Rockford Art Museum hosts ‘Hatching History’ through Nov. 20

WATT Collection features rare poultry breed portraits

Staff Report

The Rockford Art Museum Art Annex will host “Hatching History: A WATT Collection of Rare Poultry Breed Portraits” through Nov. 20.

Experience a piece of agricultural history during a select showing of pieces from the Watt collection of poultry breed paintings (1926-1950), the largest single collection of rare poultry breed portraits worldwide.

The complete collection is composed of 57 framed oil paintings of different poultry breeds created by three American artists — A.O. Schilling, L. Stahmer and F.L. Sewell — and was commissioned by J.W. Watt, founder of Watt Publishing Company in the mid-1920s. Approximately 15 of these paintings will be on display at Rockford Art Museum.

With its corporate headquarters in Rockford, WATT invites the community to appreciate the beauty of the artists’ interpretations of rare poultry breeds and learn about the company’s rich history and its contributions to the poultry industry over the past 94 years.

Rockford Art Museum is at 711 N. Main St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. The museum can be reached at (815) 968-2787.

From the Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2011, issue

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