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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2011

Wanda Richey

John James Audubon: American Artist and Naturalist

Tallahassee, FL—The Museum of Florida History is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, John James Audubon: American Artist and Naturalist, that will be on display from February 4 to May 2, 2011.  The exhibit features rare Audubon works of art and artifacts including original oil paintings, letters, photographs, personal items and more than sixty original hand-colored Double Elephant Folio (oversized type of paper) engravings from The Birds of America, selected from the collection and archives of the John James Audubon Museum.

Midway through his career, after achieving success as an artist and naturalist, James Audubon traveled to Florida on two occasions in the early 1800s to explore and sketch the birds of the region. Though his first trip to northeast Florida was not very successful, he returned to the Florida Keys in the spring of 1832 and was thrilled by the massive number of birds that he encountered. The amazing scenery and 52 types of birds he discovered were the inspiration for these works.

The exhibit will be displayed at the Museum of Florida History in the Division of Cultural Affairs located in the R. A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street in Tallahassee, Florida.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the adjacent garage on South Bronough Street. For more information, call 850.245.6400 or visit the website at


The exhibit comes from The Collection of the John James Audubon Museum, Henderson, Kentucky. 
The exhibit is traveled by Art Services 2000 Ltd. of Palm Coast, Florida.
Partial funding from Audubon of Florida

Support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency in partnership with the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.