Fuertes bird art collection on exhibit


The late Ithaca resident Louis Agassiz Fuertes was perhaps the nation's most notable ornithological painter since John James Audubon – and a new exhibit in Adelson Library features artwork and memorabilia from his collection.

Mia Fuertes Boynton, the artist’s granddaughter, helped library staff with the text for the exhibit, and the Fuertes estate donated the items in the collection. The display includes two rare photos of Fuertes; prints of his small, original artworks, including holiday cards and bird “trading cards” that were included in boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda; artists’ proofs of his illustrations in National Geographic; and a carved wooden walking stick.

The library will continue to host the exhibit through most of 2013. To find digital images from the Fuertes collection, visit the Lab of Ornithology’s online catalog and search for “Fuertes.”