Roger Tory Peterson Institute Welcomes Artist in Residence


Local Artist to Create 30 Paintings in 30 Days Inspired in RTPI’s Sanctuary

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute announces the launch of a new artist-in-residence program. Local artist Robin Zefers Clark is spending 30 days in the RTPI preserve creating a painting a day inspired by the beauty she discovers there.

RTPI’s 27-acre preserve includes towering hemlock trees, pollinator meadows and a pond – all of which are anchored by the iconic museum building, designed by famed architect, Robert A.M. Stern. “The artist residency is a wonderful opportunity to become artistically immersed in the environment,” Robin shared, “finding hidden visual treasures, around and within the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.”

As a young boy, Roger Tory Peterson immersed himself in the natural beauty of the entire Jamestown area, inspiring him to his future career as one of the world’s greatest artist-naturalists.

“Robin embodies the spirit of Roger Tory Peterson,” says Arthur Pearson, RTPI’s new CEO. “Inspired by nature, she uses her skills as an artist to help us see our own landscape with fresh eyes.”

Visitors to RTPI during the next month should be on the lookout for Robin – she’s likely to be found somewhere in the preserve with her canvas and paints. Or, you might find her leading a series of sold- out watercolor workshops.

For those who want to follow Robin’s progress during her 30-day immersion in our preserve, you can visit RTPI’s Facebook page. At the conclusion of her residency, RTPI will host an exhibition of all 30 of Robin’s paintings.

Robin Zefers Clark holds a BS in Art Education from Buffalo State College, and an MS from Rochester Institute of Technology, with a major in oil painting and intensive work in graphic design and photographic studies. Robin has had several solo and group exhibitions and has been featured in articles in Country Woman Magazine, The Buffalo News, and Focus. Her work has won numerous awards and is featured in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Robin lives in the pristine Allegany mountains of western New York state, where she owns and operates Brookside Studio. More information about Robin Clark and her work can be found on her website at

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History is home to the largest, most comprehensive collection of Peterson’s artwork and related archival materials. Peterson, the only artist-naturalist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is best known for his field guides. The first – A Field Guide to the Birds – published in 1934, sparked a worldwide movement to connect people with nature as never before. Peterson authored and illustrated dozens of guides – for birds, plants, insects and other natural flora and fauna – selling millions of copies and becoming an international ambassador for protecting our natural resources.

Today, the Peterson Collection anchors a robust exhibition schedule that also features the artwork of some of the world’s most revered nature artists. The collection is available to artists, researchers and scholars, and is used to anchor an array of education and research programs – all geared toward fostering an enduring love, appreciation and protection of our natural world.