Re­cently Ac­quired

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The Mu­seum of Wis­con­sin Art in West Bend, Wis­con­sin, has re­cently ac­quired a ma­jor new work from modern wildlife painter Tom Ut­tech. The mu­seum hon­ored the artist on June 15 at the 2019 Art Ball, an event held to raise funds for the mu­seum’s ac­qui­si­tion of new art­work. Ut­tech’s piece, ti­tled NIN GASSINSIBI­NGWE, is one of the artist’s fa­mous land­scapes scenes filled with hun­dreds of va­ri­eties of birds. The paint­ing is part of Ut­tech’s Mi­gra­tion se­ries.

“With this paint­ing, MOWA joins other ma­jor mu­se­ums in­clud­ing the Smith­so­nian and Crys­tal Bridges as in­sti­tu­tions own­ing prom­i­nent Mi­gra­tion paint­ings,” the mu­seum said in a state­ment. “Lau­rie Win­ters, ex­ec­u­tive director of MOWA, pre­sented Ut­tech with the Hyde Award for Wis­con­sin Art. This award rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions for their sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence on the Mu­seum of Wis­con­sin Art and the fu­ture of Wis­con­sin art. Tom Ut­tech is the first artist to re­ceive the award.”

Ut­tech is one of the lead­ing land­scape painters work­ing in the United States. His work is in­spired by the woods of North­ern Wis­con­sin and the Quetico Pro­vin­cial Park in On­tario, Canada, where the lakes, forests and wildlife are un­touched by hu­mans. “His de­vo­tion to na­ture is ap­par­ent in each piece, as Ut­tech thought­fully recre­ates what it feels like to be in those woods at dawn and dusk when the mys­ti­cal char­ac­ters of the for­est come to life,” the mu­seum states. “Ut­tech’s use of Ojibwe ti­tles en­hances the sense of mys­tery and pays homage to Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­ture.

This fall Ut­tech will be the sub­ject of a ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive at the Mu­seum of Wis­con­sin Art. The artist has been rep­re­sented by the Tory Fol­liard Gallery since 1992.

Call­ing all West­ern Art mu­se­ums! Have a re­cently ac­quired paint­ing or sculp­ture? Email the de­tails to ed­i­[email protected]­ernart­col­lec­

Tom Ut­tech, NIN GASSINSIBI­NGWE, oil on linen, 91 x 103”

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