Ornithologist James D. Wilson of Jefferson City will have his artwork of birds displayed at William Woods University, starting in November. Wilson retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation in September and is teaching biology as an adjunct professor at WWU.
His exhibit will run Nov. 6 to Dec. 16 in the upper mezzanine of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. Approximately 25 pieces of original artwork will be on display. William Woods students and the general public are invited to view the artwork and meet the artist at a preview ceremony scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8.
A special event is planned for art and bird lovers on Dec. 16. This is a pre-Christmas exhibit, sale and signing party for Wilson’s book, “Common Birds of North American: Midwest Edition.” He will also give a short talk about some of the paintings on display. This event will run 1 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.
Wilson taught biology at Iowa State University and Des Moines Community College in Iowa. He began working with the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1977, specializing in ornithology (the study of birds).
His book, “The Atlas of the Breeding Birds in Missouri,” was published in 1992 with the Missouri Department of Conservation. His artwork was also used in the department’s leaflets, brochures and articles.
Wilson’s artwork expands beyond his love of birds. He also paints other forms of wildlife, particularly mammals, and landscapes. His work is done mostly in watercolor and acrylic.
Wilson is involved with several organizations dealing with ornithology, including the American Ornithology Union. He has been a member of the Missouri Wildlife Art Society since 1982 and is a member of the Wilson Ornithology Society.