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Minnesota Ducks
Minnesotans have won the Duck Stamp Contest 19 times since 1949, more winners per capita than any other state. Listed here are the Minnesotans who have won, the Hautman family collectively has won eight times:

2008: Joe Hautman
2004: Scot Storm, (Sartell)
2002: Joe Hautman
2001: Robert Hautman
1999: Jim Hautman (Plymouth)
1997: Robert Hautman
1995: Jim Hautman
1992: Joe Hautman
1990: Jim Hautman
1988: Daniel Smith (Mankato)
1983: Phil Sholer
1982: David Maass
1980: Richard W. Plasschaert (New Ulm)
1974: David Maass (Rochester)
1972: Arthur M. Cook (Minneapolis)
1967: Leslie C. Kouba (Hutchinson)
1958: Leslie C. Kouba (Hutchinson)
1954: Harvey D. Sandstrom (Duluth)
1949: Roger E. Pruess (Minneapolis)

The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul hopes to establish a Wildlife Museum in Owatonna. Its objective is to celebrate the rich legacy of wildlife art and artists in Minnesota. More information

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Wildlife Art
This January has been brutally arctic, even by Minnesota standards, and we're power-hibernating. Perhaps we'd like to see more wildlife inside our "dens" aside from watching "Animal Planet" on TV. To bring inside some outside, what we'd like to present here a primer on wildlife art and artists. Many of us are familiar with wildlife art through the work of the First Family of Duck Stamp Art; Jim, Bob and Joe Hautman.

The Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as "Duck Stamps," are produced by the U.S. Postal Service for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Originally created in 1934 as the required federal license for hunting migratory waterfowl, they are not valid for postage. Hunters, birders and other users of National Wildlife Refuges buy the $15 Federal Duck Stamp each year to gain free admission to refuges. The Federal Duck Stamp raises about $25 million each year to fund wetland habitat acquisition for the National Wildlife Refuge System. But wildlife art is more than Duck Stamps or dead Ducks Unlimited.

Karen, Rebecca and Bonnie Latham collectively populate Latham Studios in Hastings, MN. All three women are watercolorists and have lengthy honors, awards, shows and museum exhibits of their wildlife art. An equally important aspect of their work is building awareness of wildlife and habitat preservation. Their work is licensed and sold through the Hadley Companies, Minneapolis. The famous Wild Wings gallery in Lake City began in 1968 by selling limited edition prints by Duck Stamp artist David Maass, it now represents over 50 wildlife artists with hundreds of stores nationwide that sell a variety of wildlife art products.

If an original painting is beyond your budget's reality, there are numerous types of art prints. The most sought after is a low number of a First Edition, although the impression's number doesn't necessarily indicate the printed order. Artist's Proofs are the impressions made before a production run and may be valuable collector's items. Certain types of printing methods, like intaglio and woodcuts, dictate limited editions because of the plates wear- the image weakens and that decreases their value. Other aspects of a fine art print's value are the paper quality and artist signature. An original print will be signed by the artist, but on a reproduction the signature is printed with the image. An artist signed, numbered print, called a "monotype," is the print type most sought after. Digital ink jet prints, called "Giclees", are from a digital file, and although some are very rich looking, these are not technically fine art prints. Give your psyche a respite from Cabin Fever or revitalize your winter "den" with affordable landscape or wildlife art from nationally recognized Minnesota artists available from local studios.


In the movie "Fargo" the character Norm Gunderson, Sheriff Marge Gunderson's husband, is a wildlife artist who wins the competition for the three cent postage stamp. Usually the USPS announces its design winners in the spring, not in winter as the movie suggests.


Sources used for this newsletter:
Wildlife Art Sources: http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/, http://64.251.25.94/Netcat/federal/Biography.htm, http://www.lathamstudios.com/art/images//ur051609wildlife.pdf, http://en.wikipedia.org/, http://www.philaprintshop.com/diction.html

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