Category Archive: Art

The Arc of Taxidermy History

Taxidermy is on an upswing. If you had to chart the overall perception of our profession to the general public, it would have probably started going downhill in the 1960s after Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psyco” and remained low for many decades. In the past twenty years or so, taxidermy began to enjoy a renessaince of sorts …

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The Akeley Monument Dedication

Two years ago, on the 150th anniversary of Carl E. Akeley’s birth in Clarendon, New York, the local historical society hosted a birthday celebration and invited some of Akeley’s biggest supporters to speak. (More info here.) It was at that meeting that John Janelli’s long held dream of erecting a permanent monument on American soil …

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Priceless Dioramas Under Threat

Imagine if a state legislature voted to “repurpose” a famous painting in an art museum to make it more relevant for the twenty-first century. Perhaps something like updating “American Gothic” by painting over it to include iPhones? Or by just removing it altogether from the museum, dismantling the canvas, and sending the pieces off to …

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UTA 2014 Competition Winners

Even though I consider myself to be well-travelled, I had never been to North Platte, Nebraska until last week, when I attended the second biannual United Taxidermists Association Expo and Competition as the show photographer. The UTA officers put on a great show, which was well run, and lots of fun for participants. Show organizers …

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NTA 2013 Major Award Winners

Last week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the National Taxidermists Association met for the 42nd time to hold their annual convention and competition. For most of those conventions, I have had the privilege to serve as the show photographer which allowed me close access to see every mount. During the awards banquet, we project photos of …

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