02.27.19

The Art of Identification

Sonia Thompson

Magnolia Warbler by David Allen Sibley.

Aficionados of art, the outdoors, and north Mississippi have the opportunity to find all of their interests combined in The Art of Identification, a collection of watercolors now on view at the University of Mississippi Museum. The exhibit showcases the work of celebrated bird illustrator, ornithologist, and author David Allen Sibley.

The exhibit will display 25 original paintings from the Sibley Guides to Birds and Trees, as well as a few earlier works from the illustrator.

“For me drawing is a tool, a method of study. It helps me to really dig in and develop an understanding of the things I am drawing, and the simple act of sketching has led to all kinds of discoveries,” Sibley said.

“Ultimately, I think the reward of studying nature is the chance to feel like a part of something bigger: to understand the patterns and rhythms of the natural world, to know what part each bird or tree is playing, and to see our own lives in that context.”

"I think the reward of studying nature is the chance to feel like a part of something bigger." -- David Allen Sibley

The UM Museum will host an opening reception on Thursday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the exhibit, which is on view until September 7, 2019.

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