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Artist in Residence: Barry Van Dusen


I’m thrilled that Barry Van Dusen is MABA’s newest Artist in Residence. Over the next two years, Barry will travel across the state, visiting many of Mass Audubon’s 56 wildlife sanctuaries, and chronicling the rich and diverse landscapes, habitats, and wildlife found on our extraordinary array of properties.

Barry at Wachusett Meadow 1 (large hi-res)

Barry at Wachusett Meadow

Barry has a long association with Mass Audubon, as an illustrator for our publications for nearly 30 years. But beyond his remarkable illustration work, he has established himself as an internationally recognized fine artist, focusing on the natural world, and most often, birds.

Barry’s residency will culminate in an exhibition at MABA, but you will get a sneak peek at his paintings and the stories behind them by checking out his postings here in MABA’s Taking Flight blog.

Although he will not literally be residing at MABA, the Mass Audubon sanctuaries will be his home away from home while he works on this project. So when you hit the trails at your favorite Mass Audubon sanctuary, be prepared to turn a corner, and come upon Barry at work! Check out his first post.

Amy Montague, MABA director

Launching Taking Flight

Welcome to Taking Flight, the new blog from the Museum of American Bird Art (MABA)! We look forward to sharing insights on a wide range of subjects, from the lives of bird artists to behind-the-scenes operations of the museum, and much more.

Sean Kent, MABA educator and camp director, will coordinate the effort. As the blog unfolds, you’ll find postings from various museum staff and volunteers, as well as visiting artists. Don’t miss the series by MABA Artist in Residence, Barry Van Dusen, who is traveling to Mass Audubon sanctuaries across the state, capturing the flora, fauna and landscape with his pencil and brush.

We hope you will participate, too, by sharing your thoughts with us. Let’s take flight together!

Amy Montague, MABA director