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      Prints from the Rex Brasher Collection in Storrs Mansfield

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      May 17, 2012

      Thursday  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (on various days)

      115 North Eagleville
      Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut 06269

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      Prints from the Rex Brasher Collection

      The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at UConn, in collaboration with The Rex Brasher Association, Inc. of Kent, CT, selected 14 prints from the Rex Brasher Collection for a special temporary exhibit in the Museum's gallery.

      Rex Brasher's lifelong goal, one that had never been accomplished by anyone before, was to paint every bird in North America from a living specimen. Determined to study birds in their natural surroundings, Brasher honed his artistic techniques as he travel throughout North America, financing his trips through odd jobs and winnings from betting on horse races. In 1924 he accomplished his goal, painting 1200 species and sub-species of birds listed on the American Ornithologists Union (AOU) Checklist of North American Birds. His obsession, exemplified through the 14 prints on view at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, is one of the things that make his story, and this collection, so unique.

      The State of Connecticut purchased his Rex Brasher's entire body of work for $74,000 in 1941. For years the paintings were displayed in Harkness Manor at the Harkness Memorial State Park, until funding decreases made that continued practice impractical. Through the efforts of the Museum of Natural History's founding director, Carl Rettenmeyer, ownership of the paintings was transferred from the Department of Environmental Protection to the University of Connecticut in 1988. Here, in a partnership between the Museum and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Archives and Special Collections, the collection has been inventoried and housed in an environment designed to preserve this unique body of work for generations to come.

      The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Friday, 10AM to 4PM, and is free to the public. For additional information please call (860) 486-4460 or visit

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