Our 2021 art show, Expanding Voices, explores and reflects the past year. Visual arts, poetry, 3D, and prose pieces capture the variety of solitudes, connections, race issues, changes and changelessness, new skills, and understandings we experienced in 2020.
Forty artists, photographers, writers, and poets had their work selected for this year’s show. They range from under 10 to over 80 and speak from their varied experiences of birding, the pandemic, faith, and social issues.
Visitors are invited to explore the visual and written art at their own pace, to be inspired, to ask questions, and to browse through the book of artists’ statements.
Show runs through October • Included with Museum admission
Many of the originals are for sale, and several artists have prints, cards, and other items available in our gift shop.
About the theme “Expanding Voices: perspectives on birding”
Last year asked a lot of us—and taught us even more. Our habitual systems hit rock bottom under the weight of the pandemic, economic hardship, and social injustice. Voices rose, and long-time institutions were loudly questioned. New ways of experiencing and perceiving our world opened our minds to new comprehension. How could our art, our creativity, our practices remain unaffected?
We are a museum about and for birds and conservation. We are part of a community of birders, artists, conservationists, and learners. Yet each of our experiences and perspectives may be unseen or unknown to someone else, even in the same community. We hope this show will speak to you—telling both your story and relaying others’ points of view.
Artists, poets, writers, and photographers include:
Ariel Kaile McKnight Burgess
Cathleen H Barkley
Oscar A. Sanchez Guillen
Follow along as we post about our Featured Artists in social media this year.
We plan to host a reception/meet the artists event in July. We’ll post this on our calendars and events pages.