A Minnesota wildlife artist has won the top honor in the nation’s only federally sponsored art competition. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Lester Graham reports:
A Minnesota wildlife artist has won the top honor in the nation’s only
federally-sponsored art competition. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s
Lester Graham reports.
There’s no cash prize- but the winner of the federal duck stamp art contest
stands to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of limited
edition prints based on the stamp. This year’s winner, Bob Hautman also won
in 1996. For this year’s competition, Hautman painted a Northern Pintail
Duck. Populations of that particular duck have fallen from about ten-million
in the 1950’s to less than three-million birds today. Hautman’s pintail
painting will be used on the stamps waterfowl hunters are required to
purchase. Many of the stamps, though, are also bought by collectors. The fee
for the stamp is used to preserve and establish habitat for waterfowl. Hautman’s brother
Joe –also from Minnesota– won third place in this year’s duck stamp art competition.
Like his brother, he’s also won the top honor in the past.
For the GLRC, this is Lester Graham.