Art in the Wild

‘Ding’ Darling announces inaugural Art in the Wild for October

In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, “Ding” Darling’s 145th birthday, and DDWS' 40th anniversary, the Refuge introduces Art in the Wild on Saturday, October 29. 

Stay tuned for announcements about activities honoring 2022-2023 Duck Stamp artists and the legacy of Refuge namesake Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist of the early 20th century. Current, six-time Federal Duck Stamp winner Jim Hautman, who has achieved the most wins of any artist in federal duck stamp history, will make a personal appearance that day to sign stamps. An exhibition of his nature art will also be on display in the Visitor & Education Center auditorium that day and through November. 

The Refuge’s 2022-2023 Artist in Residence Jacqui Roch will be on hand to lead nature-art demos and workshops, plus expect special art exhibitions, the announcement of the 2022 “Ding” Darling Amateur Nature Photography Contest winners, anniversary treats, and other surprises. Admission to Wildlife Drive will be free that day. 

“Our inaugural Art in the Wild event honors the 40th anniversary of our wonderful friends group, which falls on October 6,” said Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland. “This will become an annual fall tradition to celebrate “Ding” Darling’s art legacy and role in creating the Federal Duck Stamp Program, which has continued for nearly 90 years and preserved six million acres of sensitive wetlands and wildlife habitat.”

DDWS seeks sponsors for this year's Art in the Wild. For more information, contact April Boehnen at 239-472-1100 ext. 4.