Darling-Inspired News!

As we all know, fulfilling promises, realizing visions, and lighting the inspiring way takes time. With the right team… passionate, inspiring and unwilling to compromise values and standards, all things are possible. Darling is a great example for then, now and the future, being tireless in his pursuit of stewardship and sometimes perfection.  
An urgency of consciousness, very close and dear to all of us is about to unfold. As we reflect on Darling’s birthday, we’re enclosing what may be one of the most important and exciting invitations of your stewardship.  Won’t you please join us for Drake University’s virtual event on Thursday, October 28? There has never been a more important moment!
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We are honored to partner with Wildlife Forever and would like to share the following links for the upcoming art contests. Please pass on these wonderful opportunities to connect young people to conservation through their art. After all, it is, indeed, one of the best ways to honor Darling and all our Heroes of Conservation and Stewardship!

Here are both links to our ontests for young people:

Celebrating over 30 years of conservation, Wildlife Forever is a visionary leader in conservation education for children and adults.  The Jay N. Darling Legacy Center is pleased to show our support by announcing the winners of the 2021 Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest. Congratulations to the winners and all who participated in the 2021 contest!

Watch for more information to come about our new and exciting endeavor–the motion picture film, America’s Darling!

Congratulations to Drake University, The Jay N. Darling Institute, and Des Moines for being selected to host the 2023 Duck Stamp Competition!

We are celebrating Darling’s birthday in 2020—join us in our vision and partner, Wildlife Forever, as we “sing a different tune.”

“Remembering the life and work of five-time Duck Stamp winner, Maynard Reece.” The Reece Family has generously reserved ten Maynard Reece Master Editions to enable us to raise support for the Darling Institute—Make Maynard’s Gift Your Gift.

Congratulations to Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware, the winner of the 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Contest!

Recently a treasure from the past was discovered.  The front page of a 1960 school newsletter, The Pine Torch, revealed that J. N. (Ding) Darling, along with Gardner Cowles and Harvey Inghram, were the first to ever give Dr. Jones, the founder, hundred dollar checks to aid The Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi, when times were most difficult.

 “In America, our differences do not outweigh what we have in common.” In a recent article in the National Review, “The Art of Parallel Purposes,” the author highlights the very different lives of artists, Jay Norwood Darling and Robert Rauschenberg, and yet shows “commonalities worth conserving in America.”

Consider the capacity of art to console, connect, and comfort: “For the Love of Art:  Alain de Botton on Art as Therapy”

Gaining inspiration from our environment, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel vows to fight climate change moving forward. 

Darling’s artwork was a big hit at The Wildlife Society 2019 Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada. Also, enjoy viewing the TWS 2019 Annual Conference reflections along with an invitation to TWS 20th Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Our friends in Canada take home a Huge Win in Conservation as the government pledged $1.3 billion to meet their conservation goals by 2025.

Listen to the story of the first Federal Duck Stamp in “Ding” Darling’s own words.

Fifteen students and four student mentors participated in Kentucky’s first Our Outdoor Dreamers summer camp in Princeton, Kentucky. Learning about the legacies of conservation heroes throughout history inspired these young student leaders to get outdoors and enjoy and steward the wonders of nature.

We are excited to share We Knew Him When: An Exhibit of Jay N. “Ding” Darling that is currently housed in Drake University’s Cowles Library in Des Moines, Iowa.

Inspiring “outdoor dreamers” by connecting children to 13 prominent historical conservation leaders is the purpose of the Institute’s new Our Outdoor Heroes curriculum program. The foundation for the curriculum was inspired by an interview with Dr. Mark Madison, Historian, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Looking forward to a 2020 release of this exciting curriculum!

The Jay N. Darling Institute has a new home at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa! As Drake University shares in a part of Darlings history by awarding him the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on June 7, 1926, in recognition of his cultural achievements, it is quite fitting that Drake now serves as the home of Darlings art and papers and houses The Hidden Works of Jay N. “Ding” Darling permanent Exhibit.

The Institute’s traveling exhibit, The Hidden Works of Jay N. “Ding” Darling, was visited by many attendees at The Wildlife Society 2018 Annual Conference.

Artist in Studio Program participant Will Schaeuble was accepted into the Art Institute of Chicago.

We Knew Him When: An Exhibit on Jay N. Darling, curated by Jay N. Darling Institute Director Sam Koltinsky, was hosted by Drake University  in the University’s Cowles Library, 2725 University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

“Iowa’s most famous cartoonist left a legacy greater than you imagined.  Here’s your chance to see it.”  An article in the Des Moines Register announces the opening of the new Jay N. Darling Exhibit at Drake University.

DSM Magazine honors the Darling Institute in their 2018 January/February Edition. Check out the article here!

We welcomed Dennis Ryerson, former editor of Des Moines Register (1996-2001), to share his thoughts.

Darling’s holiday greeting!

Darling’s birthday celebration on October 21st at the Institute.

Housing a legacy—the Jay N. Darling Institute is a dream becoming a reality!

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