RTPI hosts Hines speaker

John Juriga, Bob Hines biographer, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) in Jamestown, N.Y., as part of the facility’s distinguished speaker program.

Now through May 25, the RTPI is hosting one of the most important exhibitions of nature and conservation art ever assembled. The exhibit, titled “Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist,” celebrates the life work of one of the great wildlife artists and illustrators of the 20th century, and is presented in collaboration with Hines scholar and biographer Dr. John Juriga of Elmira, N.Y.

This program is free and open to the public; donations are accepted.

RTPI is privileged to host this exhibition of the works of artist and illustrator Bob Hines (1912-1994) to tell the story of one of the pioneers of the American conservation movement, whose paintings and drawings helped Americans better appreciate our natural heritage.

Bob Hines is well known for his work in developing the federal Duck Stamp program, which has generated over $700 million to protect habitat for migratory waterfowl. He was a nationally recognized wildlife artist whose work became a crucial factor in a wave of interest in nature and conservation. Like Roger Tory Peterson, Hines helped educate a public eager to see, understand, and protect the environment.

The exhibit takes the visitor on a tour of Hines’s lifework from his start as a conservation illustrator in Ohio through a long and storied career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which included working closely with legendary 20th century scientist and conservationist Rachel Carson, whose book Silent Spring helped usher in the modern environmental movement.

For anyone interested in the federal Duck Stamp program, nature-inspired art and illustration, environmental history, or art history and appreciation, this is a unique exhibition not to be missed.