Roger Tory Peterson Institute Shows Off New Exhibit

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute hosted an opening reception recently for its newest exhibit chronicling the famed artist and photographer. RPTI unveiled new patterns of old works as well as 14 new works of Peterson. P-J photo by Eric Zavinski

“Roger Tory Peterson: The Life, The Work, The Legacy” is the newest exhibit chronicling the famous artist, photographer and adventurer at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

An opening reception was hosted Thursday to officially unveil the new pattern of old works, and 14 new works of Peterson, hosted at the institute. The collection will be on display as is from now until Aug. 5.

The 14 new pieces on display are from different parts of Peterson’s life, including time periods in which he composed his first field guide: “A Field Guide to the Birds” in 1934, and when he helped compile the book “The World of Birds.”

Three of the new original paintings on display are from an edition of Life Magazine printed June 2, 1947.

“He considered himself an artist first and foremost,” said Jane Johnson, director of exhibits and collections.

Peterson’s artistry is evident even in the sketches for field books and Life Magazine’s illustrations. There are many works inside the institute that reveal Peterson’s prowess of painting birds without the excuse of a field book or atlas.

Since 1984 the Roger Tory Peterson Institute has been compiling different works of Peterson, who dedicated his life pursuing his career as an artist and naturalist.

The exhibition is supported by M&T Bank and was catered at the opening reception by Reverie Creamery.