About the Exhibition

Some of the earliest and most impactful renderings of American wildlife came in beautiful print portfolios produced by great artists such as John James Audubon and George Catlin. These beautiful hand-colored engravings displayed the beauty and bounty of the American wilderness to audiences in the east and abroad in an era before the camera. Later artists such as Andy Warhol and Walton Ford took up animal subjects and created their own amazing portfolios of American wildlife. In Warhol’s case, he celebritized animals on the endangered species list to raise awareness and funds for their protection. For Ford, the history of depicting wildlife is as much an inspiration as the animals themselves. Ford draws upon Audubon and Catlin in particular in his vibrant prints that ask pointed questions about humanity’s relationship to wildlife. This exhibit is located in the Bison Gallery.