'In the Wild Plum — Nashville Warbler'

“In the Wild Plum — Nashville Warbler,” an oil painting by Bruce Morrison of rural Hartley

HARTLEY—An oil painting by rural Hartley artist Bruce Morrison has been selected for inclusion in a prestigious international art exhibition opening Saturday, Sept. 12.

Artwork from 114 artists from throughout the world will be included in the 45th annual “Birds in Art” exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI.

Artists submitted 830 artworks for consideration by a three-person jury this year.

Morrison’s oil painting “In the Wild Plum — Nashville Warbler” was selected for this year’s exhibit.

He has been accepted into this prestigious exhibition six times since 1983.

“It’s a real difficult exhibit to be juried into,” Morrison said. “In a way you are competing with the best bird artists in the world, but most years I keep at it. I still find it overwhelming to be selected to exhibit with other artists from all over the world.

“This is the coveted ‘holy grail’ exhibit for bird artists — hosting work from across the U.S., Canada, South America, Africa, Europe, the British Isles, Asia, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.”

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum will exhibit “Birds in Art” through Nov. 29, after which a select portion of the exhibition, yet to be determined, will go on national tour to the Newington-Cropsey Foundation in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, March 19-May 16; Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, ME, June 11-Aug. 14; Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, CT, Sept. 3-Oct. 31; and Fullerton Arboretum in Fullerton, CA, Nov. 26, 2021-Jan. 23, 2022.

Morrison’s interest in all things of nature stem from his early years along the Des Moines River valley in north-central Iowa.

Although interested in all wild things, birds and the landscape were always foremost in his mind.

Morrison studied art at the University of Iowa’s School of Art in Iowa City, where he majored in photography and minored in painting and serigraphy.

His work has been exhibited at many state, national, and international exhibitions since 1974.