Copyright © Barry W. Van Dusen.  All rights reserved.

Exhibitions and Publications

This season, the Fruitlands Museums Giftshop in Harvard, Massachusetts will continue to offer a selection of notecards, limited edition prints and original watercolors by Barry.  When you visit Fruitlands, make sure to stop by the Giftshop and see these offerings!

Following is a list of Barry’s exhibitions and publications (watch this page for updates).  

Barry was Artist-in-Residence  at Fruitlands during the 2010 season.  

Van Dusen named Woodson 2014 Master Artist, Wausau, Wisconsin

Barry Van Dusen, the Woodson Art Museum’s 34th Master Artist, received the Master Wildlife Artist Medal during the "Birds in Art" opening weekend, September 6 and 7, 2014.  In announcing the 2014 Master, director Kathy Kelsey Foley said, "We are delighted to honor Barry Van Dusen and acknowledge his exceptional artwork. Barry's watercolors are remarkably luminous and sensitive, which is due in part to his preference for working in the field, a long-standing tradition among artists who look to nature for subject matter.”

"The chain of Woodson Masters is forged by a common passion for birds and art," Barry said. "I am honored to be a part of it!" The 2014 "Birds in Art" exhibition featured more than 100 original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created by artists from throughout the world.  A special “mini-retrospective” of Barry’s paintings was featured at the 2014 show.  The exhibition's full-color catalogue, with an essay about Van Dusen, is available for purchase at the Woodson Art Museum. For more information, visit, e-mail the Museum at, or call 715-845-7010.

New Book illustrated by  Barry Van Dusen        edited by  Geoff Wisner

A YEAR OF BIRDS Writings on Birds from the Journal of


“This exhibition showcases my watercolor paintings of New England birds, wildflowers, insects and other animals. You’ll find New England landscapes here, too, and a special group of paintings from my travels around the world.  Some of these pictures were painted on location, while others were created in the studio.  Related “mini-exhibitions” feature my field sketches and book illustrations, and I’ve assembled a special selection of pictures by some of my European colleagues - folks who have graced me with friendship and inspiration.”  -Barry Van Dusen

Exhibition dates: April 6 thru May 25, 2024

Artist’s Reception: April 14, 3-5pm

Full Day Workshop DRAWING AND PAINTING NATURE: April 27, 10am-4pm

Illustrated talk THE MAKING OF A FIELD ARTIST, May 18, 4 - 5 pm

For more information visit


With 150 watercolors and field sketches by Barry Van Dusen and a foreword by celebrated naturalist Peter Alden, A Year of Birds showcases Henry David Thoreau’s writings on birds in a way never seen before.

Unlike previous collections, the observations in A Year of Birds are arranged by the day of the year, emphasizing the relationship of birds with their environment and the spiritual significance of the seasons.

With a focus on the town of Concord, Massachusetts, where Thoreau spent most of his life, A Year of Birds includes the best of Thoreau’s unparalleled descriptions of birds, from the red-tailed hawk to the Blackburnian warbler.  A Year of Birds also includes descriptions of hunting, trapping, skinning, and mounting birds, birds in museums, and birds as metaphor. Special sections are devoted to the passenger pigeon and to Thoreau’s “night warbler.”

A work of art as well as a work of literature, A Year of Birds will be welcomed by nature lovers, art lovers, and birders.


208 pages, 7” x 9”

Paperback $27.00

Full color illustrations throughout

Available May 2024 from Mercer University Press

NATURAL INSPIRATIONS paintings by Barry Van Dusen

At FIVESPARKS community arts collaborative, Harvard, MA