Topeka man wins Cody print in second Sternberg Museum drawing

A Topeka man was the June winner of a limited edition print of a John Cody moth painting. The winner was selected in a drawing at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

A ballot filled out by Dr. Bartlett W. Ramsey, Topeka, was pulled out of a drum containing hundreds of others filled out by museum visitors in June. Cody selected the print of the Flores Moonmoth of Lesser Sunda, print No. 38 in the Flores Moonmoth series.

Ramsey, a retired pediatrician, and his wife, Harriet, were in Hays so that Mrs. Ramsey could attend a PEO convention at FHSU.

"So one of the ways I thought I would while away my time was to go to the museum," he said.

The drawing is from ballots that visitors cast for their favorite Cody prints. Ramsey said all the paintings were beautiful. "It was hard to make a final decision."

"My wife and I are both art lovers," he said. He narrowed his selections down to six before making the final cut to vote for his top three choices. And, at the drawing on July 15, his ballot was pulled from the hopper.

"Its the first time I think I've ever won anything," he said. "It's a delight."

An exhibition of almost 67 of Cody's paintings of moths went on display Feb. 19 at the Sternberg Museum. Almost 100 are now in the exhibit. Cody, a retired psychiatrist, is internationally famous for his beautiful paintings of moths. The exhibition, which runs until Aug. 21, includes a dozen related displays such as interactive displays on the story of Cody's first contact and fascination with moths as a child in Brooklyn, NY, exhibits on the natural science of moths and others, including one exhibit called "Moth as Inspiration," which includes a print of a Van Gogh moth, moth in literature, and "Mothra," the Japanese B movie that has become something of a cult classic. Another depicts the moth as resource in primarily three areas: silk (wild, as opposed to the cultivated species), music (the cocoons used in music and magic), and food (the mapane worms of southern Africa).

Two more winners will be chosen in drawings in August and September. Each drawing will be from the pools of people with paid admissions who visited the museum the previous month. One ballot will be distributed for each paid admission to the museum. Museum Association members will receive ballots with their free admissions. Visitors must view the exhibition, vote on their favorite paintings, then deposit their ballots in the official ballot box. Limit is one entry per person per drawing.

A drawing in August will decide the winner from July's visitors. The print to be awarded is selected by Cody.

Paid museum employees are not eligible, said Greg Walters, exhibits director at the museum. Unpaid museum volunteers can enter one ballot a month. The same applies for museum members, who, with free admission, would have an unfair advantage, he said.

Each member of a family or group can enter, said Walters, but a different name must be on each ballot.

Admission is $6 for adults (ages 13-59); $4 for seniors (60 and older); $4 for youth (ages 4-12); and $3 for FHSU students with student ID. Members are admitted free. Information on membership is available at the front desk.

The museum's hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday. The Discovery Room and the Sternberg Store are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday.

The museum is closed on Mondays.

For more information on the exhibit or the artist, visit the Sternberg Museum Web site,, or Cody's Web site at

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