Past Exhibitions

Past exhibitions have explored artworks by a wide range of artists, from Audubon to Warhol, and from folk and sporting art to field guide illustration and contemporary wildlife photography.


November 10, 2018 – July 7, 2019
"Iceland or Jer Falcon" by John James Audubon, chromolithograph, 1860
Iceland or Jer Falcon by John James Audubon

This small exhibit provides a lively introduction to the art of John James Audubon (1785-1851), the legendary artist who brought American birds to a world audience. Learn more >

June 1, 2018 – February 24, 2019
Eustis Estate Museum hall © Eustis Estate Museum
Eustis Estate Museum hall © Eustis Estate Museum

MABA is delighted to partner with Historic New England (HNE) by sharing artworks from its collection in this exhibit at HNE's extraordinary 1878 Eustis Estate in Milton. The exhibition features a small selection of paintings, prints, and sculpture spanning three centuries and a variety of styles and mediums. Learn more >

October 1, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Manakin © Debby Kaspari
© Debby Kaspari

Perched On a Page portrays the daily life of birds, captured by artist Debby Kaspari sketching them in the faraway—and not-so-faraway—corners of the world. Learn more >

May 21 – September 17, 2017
Piping Plover and Shore Flies © Barry Van Dusen
Piping Plover and Shore Flies by Barry Van Dusen, watercolor, 2016. © Barry Van Dusen

In a Natural State features nearly 50 stunning new watercolors by Barry Van Dusen, each celebrating the flora and fauna of Mass Audubon's 56 wildlife sanctuaries. Learn more >

October 22, 2016 - September 30, 2017
Black-faced Antthrush by John Sill, watercolor, 1990. Mass Audubon Collection, bequest of Ted Raymond, 2016.
Black-faced Antthrush by John Sill, watercolor, 1990. Mass Audubon Collection, bequest of Ted Raymond, 2016.

2016 was a banner year for gifts of art at the Museum of American Bird Art, and this small exhibit presents 11 of the 42 artworks received as gifts or bequests. Learn more >

January 29 – May 14, 2017
Listening for Woodcock by James Coe, oil on linen on board, 2016. © James Coe.
Listening for Woodcock by James Coe, oil on linen on board, 2016. © James Coe.

Birdscapes: Recent Paintings by James Coe features nearly three dozen oil paintings that represent a now fully-realized personal style that is less about bird painting and more an exultation of the artist's experiences in nature. Learn more >

October 1, 2016 - January 15, 2017
Cerulean Warber
Cerulean Warbler by Jess Blackstone (1909-1988). Private collection.

The Art of the Miniature features rare works by six masters of miniature bird carving: Jess Blackstone, Elmer Crowell, A. J. Dando, A. J. King, Joseph Lincoln and Robert Morse. These rare carvings will be on exhibit through January 15, 2017. Learn more >

July 15 - October 15, 2016
Eskimo curlew and ruddy turnstone by John Dilley. Collection of The Farmers’ Museum.
Eskimo curlew and ruddy turnstone by John Dilley. Collection of The Farmers’ Museum.

The exquisitely crafted shorebird decoys of John Dilley were promoted in Henry C. Squires’ 1890 catalogue as “the finest decoys ever produced,” and few connoisseurs would argue that point. Learn More >