A History of Duck Stamp Art – Ducks Unlimited Federal Duck Stamp ExhibitBy Katsil • Feb 17th, 2011 • Category: Calendar, Past Exhibits, Uncategorized
|April 8, 2011 11:00 am||to||May 13, 2011 6:00 pm|
The Carnegie Visual Arts Center presents A History of Duck Stamp Art: Ducks Unlimited’s Federal Duck Stamp Exhibit. The exhibit features complete collection of yearly Federal Duck Stamps and artists’ prints since from 1937 through 2010. The exhibit will be on display at The Carnegie through May 13, 2011.
The Federal Duck Stamp
The Federal Duck Stamp is a revenue stamp waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older must purchase and carry with them each year to hunt. It is also a conservation stamp because proceeds from stamp sales help purchase and protect wetland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Formally known as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, the Duck Stamp was conceived in 1934, when Congress passed and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act. In addition to hunters the yearly stamp is also purchased by birdwatchers, conservationists, and collectors. For more information, see their website at www.fws.gov/duckstamps
The Federal Duck Stamp Contest
Each fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosts the Federal Duck Stamp Contest to select the artwork that will provide the design for the next year’s stamp. A panel of judges review hundreds of entries and select the winner. The Federal Duck Stamp contest, the only federally sponsored art competition mandated by Congress, is considered the most prestigious wildlife art contest in the country.
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is a volunteer-based organization which conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and habitats for North America’s waterfowl. Ducks Unlimited is now the world’s largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. For more information visit www.ducks.org
The Duck Stamp image is used with the permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.