Museum to host symposium on Audubon’s ‘Viviparous Quadrupeds,’ leading experts to speak

John James Audubon, (American, 1785–1851) - Black-Tailed Hare, Plate 63, Volume 2, 1846 - Hand-colored lithograph - On loan from The Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will present a free public symposium featuring five nationally recognized Audubon scholars and curators on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m-2 p.m.

The symposium will explore the making and publication of the book of John James Audubon’s drawings, “The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.” It will offer participants a richer understanding of what went into creating these beautifully detailed lithographs.

The symposium coincides with the closing of an exhibition featuring a highlight of the Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Audubon Collection, a bound set of the first edition of the book.

Lecturers for the symposium include Alan Gehret, the curator at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, Ky. His talk, “The Last Journey: Audubon’s 1843 Missouri River Expedition,” will trace Audubon’s last journey using the artist’s painting, sketches and journal entries along with personal observations from his travels up the Missouri River. Thomas W. Jones, executive director, Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas, will address some of the animals featured in the book in his lecture titled “Audubon’s Texas Quadrupeds.”

Other lectures for the event include: “Not Just Sons: Fleshing Out John and Victor Audubon” by Leslie Kostrich, founder of; “The Legacy of Audubon and Bachman: Art, History, Science, Conservation, and Money” by Bill Steiner, author of “Audubon Prints-A Collector’s Guide to Every Edition”; and “John James Audubon: After The Birds of America” by Ron Tyler, director of Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, and author of “Audubon’s Great National Work.”

Registration for the symposium is free. While registering, participants may also pre-order a boxed lunch for $15. For more information on the symposium, visit or call (334) 844-1484.

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