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Lori DeLeonardis, Hawk's Wing, 1978; ink on paper, 13 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches (Frame: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches); Burchfield Penney Art Center, Carlton E. Bauer First Purchase Award, 4th WNY Collegiate Drawing Exhibition, 1978

Lori DeLeonardis, Hawk's Wing, 1978; ink on paper, 13 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches (Frame: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches); Burchfield Penney Art Center, Carlton E. Bauer First Purchase Award, 4th WNY Collegiate Drawing Exhibition, 1978

Demonstrating her mastery in depicting feathers to show the rich textures and patterns of a hawk’s wing earned Lori DeLeonardis first prize in the 4th WNY Collegiate Drawing Exhibition and the funds to purchase her drawing for the museum’s collection. Such attention to detail suggests a naturalist’s scientific understanding of her subject that is difficult to achieve. It also conveys respect for the magnificent bird that soars to remarkable heights, coasting on warm wind currents as it circles its terrain.