“A national wildlife restoration program is based on the premise that wildlife is not only worth our efforts to restore it, but that its restoration is absolutely and vitally essential to the welfare of our citizens.”
—Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, Chief U.S. Biological Survey, in March-April 1935 issue of Bird-Lore

In Pursuit of Wildlife Conservation:

The Art of Jay N. Darling and Maynard Reece

Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State University
295 Scheman Bldg.
August 27 - December 20, 2013

NOTE: The J.N. Darling portion of the exhibition will continue through the end of March 2014. The Maynard Reece portion of the exhibition will close Dec. 20th, 2013.

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The fine art prints of Jay N. Darling (1876-1962) and oil paintings of Maynard Reece (b. 1920) explore the mutual interests of wildlife conservation.
At age nineteen, aspiring artist Maynard Reece was introduced to Jay N. Darling, Pulitzer Prize winning, syndicated cartoonist; nationally acclaimed conservationist, and fine artist. Darling soon became Reece’s aesthetic mentor commenting on the younger artist’s images of wildlife and native landscapes. They became colleagues and friends for the next twenty three years.

Darling’s images, both cartoon and etchings became the conscience of conservation for over half a century. While Darling has many legacies, one of his most enduring was the development, creation and implantation of the Federal Duck Stamp Program in 1934 under the U.S. Biological Survey (now the United States Fish and Wildlife Service), that was and remains directed towards wetland refuges for wildlife were millions of acres have been rescued, restored and preserved. Beginning in 1948, Maynard Reece has won five of the Federal Duck Stamp competitions in 1951,1959, 1969, 1971, more than any other artist. Reece’s art has been published in many national magazines, and his oil paintings are prized by collectors.

The exhibition includes 75 etchings by Jay N. Darling, including Darling’s original 1934 Duck Stamp and etching, and 30 paintings by Maynard Reece, including the five paintings for the Federal Duck Stamps, and a newly commissioned painting to commemorate the Reece-Darling relationship with wildlife conservation.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a guide featuring an essay by esteemed and award-winning wildlife conservation author Tom Davis. Gallery guide available for purchase at the Brunnier Art Museum beginning August 29, 2013. A reissued of the publication "The Prints of J. N. Darling" will be available in October.

The exhibition is organized by the University Museums with participation of Maynard and Brad Reece. Exhibition support is generously provided by Harold and Rachel Crawford, Clifford Smith, Linda and Willis M. Bywater, Peter Orazem and Patricia Cotter, Christopher Koss, Fred and Ruth Kammeier, Ralph and Charlotte Schlenker Charitable Trust, Donna Howard, Mary Ellen and Don Wishart, Betty and Dennis Keeney, the Office of the President, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, and University Museums Membership. In the permanent collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.


Virtual Tour of the Exhibition
(Selected works of art, please visit in person to see all the works of art in the exhibiton.)

Opening Reception - Program (Aug. 29, 2013, Brunnier Art Museum)
(remarks by ISU President Steven Leath, University Museums Director Lynette Pohlman, and Artist Maynard Reece)


Programs & Events

Opening Reception
Thursday, August 29 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
Jay N. Darling and Maynard Reece Exhibition Reception
ISU President Steven Leath and University Museums invite you to join them in celebrating the exhibition Jay N. Darling and Maynard Reece at the Brunnier Art Museum. Enjoy light refreshments, conversation, and a brief program at 5:30 with remarks from President Leath and University Museums Director Lynette Pohlman.

Additional Education Programs
Tuesday, October 15 at 12:00 pm in the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
Lunchtime Gallery Talk
This talk will explore the work of Jay N. “Ding” Darling through the eyes of an ecologist, Dr. Jim Pease, who will discuss the natural landscapes and birds preserved through the work of Darling.

Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 pm in the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. “Ding” Darling - Executive Producer's Film Screening
The true story of how a nationally-known cartoonist changed America by influencing her Presidents, shaping her landscapes and winning the hearts of her people.  Emphasizing the need to use natural resources wisely, Darling used his language very much like his cartoons to convey his vision. America’s Darling may be just what America needs now: an opportunity to reflect on Darling’s past in order that we may move forward. After all, Darling was a man very much ahead of his time. Source: www.marvoentertainmentgroup.com    Run Time: 74 Minutes. Following the screening, executive producer Samuel Koltinsky will discuss his path of discovery while making the film and share some “treasures” that he picked up along the way. 

Admission and Hours

The Brunnier Art Museum is located in 295 Scheman Building. Admission is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor. The Brunnier Art Museum’s regular hours are as follows: Tuesday through Friday from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Brunnier Art Museum is closed Mondays and during University holidays. Parking available north and south of the Scheman Bldg. in the Iowa State Center lots.

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Media Information

To schedule interviews and/or to photograph the exhibition, please contact Allison Sheridan (515-294-3342 aclone@iastate.edu).

PRESS RELEASE: Wildlife Conservation Exhibition Features Jay N. “Ding” Darling and Maynard Reece, opening August 27

For Futher Information

Des Moines Register: “Famous Iowans: Maynard Reece.”

National Postal Museum: Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Federal Duck Stamp Office.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Sporting Shot article by Tom Davis, begins pg. 30

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Lendt, David L. Ding: The Life of Jay Norwood Darling. Iowa State University Press, Ames. 1989.

Matthiessen, Peter. Wildlife in America. Viking, New York. 1987.

Meine, Curt. Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison. 1988.

Musgrove, Jack, and Mary Musgrove. Waterfowl in Iowa. Iowa Conservation Commission, Des Moines. 1977. (Fifth Edition)

Reece, Maynard. The Waterfowl Art of Maynard Reece. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. 1985.

Stearns, Jean Pride, and Russell A. Fink. Duck Stamp Prints: Volume I. Russell A. Fink, Lorton, VA. 1985.

Worthen, Amy N. The Prints of J.N. Darling. Brunnier Gallery and Museum, Iowa State University, Ames. 1984.

Davis, Tom. “Art & Etc.” in Sporting Classics, Vol. XXXII, No. 2. Columbia, SC. 2013.

America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. “Ding” Darling. Marvo Entertainment Group, Princeton, KY. 2012.
(Avalible for purchase at the Brunnier Art Museum or University Museums Office, 290 Scheman Bldg.)

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