The award winning Federal Duck Stamp original painting on exhibit in the Reedy Gallery.

Nature's Finest: The Artistry of the Hautman Brothers

Reedy Gallery Exhibit featured 50 awe-inspiring new works by Jim, Bob, and Joe Hautman, plus all 12 of their winning Federal Duck Stamp original paintings.

September 8 through November 5
Gallery Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

America's finest family of wildlife artists, Jim (from Chaska), Bob (from Delano) and Joe (from Plymouth) have created 50 new paintings for this Arboretum exhibit. They often use scenes from the Arboretum as inspiration for their work.

These Minnesota brothers have a long, winning history in the prestigious federal duck stamp competition, winning 12 times in the past 28 years.

Last year, they made history by sweeping first, second and third place.

The contest decides which painting will be made into the the next year's duck stamp, a program that has raised millions of dollars for conservation efforts across the country. They are so big in the duck stamp world, they even made it into the Coen Brothers movie "Fargo" (both sets of brothers grew up a couple doors away from one another in St. Louis Park).

All pieces in the show are for sale; limited edition prints, lithographs and other Hautman merchandise is available in the Gift and Garden Store.

Drop-In Guided Tours

Saturday, Oct. 7, noon-3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15, noon-3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29, noon-3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Showing of documentary "The Million Dollar Duck"
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m., MacMillan Auditorium
Free with gate admission

Enjoy a fascinating and often humorous documentary about the annual duck stamp competition. Follow artists from the conception of their works to the three rounds of judging that lead to the winning stamp and award of the one million dollar prize. 

Award-winning Artist Brothers

The Hautman Brothers

Minnesota's own Hautman brothers have been featured in a video story on FOX 9 News and in an article by MPR News.