Temporary Exhibit

An Artist for Conservation

The Paintings of Albert Earl Gilbert

September 2, 2017 – April 15, 2018


As a child with crayon in hand, Al Gilbert enjoyed drawing lions, tigers, bears, and birds. Today he is regarded as one of the world’s premiere wildlife artists. Through the years he conducted fieldwork across the globe—from Africa to Australia—to observe and sketch rare and colorful tropical birds in their native habitat. His work has been featured by the National Audubon Society, among others, and in 1977 Al’s painting of a Hooded Merganser won the 45th Federal Duck Stamp Contest. Sales of this stamp generated well over 11 million dollars—all of which supported the Department of Interior’s Federal Duck Stamp program to acquire wetland habitat and protect not only waterfowl but also all other wildlife.


On October 19th, Al spoke in the gallery about his works. Says an attendee, “Al Gilbert’s gallery talk was fantastic! His presentation and the stories he told were really interesting, and then letting us in the audience handle some of his original field sketches and expedition photos made for a very special experience. His stunning artwork literally stops people in their tracks as they walk through the gallery.”


Featuring more than 25 original pieces, An Artist for Conservation highlights the beauty of Al’s finished work, and presents the process behind his paintings through the display of original field sketches and notes. We invite you to explore the beauty and majesty of birds through the eyes of renowned artist Albert Earl Gilbert—from hawks to hornbills—and discover the process and passion behind Al’s unique vision.


On view through April 15, 2018.