- Dickson Mounds, Lewistown
John James Audubon’s vibrant, life-size images for The Birds of America are considered a masterpiece of early American art. They continue to this day to be a standard of comparison for bird illustrators. Who was Audubon and what makes his project so important?
Illinois State Museum’s Curator of Art Douglas Stapleton will answer these questions in this Gallery Talk. The presentation will include a brief overview of Audubon in his time, his predecessors, his competition, and the trials and tribulation of bringing his project to life in mid-19th Century America. Audubon, a naturalist, artists, hunter, showman, and conservationist, was a maverick in his day whose legacy has come mean the very heart of bird conservation.
As part of the event, the nearby Native Trails Winery will host wine tasting at the museum and have wine available for purchase by the glass. You will have the opportunity to sample one of seven wines made from locally-grown grapes. We offer red and white wines, both sweet and dry.
Other refreshments will also be provided.
Visitors may enjoy this program and viewing the latest temporary exhibit at Dickson Mounds. Registration is not required.