Large Birds of Florida: The Art of John Costin

Novem­ber 25, 2014 — April 12, 2015

The Polasek Museum presents Johns Costin’s award-winning “Large Birds of Florida” suite. Costin’s intri­cate art­work is a mas­ter­ful com­bi­na­tion of cop­per­plate etch­ing, print­mak­ing, and hand-painting. A pro­fes­sional artist and a res­i­dent of Florida, Costin visu­ally cap­tures the indi­vid­ual nuances found within the diverse species of birds native to Florida. The exhi­bi­tion will include Costin’s large-scale prints as well as his per­sonal col­lec­tion of rare, orig­i­nal Audubon prints from the late nine­teenth cen­tury, the name syn­ony­mous with birds and bird con­ser­va­tion around the world. Bird­ers and art lovers alike will mar­vel at these majes­tic por­traits of our state’s fowl. John Costin’s art­work can be found in col­lec­tions of the Gen­eral Motors Cor­po­ra­tion, the Tampa Bay His­tory Cen­ter, the State Library of Florida, the Polk Museum of Art, and the Uni­ver­sity of Miami.  Pro­gram­ming will include an edu­ca­tional lec­ture on the engrav­ing stages and the artist’s artis­tic process.