Redlin, Terry

Few artists can rival the standards of excellence achieved by Master Artist Terry Redlin over the past 23 years. He is truly one of the country’s most widely collected painters of wildlife and Americana. In 1977, at the age of 40, Redlin burst onto the wildlife scene when his painting “Winter Snows” appeared on the cover of The Farmer magazine. By 1979, demand for his work had become so great that he left his art directing career to concentrate on painting wildlife. Since then, Redlin’s meteoric rise has been unparalleled in the field of contemporary wildlife art. In 1981 and 1984, he won the Minnesota Duck Stamp competition, and in 1982, the Minnesota Trout Stamp contest. He also place second that year in the Federal Duck Stamp Competition. He has been honored as Artist of the Year for Ducks Unlimited (National and Minnesota) and as Conservationist of the Year-Magnum Donor by the Minnesota Waterfowl Association for his gifts of entire print editions. The National Association of Limited Edition Dealers has three times presented him with the “lithograph of the Year” award excellence in the medium. Redlin derives the most satisfaction from his conservation work. Over the 17 year period from 1981-97, his donations to Ducks Unlimited raised more than $30 million, setting an all-time record in art sales for wetland preservation projects. By his own estimate, he has donated several million dollars in art to other nonprofit conservation organizations. In his home state of South Dakota, he was honored by the city of Sioux Falls, by having a school named in his honor. Terry Redlin Elementary School opened in the Fall of 1998. Redlin’s most compelling recent project was the construction of a museum to house his original art in Watertown, South Dakota, where he now resides. Nearly one million visitors have toured the Redlin Art Center since it opened in June, 1997. The artist donated the $10 million museum to the state in appreciation for an art scholarship he received after graduating from high school in Watertown. Over 750,000 visitors toured the Redlin Art Center in its first 18 months and in July, 2000 the Redlin Art Center welcomed its one millionth visitor.