Sternberg Museum extends run of 'John Cody's Moths' to May 14, 2006

HAYS, KS -- "John Cody’s Moths" has been such a popular exhibit at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History that the run has been extended to May 14, 2006.

The exhibition, which began in February, was originally scheduled to close on Aug. 21.

Dr. John Cody is internationally renowned as the "Audubon of Moths" for his transparent watercolor paintings of giant silk moths shown in their exquisitely rendered natural surroundings. While his works demonstrate exacting scientific accuracy, they are not scientific illustrations. Rather, the artist’s sensitivity to medium, command of composition, and mastery of technique, yield works of fine art that just happen to depict natural science subjects. Cody's efforts reveal the surprising beauty of these velvet-winged creatures and break down the negative stereotypes associated with moths.

This exhibition features 80 works and is the largest-ever showing of Cody's paintings. The exhibition also includes interactive science exhibits that explore the biology of these fascinating creatures and other exhibits that examine the curious interactions between humans and giant silk moths in cultures around the world.

This major exhibition has contributed to the expanding interest in Cody's art. In 1992, Smoky Hills Public Television inaugurated its award-winning "Kansas Arts Today" series with an episode devoted to his work. Prompted in-part by the current Sternberg
Museum exhibition, Smoky Hills is now producing a new John Cody episode, which will air in the fall of 2005.

Cody will continue to offer limited-edition prints of his art for monthly drawings throughout the extended run of the exhibition. All visitors who participate in the museum's balloting to determine the most popular John Cody painting will be entered in a drawing. Ballots will be distributed with museum admission to all visitors age 4 and older.

Separate drawings will be held from ballots collected after each month of the exhibition. A total of 13 prints will be given away in the drawings. The third is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the lobby of the Sternberg Museum. "The print John will be giving away is the 'Malaysian Moon Moth,' and it will be an artist's proof, which is considered superior to a numbered-edition print," said Greg Walters, exhibits director. This drawing will be taken from ballots cast in July.

Individuals are limited to one entry per drawing but may enter in multiple drawings. Details on museum membership, which entitles individuals or families to unlimited free admission along with other valuable benefits, is available toll free at 1-877-332-1165 or online at

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