Adam Grimm 2017 Featured Wildlife Artist
Adam Grimm began attending
the ODCCA shows as a young boy.
Shown above is his drawing for the cover of the 1994 newsletter.
Documentary "Million Dollar Duck" to premier at show
Wildlife artist, Adam Grimm, is one of six artists to be featured in The "Million Dollar Duck" Documentary, winner of the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. It will be shown at the 2017 ODCCA show throughout the weekend. The documentary is about the Federal Duck Stamp Contest - the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government. It follows the six artists as they compete in the most intense competition of their life. Adam Grimm, artist and long-time ODCCA supporter, will be at the 2017 ODCCA show with his original art and prints for sale.
His design of a stunning bluebill was selected as the winning entry to be featured on the 2017 show pin.
The "Million Dollar Duck will be premiering in selected theaters and reairing on the Animal Planet Channel on September 25, 2016 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
Adam Grimm has become an international known wildlife artist whose well-known fame began one fateful day on November 4, 1999. At the young age of 21, Adam took the wildlife art world by storm by becoming the youngest artist ever to win (a title he holds to this day) the most prestigious wildlife art competition in the world - The Federal Duck Stamp. In an instant, Adam's life changed. Although Adam was no stranger to art competitions, taking 16th and then 8th place in the Federal contest in the years before and winning the NRA youth competitions, this particular win sealed the deal for Adam giving him the platform he needed. Leaving his college life of struggling to find time between classes and projects to work on his own career, he jumped at the chance to live his dreams. Since winning the 2000-01 Millennium Federal Duck Stamp, Adam has won a number of state duck stamp contests, and has had numerous paintings featured in national merchandise packages with the National Wild Turkey Federation, the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever. He has also been featured in many publications across the country.
Adam first won the Ohio Wetland Habitat stamp in 2005 with a Wood Duck, but what most people don't know is that he painted it as a dedication to his then soon-to-be bride. Adam composed the idea for the image shortly after a ceremonial dedication of the Adam Grimm Habitat Restoration Project (an event he shared with Janet) while unbeknownst to her, he was planning his proposal.
For Adam's second Ohio Duck Stamp win, he found a new connection with the pristine habitat in Ohio. As what some may call a return to the beginnings, Adam entered the competition in 2013 for the first time since winning in 2005.
Adam also designed a landscape painting of an Ohio wetlands area for the background space accompanying the 2014-15 Habitat Stamp. In this particular painting, the observer will find immaculate and surprising detail throughout the entire landscape.
The highlight of Adam's career came in 2013 with his most recent win of the Federal Duck Stamp competition. To Adam, this event reflects the true satisfactions he enjoys as a passionate wildlife artist whose career has taken on new meaning, as well as new inspiration.
From braving treacherous weather conditions gathering reference, to agonizing over designs, Adam strove to achieve a new level of expertise. The correct balance of light and shadow, extremely fine feather detail, anatomical accuracy, and stunning habitat, brings Adam's extensive field experience to life for the viewer.
Stamp collectors and enthusiasts have said, "This is the stamp design we've been waiting for".
With a drive as strong as Adam's, one can conclude the art community may continue to expect great things from this amazing and passionate artist. More than ever, being a wildlife artist isn't just something he does; it's his life.
ODCCA is honored to feature Adam Grimm as our 2017 Featured Wildlife Artist.