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RTPI to Feature Alberto Rey’s “Extinct Birds Project” Exhibition this Fall

Posted on Jul 20, 2018

RTPI is pleased to present artist Alberto Rey’s Extinct Birds Project exhibition this fall. The new exhibit will be featured at RTPI from August 17th – December 14th and will include 18 original works by the artist. The Project also includes a new book by Rey, along with programming in partnership with RTPI. RTPI invites you to an artist’s reception, gallery talk, and book signing with Alberto Rey on Friday, August 17, from 5:00-7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Bachman’s Warbler by Alberto Rey inspired by Specimen in RTPI Collection

The 208-page, full-color Extinct Birds Project publication, that accompanies the exhibition, is a collaboration between Rey and designer Jason Dilworth, and examines collecting practices, causes for extinction and the politics of categorizing endangered species. It also includes specific information about eighteen extinct bird specimens and their collectors as well as an overview of our status as we stand on the brink of the next mass extinction period. Eighteen bird skins were selected for inclusion into the initial painting series and book. These species were curated by variety in size, global reach, popularity and reasons for extinction.

“Extinct Birds Project” book cover designed by Jason Dilworth

Alberto Rey is a painter, filmmaker, writer, fly fishing guide, distinguished professor and founder/director of a youth fly fishing program and he has been involved in environmental art for the past twenty years. For more information, please visit www.albertorey.com and www.bagmatiriverartproject.com.

Jason Dilworth is an environmentally-conscious graphic designer, outdoorsman, cyclist and professor who works on global design projects. For more information, please visit designersandforest.us, www.jasondilworth.com and www.bagmatiriverartproject.com. Jason and Alberto have collaborated on several projects in the past including one on the Bagmati River in Kathmandu and are currently working with the United States Forest Service and Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History to document the good work being done by communities in New Mexico to protect the national forests.

Back cover of the”Extinct Birds Project” book designed by Jason Dilworth

Join RTPI for the following programs connected to the Extinct Birds Project this fall:
September 21, 7–8pm: Lecture and book signing; October 20, 10–11am: Bird skinning workshop at RTPI; October 26, 10am–2pm: Designers & Forests Workshop; November 3, 10am–12pm: RTPI grounds tour and drawing workshop.

For more information about The Extinct Birds Project visit www.extinctbirdsproject.com. Call RTPI at (716) 665-2473 for additional information on events and exhibits.