by January 14.

  • Fighting for the Western Birds: Michael P. Branch on the Ornithological Competition of John James Audubon and John Kirk Townsend

    Friday January 21, 2011 / 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

    Michael P. Branch, Professor of Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, will be speaking about the relationship between nineteenth-century naturalists John James Audubon and John Kirk Townsend in a talk called “Fighting for the Western Birds: The Ornithological Competition of John James Audubon and John Kirk Townsend” in relation to our current feature exhibition “Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and the Birds of America.” Dr. Branch’s Art Bite explores Townsend’s accomplishments as an ornithologist and writer, and tells the fascinating story of how Audubon deprived Townsend of much of the credit due him. Funded in part by Nevada Humanities.

  • Make a Birdfeeder

    Sunday January 30, 2011 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Using mixed media, create a birdfeeder to take home feed birds in your neighborhood. Admission to hands/ON! is free and is sponsored by the Mathewson CLAT #4, Sato Foundation, Terry Lee Wells Foundation, City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, and Dermody Properties Foundation. One-hour sessions beginning at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Bring the entire family for this free, fun program featuring hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Space is limited to the first 60 participants for each hour of the program.

  • Documentary Film Screening: Ghost Bird

    Saturday February 5, 2011 / 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

    Back after technical difficulties, the documentary film Ghost Bird explores a murky Arkansas swamp overrun with birders, scientists, and reporters all on the trail of a phantom bird thought to have been extinct: the ivory-billed woodpecker. A portion of the proceeds of this important film will support the educational initiatives of the Museum and the Lahontan Audubon Society.

  • Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walk: Raptors in the Nile Valley, Lovelock

    Sunday February 6, 2011 / 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

    The Nile Valley/Big Meadows surrounding Lovelock annually posts the highest raptor numbers for the Great Basin Bird Observatory’s (GBBO) Winter Raptor Count. Hawks, falcons, Great Horned, Barn, and Burrowing Owls, and Golden Eagles are possible. We will view the vast communal raptor and heron roost, and search out any offspring of our resident white Red-tailed Hawk who passed on to that great aviary in the sky last spring. Other species of note could be turkeys, herons, and egrets along the Humboldt River and agriculture fields. Scopes are helpful. Please contact Debbie or Randy at 775-273-3642 or deborahpontius@gmail.com.

  • Workshop and Social for Seniors

    Friday February 11, 2011 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Expand your interests with a guided tour and studio art class. Light refreshments. No art background necessary. Sponsored in part by the Leonette Foundation.

    Three sessions: $18 / $15, Two sessions: $12 / $10, One session: $7 / $6 Museum members. Contact Jennifer Ishimatsu at 329.3333 ex.260 for more information or to register by phone.

  • Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walk: Riverview Park, Carson City

    Saturday February 12, 2011 / 9:00 am – 11:00 am

    This is the tenth annual Riverview Park winter bird trip. Participants will explore wetland, sagebrush, and riparian habitats on an approximately one-mile easy loop trail. The total number of species observed during the past five years is 35. Some of our more memorable species included a large flock (200+) of Pinyon Jay, Belted Kingfisher, Black-crowned Night Heron, Cedar Waxwing, and a close-up view of a Bald Eagle. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Riverview Park parking lot. Riverview Park is located at the east end of East 5th Street, adjacent to the Carson River. Please contact Nancy to reserve your space. Leader: Nancy Santos, 775-884-1570, nancylas@att.net

  • Second Saturdays in 2011 are FREE thanks to the Nightingale Family Foundation

    Saturday February 12, 2011 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Second Saturdays are FREE at the Nevada Museum of Art, throughout 2011! Come meet the staff, interact with the exhibitions and learn about the educational programs and unique activities we offer to our community. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to share the Museum with family and friends!

  • Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walk: Winter Waterfowl Tour, Fallon

    Saturday February 19, 2011 / 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Hunting season will be over, Tundra Swans should be plentiful, and the waterfowl will be in beautiful nuptial plumage, so come enjoy a tour of Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge and Carson Lake. Meet at the refuge office, 1000 Auction Road (just off Williams Avenue [US 50] behind the Speedway gas station) at 9:00 a.m. We plan to be out until mid afternoon, so bring a bag lunch if you’d like to spend the day. Please contact Mike to reserve your space. Leader: Mike Goddard, Stillwater NWR Project Leader. 775-423-5128, ext. 223

  • Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walk: Annual Dipper Day, Reno

    Saturday February 26, 2011 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    This popular annual trip, now offered a little later in the morning, provides a unique opportunity to hear and observe the elusive but vocal American Dipper. Participants will be introduced to a bird species specialized in living a semi-aquatic life in swift mountain streams and rivers. From their nictitating membrane (third eyelid), large oil glands, dense plumage, and unique underwater foraging techniques, this bird species is truly a “water ouzel.” The trip will also offer the opportunity to observe other bird species residing along the Truckee River corridor. Please contact Jim to reserve your space at 775-841-6543, grja9@sbcglobal.net

John James Audubon, American Flamingo from The Birds of America, 1821/2006. Edition print, 33 3/16 inches x 24 1/8 inches. Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art; Purchased with funds in memory of Dana Rose Richardson. © New York Historical Society and Joel Oppenheimer, Inc.

John James Audubon, Great Egret from The Birds of America, 1821/2006. Edition print, 37 7/16 inches x 25 1/2 inches. Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art; Purchased with funds in memory of Dana Rose Richardson. © New York Historical Society and Joel Oppenheimer, Inc.

John James Audubon and The Birds of America