Featuring more than 25 original pieces, An Artist for Conservation explores the beauty and majesty of birds, from hawks to hornbills, through the eyes of renowned artist Albert Earl Gilbert. Regarded today as one of the world’s premier wildlife artists, Gilbert began drawing as a child, crayon in hand, depicting lions, tigers, bears, and birds. He spent much of his career conducting fieldwork across the globe, from Africa to Australia, observing and sketching rare and colorful tropical birds in their native habitat. In 1977, Albert’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 all other wildlife. In addition to finished paintings, the exhibition includes original field sketches and notes to show the process and passion behind Gilbert’s unique vision.